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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 02/08/2018

Results-Driven Government Intern (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: Results-Driven Government Intern

Length: Paid Full Internship, Spring/Summer 2018 

Location: Washington, D.C.  

The Results-Driven Government team at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation is working to make state and local government more effective, efficient, and fair.

This spring, working closely with the Director of Results-Driven Government, the RDG Intern will conduct research and support communications and engagement with RDG stakeholders, including: cities, counties, and states; academic institutions, non-profits, and other stakeholder groups. The ideal candidate should have experience or interest in one or more areas: government/public policy, philanthropy, civic data and technology. This internship is a unique opportunity to gain experience and insight into philanthropy, local government operations, and the role of evidence and data in policy-making.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Support communications and relationships with organizations and local governments;
  • As directed by the RDG team, develop presentations, communications, talking points, and memos supporting RDG strategy to internal and external audiences;
  • Research and document state and local government best practice and investment opportunities;
  • Support the review of proposals, project plans, and budgets;
  • Support meetings, workshops, and special/rapid-response projects, as needed.

Essential Skills, Experience, & Qualities:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, with strong research and analysis skills
  • Flexible and comfortable managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, and Excel) or Google Docs
  • (Optional) Keynote, data visualization or design

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 Results-Driven Government Intern. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through April 15, 2018. The start date is flexible through May 2018, with a preference for availability earlier in the spring.

Posted 01/26/2018

Retirement Policy Manager (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: Retirement Policy Manager

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Location: Washington, D.C.

LJAF’s Retirement Policy team works to ensure that our nation’s retirement systems are affordable and sustainable, and that they provide adequate retirement security. We are seeking to add a Manager to our team to support implementation of LJAF’s philanthropic investment plan by providing timely content development, research, data analysis, and strategic assessment of new, high-leverage opportunities within the sector. This individual will report directly to the Director of Retirement Policy.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Perform original research, environmental scans, and literature reviews on retirement policy topics to support strategy development for Retirement Policy team;
  • Collaborate with the Retirement Policy’s leadership team to identify, explore, and evaluate new philanthropic investment opportunities;
  • Present potential investment opportunities and recommendations to the Retirement Policy team’s leadership and LJAF’s Board of Directors;
  • Manage and track 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;
  • Build and manage relationships with current and potential grantees and contractors;
  • Support, develop, an manage relationships with government officials, researchers, foundation officials, practitioners, and other stakeholders; and
  • Draft and review documents, such as funding proposals, issue briefs, research summaries, and annual reports, for the Retirement Policy team’s leadership and LJAF’s Board of Directors.

Essential Skills, Experience, and Qualities:

  • Passion for LJAF’s mission, motivated and energized by creating positive social change
  • Makes things happen, does not wait for the invitation, assumes personal ownership, rolls up sleeves and does whatever it takes to get things done
  • Collaborative, solicits and values multiple perspectives, shares knowledge, and partners with all stakeholders to make change
  • Able to deal with ambiguity, thrives in rapidly evolving environment
  • Flexible and agile, responsive to feedback, open to changing direction, focuses on continuous improvement and innovation
  • Unquestionable integrity, earns unwavering trust, meets commitments, and has direct conversations
  • Intellectual curiosity, seeks to understand
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple projects, and meet deadlines; and
  • Ability to understand and analyze complex policy and research questions.

Education and Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree required; advanced degree(s) preferred in a relevant field such as business, public policy, public administration, actuarial science, law, or economics; and
  • At least three years of relevant work experience.

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 Retirement Policy Manager. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 01/03/2018

Health Care Analyst (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: Health Care Analyst

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications

Location: Washington, D.C.

The Health Care Analyst will (i) provide research, analytical, and operational support to the Health Care team; (ii) work closely with senior team members on diverse substantive projects; and (iii) gain practical, hands-on experience in funding and reviewing research studies, and using the results to inform the policy process.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Provide analytical and operational support for the Health Care team’s research funding initiatives;
  • Conduct research/analysis of social programs and policies, and help develop LJAF and policy initiatives based on such analysis;
  • Compose, fact-check, and/or edit policy papers, letters, website content, and other written materials;
  • Actively contribute to team meetings regarding projects, suggesting ideas and brainstorming;
  • Coordinate and actively contribute to meetings on evidence-based reform with government officials, researchers, foundation officials, program providers, and other stakeholders; and
  • Collaborate with other LJAF teams (e.g., Criminal Justice) in areas of joint activity.

Essential Skills, Experience, and Qualities:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • One to two years’ experience in a related field is preferred, including part-time work or internships.
  • Experience managing and completing complex projects, with careful attention to detail
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to convey complex ideas in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Able to work independently
  • Thorough and attentive to detail in both substantive and operational tasks
  • Passionate about addressing challenges in society
  • Enthusiastic
  • Able to interact confidently with experts in their fields
  • Mastery of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, 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. In the email subject line, please indicate that you are applying for the position of H Analyst. 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.

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.