The Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) is an institute within the City University of New York. ISLG’s mission is to assist current and future leaders in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector improve the financing, delivery, and measurement of critical public services. ISLG offers research, technical assistance, and education and training to help organizations achieve these improvements.

The Institute is hiring a policy associate to assist in work with the New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) on their Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII), which aims to reduce crime and improve fairness and efficiency in the criminal justice system. This work spans many projects distributed among four portfolios: a) Youth, Families, and Communities, b) Victims of Crime, c) Diversion and Reentry Support, and d) Enhancing Effectiveness Across Systems. In this work, ISLG provides technical assistance to DANY and oversees the CJII on behalf of DANY. The policy associate will oversee the NYC Open Referral pilot within the Enhancing Effectiveness Across Systems portfolio. The policy associate will also support two other projects: the Access to Services for Survivors of Crime initiative (“Survivor Access”) under the Victims of Crime portfolio; and the Community Navigators initiative under the Enhancing Effectiveness Across Systems portfolio.

Position Description

Reporting to a senior policy associate, the policy associate will manage the NYC Open Referral pilot, an open source platform of social service providers’ referral data; support the Community Navigators program, which is designed to link vulnerable populations to needed social services via trained Navigators; and support the Survivor Access initiative. All three initiatives are designed to support CJII grantees, other social service providers, and citizens throughout New York City to more easily and efficiently access social services, thereby meeting individuals’ needs, addressing risk factors, and reducing involvement in the justice system. To those ends, the policy associate will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Working closely with senior policy associates and the rest of the policy team to manage the NYC Open Referral initiative and support the Community Navigators and Survivor Access initiatives over the lifetime of CJII;
  • Liaising with the contractors selected to implement the NYC Open Referral, Community Navigators, and Survivor Access initiatives, including conducting site visits, phone calls, and regular email correspondence to support and monitor implementation and identify and address technical assistance needs, as appropriate;
  • Liaising with city stakeholders, anticipating necessary outreach, and creating and managing relationships with city stakeholders in collaboration with contractors and ISLG policy and research staff;
  • Receiving and interpreting work products from the contractors, including technical documents (e.g., GIT repository as part of NYC Open Referral), implementation reports, and financial reports; and in some cases, translating those products for non-technical city and internal stakeholders;
  • Managing/supporting the contracting and subcontracting process for the NYC Open Referral, Community Navigators, and Survivor Access initiatives;
  • Engaging key project stakeholders, including personnel from city agencies in meetings, emails, and phone calls to facilitate the roll-out and implementation of these initiatives;
  • Overseeing sustainability planning for the NYC Open Referral initiative, and supporting sustainability planning for Community Navigators;
  • Drafting policy recommendations on data interoperability or other systems-level operations related to the NYC Open Referral project for city stakeholders;
  • Working with ISLG research staff to monitor the performance of the contractors;
  • Liaising with staff working on other CJII initiatives, including Family and Youth Development, Youth Opportunity Hubs, and various Diversion and Reentry initiatives; and
  • Participating in frequent formal and informal cross-organizational collaboration to generate new ideas and grow the Institute’s body of work.

This is an exceptional opportunity to work on transformative criminal justice initiatives and to assist in building a portfolio of work in a newly-established institute with a talented and ambitious team producing a scientifically rigorous and impactful body of work.

Qualifications

  • B.A. or M.A. in sociology, psychology, criminal justice/criminology, public health, social work, or related social science field (M.A. is preferred); and/or in computer science or other technology-focused fields;
  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise in social service provision and/or criminal justice;
  • Experience working in a foundation, government, or nonprofit organization;
  • Experience supporting large projects with a wide range of city, non-city, nonprofit, for-profit, technical, and non-technical stakeholders preferred;
  • Experience in or knowledge of product/technology design, including user research practices and user-centered design principles; open source principles and practices, with contribution or advising on existing FOSS projects strongly preferred; and agile development processes and practices;
  • Familiarity with multi-stakeholder governance and cooperative development processes preferred;
  • Familiarity, experience, and appreciation for research, including survey design and administration; program evaluation, including implementation evaluation; and performance measurement;
  • An exceptional commitment to accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Microsoft Office proficiency, particularly in Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Excellent time management skills and experience working in deadline-driven environments;
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and work on multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Ability to write and present in an articulate, structured, and compelling manner; and
  • Ability to work on a team, as well as independently.

How to Apply

You may apply for this position through the CUNY Research Foundation here. You will need to submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and attach your curriculum vitae. Questions can be addressed to info@islg.cuny.edu.

Application review will commence on March 27, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

The Institute is hiring a research associate to assist in work with the New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) on their Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII), which aims to reduce crime and improve fairness and efficiency in the criminal justice system. This work spans many projects distributed among four portfolios: a) Youth, Families, and Communities, b) Victims of Crime, c) Diversion and Reentry Support, and d) Enhancing Effectiveness Across Systems. In this work, ISLG provides technical assistance to DANY and oversees the CJII, including performance monitoring for all grantees. The research associate will monitor the performance of grantees under the Youth, Families, and Communities portfolio specifically.

