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Posted 04/19/2018

Communications Intern (Houston, TX)

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: Communications Intern
Location: Houston, Texas
Term: Paid internship – 40 hours per week during summer 2018

The Communications Department develops and executes strategies that will advance LJAF’s efforts to promote evidence-based solutions to persistent problems. The department oversees media relations, public information campaigns, digital properties, content production, and internal communications. The person hired for this role will report to the Communications Manager.

Core Responsibilities
• Assist with market research and development of the Foundation’s Annual Report
• Partner with digital and media relations specialists to write and curate digital content, including weekly newsletters and social media posts
• Help identify and address internal communications needs
• Assist with fact-checking for public materials
• Assist with planning and logistics for events hosted by the Foundation
• Maintain media directories

Essential Skills, Experience, and Qualities
• Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
• Detail-oriented, with strong research and analytical skills
• Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
• Knowledge of Associated Press style and copy-editing
• Academic interest in journalism, public relations, marketing, or a related field
• Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program

To Apply:

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

Posted 04/06/2018

Digital Communications Associate (Houston, TX)

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: Digital Communications Associate

Location: Houston, Texas

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Manage LJAF’s Web presence, including its main website and sites for key initiatives
  • Work with subject matter experts to create and edit compelling digital content
  • Populate LJAF sites with fresh content on a regular basis
  • Identify and produce videos and graphics that explain LJAF’s work in various issue areas
  • Manage LJAF’s existing social media accounts and explore opportunities to engage on additional platforms
  • Actively monitor coverage of LJAF and its issue areas
  • Identify and share content aligned with LJAF’s interests
  • Develop email campaigns and digital newsletters
  • Track Web and social media analytics and prepare reports
  • Manage relationships with external Web developers and designers

Essential Skills, Experience, and Qualities:

  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in successfully managing digital communications in order to advance an organization’s mission and objectives
  • Track record of developing and executing digital and social media strategies
  • Ability to work with subject matter experts to produce engaging content, including stories, videos, and graphics
  • Proven experience expanding an organization’s presence on social media
  • Understanding of digital best practices
  • Ability to incorporate social media into broader communications campaigns
  • Knowledgeable about current events and public policy
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to evaluate complex information and provide sound communications recommendations
  • Experience writing Web content preferred

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three to five years of experience as a Digital Communications Associate
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications, political science, public policy, or a related field

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, portfolio, 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 Digital Communications Associate. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 03/23/2018

Vice President of Criminal Justice (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

Compensation: Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

Location: New York, NY

LJAF is seeking a Vice President of Criminal Justice to help transform pretrial justice across the nation through bold initiatives, strategic thinking, and a data-driven approach. The Vice President will develop, expand, and implement the Pretrial Justice portfolio within the Criminal Justice team, defining and advancing LJAF’s pretrial justice strategy and investments. This individual will be responsible for identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities within pretrial justice, with a goal of increasing real-world impacts on public safety, fairness, and cost-effectiveness. Additionally, the Vice President will oversee and scale current initiatives, including the Public Safety Assessment (PSA), a pretrial risk assessment tool being piloted across the U.S.

The Vice President will partner with a Criminal Justice team of about 20 staff across the Washington D.C. and New York offices including two Vice Presidents based in D.C. The Vice President will manage a growing team of about six researchers, analysts, and policy professionals in the New York office as well as liaise with senior management and the Board in Houston.

Core Responsibilities:

Strategy

  • Drive, expand, and refine LJAF’s pretrial justice portfolio by developing a broad yet comprehensive legal strategy considering bail reform, court diversion, prosecution, jails, and other potential areas for impact, all in partnership with the Board, Executive Vice President, and senior team.
  • Identify, build, and cultivate relationships and connections across the pretrial justice spectrum such as research institutions, law schools, public interest law firms, municipalities, court systems, advocacy organizations, and relevant community organizations and foundations.
  • Leverage relationships into partnerships and grantees that work on creative, innovative, and high impact research, data analytics, and demonstration projects to strategically expand LJAF’s pretrial grantmaking portfolio.

Execution

  • Oversee the national rollout of the PSA in the context of a broad and robust bail reform agenda, partnering closely with the Director of Criminal Justice and the Executive Vice President.
  • Develop and implement a pretrial research and innovation agenda on various topics, such as the role of the prosecutor, court diversion, and pretrial detention.
  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Criminal Justice research team to develop a comprehensive strategy for pretrial reform research, including evaluating and improving the effectiveness of the PSA as well as new research projects on potential high impact reforms across the spectrum of pretrial.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Pretrial Justice portfolio and team when appropriate.

Management

  • Work closely with the LJAF Board, Executive Vice President, and senior team in all three offices including developing and presenting investment/grant recommendations to the Board.
  • Manage, empower, recruit, and support LJAF’s New York-based Criminal Justice team and serve in a significant leadership role in the New York office.
  • Foster ongoing relationships with grantees and key stakeholders to develop strategic plans, establish performance metrics, and utilize data to maximize impact.

