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Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. Our mission is to improve lives by investing in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice.

Position: Criminal Justice Research Associate, Corrections Reform

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

Office: Washington, DC

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 Reform team to help research, analyze, and develop high-impact philanthropic projects focused on corrections reform — particularly community supervision, fines and fees, prisons, and reintegration. The Graduate Research Associate will report to the director of Criminal Justice Research overseeing this portfolio.

Core Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the director of Criminal Justice Research, research, assess, and develop potential research and policy projects, with a particular focus on the topics of community supervision, fines and fees, prisons, and reintegration.
  • Develop content for internal and external purposes, such as funding proposals, issue briefs, research summaries, policy summaries, literature reviews, and board meeting materials for Arnold Ventures' board, vice president, and executive vice president of Criminal Justice, and other members of the Criminal Justice Initiative
  • Engage and support the daily work of the Corrections Reform team, including coordination of meetings with external partners, documenting decision-making within the Corrections Reform team, and carrying out project management duties to ensure work is complete and of high quality

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities

  • 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 research and policy questions
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Strong self-direction and self-motivation skills
  • Familiarity with criminal justice research, data analysis and policy papers

Required Education

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

Desired Personal Qualities

  • Passionate about improving the U.S. criminal justice system
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Flexible, adaptable, and comfortable with change
  • Creative and innovative
  • Confident and humble
  • 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

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

To Apply

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, a cover letter that indicates how you learned about this position, two writing samples, and contact information for three references to In the email subject line, please indicate that you are applying for the position of “Criminal Justice, Corrections Reform Graduate Research Associate.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.