Senior Manager

Senior Manager


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 Manager to work from a home- or office-based (Kensington, Maryland) environment.

Job Responsibilities

Senior Managers operate fairly independently but with oversight from a Senior Associate or Principal. They assist the Center’s clients in assessing the effectiveness of their criminal justice systems, determining strategies to address gaps, and implementing work plans based on those strategic decisions. Senior Managers provide training and on- and off-site technical assistance, and assist the Center’s clients in evaluating the impact of changes made. Senior Managers also perform tasks related to effective project performance and management, particularly in the area of reporting.

Specifically, Senior Managers carry significant responsibility for the following programmatic tasks individually or as part of a project team:

  • Assisting in the development of, and carrying out, project approaches, workplans, and timelines.
  • Conducting 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 on a variety of topics.
  • Analyzing progress towards a particular criminal justice goal and providing policy guidance and/or developing policies to meet that goal.
  • Assisting in the creation of 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.
  • Designing and assisting in the conduct of large scale trainings and conferences and facilitating small group discussions.
  • Developing, writing, and editing documents.
  • Assisting with the development and maintenance of project web sites.
  • Liaising with funding organizations and other external partners to develop awareness of the Center and its work, and to identify funding opportunities.
  • Mentoring other staff in the development of additional skills and/or knowledge.
  • Facilitating the exchange of project-related information throughout the organization.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public policy, law, or a related field (advanced degrees preferred).
  • Five 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.
  • Candidates must be willing 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 justice audiences.
  • 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.


$100,000 – $150,000, 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 Manager” in the subject heading. Relevant work samples will demonstrate your understanding of complex criminal justice issues, and may include published articles, PowerPoint presentations, logic models, strategic plans, 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. 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.