Essential Skills, Experience, & Qualities:

  • A J.D. is required. Other advanced degree(s) desirable: Masters or Ph.D. in Business, Public Policy, Political Science, Economics, Government Affairs, Criminal Justice, or a related field.
  • A minimum of 15 years of experience inside and outside of the court room in criminal justice, litigation, and law, thereby able to leverage connections, pretrial experience, and knowledge of local government and communities.
  • A lawyer with a demonstrated ability to think transformationally about government systems to design, deploy, and execute innovative strategies for positively disruptive and sustainable policy reforms.
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial, and a big picture thinker with an investor mindset to understand how to identify levers for change and best create action and impact.
  • Capable of managing and scaling national initiatives across diverse jurisdictions with distinct needs and capacities utilizing a consultative approach.
  • An understanding of research methods and best practices and the savvy to contextualize data and findings within the broader portfolio.
  • Able to thrive in ambiguity in a dynamic environment and be comfortable taking risks, changing direction when appropriate, and driving an agenda forward.
  • An excellent oral and written communicator with the ability to distill and articulate complex information to a wide range of audiences as well as create consensus among senior-level stakeholders, subject-matter experts, and disparate constituents.
  • Intellectually curious and a continual learner who shares ideas, hears all perspectives, considers out-of-the-box concepts, and embraces feedback.
  • A team-oriented, collaborative leader and manager capable of building strong relationships across a multitude of stakeholders including staff, Board, and external partners.

To Apply:

Please email nominations or applications (cover letter and resume) in confidence to: LJAF@sandlersearch.org

Posted 03/22/2018

Human Resources Manager (Houston, TX)

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: Human Resources Manager

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications 

Location: Houston, TX  

The Human Resources Manager will be responsible for assisting LJAF’s Vice President of Human Resources with the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the human resource function.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Develops and administers various human resources plans and procedures for all LJAF employees.
  • Assists in planning, organizing, and coordinating all activities of the department. Participates in developing department goals, objectives and systems.
  • Develops, recommends and implements policies and procedures; amends employee handbooks as needed; oversees all aspects of employee benefits administration.
  • Assists in administering compensation approach and performance evaluation program and revises as necessary.
  • Supports recruitment efforts for all personnel and facilitates new employee orientations.
  • Assists with employee relations counseling and exit interviewing.
  • Recommends new approaches, policies and procedures to effect continual improvements in efficiency of department and services performed.
  • Maintains department records and reports, including new hire information, organizational charts and employee directory.
  • Ensures compliance with all federal, state and local employment and benefits laws and regulations.
  • Creatively works and seeks out new ideas to improve overall employee experience throughout all Foundation offices.

Essential Skills, Experience, & Qualities:

  • A minimum of three years of human resources experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business, or Finance
  • Creativity and rigor in finding strategic, practical, clear solutions to complex issues
  • Ability to prioritize and complete a multitude of tasks in an accurate, efficient, collaborative, and timely manner
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Proactive and open to embracing new challenges
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Positive, professional, and energetic team-oriented attitude
  • Flexible and adaptable

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 Human Resources Manager. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 03/19/2018

Criminal Justice Intern (New York, NY)

Location: New York, NY

Term: Summer 2018

Position: Paid internship – 40 hours per week

Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis until April 30, 2018 or the position is filled.

Internship Overview:

The Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI) at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation aims to 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 best use of public resources. Our team funds research, supports innovative pilot programs, and aims to expand successful policy changes on a national scale. We are seeking a Criminal Justice (CJ) Intern to provide general support to the CJI, particularly focused on our grants management and office management functions.

Under the direction of the CJI Chief of Staff, the CJ Intern will conduct activities including, but not limited to, updating our online grants management system, conducting research on different criminal justice issue areas, reviewing grants to glean lessons learned, and providing administrative and office management support. The ideal candidates should have academic interest in one or more of the following areas: state and local government, public or behavioral health policy, criminology, behavioral science, sentencing and corrections policy, philanthropy, data, and technology. This internship is a unique opportunity to gain experience and insight into philanthropy, government operations, and the role of evidence and data in policy-making and criminal justice reform. Qualified candidates should be currently enrolled in a college or university program.

Responsibilities:

  • Organize and upload data and reports to the online grants management system;
  • Gain a deep understanding of the online grants management system and assist in personalizing the system for CJI team members;
  • Assist with general office tasks as needed;
  • Conduct background research, literature reviews, and data collection on criminal justice issues;
  • Support the review and management of grant proposals, project plans, and budgets; and,
  • Support meetings, workshops, and special, rapid-response projects, as needed.

Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, with strong research and analytical skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) and GoogleDrive
  • Experience using Salesforce strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with the structure of program evaluations and other research projects preferred

To Apply:

If interested in this paid position, please send a (i) resume or curriculum vitae, (ii) cover letter, (iii) writing sample, and (iv) contact information for three references to internships@arnoldfoundation.org : In the subject line, please use the following to indicate your interest in the internship: “CJ Intern NYC”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a hard deadline of April 30, 2018.

Posted 02/09/2018

Director of Criminal Justice Research, Policing and Crime (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 Research

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: Washington, DC, preferably

LJAF’s Criminal Justice Initiative aims to dramatically improve the U.S. criminal justice system through projects that enhance public safety, treat fairly the individuals and communities affected by crime and the justice system, and ensure that public resources are put to their best use. Our team funds research, supports innovative pilot programs, and helps to bring successful policy changes to scale nationally. We are seeking a Director of Criminal Justice Research to help establish our research agenda, lead many of our most significant research projects, and provide strategic research-related advice across the Initiative. This individual will be responsible for identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, and managing current investments. The Director of Criminal Justice Research will report directly to the Vice President of Criminal Justice overseeing this domain and, working closely with the Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, will be instrumental in building a portfolio focused on effective policing, including crime trends, reducing violent crime, including but not limited to domestic violence, and understanding the arrest power and alternatives to arrest.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Work with LJAF’s Vice President of Criminal Justice overseeing this domain and the Criminal Justice team to identify trends in criminal justice policy and practice and assess potential for data analysis, policy evaluation, and piloting and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to improve criminal justice and other outcomes for individuals, as well as promote the safety and well-being of communities
  • Develop, present, and make charitable investment/grant recommendations to the Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice and LJAF’s Board of Directors
  • Work with grantees to develop strategic plans, assess research designs, and establish performance metrics
  • Oversee charitable investments approved by LJAF’s Board of Directors
  • Provide advice and consultation on all criminal justice research grants, as well as projects in development, so as to ensure the highest methodological rigor and study design
  • Work with the Board of Directors, Executive Vice President, and the Criminal Justice team to refine LJAF’s criminal justice strategy
  • 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 and build the research capacity of the Criminal Justice team

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Several years of experience performing and/or overseeing significant policy-relevant criminal justice research projects, preferably related to policing, violence, crime trends, intervention effectiveness, and the intersection of the criminal justice and other systems
  • Understanding of all phases of the criminal justice system
  • Deep knowledge of statistics and research design
  • Experience interfacing with senior-level criminal justice stakeholders about research and evaluation of justice programs and policies
  • Ability to translate complex research findings into key takeaways for diverse audiences
  • Proven ability to think transformationally about the criminal justice system and to design innovative strategies for positive and sustainable reforms
  • Effective leadership and management skills, including ability to support and develop colleagues
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions
  • Ability to bring disparate constituents together and build consensus
  • Creativity and rigor in finding answers to 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 criminal justice, public policy, psychology, sociology, or other social sciences (Candidates with a Master’s Degree and an established research track record may be considered.)

To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, two writing samples (at least one of which is sole-authored and preferably a peer-reviewed publication), 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, Policing”.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 02/09/2018

Criminal Justice Manager, 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: Criminal Justice Manager

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: New York, NY, preferably 

LJAF’s Criminal Justice Initiative aims to dramatically improve the U.S. criminal justice system through projects that enhance public safety, treat fairly the individuals and communities affected by crime and the justice system, and ensure that public resources are put to their best use. Our team funds research, supports innovative pilot programs, and helps 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, with a focus on assessing potential for data collection and analysis, study design, policy evaluation, and piloting and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions. The Criminal Justice Manager will report directly to the Director of Research.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Researching, developing, evaluating, and tracking potential policy areas and projects within the Criminal Justice team’s focus areas
  • Identifying, developing, and presenting potential grant opportunities that are aligned with the Criminal Justice Initiative’s strategies 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, Vice President and Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, and other members of the Criminal Justice team

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • A minimum of three years of work relevant experience, preferably in positions involving research and project management responsibilities
  • 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
  • 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

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:

  • Undergraduate Degree required; advanced degree(s) strongly preferred in a relevant field such as public policy, public or behavioral health policy, criminal justice, law, or economics

To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, 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, Research.”  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 02/09/2018

Criminal Justice Manager, Data-Driven Justice Project (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: Criminal Justice Manager

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: Washington, DC, preferably

