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Posted 09/07/2017

Vice President of Criminal Justice Strategy (New York, NY)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Vice President of Criminal Justice Strategy

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: New York, NY

LJAF’s Criminal Justice Initiative aims to dramatically improve the U.S. criminal justice system through projects that reduce crime, enhance public safety, treat all individuals impacted by crime and the justice system and their communities fairly, and ensure the highest and best use of public resources. Our team funds research, supports innovative pilot programs, and aims to bring successful policy changes to scale nationally. We are seeking a Vice President of Criminal Justice Strategy to work with the Criminal Justice team to advance our criminal justice strategy and investments. This individual will be responsible for identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, and managing and scaling current initiatives, including the Public Safety Assessment, a pretrial risk assessment tool being piloted across the U.S. The Vice President of Criminal Justice Strategy will report directly to the Senior Vice President of Criminal Justice.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Work with LJAF’s Board of Directors, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Senior Vice President of Criminal Justice, and the Criminal Justice team to expand and refine LJAF’s Criminal Justice strategy and areas of focus
  • Create and execute a plan for scaling LJAF’s Public Safety Assessment
  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Criminal Justice research team to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the Public Safety Assessment and other initiatives
  • Assist the Senior Vice President of Criminal Justice with managing LJAF’s New York-based Criminal Justice team
  • Expand LJAF’s grantmaking strategies and portfolio, with the goal of increasing real-world impacts on public safety, fairness, and cost-effectiveness
  • Develop, present, and make charitable investment/grant recommendations to LJAF’s Board
  • Work with grantees and key stakeholders to develop strategic plans and establish performance metrics to maximize impact
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, experts, and new and existing grantees
  • Collaborate with LJAF staff to explore and develop cross-initiative charitable investment opportunities

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • At least fifteen years of experience in strategy/management/organizational consulting, policymaking, policy implementation, and/or entrepreneurial endeavors (start-ups, incubators, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to think transformationally about government systems and to design, deploy, and execute innovative strategies for positive and sustainable policy reforms
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions
  • Experience successfully managing and scaling national initiatives across diverse jurisdictions with distinct needs and capacities
  • Ability to create consensus among senior-level stakeholders, subject-matter experts, and disparate constituents
  • Capacity to translate complex policy questions or research/evaluation findings into key takeaways and action items for diverse audiences
  • Exceptional leadership and management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with significant experience in public speaking
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Passionate about improving the U.S. criminal justice system
  • Committed to thinking beyond the status quo to create innovative, creative, positively disruptive solutions
  • Mission-driven, team-oriented, and collaborative, yet also able to work well independently
  • Confident and humble
  • Flexible, adaptable, and open to embracing new challenges

Required Education:

  • Masters or Ph.D. in Business, Public Policy, Political Science, Economics, Government Affairs, Criminal Justice, or a Related Field; and/or a J.D.

To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, two writing samples (at least one of which is sole-authored), and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Vice President of Criminal Justice Strategy. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 08/25/2017

Director of Criminal Justice Research (New York, NY)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Director of Criminal Justice Research

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: New York, NY 

LJAF’s Criminal Justice Initiative aims to dramatically improve the U.S. criminal justice system through projects that reduce crime, enhance public safety, treat all individuals impacted by crime and the justice system and their communities fairly, and ensure the highest and best use of public resources. Our team funds research, supports innovative pilot programs, and aims to bring successful policy changes to scale nationally. We are seeking a Director of Criminal Justice Research to help establish our research agenda, lead our research projects, and provide strategic research-related advice across the Initiative. This individual will be also responsible for identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic research opportunities, and managing current research investments. The Director of Criminal Justice Research will report directly to the Senior Vice President of Criminal Justice.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Work with LJAF’s Senior Vice President of Criminal Justice and the Criminal Justice team to establish and advance a research agenda focused on answering key research questions in the criminal justice field and evaluating interventions to improve outcomes of those involved in the justice system
  • Provide advice and consultation on LJAF’s criminal justice research grants, as well as projects in development, so as to ensure the highest methodological and statistical rigor
  • Develop, present, and make charitable investment/grant recommendations to LJAF’s Criminal Justice leadership team and Board of Directors
  • Work with grantees to develop research plans and establish performance metrics
  • Oversee charitable research investments approved by LJAF’s Board
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, experts, and new and existing grantees
  • Work with LJAF’s Board, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, and Senior Vice President of Criminal Justice to refine LJAF’s criminal justice strategy and research agenda
  • Collaborate with LJAF staff to explore and develop cross-initiative charitable investment opportunities

