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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: New York City

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications

Department: Criminal Justice

Reports to: Criminal Justice Chief of Staff

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 Manager to provide support to the Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice and the Chief of Staff in overseeing the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the Criminal Justice initiative.

Core Responsibilities

  • Liaise with Criminal Justice initiative leadership and other team members, as well as with teams across Arnold Ventures, to implement processes to increase staff efficiency
  • Track the pipeline and inventory of projects under development and facilitate the review process with senior staff
  • Support the Criminal Justice team by ensuring all members have relevant information about projects and grantees
  • Assist in the tracking of budgets and approval processes
  • Develop opportunities for cross-team collaboration, trainings, and professional development opportunities
  • Manage the recruitment and hiring of interns and graduate research associates for the Criminal Justice initiative and assist in the onboarding and orientation for new staff
  • Special projects as assigned by the Chief of Staff of the Criminal Justice initiative to advance knowledge management, insights on grantmaking, and other team relationships

Minimum Qualifications

  • A minimum of three years of relevant work experience, preferably in positions involving systemic policy reform, research, and/or project management with a focus on criminal justice
  • Undergraduate degree required; advanced degree(s) preferred in a relevant field such as criminology/criminal justice, social work, law, public policy, statistics, or economics
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to engage 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

Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Preferred experience working with or within federal, state, or local justice systems (e.g., prosecutor’s office, public defender’s office, office of court administration) or with advocacy organizations dedicated to improving justice systems highly desirable
  • 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, and contact information for three references to Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the "Criminal Justice Manager, Projects" position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.