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 for State and Local Governance is hiring a policy analyst to work very closely with the ISLG policy director in overseeing and supporting the Manhattan District Attorney’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII). CJII is a comprehensive strategy and portfolio of investments designed to support projects that will enhance public safety, prevent crime, and promote a fair and efficient criminal justice system. Established by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office (DANY), CJII focuses on projects in a variety of areas, including supporting young people, families, and communities to help prevent crime; enhancing and developing new approaches for serving victims of crime; increasing diversion and improving service delivery options for individuals who are involved in the criminal justice system; and enhancing efforts that cut across systems to improve public safety. 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

This position, which will be central to the organization and operations of CJII, will provide deep support to the ISLG policy director, who manages CJII. It will consist of a mix of coordination, administrative, and policy work that supports a number of CJII investments and grants management work. This is an excellent position for candidates who are eager for deeper understanding of government policymaking, grants management, and the social service sector and work of community-based organizations across New York City.

Reporting to the ISLG policy director, the policy analyst will be responsible for the following:

Support and assistance to the policy director

The ISLG policy director takes a hands-on management approach across all of CJII, and the policy analyst will work very closely with her across all CJII initiatives. The policy analyst will:

  • Support the ISLG policy director in the day-to-day management of CJII, including tracking timelines and deadlines for key processes and deliverables, preparing materials and taking notes at meetings, editing documents, and other organizational and administrative tasks
  • Coordinate events and meetings with key, high-level stakeholders around the city, and accompany the ISLG policy director, where appropriate, at meetings and events with high-level stakeholders
  • Take the lead on special projects as assigned by the ISLG policy director. This may include, but is not limited to:
    • Conducting background research on early-stage strategic initiatives
    • Conducting background research to develop policy briefs and blogs
  • Liaise with the senior communications associate to support efforts to share information about ISLG’s work and the work of grantees as part of the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative

Grants management

  • Serve as point person for online grants management system (FluidReview), including:
    • Build out and test application and proposal evaluation forms in the system
    • Create FluidReview instructions/how-to guide for reviewers
    • Manage application deadlines, reminders, and other processes on the back-end of the system
    • Develop reports and summary dashboards to show how applications were scored
  • Work closely with the policy director and CJII team to support the management of grantees including:
    • Manage grantee reporting, timelines, and deliverables (e.g., monitor adherence to contract requirements, review quarterly reports)
    • Develop communication documents for grantees
    • Work closely with the policy director and CJII team to schedule and coordinate logistics of proposal evaluation meetings with reviewers, grantee meetings, convenings, and site visits
    • Take accurate, detailed minutes during review committee meetings and grantee meetings, as necessary
    • Monitor timelines and communicate deadlines to staff
    • Complete daily tasks required to manage multiple grantees

This is a full-time position with an annual salary range from $45,000 to $55,000, commensurate with experience, and excellent benefits.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of experience preferred (Individuals without work experience may be considered for the position at the policy assistant level)
  • An exceptional commitment to and skillset to ensure accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing demands, priorities, and requirements as projects develop
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, discretion and judgment
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong work ethic, sense of humor, flexibility, creativity, and a professional demeanor
  • Familiarity with FluidReview, SalesForce, and/or other grants management systems preferred
  • Familiarity with graphic design tools and/or WordPress is a plus
  • Interest in the criminal justice system, crime prevention, and/or social service coordination preferred

How to Apply

To apply, send a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and your curriculum vitae to info@islg.cuny.edu. Alternatively, you may apply for this position through the CUNY Research Foundation here. Questions can be addressed to info@islg.cuny.edu.

Application review will commence on April 10, 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

To apply, send a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and your curriculum vitae to info@islg.cuny.edu. Alternatively, you may apply for this position through the CUNY Research Foundation here. Questions can be addressed to info@islg.cuny.edu.

Application review will commence on May 26, 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, send a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and your curriculum vitae to info@islg.cuny.edu. Alternatively, you may apply for this position through the CUNY Research Foundation here. Application review will commence on January 13, 2017, 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.