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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. or New York

Compensation: Competitive hourly rate based on qualifications

Terms: Paid part-time, at least 16 hours per week, for up to one calendar year

Department: Criminal Justice

Report to: Vice President of Criminal Justice Research or Director of Criminal Justice Research

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 three Criminal Justice Graduate Research Associates to support the Policing, Pretrial Justice, and the Corrections teams to help research, analyze, develop, and manage high-impact philanthropic projects in the field of criminal justice. The Graduate Research Associates will report either to the Director of Criminal Justice Research or the Vice President of Criminal Justice Research working on the Policing, Pretrial Justice, or Corrections portfolios and collaborate with the entire Policing, Pretrial Justice, or Corrections teams to which they are assigned.

Core Responsibilities

  • Support the advancement of the team’s research agendas and the development of potential research and policy advocacy projects in policing, pretrial justice, community supervision, prisons, and reintegration
  • 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 of Directors, Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, Vice President of Criminal Justice Research and other members of the Criminal Justice Initiative
  • Engage with the Policing, Pretrial Justice, or 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 or recent graduate of a graduate degree program (MS or PhD) in a relevant field such as such as criminology/criminal justice, sociology, law, public policy, statistics, or economics

Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Passionate about racial justice and social justice
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional organization skills and ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects
  • Ability to understand and analyze complex policy and research questions
  • Ability to overcome unforeseen obstacles and see projects through to completion
  • Action-oriented with strong self-direction and self-motivation skills
  • Adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity
  • Creative and innovative mindset to strategically partner and collaborate with team members
  • Intellectually curious, open-minded, objective, humble, and receptive to feedback
  • Able to interact confidently with 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 ask that you include a cover letter in addition to your resume when applying, and we invite you to address your reasons for engaging in this work in your cover letter.

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.



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