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Columbia University Senior Staff Associate 1 in New York, New York

Posting Details

Job Requisition Number 00001869

Field(s) of Specialization

Position Title Senior Staff Associate 1

Department SSW Social Work

Division Social Work

Location Morningside

Summary Description

The Probation and Parole Reform Project seeks to end mass supervision and create more community-led systems of justice that no longer rely on surveillance and punishment as a default. The Senior Staff Associate will manage the team’s work in multiple sites, helping to structure rapid response and more intensive engagements aimed at making supervision smaller, less punitive, and more equitable, while creating new community leadership capacity for individuals and families impacted by supervision. The incumbent will survey and assess the local landscape for reform in identified sites, convene local stakeholders and policymakers to create planning processes, establish and coordinate work plans that support the development of community-based reforms, deploy members from the Executives Transforming Probation and Parole (EXiT) network to support the work, develop various written products to support reform, and cultivate relationships with the media and funders to highlight and support ongoing work.

Minimum Degree Required

Bachelor’s degree in any Social Science required; Master’s degree in Social Work, Public Administration or Policy, Criminal Justice, Sociology, or other Social Science strongly preferred.

Minimum Qualifications

6 years, .

• Strong working knowledge of probation and parole system operations and policies. • Strong ability to develop relationships and communicate with a broad range of actors, including community groups, service providers, government agency officials, judges, advocates, and elected officials. • Strong research, interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills. • Ability to prioritize work in an environment with multiple and conflicting interests. • Strong written and oral communication skills, including mastery in giving presentations and comfort talking with the media.
• Experience developing and writing external-facing products, such as publications, infographics, and videos. • Experience writing grant proposals. • Candidates with criminal justice histories or lived experience relating to criminal justice are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications

8-10 years experience preferred

Additional Information

Identify, convene, and build relationships with local stakeholders and policymakers to create a planning process; Cultivate relationships with the media and funders to promote buy-in for the work; Deploy members of the Executives Transforming Probation and Parole (EXiT) network to support this work.

• Plan and manage engagements with sites considering or actively pursuing systems reform around probation and parole policies. This will include surveying and assessing local/state landscapes to identify sites ripe for reform; researching, developing, and executing the project’s outreach strategy; identifying and building relationships with strategic partners on the ground, including advocates, system actors, organizations, and others; deploying members of the Executives Transforming Probation and Parole (EXiT) network to guide and/or validate reform efforts; and creating comprehensive strategic plans consisting of organizing strategies, community-based capacity building, and communications targeted to reaching expressed goals.

• Research and draft a variety of written and/or visual products to support reform efforts, including summaries of local and national best practices, laws, policies, innovative strategies, and relevant data. Products will be focused on strategies for achieving smaller, less punitive, and more equitable supervision systems, as well as on alternative models of community investment that can help support the field and site partners. • Remain current on local and national media coverage and trends related to community supervision and synthesize information to inform strategic responses and communicate out to a variety of audiences; cultivate relationships with the media and philanthropy to advance strategic and narrative change. • Conduct targeted outreach and develop virtual and on the ground strategies to convene partners, field staff, and state and local leaders.

RAPS posting date 09/11/2020

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Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

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