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The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) strengthens criminal justice communities and improves lives by empowering stakeholders through training, collaboration, and advocacy. NCJA, as an organization, seeks to achieve these four broad goals:

  • Convener & Facilitator | Facilitate peer-to-peer exchanges and stakeholder engagement to be the leading non-partisan convener of SAAs and other criminal justice system partners.

  • Advocate & Liaison | Advocate for and communicate with local, state, and federal partners to ensure ongoing funding in Byrne JAG and other federal public safety programs, sharing information on federal policy and funding with SAAs and an expanded NCJA membership.

  • Thought Leader | Publish and disseminate thought pieces each year on critical policy areas facing states and the various successful approaches being taken by different states and entities.

  • Technical Assistance Provider | Increase the number of states who receive training and technical assistance to increase the ability of SAAs and other stakeholders to maximize the impact of their federal funding dollars.

NCJA provides training, technical assistance, research and reporting to state administering agencies (SAAs) as well as other state and local stakeholders including criminal justice coordinating councils (CJCC) community based advisory boards and federal grant recipients. Through the National State Policymakers Training and Technical Assistance (SAA TTA) program, we support recipients with both remote and onsite support, offer training, coordinate with other national partners, gather data and research evidence-based practices for inclusion in outreach and training.

To Apply or Ask a Question

Please click below to read about the three positions:​

 

For questions, please email Deb Matteucci. To apply, please send cover letter, resume and three letters of reference to  by 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time, July 13, 2020.

Program Analyst/Data Entry

The Program Analyst/Data Entry complements the skillset of the SAA TTA team, bringing experience in researching, cataloguing, and presenting findings on evidence-based practices, policies, and funding strategies within the criminal justice system. This position will join the NCJA team to provide research and analysis of best practices in justice programs and policies, to support training events and coordinate both remote and onsite technical assistance. The successful candidate will have experience working in the criminal justice system and a general understanding of system stakeholders, processes and challenges facing public safety agencies across the country. Some travel is expected. The Program Analyst/Data Entry will work remotely from a home office location and reports directly to the Director of Strategic Planning & Training Development, working collaboratively as a member of a high functioning professional team.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting online research to compile descriptive information pertaining to evidence-based or informed criminal justice programs and policies delivered by justice agencies

  • Interviewing justice policymakers and practitioners to gather information concerning current practices, coordinating calls within SAA regions and by topics of interest.

  • Writing summaries of findings highlighting key relevant results to make them accessible to staff, funding authorities, and justice policymakers; providing briefings on program findings and activities to management, the NCJA team, including the NCJA Policy Coordinator, the NCJA Board of  Directors and the National Program TTA Team,

  • Developing presentations of information for use by project staff and justice policy makers.

  • Organizing data to post on NCJA website and to report to funding authorities

  • Assisting with data analysis and compilation of survey results.

  • Collecting, processing, and analyzing data including stakeholder surveys and other sensing

    mechanisms, using Excel, online survey tools (Survey Monkey), and other applications

  • Gathering data, tracking, and measuring program performance with associated goals.

  • Populating and submitting performance data on an ongoing basis to the National Training and

    Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC)

  • Drafting progress reports for review and approval by project teams

  • Works collaboratively with the Director of Strategic Planning & Training Development and program

    staff to book travel when needed, coordinate reimbursement of staff and participant travel.

  • In consultation with program managers, develop, monitor, and finalize conference requests and

    reporting to align with program goals and defined budgets, organizing and participating in national and regional trainings, meetings and convenings.

 

Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher (criminal justice, public policy or educational evaluation/research preferred).

  • Minimum of two years’ work experience in research or a related criminal justice services

  • Strong writing skills for the development of policy briefings, articles, website content and reports.

  • Interest in the administration of justice with emphasis on data- informed policy and practice.

  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office software (PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Access, etc.) and other

    research related software programs

  • Knowledge of conducting analyses and writing reports.

  • Knowledge of conducting online research and organizing findings.

  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; ability to quickly learn and adapt in a fast-paced,

    highly interactive environment

  • Self-starter who is comfortable with minimal day-to-day guidance and independently managing

    deadlines

  • Proven track record of consistently producing deliverables that are well-written and contain helpful

    information, providing solid and actionable recommendations

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to track multiple tasks concurrently

  • Ability to work virtually and manage multiple projects and meet deadlines with a minimum of

    supervision.

  • Ability to interact and maintain good working relationships with officials at all levels of government,

    as well as criminal justice policymakers and practitioners.

  • Ability to participate in a high functioning professional team requiring flexibility and collaboration.

     

To Apply or Ask a Question

Please send questions by email. To apply, please send cover letter, resume and three letters of reference to Casplen@ncja.org by 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time, July 13, 2020.

Program Manager Behavioral Health(BH)

The Program Manager (BH) position complements the skillset of the SAA TTA team, bringing experience with behavioral health including mental health, substance abuse or other publicly funded healthcare programs. This position will join the team to provide training and technical assistance to eligible entities, ensuring that these programs achieve defined goals and meet the needs of criminal justice practitioners and policymakers. Travel throughout the United States and territories is expected on a routine basis. The Program Manager will work remotely from a home office location and reports directly to the Director of Strategic Planning & Training Development, working collaboratively as a member of a high functioning professional team.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Delivering training and technical assistance, both remotely and onsite, on the fundamentals of strategic planning to increase the capacity of SAAs and other

  • stakeholders to maximize the impact of their funding in key areas of focus and to ensure

  • federal funds are used most effectively.

