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Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy whose core objective is to maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. We are dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. We invest in sustainable change, building it from the ground up based on research, deep thinking, and a strong foundation of evidence. We drive public conversation, craft policy, and inspire action through education and advocacy.

Position Overview

Arnold Ventures’ Advocacy team strengthens the organization’s partnerships with federal and state governments and helps the organization’s programmatic teams bring the findings of new research into the policymaking process with a goal of achieving sustainable legislative reform. The Advocacy team is responsible for developing and executing advocacy campaigns on the organization’s policy priorities; building, resourcing, and maintaining strategic alliances with engaged and influential state and national partners and stakeholders; and managing relationships with key state and federal policymaking officials.

Arnold Ventures’ Criminal Justice team aims to advance community safety and the values of fairness, effectiveness, and racial justice. It funds innovative work in six domains: Policing, Pretrial Justice, Community Supervision, Prisons, Reintegration, and Fines & Fees. 

Reporting to the Vice President of Advocacy, Criminal Justice, and based in Arnold Ventures’ Washington, D.C. office, the Advocacy Manager, Criminal Justice will help develop and execute the organization’s investment and partnership strategies to advance criminal justice policy priorities. This position will research, analyze, develop, and manage high-impact criminal justice advocacy projects and investments at the state and national levels. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Support the Vice President of Advocacy, Criminal Justice, in collaboration with the Criminal Justice team, to build federal and state-level advocacy campaigns that advance the organization’s criminal justice policy priorities
  • Research, assess, and develop grant recommendations that are aligned with the Advocacy team’s strategies, including reviewing proposals and advising applicants on scope and budget
  • Present grant proposals to Criminal Justice and Advocacy team members and the Arnold Ventures Board of Directors
  • Facilitate the award, management, and tracking of advocacy grants approved by the Arnold Ventures Board of Directors, which includes working with grantees and partners to develop strategic campaign plans, establish performance metrics, assist grantees in troubleshooting and overcoming project obstacles, and monitor progress and impact
  • Coordinate and facilitate collaboration across Advocacy team grantees that overlap on issue or geography to ensure maximum synergy in accomplishing goals
  • Develop content for internal and external purposes, such as funding proposals, issue briefs, research and policy summaries, and reports

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 4 – 6 years of experience in a related field is preferred, including part-time work or internships
  • Demonstrated interest in policymaking systems and processes 

Required Knowledge/​Skills/​Abilities

  • Adaptable, action-oriented, creative, and entrepreneurial self-starter 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize across multiple projects at the same time under deadline with careful attention to detail
  • Seeks balanced feedback from others and applies insights from feedback
  • Effectively communicates complex ideas in a clear and concise manner 
  • Excellent writing skills 
  • Excels working independently and as part of a team
  • Builds trust and confidently collaborates with internal and external partners
  • Identifies important trends and starts discussions about how these may impact the work; quickly and consistently identifies and pursues new opportunities and articulates how opportunities will contribute to the team’s success

Our Culture and Core Values

Our culture seeks to inspire and empower our people to innovate and develop bold ideas that will help Arnold Ventures achieve lasting impact. Our culture, and the core values that support it, should create an environment that spurs our team to think outside the box, feel comfortable pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and signal confidence in our team’s ability to make change happen through our philanthropic efforts.

Arnold Ventures’ values are integral to our lived experience. They genuinely reflect who we are as an organization, help us accelerate our strategic goals, strengthen our resolve, anchor us to our mission, and guide our decision-making. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following core values that inspire the Arnold Ventures team to make a difference.

  • Respect for Ourselves & Others
  • Audacious Action
  • Collaborative Engagement
  • Depth of Thought
  • Clear Communication

Arnold Ventures is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, military/​veteran status, or any basis prohibited by applicable law.

Acknowledging the importance of diverse perspectives, Arnold Ventures is committed to employing individuals from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of experiences. Members of historically marginalized communities and candidates who have been impacted by the systems we are seeking to change are strongly encouraged to apply.



Arnold Ventures funds projects to understand problems and identify policy solutions.

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