Employment opportunities at the Prison Policy Initiative

Currently open positions:

Coming soon:

  • We are exploring adding several more positions in the next 6-12 months. We are particularly interested in hearing from regular users of our work, including experienced policy analysts in the adjacent fields of racial justice, housing security, income security, education policy, electoral fairness, mental health advocacy, or immigration reform who would like to transition to full-time criminal justice advocacy from our Easthampton, Mass. office. (Posted September 2019)

 


Research Associate (starting July 2020 or earlier)

posted August 29, 2019

Do you want to help produce cutting-edge research to expose the broader harm of mass incarceration? Does your dream job include collecting and analyzing never-seen-before data? Do you want to learn how to efficiently and effectively use research to propel social change?

The Prison Policy Initiative (https://www.prisonpolicy.org) is a leading organization in the fight against mass incarceration. We use data to explain the need for criminal justice reform, and we do so in a way that is designed to both bring in new allies and re-energize existing supporters. (For a high level overview of our work, our history, and our impact, see our highly skimmable annual reports.

The position

The Research Associate will be a key part of our growing team and will provide research and editorial support for projects led by other staff members. The position will revolve around collecting and organizing quantitative data from government datasets and your own open records requests and more qualitative work based on existing academic and journalistic research. The Research Associate will be expected to become a subject matter expert on the areas assigned, identify what is possible, collect it, discover/solve problems, and organize the reliable results that serve as a foundation of our movement.

For examples of the kinds of data collection projects that the Research Associate would take on, see our work on prison wages, co-pays, phone calls and articles by a part-time staffer who plays a similar role:

This new position is structured with a transition path to a Policy Analyst position where there will be more opportunities for lead authorship of briefings and to take over leadership of an organizing campaign.

Required skills/experience/attitudes:

  • An inquisitive mind and a reputation for meticulous work.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • 1+ years of paid or volunteer, part- or full-time, experience working for criminal justice reform in an advocacy, academic, jailhouse lawyer, journalistic, or government capacity.
  • Able to start on July 1, 2020 (or earlier) in our Easthampton, Massachusetts office. (Because of the collaborative nature of our work, we will not consider requests to work remotely)

We are an equal opportunity employer. People from communities that are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and people with direct experience with the criminal justice system are especially encouraged to apply.

Salary & Benefits

The expected salary for this entry-level position is $40,000, and our practice has been to recognize the advancement of skills over time with generous raises. Benefits include health insurance, all Massachusetts holidays, paid sick time, paid vacation, and an IRA match.

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

Hiring process

We will be reviewing applications and scheduling interviews on a monthly basis. We anticipate doing a phone screen, a round of Skype interviews, and then a final round of in-person interviews.

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.

Start date

This position has a rolling deadline, but we welcome applicants who cannot start until Fall 2020.

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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