The Criminal Justice Policy Program (CJPP) at Harvard Law School is hiring a Senior Policy Researcher for its National Criminal Justice Debt Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to help bring about major reforms in the way that jurisdictions around the country impose and collect fees and fines in the criminal justice system.
The Senior Policy Researcher will work closely with the Director of the National Criminal Justice Debt Initiative, as well as CJPP's Executive Director, in crafting and executing a national strategy for advancing policy reform in this area. The Senior Policy Researcher will contribute social science, quantitative, statistical, and policy expertise to the team. The Senior Policy Researcher will work with academic researchers, advocates, and policymakers around the country (drawing on, and expanding, CJPP's existing network) to identify appropriate policy changes and pursue law reform to implement those changes. The senior researcher will function as a conduit between researchers and practitioners to leverage social science evidence that may inform these reform efforts. The Senior Policy Researcher will draft reports and white papers synthesizing existing evidence to assist advocates and policymakers while also framing questions for additional research grounded in challenges facing reformers. The person will have the opportunity to develop innovative tools and solutions to communicate research, data, and analysis effectively. CJPP has released one such tool, the Criminal Justice Debt Reform Building (available at cjdebtreform.org) that facilitates research and analysis of statutory authority governing fees and fines in all 50 states. The key components of the position are:
Developing subject matter expertise in the issues surrounding criminal justice debt.
Developing a detailed understanding of academic research projects currently underway relating to criminal justice debt, including studies grounded in a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods.
Producing research reports and other materials synthesizing social science analysis for use by policymakers and advocates.
Developing creative collaborations with academic researchers, lawmakers, policy advocates, and litigators.
Acting as a spokesperson on the issue in numerous settings, including conferences and media appearances.
Collaborating with, and occasionally supervising, law fellows and students contributing to the initiative's work.
The Criminal Justice Policy Program is a policy research and advocacy center that works to advance criminal justice reform around the country. In addition to publishing reports and other materials, the program works in partnership with government agencies to pilot and implement policy changes. It also convenes diverse stakeholders to diagnose problems and chart concrete reforms. More information about CJPP is available at cjpp.law.harvard.edu.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, academic transcripts, and two references.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
This is a term appointment currently expected to extend to 6/30/2019, subject to funding and departmental need.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
A bachelor's degree and fluency in quantitative analytic methods, including statistics and economics, is required. Excellent research and writing skills are also required.
Master's degree and/or two years of related work experience are strongly preferred. Experience working in state government or in state-level policy advocacy is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to criminal justice reform is strongly encouraged.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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