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.
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 AND WRITING (45%)
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
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
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.
The IIP offers excellent benefits and a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Email IIP_JohnJay@prosecution.org with the subject “Policy Advisor” and the following materials (in DOC or PDF file format):
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.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply. Cover letter and resume required.
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