Employment opportunities at the Prison Policy Initiative

Coming soon: We expect to be posting several positions in the next few months, including what may be another researcher position, a communications/development/administrative position, and/or a staff writer position. Regular users of our work who are particularly interested in joining our term are encouraged to reach out while these positions are being developed. (Posted March 2019.)

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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