Employment opportunities at the Prison Policy Initiative

Coming soon: We expect to be adding several additional positions in the next few months. Regular users of our work — whether entry-, mid-, or senior-level — who are particularly interested in joining our team are encouraged to reach out now. (Posted June 2019.)

Currently open positions:


Development & Communications Associate

posted June 20, 2019

Would you like to make an established nonprofit even more effective? Do you want to use your development and communications experience to make social change on a national scale?

About us:

Founded in 2001, the Prison Policy Initiative (https://www.prisonpolicy.org ) is a leading organization in the fight against mass incarceration. The organization uses data to explain the need for criminal justice reform and to spark policy advocacy campaigns on a number of issues. For a high-level overview of our work, our staffing level, and our budget, see our most recent annual report at https://www.prisonpolicy.org/about.html#annual.

The role:

This new position has three aspects:

  1. Supporting our Communications Strategist, and taking responsibility for incoming requests and outgoing mailings.
  2. Managing our Development work, including our existing processes for engaging with individual donors and keeping up with reporting and renewal requirements for our foundation supporters. If more responsibility is desired, the right candidate can grow this position into a formal Development Director position.
  3. Ensuring that office administration runs smoothly.

You will have:

  • At least two years paid experience in fundraising and/or communications for a non-profit, higher ed, or government organization.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing projects and deadlines.
  • An interest in (but not necessarily experience with) criminal justice, racial justice or economic justice research, advocacy or organizing.
  • A willingness to work collaboratively from our office in Western Massachusetts.

We especially encourage applicants from communities that are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, and applicants with direct experience with the criminal justice system.

To apply, send to jobs [at] prisonpolicy.org:

  • Resume
  • A cover letter that describes your most relevant experience
  • At least one writing sample that demonstrates your ability to write clearly and persuasively. (The subject matter need not address criminal justice.)

Salary & Benefits

The expected salary for this position is $42,000/year plus health insurance, all Massachusetts state holidays, two weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, and an IRA match. Candidates who require a higher salary and who have significantly more experience in non-profit development and/or administration are encouraged to, in their cover letter, describe that salary requirement and what they would bring to a more senior version of this position.

Hiring process

We will be reviewing applications and scheduling interviews on a weekly basis. We anticipate doing a phone screen with the Executive Director, an interview by Skype with other staff members and then an in-person interview. Please allow us to keep our daily focus on improving the criminal justice system by refraining from writing or calling the office to check on the status of your application. We'll keep the job page at https://www.prisonpolicy.org/jobs.html up to date with the status of our candidate search.


 


Policy Fellow

posted March 18, 2019

Do you want to produce cutting-edge research to expose the harm of mass incarceration? Could your research and writing spark policy advocacy campaigns to create a more just society? The Prison Policy Initiative is seeking a recent law school graduate to join our team of five full-time staff members in shaping the future of the criminal justice reform movement.

Founded in 2001, the Prison Policy Initiative (https://www.prisonpolicy.org) is a leading organization in the fight against mass incarceration. The organization uses data to explain the need for criminal justice reform and spark policy advocacy campaigns on a number of issues.

You will have:

  • A recent or forthcoming law degree
  • Experience in at least one of the Prison Policy Initiative's focus areas, including telecommunications, consumer protection, bail, probation, redistricting, or voting rights.
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial justice and criminal justice reform.
  • Attention to detail and a passion for simplifying complex issues.
  • A hunger for policy work.
  • An interest in data and willingness to use statistics/numbers to propel reform.
  • A willingness to work collaboratively from our office in Western Massachusetts.

The position:

  • Will involve producing timeless reports and timely articles on a number of our issues (in and outside of your original area of expertise). Initial projects will likely build on your existing area of expertise.
  • Will likely involve working with the press, advocates and elected officials who are inspired by your work with us.
  • Will most likely not involve litigation.
  • Is intended to last for a full year, and there may be an opportunity to transition to a different, permanent, position.

To apply, send to jobs [at] prisonpolicy.org:

  • Resume
  • Unofficial law school transcript
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcript (if you graduated within the last 5 years)
  • A cover letter that describes your most relevant experience and interest in joining the Prison Policy Initiative.
  • Two writing samples that demonstrate your ability to write clearly and persuasively. (The subject matter need not address our areas of interest)

Salary & Benefits

The expected salary for this position is $50,000/year plus health insurance, all Massachusetts state holidays, paid vacation, paid sick time, and an IRA match.

Hiring process

We will be reviewing applications and scheduling interviews on a weekly basis. We anticipate doing a phone screen with the Executive Director, an interview by Skype with other staff members and then an in-person interview. Please allow us to keep our daily focus on improving the criminal justice system by refraining from writing or calling the office to check on the status of your application. We'll keep the job page at https://www.prisonpolicy.org/jobs.html up to date with the status of our candidate search.



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