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Policy Analyst-Criminal Justice & Public Safety

Department: Homeland Security and Public Safety
Location: Washington, DC

NGA Center for Best Practices seeks an experienced professional to join the Homeland Security and Public Safety Division as a policy analyst to work on a range of issues related to criminal justice and public safety, including sentencing, pretrial, reentry, corrections, juvenile justice, drugs, paroling, traffic safety, law enforcement response, traffic safety, and information sharing.


  • Organize, participate in and conduct workshops, seminars, conferences, and conduct presentations and facilitate panel discussions, state strategy sessions, and other meetings for governors, senior state policy staff, and key stakeholders on state and national criminal justice policy issues.
  • Provide "best practice" information and targeted technical assistance to governors and their senior staff, and state elected officials on criminal justice policy priorities.
  • Work with high-level state policymakers in a variety of settings and respond effectively to their information and technical assistance needs.
  • Ability to travel to states to assist policymaking process, up to 25% of time.
  • Write white papers, issue briefs, presentations, and memos on policy issues and best practices of relevance to governors and their policy staffs and other state policymakers.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with high-level state policymakers and with key individuals and groups within and outside NGA to stay current on policy issues and complete projects.


Advanced degree required (JD, MPP, or PhD preferred) and at least one year of relevant experience. In addition, a demonstrated interest and knowledge of state criminal justice and public safety policy issues preferred, including pre-trial, reentry, behavioral health, incarceration reduction, sentencing, corrections, juvenile justice, and information sharing.

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Ability to support multiple projects
  • Knowledge of state and federal criminal justice policy areas; relevant legislation, programs, and financing for criminal justice and public safety programs
  • Excellent analytical skills, the ability to synthesize complex issues into clear and concise language, and experience interpreting and re-purposing research and best practices for policymakers in a timely and effective manner
  • Excellent communication skills including listening, writing, and verbal communication skills, with special emphasis on the ability to communicate with funders and policymaking audiences
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with a variety of colleagues, funders and state and federal officials, as well as enthusiasm for collaboration and learning from colleagues
  • Ability to assume responsibility and take independent action and to work in a fast-paced and high-profile policy environment
  • Competency in the use of relevant software packages: Word, Excel, LexisNexis, Westlaw, PowerPoint, SharePoint, etc. and knowledge of electronic communications.

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