  • Develop and deploy TTA that may include integrating data into criminal justice efforts,

  • developing press releases, educating state and local players on CJCC and SAA structures and functionality, or providing behavioral health, Medicaid eligibility, reimbursement mechanisms or other subject matter expertise.

  • Developing and executing work plans to accomplish assigned project goals and objectives.

  • Organizing and participating in national and regional trainings, meetings and convenings.

  • Maintaining a knowledge base of policies, practices, and research relevant to program

  • activities.

  • Providing briefings on program findings and activities to management, the NCJA Board of

  • Directors, the National Program TTA Team, high level officials in federal, state, local and

  • tribal government.

  • Developing innovative and strategic means of delivering information to policymakers and

  • practitioners

  • Complying with all reporting requirements as established by funding authorities and NCJA

  • Executive Director

  • Drafting publications and informational materials, contributing to content, and hosting of

  • educational webinars, and capturing program deliverables and outcomes to contribute to the shared knowledge base.

Requirements

  • Experience in managing programs delivering high quality service to government decision and policymakers.

  • Extensive knowledge of criminal justice policy and practice, law enforcement, corrections, or other area of related expertise.

  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Skill at quickly acquiring and maintaining sound knowledge of multiple organizations,

  • programs, and project stakeholders.

  • Ability to work virtually and manage multiple projects and meet deadlines with a minimum

  • of supervision.

  • Ability to interact and maintain good working relationships with officials at all levels of

  • government, as well as criminal justice policymakers and practitioners.

  • Ability to participate in a high functioning professional team requiring flexibility and

  • collaboration.

  • Ability to travel extensively.

  • Master’s degree (or commensurate experience) in criminal justice or related field.

  • Post graduate certification in related professional discipline is encouraged.

To Apply or Ask a Question

Please send questions by email. To apply, please send cover letter, resume and three letters of reference to Casplen@ncja.org by 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time, July 13, 2020.

Program Manager Public Safety (LE)

The Program Manager (LE) position complements the skillset of the SAA TTA team, bringing experience with law enforcement, corrections, detention or other public safety agency. This position will join the team to provide training and technical assistance to eligible entities, ensuring that these programs achieve defined goals and meet the needs of criminal justice practitioners and policymakers. Travel throughout the United States and territories is expected on a routine basis. The Program Manager will work remotely from a home office location and reports directly to the Director of Strategic Planning & Training Development, working collaboratively as a member of a high functioning professional team.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Delivering training and technical assistance, both remotely and onsite, on the fundamentals of strategic planning to increase the capacity of SAAs and other

  • stakeholders to maximize the impact of their funding in key areas of focus and to ensure

  • federal funds are used most effectively.

  • Develop and deploy TTA that may include integrating data into criminal justice efforts,

  • developing press releases, educating state and local players on CJCC and SAA structures and functionality, or providing law enforcement, corrections, pretrial or other subject expertise.

  • Developing and executing work plans to accomplish assigned project goals and objectives.

  • Organizing and participating in national and regional trainings, meetings and convenings.

  • Maintaining a knowledge base of policies, practices, and research relevant to program

  • activities.

  • Providing briefings on program findings and activities to management, The NCJA Team,

  • the NCJA Board of Directors, the National Program TTA Team, high level officials in

  • federal, state, local and tribal government.

  • Developing innovative and strategic means of delivering information to policymakers and

  • practitioners

  • Complying with all reporting requirements as established by funding authorities and NCJA

  • Executive Director

  • Drafting publications and informational materials, contributing to content, and hosting of

  • educational webinars, and capturing program deliverables and outcomes to contribute to the shared knowledge base.

Requirements

  • Experience in managing programs delivering high quality service to government decision and policymakers.

  • Extensive knowledge of criminal justice policy and practice, law enforcement, corrections, or other area of related expertise.

  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Skill at quickly acquiring and maintaining sound knowledge of multiple organizations,

  • programs, and project stakeholders.

  • Ability to work virtually and manage multiple projects and meet deadlines with a minimum

  • of supervision.

  • Ability to interact and maintain good working relationships with officials at all levels of

  • government, as well as criminal justice policymakers and practitioners.

  • Ability to participate in a high functioning professional team requiring flexibility and

  • collaboration.

  • Ability to travel extensively.

  • Master’s degree (or commensurate experience) in criminal justice or related field.

  • Post graduate certification in related professional discipline is encouraged.

To Apply or Ask a Question

Please send questions by email. To apply, please send cover letter, resume and three letters of reference to Casplen@ncja.org by 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time, July 13, 2020.


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Undergraduate Internship Program


The NCJA offers semester-long and summer internships. This internship program is designed to provide substantive experience in criminal justice policy. Interns primarily research and write articles for two weekly newsletters; summarize and analyze criminal justice research reports; report on congressional hearings, Justice Department briefings, and other events; and participate in other projects as assigned. Clerical duties are minimal.

 

This is a remote position. Interns may work from anywhere in the United States. (*We can offer office space for those preferring to work at an onsite location).

 

The position requires access to the Internet, Microsoft Office or similar office suite applications, and a phone.

 

Qualified candidates will have excellent writing skills, be inquisitive and hard-working, and have a general interest in criminal justice and/or journalism. Internships are unpaid and available on a full-time or part-time basis throughout the academic year and during the summer. While we prefer students to work between 30 and 40 hours per week, we can work to accommodate academic schedules.

 

Submit an application: send a cover letter, resume and writing samples (5 pages max) to the internship coordinator listed below. Current transcripts are strongly encouraged.

 

Bethany Broida

Director of Communications

Phone: (202) 276-2266
Email: bbroida@ncja.org

 
 
 

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