Criminal Justice Policy Analyst

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Position Summary

Working with a small team and under the supervision of the Criminal Justice Project Director, the Policy Analyst will be responsible for advocating for reform of the criminal legal system at both the state and local levels. 

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Maintaining a deep understanding of the criminal justice system and necessary changes to advance racial and economic justice. 
  • Conducting rigorous policy research, and collecting and interpreting data to understand the impacts of current laws, policies, practices, and procedures. 
  • Drafting memoranda, factsheets, reports, legislation and other advocacy materials.
  • Reviewing and providing analysis on existing and proposed legislation, legal opinions and briefs, rulings from the Attorney General and the courts, etc.
  • Developing and coordinating advocacy strategies and efforts with coalition members and other stakeholders.
  • Engaging in advocacy at the state and local level designed to reduce the criminal legal/justice system’s burden on people of color and low-income people.
  • Speaking at public hearings and to the media.
  • Presenting to and educating various stakeholders and the public regarding our advocacy efforts.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Candidate Qualifications

  • A passion for racial and economic justice issues. 
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system and the failed policies that have led to mass incarceration and the unjust treatment of black and brown communities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with and develop relationships with diverse individuals and stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and competing demands.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Digital proficiency in Google Suite, Zoom, and Microsoft Office.
  • A college degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advocacy or public policy experience, specifically in criminal justice reform or related issues.
  • Experience working with the Texas state legislature.
  • Advanced degree (e.g., J.D., MPA, MPP, MLS, MSCJ, MSSW)
  • Experience working alongside individuals who have been impacted by the criminal legal/justice system.

Background Information

The policy analyst will report directly to the Criminal Justice Project Director. This position is based in Austin, Texas. This is a full-time position at 40 hours a week. Some in-state travel required (post-COVID-19 restrictions).  

Texas Appleseed offers competitive pay, paid health, life, dental and vision insurance for full-time employees, a generous paid leave package, as well as retirement matching and flexible hours in an inclusive culture. The approximate salary range is $60,000 to $65,000 per year, commensurate with experience.  

Due to COVID-19, our office is currently working remotely, but this position will require working in the Austin office in the future. 

Texas Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer.  People of color, women, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please email (using the subject line: Criminal Justice Policy Analyst) your resumé, a cover letter, and one original writing sample to the attention of Jennifer Carreon, Criminal Justice Project Director. The cover letter should describe your interest in the position and include a detailed explanation of how your experience meets the minimum qualifications and prepares you for the responsibilities outlined in the job description. Please no phone calls. Only candidates that we decide to interview will be contacted. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to submit their materials soon and no later than February 21, 2022.

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