Program Associate

Program Associate


For nearly 40 years, the Center for Effective Public Policy has helped justice system professionals and their partners collaboratively identify and implement effective, evidence-based strategies that reduce harm and improve justice system outcomes. The Center’s staff and network of expert consultants have diverse qualifications and backgrounds in criminal justice planning, policy, and practice, particularly in pretrial justice, sentencing, probation, parole, and corrections. The Center’s main office is in Kensington, Maryland; the majority of Center staff and consultants work from their home-based locations around the country.

 The Center’s projects are diverse and nationwide. The Center’s existing projects address, among other topics, evidence-based decision making, parole release decisions, campus sexual assault, dosage probation, and work supporting justice-involved women. In 2019, the Center will launch a multi-year national criminal justice project focused on pretrial reform. Pretrial reform is receiving broad, national attention. State legislatures are passing bail reform laws at an unprecedented pace; state and federal court rulings are requiring justice systems to reconsider and change practices that result in the pretrial detention of low-risk persons with limited economic means; and, at the same time, important research and reform efforts are influencing state and local pretrial practices.

Through this project, the Center will provide training and technical assistance to communities across the country to support pretrial risk assessment implementation and research as well as other pretrial reform initiatives. The project has the potential to change the face of pretrial justice by providing intensive in-person assistance to a select number of jurisdictions throughout the nation, making innovative online resources and services available to interested communities, training a broad network of experts from pertinent disciplines as peer supporters and active champions for local pretrial reform, and engaging in and shaping the national dialogue around matters critical to pretrial reform in the U.S. justice system.

The Center seeks to hire a Program Associate to work full-time on this exciting project. This is a new position that can be home-based or based in the Center’s Kensington, Maryland office.

 Job Responsibilities

The Program Associate reports to the Project Manager and provides programmatic and administrative support to the project and Center staff. Specifically, the Program Associate will:

  • Support Center staff and partners in providing training and technical assistance to jurisdictions undertaking pretrial reform initiatives.
  • Work closely with the Project Manager to oversee the planning of meetings and training events, including:
    • Helping to develop and oversee the production of training materials
    • Assisting with the planning and execution of project meetings and trainings
    • Helping to coordinate training and technical assistance faculty and subcontractors.
  • Coordinate activities within one or more project sites.
  • Conduct research and develop tools and resources to support project work.
  • Contribute to, edit, and proofread original written products.
  • Support the project management team by developing progress reports, attending project planning meetings, and helping to manage project information and data.


  • Bachelors degree required; a degree in criminal justice or similar area of expertise strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of experience serving as a Program Assistant/Associate, or similar position, with experience in criminal justice preferred.
  • Familiarity with research, policy and practice pertinent to pretrial justice a plus.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
  • Ability to work under pressure with competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Creative thinker, analyst and problem-solver who exhibits good judgement and common sense.
  • Self-starter who enjoys working as part of a fast-paced team.
  • Ability to flourish and work independently in a virtual work environment.
  • Highly collegial attitude and desire to work in a collaborative environment.


$60-75,000, based on experience, with excellent benefits.

 How to Apply

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a work sample to Leilah Gilligan, Senior Manager, Center for Effective Public Policy, Please write “Program Associate” in the subject heading.

Cover letters should summarize your relevant experience and expertise and explain why you are interested in joining the Center and working on this project. Cover letters should also include your preferred job location (Kensington, Maryland or home-based).

Applications received by February 1 will receive priority consideration. Please note that the Center is also hiring for a Program Assistant position.  Candidates should apply for either, but not both, of these positions.

 The Center for Effective Public Policy is an equal opportunity 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, current employment status, or caregiver status. The Center values diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depends on a diverse staff to carry out its mission.