Assistant Director of Policy

Position Location: New York City. Brooklyn, NY preferred

About the Opportunity: There is a wide range of extraordinary advocacy groups in New York State, most of which are intently focused on winning critical, shorter-term victories in the various movement for criminal justice reforms. Common Justice's organizing and policy work does not compete with these efforts but rather builds a longer-term organizing and policy vision that transforms current ineffective responses to violence ranging from criminal justice and sentencing reform to increasing access to healing services to housing. The work aims to lay the foundation for the long haul, building the relationships and resources necessary to shift power and secure transformative change.

The Assistant Director of Policy will report to the Vice President of Organizing and Policy. The salary for this position will be $92-98k.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Assistant Director of Policy will:

  • Work with partners to develop campaigns that advance the needs of survivors of violence, as well as those who are formerly or currently incarcerated; this can include regulatory, administrative, and legislative strategies;
  • Implement campaign strategies and tactics, including specialized campaign plans, issue briefings, talking points, reports, and action alerts;
  • Research, analyze, and write legislation and policies that impact survivors of violence, as well as those who are formerly or currently incarcerated;
  • Organize and provide a driving force behind campaign implementation, including press conferences, opinion-editorials, special events, and education outreach;
  • Draft and present testimony on legislation and policies before legislative and other government bodies.

Job Requirements:

  • At least seven years experience in advancing policy campaigns (preference for experience in the criminal legal system, racial justice, healing equity, and democracy policy and campaigns);
  • Experience with grassroots base-building organizations and community outreach;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial and economic justice;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and discretion in dealings with others;
  • Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and be a proactive team player;
  • Ability to work well independently and to drive projects to completion in a fast-paced environment;
  • Dedication to organizational excellence;
  • Problem-solving perspective;
  • Experience working with survivors of trauma strongly preferred;
  • A well-developed, nuanced understanding of the experience of harm and oppression; well-developed analysis of power and supremacy;
  • Flexibility, creativity, and ability to manage multiple responsibilities effectively;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Formerly incarcerated people and/or survivors of violence strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume, dates of availability, and cover letter to: jobs@commonjustice.org.

Common Justice is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or current employment status. Common Justice values diverse experiences, including educational background and justice system involvement. We depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.