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • At least ten years of experience performing and/or overseeing significant policy-relevant research projects
  • Understanding of the criminal justice system
  • Deep knowledge of statistics and research design
  • Experience interfacing with senior-level policy stakeholders about research and evaluation of social programs
  • Ability to translate complex research findings into key takeaways for diverse audiences
  • Proven ability to think transformationally about public policy and to design innovative strategies for positive and sustainable reforms
  • Effective leadership and management skills
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions
  • Ability to bring disparate constituents together and build consensus
  • Creativity and rigor in solving complex problems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Passionate about improving the U.S. criminal justice system
  • Creative and innovative
  • Team-oriented and collaborative, yet also able to work well independently
  • Confident and humble
  • Flexible and adaptable

Required Education:

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, or Criminology

To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, two writing samples (at least one of which is sole-authored), and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Director of Criminal Justice Research. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 08/25/2017

Director of Criminal Justice Policy (Washington, D.C.)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Director of Criminal Justice Policy

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: Washington, D.C.

LJAF’s Criminal Justice Initiative aims to dramatically improve the U.S. criminal justice system through projects that reduce crime, enhance public safety, treat all individuals impacted by crime and the justice system and their communities fairly, and ensure the highest and best use of public resources. Our team funds research, supports innovative pilot programs, and aims to bring successful policy changes to scale nationally. We are seeking a Director of Criminal Justice Policy to work with the Criminal Justice team to maximize the impact of our grantmaking on public policy. This individual will be responsible for identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, and managing current investments. The Director of Criminal Justice Policy will report directly to the Vice President of Criminal Justice Policy.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Work with LJAF’s Senior Vice President of Criminal Justice, Vice President of Criminal Justice Policy, and the Criminal Justice team to expand LJAF’s grantmaking strategies and portfolio, with the goal of increasing real-world impacts on public safety, fairness, and cost-effectiveness
  • Work both independently and in collaboration with members of the Criminal Justice team to develop strategies to improve local, state, and national criminal justice policy and to identify high-impact areas of investment related to improving criminal justice policy
  • Develop, present, and make charitable investment/grant recommendations to LJAF’s Board
  • Work with grantees to develop strategic plans and establish performance metrics
  • Oversee charitable investments approved by LJAF’s Board
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, experts, and new and existing grantees
  • Work with LJAF’s Board of Directors, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, and Senior Vice President of Criminal Justice to refine LJAF’s overall criminal justice strategy
  • Collaborate with LJAF staff to explore and develop cross-initiative charitable investment opportunities

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • At least ten years of experience in policymaking and/or policy implementation at the local, county, state or federal level
  • Experience interfacing with senior-level government stakeholders regarding public policy
  • Ability to translate complex policy questions or research/evaluation findings into key takeaways for diverse audiences
  • Proven ability to think transformationally about government systems and to design innovative strategies for positive and sustainable policy reforms
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with significant experience in public speaking
  • Effective leadership and management skills
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions
  • Ability to bring disparate constituents together and build consensus
  • Creativity and rigor in solving complex problems
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Passionate about improving the U.S. criminal justice system
  • Creative and innovative
  • Team-oriented and collaborative, yet also able to work well independently
  • Confident and humble
  • Flexible and adaptable

Required Education:

  • Masters or Ph.D. in Public Policy, Political Science, Economics, Government Affairs, or a Related Field; and/or a J.D.

