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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.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Competitive hourly rate based on qualifications

Terms: Paid part-time, at least 16 hours per week, one or two academic semesters

Department: Criminal Justice, Corrections

Report to: Director of Criminal Justice Research, Corrections

Travel: Minimal travel expected

Position Overview

Arnold Ventures’ Criminal Justice Initiative aims to advance community safety and the values of fairness, effectiveness, and racial justice. We fund innovative work in five domains: Policing, Pretrial Justice, Community Supervision, Prisons, and Reintegration. The Initiative works with teams of experts from inside and outside government and across disciplines to reform the U.S. criminal justice system through research, evidence, testing innovative pilot programs, and policy change.

We are seeking a Criminal Justice Graduate Research Associate for the Corrections team to help research, analyze, develop, and manage high-impact philanthropic projects in the field of criminal justice, with a focus on the community supervision, prisons, reintegration, and fines and fees reform portfolios. The Corrections Graduate Research Associate will report to the Director of Criminal Justice Research on the Corrections team and collaborate with the entire Corrections team.

Core Responsibilities

  • Support the advancement of the team’s research agendas in the areas of community supervision, prisons, reintegration, and fines and fees reform
  • Support the development of potential research and policy advocacy projects in the areas of community supervision, prisons, reintegration, and fines and fees reform
  • Develop written content for internal purposes and processes, such as literature reviews and research summaries, issue briefs, concept notes and research proposals, and meeting materials for Arnold Ventures' Board, Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, and other members of the Criminal Justice Initiative
  • Engage with the Corrections team and support the routine operations of the team by coordinating meetings with external partners, documenting and supporting decision-making and action items, and carrying out project management duties to ensure work is complete and of high quality

Minimum Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate degree in a relevant field such as such as criminology/criminal justice, sociology, law, public policy, statistics, or economics.


  • Passionate about improving the U.S. criminal justice system
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional organization skills and ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects
  • Capacity to thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to understand and analyze complex policy and research questions
  • Action-oriented with the ability to overcome unforeseen obstacles and see projects through to completion
  • Strong self-direction and self-motivation skills
  • Flexible, adaptable, and comfortable with change during times of ambiguity
  • Creative and innovative mindset to strategically partner with team members
  • Confident, humble, intellectually curious, open-minded, objective, and receptive to feedback
  • Team-oriented and collaborative, yet also able to work well independently
  • Able to interact confidently with junior, senior, and executive team members and navigate relationships with external experts, government leaders, advocates, and individuals impacted by the justice system

Core Values

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

We are interested in receiving applications from qualified candidates who have been directly impacted by the systems we are seeking to change.

Please include your resume, a cover letter, and one writing sample in your application.