Position Description

Reporting to the senior research associate and working closely with research, policy, and communications staff, the research associate will oversee performance monitoring for the Youth, Families, and Communities portfolio, including the Family and Youth Development Programs, Youth Opportunity Hubs, and Programs and Approaches for Foster Youth Transitioning to Adulthood initiatives. DANY and ISLG understand performance monitoring to be a critical aspect of  CJII, helping to adjust the implementation of individual initiatives, ensure initiatives’ success, and inform relevant work across the country. To these ends, the research associate will be responsible for the following:

  • Developing performance metrics for each of the grantees and initiatives in the Youth, Families, and Communities portfolio, as well as select grantees in the Enhancing Effectiveness Across Systems portfolio;
  • Working with grantees to adapt performance metrics according to the specifics of each program/initiative;
  • Receiving performance data from grantees and interpreting and summarizing the data into digestible reports and memoranda for DANY;
  • Working with the senior research associate to oversee an online platform for coordinating and organizing performance data across all CJII initiatives;
  • Reporting back to grantees about their ongoing performance, including visualizing data to depict grantees’ performance over time;
  • Assessing the suitability of CJII grantees for evaluation and making recommendations to DANY about appropriate evaluation designs;
  • Liaising with external evaluators selected to conduct process and/or outcome evaluations of designated CJII grantees;
  • Engaging key project stakeholders, including personnel from city agencies in meetings, emails, and phone calls;
  • Working closely with the senior research associate and research and policy teams to oversee the implementation of the Youth, Families, and Communities portfolio and other CJII initiatives;
  • Participating in frequent formal and informal cross-organizational collaboration to generate new ideas and grow the Institute’s body of work.

This is an exceptional opportunity to work on transformative criminal justice initiatives and to assist in building a portfolio of work in a newly-established institute with a talented and ambitious team producing a scientifically rigorous and impactful body of work.

Qualifications
  • M.A. or Ph.D. in education, human development, sociology, psychology, public health, social work, or related social science field;
  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise in prevention science, preferably related to one or more of the investments in the Youth, Families, and Communities portfolio;
  • At least two years of experience (four or more years preferred for candidates with an M.A.) conducting research in an applied research setting;
  • Experience working in a foundation, government, or nonprofit organization, managing large projects with many stakeholders;
  • Expertise in statistical software packages (SPSS and/or STATA)—including experience cleaning, coding, merging, and analyzing quantitative data files in such packages;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to present research findings to multiple audiences;
  • Ability to adapt to changing demands and requirements as projects develop;
  • An exceptional commitment to accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Excellent time management skills and experience working in deadline-driven environments
  • Ability to work on a team, as well as independently; and
  • Microsoft Office proficiency, particularly in Excel and PowerPoint.

How to Apply

You may apply for this position through the CUNY Research Foundation here. You will need to submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and attach your curriculum vitae. Questions can be addressed to info@islg.cuny.edu.

Application review will commence on March 27, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

ISLG is hiring a senior policy associate to manage a portfolio of family- and youth-focused investments within the Manhattan District Attorney Office’s (DANY) Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII). One of CJII’s goals is to prevent interaction with the criminal justice system by improving services and opportunities for young people and families in high-poverty communities. As the technical assistance consultant on this project, ISLG is providing guidance to DANY and grantees throughout the lifetime of the initiative and performing oversight and performance measurement for each of the investments. For more information about CJII, visit www.cjii.org.

Position Description

Reporting to the associate policy director, the senior policy associate will manage CJII’s investments in family and youth development (FYD) programs and programs/approaches for foster youth transitioning to adulthood (FYTA). CJII’s FYD investment supports a range of family and youth development programs, including mental health-focused interventions, school-based work, and early childhood programs (to name a few), for populations at elevated risk of poor life outcomes, including eventual justice system involvement. CJII’s FYTA investment supports a variety of programs for foster youth who are close to transitioning to adulthood or who have recently transitioned to adulthood from the child welfare system. Both investments are part of CJII’s prevention portfolio, which is aimed at building skills and supports among young people, families, and communities in order to enhance opportunity and prevent crime.

The senior policy associate will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Monitoring and supporting up to ten FYD grantees and three FYTA grantees over the lifetime of the initiatives, identifying and addressing technical assistance needs, facilitating a learning community of providers (including events, webinars, and written deliverables), and ensuring the timely completion of tasks and deliverables;
  • Working closely with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on all aspects of portfolio management;
  • Coordinating the review and evaluation of proposals, and the contracting process of funded applicants;
  • Working closely with the research team on the development of performance measures and evaluation design for grantees and helping to monitor grantee performance;
  • Managing relationships and facilitating meetings with CJII stakeholders, including researchers, government partners, and community-based organizations;
  • Identifying and securing government, private, and foundation partners to support ISLG’s work overall;
  • Participating in frequent formal and informal cross-organizational collaboration to generate new ideas and grow  ISLG’s body of work; and
  • Potentially supervising one or more policy analysts/associates (or parts of their time).

Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in public administration, social work, education, health policy or related social science field
  • Substantial experience (at least 10 years or more) working in a foundation, and/or private, government, and/or non-profit organization, managing large projects with many stakeholders. Previous foundation and grantmaking experience strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise in the areas of family and youth/young adult development, and child welfare systems
  • Strong familiarity, experience and appreciation for research, program evaluation, and performance measurement
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to create and maintain excellent working relationships with grantees and ISLG’s partners, including government, foundations and community partners
  • Ability to adapt to changing demands and requirements as projects develop, and the ability to participate in collaborative project development with diverse internal team members and external stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • An exceptional commitment to accuracy and attention to detail

This is an exceptional opportunity to help lead a potentially transformative prevention-focused criminal justice initiative and to contribute to building a portfolio of work in an institute with a talented and multi-disciplinary team producing a scientifically rigorous and impactful body of work. This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and attach your curriculum vitae. Questions can be addressed to info@islg.cuny.edu. Application review will commence on January 13, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

The Institute for State and Local Governance is hiring an associate research director to manage—under the direction of the research director—a portfolio of research work based in New York City. Much of the work will be in collaboration with and supported by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ). Specifically, the associate research director will provide analytical, measurement, and research support to the Mayor’s Action Plan (MAP) for Neighborhood Safety, an initiative that targets crime prevention efforts across 15 public housing developments with some of the highest levels of violent crime in the city; oversee an evaluation of Crisis Intervention Team training in the New York City Police Department; and co-manage a research and technical assistance consortium that will administer and oversee grants for related criminal justice projects in New York City; among other responsibilities. The associate research director will also oversee ISLG’s research-related activities on the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII), a $250 million investment by the District Attorney of New York County (DANY) in impactful projects that will improve public safety, develop broad crime prevention efforts, and promote a fair and efficient justice system.

Position Description

The associate research director will report to and work closely with the research director, and will be responsible for the following:

  • Building and maintaining relationships with MOCJ, DANY, and other government and community partners
  • Working with key partners to define research and evaluation needs and develop and structure projects that meet those needs
  • Working with the research director and other ISLG staff to set up the Research and Technical Assistance Consortium—including identifying partners/members, establishing an administrative process, and designing selection criteria and parameters.
  • Developing, contracting, and managing a portfolio of criminal justice research solicitations/projects
  • Overseeing the design and execution of research and evaluation work conducted directly by ISLG under the New York City portfolios—including data collection, study design, analysis, and interpretation of findings
  • Hiring and supervising research staff
  • Developing and executing data use agreements
  • Responding to analytical requests as needed
  • Writing reports and other materials
  • Ensuring that work carried out or managed by ISLG takes into account and is coordinated with other related initiatives taking place in the city
  • Presenting research work and findings in a digestible manner to a range of audiences, including practitioners and policymakers

The associate research director will also be responsible for helping the research director build new research work for the Institute, through the development of new ideas, writing of grants and proposals, and other related work.

This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to participate in New York City’s criminal justice reform efforts, help shape and manage a large, diverse portfolio of important work, and contribute to the development of ISLG at a critical stage of growth and expansion.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in sociology, psychology, public policy, criminal justice/criminology, public health, education, or other related fields
  • At least 10 years of experience conducting and/or managing research, with at least seven years in an applied research setting
  • Expertise in use of statistical software packages (SPSS and/or STATA)—including experience cleaning, coding, merging, and analyzing quantitative data files in such packages
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, and extensive experience building and maintain working relationships with government and community partners
  • Substantial experience supervising staff
  • A strong ability to develop proposals
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to present research findings to multiple audiences
  • Ability to adapt to changing demands and requirements as projects develop
  • A strong commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent project management skills and experience working in deadline-driven environments
  • Familiarity and/or a history of working in or with the New York City criminal justice system is strongly preferred

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and is located in New York City. Salary is commensurate on level of experience. Qualified candidates for this position may also be considered for similar positions on new or other ongoing projects.

How to Apply

To apply, please go to www.rfcuny.org and click on About RF, then Careers. You will need to submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and attach your curriculum vitae. Questions may be addressed to info@islg.cuny.edu.

Application review will commence on December 5, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

The CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance and the Research Foundation of the City University of New York are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act/Protected Veterans Status/ E-Verify Employer

For more information about any of these positions, please contact Monica.SanJuan@islg.cuny.edu.