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Arnold Ventures is a philanthropic organization whose core objective is to maximize opportunities and minimize injustices for all people.

  • Position: Director of Criminal Justice Advocacy
  • Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits
  • Office: Houston, TX or Washington D.C.

Arnold Ventures' Policy and Advocacy team works to strengthen partnerships with federal, state, and local governments and helps Arnold Ventures' programmatic teams bring the findings of new research into the policy-making process. The Policy and Advocacy team is responsible for developing and executing advocacy campaigns around policy priorities; building, resourcing, and maintaining strategic alliances with engaged and influential state and national partners and stakeholders; and managing relationships with key federal, state, and local policymaking officials.

Arnold Ventures seeks a Director to help build its advocacy capacity and advance the philanthropy's policy priorities on criminal justice issues. Arnold Ventures' Criminal Justice Initiative aims to advance community safety and the values of equity, fairness, effectiveness, and racial justice through five key policy domains: policing, pretrial justice, community supervision, prisons, and reintegration. In each of these domains, Arnold Ventures grants support research, build evidence, create tools for practitioners, and fund local jurisdictions that pilot and test new policies and practices.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Work with Arnold Ventures' Policy and Advocacy team to develop and refine AV’s investment and partnership strategies;
  • Work with a cross-functional team to develop and deploy federal and state advocacy strategies;
  • Develop and manage grants to implementing partners, and work with grantees to develop and implement strategic advocacy plans, establish performance metrics, and monitor performance; and
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, coalition partners, experts, and policymakers.

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to craft and execute national-level, high-impact advocacy campaign strategies;
  • Experience building and managing coalitions and strategic relationships with diverse groups and interests;
  • Ability to develop, engage, and leverage a strong network of individual and organizational advocates;
  • Experience with federal or state policymaking systems and processes;
  • Strong leadership and management skills;
  • Creativity and rigor in solving complex problems;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines; and
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

Personal Qualities:

  • Collaborative and team-oriented, yet also a self-starter able work independently to drive change;
  • Flexible and adaptable;
  • Intellectually curious — a problem solver who enjoys working with colleagues to find solutions to challenging problems.

Required Experience and Education:

  • Advanced degree(s) in public policy or a related field;
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience;
  • Successful track record in policy advocacy and lobbying; working in federal or state legislative offices on public policy issues preferred.

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Director of Criminal Justice Advocacy. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.