Policy Analyst (Justice Policy Center)

The Urban Institute - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.4

Full-timeEstimated: $67,000 - $97,000 a year

Who we are:
At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.

Urban’s greatest asset is our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community. Our employees drive Urban’s mission through entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, effective communication, results-orientation, and relationship cultivation. Our success depends on engaging individuals who possess and value these attributes.

How you’ll contribute:
The Justice Policy Center seeks to hire a Policy Analyst who can work collaboratively with researchers on a variety of research projects focused on criminal justice issues. These projects include the conceptualization of research designs and methodologies, statistical analyses, and report writing for diverse audiences. We are seeking individuals who possess a strong background in policy analysis and a thorough understanding of justice-related issues.

This analyst will be a part of the Criminal Justice Reform Team, whose portfolio focuses on bringing data and research to bear on juvenile and criminal justice reform efforts.

Execute data collection activities related to obtaining state and local administrative datasets and may also include field work/site visits, focus groups, and surveys
With supervisory guidance, conduct policy-relevant quantitative analyses with large administrative datasets using statistical packages including STATA, R, SAS, and/or SPSS
Manage tasks and deadlines for multiple research projects (small and large), which includes working collaboratively with staff at all levels and troubleshooting potential issues
Contribute to the design of research projects including the development of conceptual and analytical frameworks for examining justice-related issues, evaluating programs and policies, and understanding the policy context
Write reports, policy briefs, and other publications to disseminate findings from research projects
Communicate directly with state policy makers, corrections officials, researchers and other criminal justice stakeholders
Contribute to proposals for external funding

What you’ll bring:The successful candidate will:
Possess a Master's degree in Public Policy, Economics, Sociology, Criminology Statistics or a B.A with statistical coursework and several years of related professional experience
Have experience with juvenile or criminal justice data and expertise in quantitative analysis using large datasets and proficient with at least one of the following statistical packages: STATA, R, SAS, or SPSS
Display high-level oral and written communication skills, who can relate effectively to senior leaders in the criminal justice field
Be well-organized, highly motivated, and able to work effectively on multiple projects at once
Be a self-starter, able to quickly relate to senior-level leaders in the criminal justice field
Have the initiative to suggest improvements or innovations on assigned tasks
Communicate respectfully with individuals of differing backgrounds and experience
Be creative, as well as reliable, motivated, and positive
People from communities that are overrepresented in the criminal justice system or people with direct experience in the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply.

What you’ll experience:
Working in the Nation’s Capital, the epicenter of public policy among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters, and enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan and reimbursable commuting expense program.

The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.

The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.