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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, New York

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, Pretrial Justice

Report to: Director of Criminal Justice, Pretrial Justice

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 Pretrial Justice Graduate Research Associate to help research, analyze, develop, and manage high-impact philanthropic projects in the field of criminal justice, with a focus on pretrial justice — particularly the role of prosecutors, defense counsel, and the courts. The Pretrial Justice Graduate Research Associate will report to the Director of Criminal Justice overseeing this portfolio.

Core Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Director of Criminal Justice Research, research, assess, and develop potential policy areas and projects, with a particular focus on the topics of bail reform, prosecution, defense, and court function
  • Develop content for internal and external purposes, such as funding proposals, issue briefs, research summaries, policy summaries, 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
  • Contribute to research projects, developing data metrics and managing research transparency requirements
  • Engage and support the daily work of the Pretrial Justice team, including coordination of meetings with the Pretrial Research Advisory Board, documenting decision-making within the Pretrial Justice team, supporting the collaborative work of the National Partnership for Pretrial Justice, 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 leadership skills, self-direction, and self-motivation
  • 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.

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, a cover letter that indicates how you learned about this position, and two writing samples.