- A bachelor’s degree and an advanced degree in public policy, law, or other relevant field strongly preferred;
- At least 7 years of experience in public policy, with demonstrated knowledge of at least one of the following areas: sentencing, community corrections, prisons and jails, pretrial, courts, law enforcement, prosecution, criminal defense, and/or immigrant detention;
- Experience working with senior policy-makers, corrections officials, researchers and other stakeholders strongly preferred;
- Strong research and analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue;
- Facility with data, including gathering data, constructing and managing databases, conducting data analyses, and improving data quality strongly preferred;
- A keen understanding of the importance of rigorous, timely, and policy-relevant research; experience undertaking and managing such research; and disseminating it effectively to policymakers, the media, and the public strongly preferred;
- Experience convening groups of policy-makers, researchers, and other professionals, and supporting their efforts to reach consensus and move toward a desired outcome;
- Exercises a logical and resourceful approach to evaluating and addressing problems;
- Expresses ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and concisely in a compelling way to convince or assist others, both in writing and orally. A clear, effective writing style;
- Experience developing and moving complex projects forward with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented and collegial environment. Able to establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion;
- Demonstrated time and project management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization;
- Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects;
- Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach. Demonstrated ability to build relationships among individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including maturity, keen judgment, the ability to facilitate challenging conversations quickly read interpersonal dynamics and the ability to work with people from a wide array of backgrounds and perspectives and across projects;
- Ability to deliver content-specific presentations on risk assessment, research-based correctional programming or effective supervision practices to key stakeholders in the criminal justice system;
- Ability to juggle multiple projects, all of which have competing deadlines and require cooperation of various people inside and outside the organization;
- Proficiency in facilitating strategic meetings with high-level stakeholders;
- Experience working with diverse stakeholders to build consensus and sustain momentum around reforms;
- Appreciation of and aptitude for leveraging the role of litigation in driving reform;
- Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
- Initiative, vision, and a proven commitment to the struggle for social justice;
- Excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines; and,
- Aptitude for and willingness to be a team player.
Other Special Considerations:
This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
Please submit your resume, cover letter, and a 5 page writing sample containing policy analysis, preferably in the criminal justice arena.
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.