LJAF’s Criminal Justice Initiative aims to dramatically improve the U.S. criminal justice system through projects that enhance public safety, treat fairly the individuals and communities affected by crime and the justice system, and ensure that public resources are put to their best use. Our team funds research, supports innovative pilot programs, and helps 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, with a focus on effective policing, including crime trends, frequent utilizers of multiple systems, and understanding the arrest power and alternatives to arrest. The Criminal Justice Manager will report directly to the Vice President of Criminal Justice overseeing this domain.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Researching, developing, evaluating, and tracking potential policy areas and projects within the Criminal Justice team’s focus areas, with a focus on policing, alternatives to arrest, and intersections with health and social service systems
  • Identifying, developing, and presenting potential grant opportunities that are aligned with the Criminal Justice Initiative’s strategies 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, Vice President and Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, and other members of the Criminal Justice team

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • A minimum of three years of work relevant experience, preferably in positions involving work with local or state governments, with significant project management responsibilities
  • Understanding of the intersection of data, technology, and policy in the local and state government context;
  • 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
  • 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

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:

  • Undergraduate Degree required; advanced degree(s) preferred in a relevant field such as public policy, public or behavioral health policy, criminal justice, law, or economics

To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, 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, Data-Driven Justice.”  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 02/09/2018

Criminal Justice Manager, Corrections (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: Criminal Justice Manager

Compensation: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: Washington, DC, preferably

LJAF’s Criminal Justice Initiative aims to dramatically improve the U.S. criminal justice system through projects that enhance public safety, treat fairly the individuals and communities affected by crime and the justice system, and ensure that public resources are put to their best use. Our team funds research, supports innovative pilot programs, and helps 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, with a focus on community supervision, prison policies, sentencing reforms, release decisions, fines and fees, reentry, and reintegration. The Criminal Justice Manager will report directly to the Director of Criminal Justice overseeing this domain.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Researching, developing, evaluating, and tracking potential policy areas and projects, with a particular focus on the topics of community supervision, prison policies, sentencing and legislative reforms, fines and fees, and reintegration
  • Identifying, developing, and presenting potential grant opportunities that are aligned with the Criminal Justice Initiative’s strategies 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, Vice President and Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, and other members of the Criminal Justice team

Essential Skills, Experience, & Abilities:

  • A minimum of three years of relevant work experience, preferably in positions involving research and project management responsibilities with a focus on community supervision, prison policies, sentencing, fines and fees, reentry, and/or reintegration
  • 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
  • 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

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:

  • Undergraduate Degree required; advanced degree(s) preferred in a relevant field such as public policy, criminal justice, law, business, or economics

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, Corrections.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 12/21/2017

Grants Manager & Legal Counsel (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: Grants Manager & Legal Counsel

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications

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

The Grants Manager & Legal Counsel will actively support one or more of LJAF’s programmatic teams with a variety of legal and compliance responsibilities throughout the full grantmaking life cycle in order to ensure that LJAF’s grants achieve their strategic objectives.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate grant proposals for legal and budget-related compliance and provide feedback to LJAF’s programmatic teams in preparation for submitting grant proposals to LJAF’s Board of Directors for funding consideration; attend Board meetings
  • Draft and negotiate agreements for all Board-approved grants and other contractual agreements, including consulting agreements
  • Monitor and review ongoing grant activity by reviewing reports and amendment requests submitted by grantees
  • Manage internal and external relationships, information, and deadlines related to potential and existing grants
  • Research, organize, and analyze information for potential and existing grants
  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Director of Grants Management, General Counsel, and other team members to continually support and improve LJAF’s grantmaking and legal processes

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • J.D. required, with a minimum of four 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, or 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 12/11/2017

Criminal Justice Research Associate (New York, NY)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to address our nation’s most pressing and persistent challenges using evidence-based, multi-disciplinary approaches. LJAF strives to create scalable and sustainable solutions that target the root causes, not just the symptoms, of these problems. For more information, please visit www.arnoldfoundation.org.

Position: Criminal Justice Research Associate

Terms: Part-time, at least 16 hours per week, one or two academic semesters

Compensation: Competitive hourly wage, based on qualifications 

Location: New York, New York

Core Responsibilities:

  • Researching, drafting, and editing documents regarding criminal justice issues and policy for both internal and external use, such as funding proposals, issue briefs, research summaries, and annual reports
  • Contributing to research projects, developing data metrics, and managing research transparency requirements
  • Drafting and editing communications materials, such as presentations, project descriptions, and website updates
  • Identifying and evaluating grant opportunities and managing grants
  • Assisting the Criminal Justice team with administrative support

Essential Skills, Abilities, and Qualities:

  • Positive, professional, team-oriented, and mission-driven attitude
  • Passion for criminal justice reform
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated experience in research, writing, and editing
  • Familiarity with criminal justice research, data analysis, and policy papers
  • Organized, diligent, proactive, and attentive to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Mastery of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and other standard computer software

Educational Background and Preferred Experience:

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program in criminal justice, sociology, psychology, public policy, law, or a related field, with a PhD program preferred
  • Previous work experience in fields such as criminal justice, public policy, or law

To Apply:

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 Criminal Justice Graduate Research Associate.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.