Senior Associate

Senior 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.

The Center seeks to hire a full-time Senior Associate to work from a home- or office-based (Kensington, Maryland) environment.

Job Responsibilities

Applicants must possess sophisticated substantive expertise in criminal justice work, and strong organizational leadership skills. Senior Associates work independently with the Center’s clients to assist them in assessing the effectiveness of their criminal justice systems, determining strategies to address gaps and implementing work plans based on those strategic decisions. Senior Associates provide training and on- and off-site technical assistance, and assist the Center’s clients in evaluating the impact of changes made. Senior Associates are also expected, over time, to assume responsibility for executive level organizational management responsibilities.

Programmatic Responsibilities

Senior Associates direct and oversee, in all regards, one or more Center projects including but not limited to deployment of staff and management of project budgets. As such, Senior Associates assume full responsibility—or shared responsibility as a part of a project team—for the following programmatic activities.

  • Developing project approaches, strategies, workplans, and timelines.
  • Conducting, or overseeing others who conduct, research on emerging criminal justice policy and practice, including literature reviews and conducting surveys of policymakers, practitioners, subject matter experts, and/or colleague organizations.
  • Educating clients on relevant research and emerging policy and practice in criminal justice.
  • Analyzing progress towards a particular criminal justice goal and providing policy guidance and/or developing policies to meet that goal.
  • Creating conceptual models and original written material in connection with those models.
  • Assisting clients to develop strategic plans to implement conceptual models and oversee the implementation of those plans.
  • Advising policymakers on policy choices and considering the merits of various policy options.
  • Working with policymakers and/or staff to negotiate complex political, fiscal, personnel or other matters relative to an organization’s/jurisdiction’s specific goals.
  • Overseeing the design and conduct of large scale trainings and conferences; facilitating high-level group discussions.
  • Developing, writing, and/or editing works for publication.
  • Working directly with funding organizations and other external partners to develop awareness of the Center and its work, and exploring new areas of work.
  • Forging and managing partnerships with collaborating organizations.
  • Supervising and coaching staff.
Organizational Leadership Responsibilities

In addition to the programmatic responsibilities described above, Senior Associates play a significant role in the management of the Center as an effective organization, and may assume full or partial responsibility for the following tasks individually or as part of the Center’s Executive Team:

  • Managing the ongoing implementation and realization of the Center’s vision and mission.
  • Measuring and achieving articulated outcomes.
  • Designing and implementing organizational development and growth strategies.
  • Effectively managing fiscal operations.
  • Working effectively with external entities (e.g., advisory board members, funders, collaborators) to evaluate and improve the organization’s capacity and work.
  • Leading and motivating a high performance team.
  • Identifying, attracting, recruiting and retaining qualified staff.
  • Establishing and nurturing critical relationships that will support ongoing organizational funding.
  • Fostering a success-oriented, accountable, supportive, thriving work environment for Center employees and collaborators.


  • An advanced degree in criminal justice, public policy, law, or a related field.
  • Ten years or more experience working in criminal justice (executive level practitioner experience preferred).
  • Superior public speaking skills in both large and small group settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with diverse groups of individuals.
  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to travel and work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Exemplary writing and editing skills, including experience framing complex policy and research for criminal and lay audiences, and the media.
  • Exemplary critical, analytic, problem solving, and creative thinking skills.
  • A self-starter who enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Ability to flourish and work independently in a virtual work environment.
  • Highly collegial attitude and adept at working in a collaborative environment.


$150,000 – $175,000, based on experience, with excellent benefits.

 How to Apply

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a work sample to Becki Ney, Principal, Center for Effective Public Policy, Please write “Senior Associate” in the subject heading. Relevant work samples will demonstrate your understanding of complex criminal justice issues, and may include published works, analytical reports, audio/videotaped interviews/presentations, or other subject matter-based materials.

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). Preferred job location will not impact the Center’s decision making process.

The Center currently has several positions for which we are recruiting. Applications for all of these are being accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that depending on the response, and the pool of qualified candidates, the Center may elect not to hire for all positions. The most qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview. All applicants will be notified once the opening(s) are filled or closed.

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.