To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, two writing samples (at least one of which is sole-authored), and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Director of Criminal Justice Policy. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 08/25/2017

Criminal Justice Manager & Chief of Staff (New York, NY)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Criminal Justice Manager & Chief of Staff

Compensation: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: New York, NY

LJAF’s Criminal Justice Initiative aims to dramatically improve the U.S. criminal justice system through projects that reduce crime, enhance public safety, treat all individuals impacted by crime and the justice system and their communities fairly, and ensure the highest and best use of public resources. Our team funds research, supports innovative pilot programs, and aims to bring successful policy changes to scale nationally. We are seeking a Criminal Justice Manager to help research, analyze, develop, and manage high-impact projects in the field of criminal justice. The Manager will also serve as the Senior Vice President of Criminal Justice’s Chief of Staff to maximize the department’s operational and administrative efficiency and effectiveness.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Researching, developing, evaluating, and tracking potential projects within the Criminal Justice team’s focus areas
  • Managing grants approved by LJAF’s Board of Directors, which will include working with grantees and partners to develop strategic plans, establish performance metrics, and monitor progress and impact
  • Facilitating and organizing the Criminal Justice team’s day-to-day operations, schedules, meetings, initiatives, and grants to maximize the team’s efficiency and alignment
  • Assisting the Senior Vice President of Criminal Justice with special projects
  • Drafting documents such as funding proposals, issue briefs, research summaries, and annual reports for LJAF’s Board, Senior Vice President of Criminal Justice, and other members of the Criminal Justice team

Essential Skills, Experience, & Abilities:

  • A minimum of five years of work experience, preferably in positions involving a significant volume of operational and project management responsibilities
  • Undergraduate Degree required; advanced degree(s) preferred in a relevant field such as business, public policy, criminal justice, law, economics, or communications
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with high-level stakeholders and experts in various fields
  • Exceptional organization skills and ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects
  • Capacity to thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to understand and analyze complex policy and research questions
  • Excellent analytical ability
  • Ability to overcome unforeseen obstacles and see projects through to completion
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Strong leadership skills, self-direction, and self-motivation

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Criminal Justice Manager & Chief of Staff. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 08/25/2017

Criminal Justice Manager (New York, NY)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems. 

Position: Criminal Justice Manager

Compensation: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: New York, NY

LJAF’s Criminal Justice Initiative aims to dramatically improve the U.S. criminal justice system through projects that reduce crime, enhance public safety, treat all individuals impacted by crime and the justice system and their communities fairly, and ensure the highest and best use of public resources. Our team funds research, supports innovative pilot programs, and aims to bring successful policy changes to scale nationally. We are seeking a Criminal Justice Manager to help research, analyze, develop, and manage high-impact projects in the field of criminal justice.

 Core Responsibilities:

  • Researching, developing, evaluating, and tracking potential policy areas and projects within the Criminal Justice team’s focus areas
  • Presenting potential grant opportunities to the Criminal Justice Initiative’s leadership team and LJAF’s Board of Directors
  • Managing and tracking grants approved by LJAF’s Board, which will include working with grantees and partners to develop strategic plans, establish performance metrics, and monitor progress and impact

Drafting documents, such as funding proposals, issue briefs, research summaries, and annual reports, for LJAF’s Board, Senior Vice President of Criminal Justice, and other members of the Criminal Justice team,

Essential Skills, Experience, & Abilities:

  • A minimum of three years of work experience, preferably in positions involving a significant volume of research and project management responsibilities
  • Undergraduate Degree required; advanced degree(s) preferred in a relevant field such as business, public policy, criminal justice, law, or economics
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with high-level stakeholders and experts in various fields
  • Exceptional organization skills and ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects
  • Capacity to thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to understand and analyze complex policy and research questions
  • Excellent analytical ability
  • Ability to overcome unforeseen obstacles and see projects through to completion
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Strong leadership skills, self-direction, and self-motivation 

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Criminal Justice Manager. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 08/25/2017

Grants Manager & Legal Counsel (New York, NY)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems. 

Position: Grants Manager & Legal Counsel

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Location: New York, NY

The Grants Manager & Legal Counsel will assist LJAF’s Criminal Justice Initiative with legal and compliance support, as well as a variety of activities throughout the full grantmaking life cycle—from developing grant proposals for LJAF’s Board of Directors’ approval to vetting compliance items, drafting agreements, and managing active grants and contracts.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Manage and actively participate in the complete grantmaking process, including evaluating grant proposals for legal and budget-related compliance, drafting and negotiating grant agreements, and monitoring and reviewing ongoing grant activity
  • Research and analyze a variety of legal issues, assist with corporate structuring of philanthropic investments, and analyze and track information for potential and existing grants, program-related investments, and contracts
  • Draft, negotiate, and actively manage grant, consulting, and gift agreements
  • Manage internal and external relationships, information, inquiries, and deadlines related to potential and existing grants, contracts, and activities
  • Review prospective and active grantees’ financial statements and organizational budgets
  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Criminal Justice team, Director of Grants Management, Legal team, and other staff members to continually support and improve LJAF’s grantmaking and legal processes

