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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.

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications

Department: Criminal Justice – Corrections Reform Team

Report to: Director of Criminal Justice

Travel: Occasional 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 address the injustices in the U.S. criminal legal system through research-informed policy change.

We are seeking a Manager of Criminal Justice for the corrections reform portfolio to help research, analyze, develop, and manage high-impact projects in the field of criminal justice, with a focus on reforms to probation and parole, prisons, reentry, reintegration, and/or fines and fees. The Manager will report to the Director of Criminal Justice overseeing the corrections reform portfolio. (Learn more about our corrections portfolios.)

Core Responsibilities

  • Research, develop, evaluate, and track potential policy areas and projects, with a particular focus on the topics of community supervision, prisons, reentry, reintegration, and/or fines and fees
  • Identify, develop, and present potential grant opportunities that are aligned with the Criminal Justice initiative’s strategies to the Vice President of Criminal Justice, Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, and Arnold Ventures’ Board of Directors
  • Manage and track grants approved by Arnold Ventures’ Board of Directors, which will include working with grantees and partners to develop strategic plans, establish performance metrics, and monitor progress and impact
  • Draft documents, such as funding proposals, issue briefs, research summaries, and annual reports, for Arnold Ventures’ Board of Directors and members of the Criminal Justice initiative
  • Collaborate with other Arnold Ventures teams to explore and develop cross-initiative opportunities
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree(s) in public policy, economics, law, business and management, or other related fields highly preferred; or equivalent work experience in lieu of advanced degree
  • 3-6 years of relevant work experience, preferably in positions involving policy, research, and project management responsibilities with a focus on community supervision, prison policies, sentencing, fines and fees, reentry, and/or reintegration
  • A deep understanding of the criminal justice system and criminal justice policy
  • Proven commitment to and passion for social justice and impact

Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to thrive in a variety of situations
  • Able to develop, engage, and collaborate with a strong, diverse network of organizations and experts
  • Articulates how own actions contribute to the organization's success and prioritizes actions that will help reach the goals; sees important trends and starts discussion about how these may impact own work, the field, and communities
  • Action-oriented, creative, and entrepreneurial self-starter who assumes personal ownership of work and is capable of effectively prioritizing and working simultaneously on multiple projects
  • Embraces change, staying focused, positive, and effective; addresses problems without clear solutions, making substantial progress
  • Intellectually curious, open-minded, objective, and receptive to feedback
  • Ability to build trust, communicate effectively, and collaborate with senior leadership
  • Actively seeks feedback from a variety of sources; asks clarifying questions to understand and improve own impact on others or on team performance; reflects on and learns from prior experiences
  • Readily includes people and ensures their efforts are recognized; seeks to learn from their success; ensures that people understand exactly why the work is important and meaningful

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 and invite all candidates to address their reasons for engaging in this work in their cover letter.