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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.

Position Overview

Arnold Ventures’ Criminal Justice Initiative aims to make communities safer and make the criminal justice system fairer and more effective, based on high-quality causal evidence. 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 fund this innovative work through three teams working on the domains of Community Safety, Courts and Post-Conviction. 

We are seeking a Manager of Criminal Justice Policy to identify, analyze, develop, and pitch new, high-leverage grants opportunities aligned with our strategies, manage current philanthropic investments, and engage a variety of stakeholders, both internal and external, in research, policy, advocacy, and litigation. This position will be based in either our Washington, DC or New York offices and will report to the Director of Criminal Justice Policy. 

Core Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with Directors on the Criminal Justice Policy team, identify, assess, and develop high-impact investment opportunities and recommendations for funding. 
  • Manage grants and investments, track progress and impact, and draw lessons from these investments to inform strategic priorities and the development of future investments.
  • Provide thought partnership to prospective on proposals by advising on the design and structure projects and deliverables and establishing performance metrics 
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, experts, and new and existing grantees.
  • Analyze and draft summaries of relevant legislation, policy and programming to inform strategic priorities, research agendas, and the development of future investments.
  • Prepare presentations on the Policy team’s work, as needed.
  • Travel as needed to attend conferences or work with colleagues in other Arnold Ventures offices.
  • Collaborate with other teams as needed to meet Criminal Justice Policy team objectives. For instance, help with the organization and hosting of convenings of researchers, policymakers, and/​or practitioners with the goal of building networks and creating new opportunities for research.
  • Other duties to support the team’s work, as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 3 years of relevant work experience preferably in positions involving policy, consulting, advocacy, research, or project management with a focus on criminal justice policy
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in policy, research, and legislative developments related to criminal justice
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to summarize and communicate key takeaways to diverse, nontechnical audiences, and present information compellingly
  • Strong ability to analyze policy, research, and related data and information for strategic insights
  • Exceptional project management and organizational skills

The salary range for this position will be $95,000-$130,000.

Our Culture and Core Values

Our culture seeks to inspire and empower our people to innovate and develop bold ideas that will help Arnold Ventures achieve lasting impact. Our culture, and the core values that support it, should create an environment that spurs our team to think outside the box, feel comfortable pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and signal confidence in our team’s ability to make change happen through our philanthropic efforts. Although not an exhaustive list, below you’ll find examples of Arnold Ventures’ work culture. 

  • We are adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity. 
  • We are intellectually curious, open-minded, objective, humble, collegial, and receptive to feedback.
  • We are action-oriented with strong self-direction and self-motivation skills with the ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects.
  • We are able to interact confidently and collaboratively with team members and navigate relationships with external experts, government leaders, advocates, and individuals 

Arnold Ventures’ values reflect who we are as an organization, help us accelerate our strategic goals, strengthen our resolve, anchor us to our mission, and guide our decision-making. 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

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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