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • J.D. required, with a minimum of six years of legal experience
  • Strong managerial, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Proactive, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and mission-driven attitude and approach
  • Ability to analyze and clearly communicate technical legal and policy issues
  • Creative in finding strategic, practical, clear solutions to complex issues
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to pro bono work, public service, and public policy
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively; complete a multitude of varied tasks in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner; and thrive in a fast-paced environment

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Grants Manager & Legal Counsel.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 08/15/2017

Receptionist & Executive Assistant (Washington, D.C.)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Receptionist & Executive Assistant

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications 

Location: Washington, D.C.

LJAF is seeking a professional and motivated individual who can serve as LJAF’s receptionist and provide administrative and special project support to the Washington, D.C. office.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Performing general administrative, clerical, and receptionist duties such as: receiving guests; answering phones; managing conference room calendars; organizing meetings, appointments, and travel; managing mail; photocopying; filing; preparing expense reimbursements; providing logistical information to guests and staff; etc.;
  • Ordering and organizing office supplies;
  • Stocking and organizing the office kitchen;
  • Reviewing and documenting charges made on corporate credit cards;
  • Assisting with onboarding efforts and special projects;
  • Supporting the D.C. Office Manager with planning special events; and
  • Promoting a positive, collaborative work environment by helping to organize and host team-building activities and initiatives.

Essential Skills, Experience, & Qualities:

  • At least five years of experience as a Receptionist, Administrative Assistant, and/or Office Manager
  • Bachelor’s Degree (earned or soon to be received)
  • Exceptional organizational skills and keen attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner
  • Positive, professional, team-oriented, and mission-driven attitude
  • Proactive, curious, adaptable, and open to embracing new challenges
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Mastery of Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and other standard computer software

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Receptionist & Executive Assistant – D.C. Office. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 04/20/2017

Director of Sustainable Public Finance (Houston, TX or Washington, D.C.)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Director of Sustainable Public Finance

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: Houston, TX or Washington, D.C.

LJAF’s Sustainable Public Finance initiative aims to ensure government revenue collection and spending practices support thriving communities over multiple generations. LJAF is seeking to add a dynamic senior-level team member to help us advance our work in this area. The new director will be responsible for developing a strategy to transform state and local government fiscal practices to be more efficient, transparent, sustainable, and fair. This individual will be responsible for identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, as well as managing current investments. The new director will play a key role in defining and implementing LJAF’s strategic plan for philanthropic investment in Sustainable Public Finance and will report directly to the Vice President of Public Accountability.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Board of Directors, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, and Vice President of Public Accountability to develop LJAF’s Sustainable Public Finance strategy
  • Identify, research, and evaluate new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities to transform U.S. public finance, focusing at a state and local level.
  • Present and make charitable investment/grant recommendations to LJAF’s Board
  • Execute and manage charitable investments approved by LJAF’s Board, which will include working with grantees to develop strategic plans, establishing performance metrics, and monitoring the performance of grantees
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, experts, and new and existing grantees
  • Collaborate with LJAF staff to explore and develop cross-initiative charitable investment opportunities

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Senior-level, practical experience working in state and local public finance
  • Proven ability to design innovative strategies for positive and sustainable reforms and to implement government systems change
  • Effective leadership and management skills
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions
  • Creativity and rigor in finding answers to complex problems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to understand technical and theoretical concepts
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines

Desirable Personal Qualities:

  • Passionate about improving U.S. public finance
  • Creative and innovative
  • Team-oriented and collaborative yet also able to work well independently
  • Confident and humble
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Flexible and adaptable

Required Education:

  • Advanced degree(s) in economics, public policy, or a related field

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Director of Sustainable Public Finance.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. Equal opportunity and consideration are afforded to all qualified applicants and employees in personnel actions without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, citizenship status, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, domestic violence victim status, veteran status, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.