|The Senior Policy Advisor is a leadership position that oversees one or more sponsored projects and is responsible for program development. Responsibilities include developing strategic partnerships with national, state and local criminal justice organizations in order to promote the mission of the Justice Program Office (JPO); developing and implementing criminal justice policies to ensure the fair administration of justice; and planning, delivering, and assessing training and technical assistance services to federal, state, local, and tribal criminal justice agencies and units of government for American University-administered sponsored projects. The position coordinates the allocation and use of project resources to carry out such activities in a timely, cost-effective and professional manner. |
The Advisor maintains ongoing relationships with justice system officials in the U.S. and abroad—including state and local justice system practitioners, policy makers, community organizations and academics—on current and emerging issues and research gaps and needs. This position also develops new relationships to further the office’s strategic partnerships, including AU and School of Public Affairs (SPA) faculty.
The Advisor serves as a Senior Team Leader in JPO and as Project Director on sponsored projects. This position plans and coordinates provision of sponsored projects—which includes developing and delivering training and/or technical assistance services, convening and hosting national and regional meetings and research focus group meetings, developing policies to support innovation and evidence-based practices, producing written documents and web content for the JPO’s communication initiatives.
The Advisor also manages the allocation and use of project staff and other resources to carry out JPO’s grant funded activities, ensuring expectations and deadlines are clearly outlined and met.
This position is contingent upon external funding.
|Educational Requirements: |
|A Master’s degree in criminal justice administration or a related field or equivalent in education, training, and experience is required. A JD or PhD in criminal justice administration is preferred. |
|Minimum Requirements: |
- 8-10 (eight to ten) years of experience working with a federal, state or local criminal justice system—demonstrated by knowledge of state and local justice systems, specifically court operations and problem-solving courts
- At least 3 (three) years’ experience in a supervisory role
- Demonstrated experience in a criminal justice related agency that involved regular and direct engagement in interagency planning or operational activities
- Demonstrated leadership skills in criminal justice, specifically the courts and the ability to work independently
- Ability managing multiple projects, finding creative means of solving problems and working in a fast-paced environment
- Outstanding writing and oral communication skills, including experience preparing and delivering presentations on administration of justice issues
- Positive attitude and ability to work as part of a team
- Proactive approach to work; ability to notice what needs to be done and develop a strategy for responding
|Preferred Requirements: |
- Experience as a trainer of criminal justice system practitioners
|Additional Information: |
|This position is contingent upon external funding. |
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