The Institute for Innovation in Prosecution (“the IIP”) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice partners with elected prosecutors and the communities they serve to advance a more equitable and effective criminal justice system. As democratically elected officials with significant discretion, prosecutors are uniquely positioned to help transform the US justice system. Through strategic initiatives that examine the role of the prosecutor, convene diverse stakeholders, and emphasize human dignity, the IIP provides a collaborative national platform for prosecutors, policy experts, and directly-impacted community members to examine the most persistent challenges in the criminal justice system, and to generate actionable solutions that prioritize community-centered standards of safety, equity, and wellness.

Policy Advisor

The IIP seeks a full-time Policy Advisor to serve in the IIP’s Manhattan midtown office. The Policy Advisor is responsible for leading the development of research and written products, cultivating partnerships in the field, and project managing specific IIP initiatives. The Policy Advisor should be a creative and curious self-starter with a background in criminal justice and exceptional analytical and communication skills.


  • Research emerging and persistent issues in the field of prosecution and criminal justice more broadly, including challenges, best practices, and innovations

  • Conduct literature reviews, policy analysis, field work, and interviews on discrete research questions

  • Translate research into original, user-friendly tools for prosecutors and communities, including issue briefs, webinars, and toolkits

  • Identify potential research questions that deserve further attention and facilitate conversation and action to examine issue areas

  • Manage the development and dissemination of written products, including policy papers, op-eds, newsletters, tools, funding proposals and deliverables

  • Proactively engage and update the IIP team and partners about recent scholarship and emerging issues in the field of prosecution


  • Research and conduct outreach to experts in the field of prosecution, including elected prosecutors and their senior staff, community organizers, and scholars

  • Cultivate relationships and liaise with partners on specific initiatives, including keeping them abreast of related work, requesting their insight, and fielding questions

  • Facilitate conversations amongst partners, including via conference calls on specific topics to inform policy papers, working groups, and toolkits

  • Collect and synthesize insight from diverse perspectives into the IIP’s ongoing work and strategic mission

  • Proactively build a community of practice amongst the IIP team, prosecutors, and partners

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  • Collaborate on organizational strategic planning and communications

  • Develop metrics by which to evaluate the IIP’s impact

  • Support the IIP team, including through editing, meeting and event preparation, and occasional administrative duties

  • Support IIP and John Jay events

Ideal Candidate:

  • A commitment to building a more equitable and effective criminal justice system

  • A curiosity about others’ experiences and passion for building bridges between diverse stakeholders

  • Excellent research and analytical skills

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

  • At least 5-7 years professional experience in criminal justice and/or policy

  • Experience working collaboratively with a team and managing projects independently

  • Experience working with elected officials strongly preferred but not required

  • Experience at a research, legal, governmental, community organizing, and/or direct service organization preferred but not required

  • Master’s or JD preferred but not required

  • The IIP is an equal opportunity employer. People of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, gender identities, criminal justice involvement, national origin, and world views encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

The IIP offers excellent benefits and a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Email with the subject “Policy Advisor” and the following materials (in DOC or PDF file format):

  • 1-page resume

  • 1-page cover letter

  • 2-5 page writing sample

  • List of three references (name, title/organization, relationship, contact information) who can speak to your qualifications

The Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (IIP) seeks a full-time summer intern to support the executive director and staff.

The IIP provides a collaborative national platform that brings together prosecutors, policy experts, and the communities they serve to promote data-driven strategies, cutting-edge scholarship, and innovative thinking.  The IIP is dedicated to criminal justice that promotes community-centered standards of safety, fairness, and dignity.

Specific responsibilities will be dependent on the intern's skill set and will be discussed in detail during the interview process.

 Responsibilities may include:

  • Supporting the IIP team and advisory board in strategic planning

  • Conducting legal and policy research

  • Drafting clear, concise, and prompt policy memoranda and issue briefs for IIP staff

  • Tracking and reporting internally on progress, challenges, and innovations in the prosecution field

  • Collecting news clips and tracking websites relevant to the IIP

  • Assist in maintaining and building communication with key collaborators and stakeholders

  • Creating, editing, and maintaining systems, tools, and processes to track the progress and outcomes of the IIP

  • Attending and providing support to IIP events and forums

  • Contributing to IIP’s social media strategy

  • Assisting with administrative duties as needed, including data entry, correspondence and outreach, and logistics for meetings and events

  • Additional responsibilities and duties will be assigned as appropriate and based on the candidate's skill set and interests


  • Current college, law student, or graduate student

  • Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills

  • Experience working in law, policy, and/or community organizations

  • Excellent organization skills with ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously and strong orientation to detail

  • Strong sense of professionalism and discretion

  • Positive attitude and ability to work with others efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to make independent decisions regarding planning, organizing, and scheduling work

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required

  • The IIP is an equal-opportunity employer. Women, people of color, and individuals directly impacted by the criminal justice system encouraged to apply

The IIP can support interns eligible for federal work-study or seeking to receive college credit for their internship hours. For full-time interns who do not have funding through an outside source (school, work-study, grant, etc.), a stipend will be available for the term of the internship.

To qualify for federal work-study/college credits: Students are responsible for obtaining advance approval from their institution for both 1) using their internship for college credit and/or 2) receiving federal-work study payments while at the National Network. Please obtain this approval before your interview and be prepared to provide proof of eligibility and/or award.

To Apply:

Email to apply. Cover letter and resume required.

The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities Act e-verified employer.


Summer 2019 Internship