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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 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.
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.
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, two weeks paid sick time, two weeks paid vacation, and an IRA match.
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.
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.
The expected salary for this position is $50,000/year plus health insurance, all Massachusetts state holidays, two weeks paid vacation, two weeks paid sick time, and an IRA match.
This position has a rolling deadline, but we welcome applicants who cannot start until Fall 2020.
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.
posted November 4, 2019
Law school students who have developed considerable experience using our research in their own work and who anticipate graduating in Spring 2021 are encouraged to check this page towards the end of their 2L year for the full description of our Policy Fellowship position. We expect to begin accepting applications in May 2020 for a one year position that would start in September 2021.