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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.

Criminal Justice Graduate Research Associate

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

Compensation: Competitive hourly wage, based on qualifications

Location: New York, New York

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 to help research, analyze, and develop high-impact projects in the field of criminal justice, with a focus on increasing evidence-based strategies and tools that aid law enforcement in reducing violent crime and harm to communities most impacted by violence. This individual will help develop and implement the violence reduction research agenda, assist with strategy development, develop literature reviews and policy memos, assist with research grants, and provide strategic research-related advice to the policing team. The Criminal Justice Graduate Research Associate will report to the Director of Criminal Justice for this domain.

Core Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the Director of Criminal Justice, research, assess, and develop potential policy areas and projects, with a particular focus on strategies and programs that aim to reduce violence;
  • Research topical areas as requested including the completion of comprehensive literature reviews and web searches;
  • Prepare interview questions with key stakeholders, participate in interviews and summarize interview findings;
  • Prepare tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results;
  • Attend project meetings;
  • Develop content for internal and external purposes, such as funding proposals, issue briefs, research summaries, and annual reports for Arnold Ventures' Board, Vice President and Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, and other members of the Criminal Justice Initiative.

Essential Skills, Experience, & Abilities:

  • A minimum of three years of relevant work experience preferred, especially in positions involving systemic policy reform, research, and/or project management with a focus on public safety, policing, criminology, behavioral health policy, or government operations;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with high-level stakeholders and experts in various fields;
  • 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;
  • Ability to overcome unforeseen obstacles and see projects through to completion;
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently;
  • Strong leadership skills, self-direction, and self-motivation.

Required Education:

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program in criminal justice, sociology, psychology, public policy, law, or a related field, with a PhD program preferred.
  • Previous work experience in fields such as criminal justice, public policy, or law.

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 Research Associate, Violence Reduction.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.