Safer Foundation’s mission is to support, through a full spectrum of services, the efforts of people with arrest and conviction records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community and, as a result, reduce
About the Policy and Advocacy Division:
The Policy and Advocacy Division advocates for policies and legislation that eliminate barriers and create opportunities for people with arrest and conviction records, with an emphasis on closing the equity gaps that exist for our clients and the population that we serve. Our policy and advocacy work focuses on four issue areas that are critical to reducing recidivism: 1) Economic Mobility and Opportunity, 2) Housing, 3) Healthcare, and 4) Justice System Reform. We work closely with people directly impacted by the justice system, scholars, experts, legislators, agency leaders, prosecutors, judges, advocates, employers, and housing providers to develop, advance and implement policies that reduce recidivism. Often our work translates into published reports; policy briefs; federal, state and local legislation; and model policies and programs.
The Public Policy Analyst will work primarily with others in the External Affairs Department, the Policy Team, and will report to the Director of Policy, Advocacy and Legislative Affairs. This position offers a significant level of responsibility and opportunity for professional growth to an individual seeking to advance a career in reentry, criminal justice reform, social policy and workforce development. Projects include, but are not limited to, substantive research and analyses of best practices and policies in workforce development, housing, justice system reform and, on occasion, healthcare. The Public Policy Analyst will develop written materials for policymakers and practitioners and will coordinate and participate in politically sensitive meetings with high-ranking local, state, and federal officials, researchers, advocates and other experts. Our ideal start date for this position is January 6, 2019.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Developing and expanding a knowledge base on reentry, justice system reform, economic opportunity and mobility, housing and healthcare;
Writing and developing high-quality policy briefs, memos, fact sheets and presentations that concisely and clearly describe complex analyses and policy options to policymakers;
Tracking and analyzing legislative and regulatory developments at the state and local levels;
Conducting research on legislation, model policies and programs;
Analyzing federal, state, and local policies and regulations that impact people with arrest and conviction records;
Writing and amending legislation, policies and regulations;
Collaborating with the Community Organizer and Outreach Coordinator, Client Services Division, and Program Directors to share information about Safer Foundation’s policy advocacy work and recruit volunteer advocates.
Synthesizing and persuasively communicating ideas to influence multiple audiences;
Planning, coordinating and participating in policy-focused meetings with high-ranking government officials, researchers, advocates, people directly impacted by the justice system and other experts;
Developing and leveraging relationships with high-ranking government officials, researchers, advocates, people directly impacted by the justice system and other experts;
Communicating directly with high-ranking government officials, researchers, advocates, people directly impacted by the justice system and other experts;
Planning and coordinating the annual policy conference;
Developing and managing the policy newsletter;
Providing research support to the Director of Policy, Advocacy and Legislative Affairs;
Working with the Director of Policy, Advocacy, and Legislative Affairs to provide support in the management of office operations, including the Policy and Advocacy Internship Program;
Supervising policy interns where appropriate.
Skills and Abilities:
High quality written and oral presentation skills;
Exhibit creativity, intellectual curiosity and agility, and the ability to distill complicated concepts into clear materials for policymakers;
Abilities to work collaboratively on teams and independently;
Strong project management skills;
Abilities to set priorities, manage tasks and deadlines for multiple detail-oriented projects;
Perform basic data management and analysis;
Abilities to diplomatically and effectively cultivate relationships and exchange information with internal colleagues and outside stakeholders;
Exercise familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and social media tools;
Willingness to travel for work – generally to Springfield, Illinois for 5 to 10 days per month (usually, when the state legislature is in session) and to Washington, DC as needed.
Willingness to plan and facilitate up to two ninety-minute evening meetings per month with volunteer advocates.
Education and Experience:
A commitment to social and economic justice, racial equity and justice system reform;
Possess academic and professional knowledge in a discipline that is associated with a college degree in social policy, public policy, political science, public administration, law (or pre-law), public health, or a related discipline;
Experience conducting policy and legislative research;
Experience writing policy memos and/or research memos;
Experience performing basic data management and analysis (advanced data management and analysis skills in SPSS, STATA and Tableau are strongly preferred);
Experience working in teams;
Experience speaking in public and delivering presentations;
People directly impacted by the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application Process: To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, one writing sample, and professional references.
About Safer Foundation
Safer Foundation is a national leader in prisoner re-entry and employment programs. A nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Safer was founded more than 45 years to help people leaving prison find jobs so they could successfully transition back into their communities. But people with criminal records faced a stigma that made securing employment difficult.The situation is even more dire today, especially in the United States. Despite accounting for only 5 percent of the world population, the U.S. leads the world with its incarceration rate. And an overwhelming majority of individuals returning from prison face more complex challenges to getting and keeping a job. This means the services Safer Foundation provides are even more important. In fact, we know, and an abundance of research has shown, that the most difficult barrier—and the single-most crucial factor—to successful reintegration is a job. When our clients find jobs, they become valuable contributors to their families and their communities, while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.Re-entry is now recognized as an important issue that has captured our nation's attention and support, and Safer Foundation is proud to be a leader in the discussion and advocacy efforts occurring on the local, state and national levels.