The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to develop research-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities. We envision a society that upholds justice, offers second chances, and ensures safe and healthy communities. We combine the power of a membership association, representing state officials in all three branches of government, with the expertise of a policy and research team focused on assisting others to attain measurable results. With our singular ability to reach federal, state, and local leaders from all three branches of government, we gather people from both sides of the aisle and across the country to foster collaboration. Our in-depth data analyses, coupled with extensive interviews of people on the front lines of the criminal justice system, inform improvements and spur national initiatives. We synthesize and contextualize data to help policymakers enact and implement major reforms that address criminal justice challenges, many of which intersect with other systems, such as health, education, and housing. Our on-the-ground training and assistance helps state and local agencies and organizations translate the latest research into policy and practice.

Posting: Program Director, Training and Technical Assistance


Job Title: Program Director, Law Enforcement


FLSA Status: Exempt


Department: CSG Justice Center, Behavioral Health


Type of Position: Full-time, Regular


Reports To: Division Director, Behavioral Health

Location: New York, NY or Washington, DC


Reporting to This Position: N/A

Grade: 12




The CSG Justice Center is seeking a Program Director to develop and execute a new national training and technical assistance (TTA) strategy focused on improving law enforcement responses to people with behavioral health needs. This strategy will be informed by the forthcoming Police and Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) Framework. The framework is intended to assist law enforcement and behavioral health agency executives in their efforts to bring PMHCs to scale and to improve the outcomes of these efforts. The Program Director will oversee a portfolio that includes TTA delivered under the federal Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) to law enforcement agencies, as well as envision and grow our non-federally funded efforts. 




Specific responsibilities of the Program Director include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Collaboratively develop vision and strategic direction for a national TTA effort to improve law enforcement (LE) responses to people with mental health needs that is aligned with the PMHC Framework. This would include leading efforts to provide advisement to jurisdictions nationally that are seeking to develop new PMHCs and/or working to improve and expand  existing efforts;
  • Work across the Justice Center’s Divisions to develop an agency-wide vision and direction for law enforcement work, including setting a policy direction, building and strengthening external partnerships, and developing strategies and business;
  • Lead a team of professionals and set ambitious goals for the portfolio;
  • Develop viable plan for staffing new efforts and effectively managing growth;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key partners; 
  • Identify and secure new funding opportunities, develop compelling pitches to foundations and potential clients (e.g., law enforcement agencies and communities);
  • Coordinate closely with the CSG Justice Center’s Communications Division and partners to develop cogent and compelling messaging for the portfolio and a strong marketing plan;
  • Lead policy-focused meetings of high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts;
  • Guide staff in efforts to synthesize complex information on local policies, programs, and practices, and create viable recommendations and action-oriented reports.
  • Represent the CSG Justice Center at conferences, partner meetings, and other venues, providing inspiring messaging and representing the interests of the CSG Justice Center;
  • Collaborate with senior staff to develop long-range strategies to guide the work of the Behavioral Health Division;
  • Monitor timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met;
  • Ensure that senior staff and funders are aware of relevant initiative developments and that other work in the field is leveraged for the advancement of the portfolio’s goals;
  • Directly supervise mid-level managers and oversee the work of staff and others who provide TTA to recipients of federal grants focused on law enforcement;
  • Serve as thought leader and advisor for the Category 2 (Law Enforcement) grant track under JMHCP. Advise the staff providing TTA who are assigned to grantees in this track; and
  • Develop a vision for and guide the development of tools and resources for this grant track and for law enforcement agencies more broadly to improve LE responses to people with behavioral health needs.




  • Driven leader with a strong orientation toward innovation;
  • Ability to effectively delegate and manage up;
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise way and inspire an audience;
  • Proven ability to build consensus, able to expertly manage collaborative decision-making processes with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Strong manager of people and projects;
  • Efficient, organized work style, ability to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines; and
  • Willingness to travel several times per month.




  • Experience working for a law enforcement agency as a uniformed officer.
  • At least 5-7 years of management or policy making experience relating to law enforcement and behavioral health.
  • Experience leading collaborative planning efforts involving law enforcement and behavioral health systems.
  • Track record of working with local and state governments and high-level government officials to effect change.
  • Demonstrated success in meeting funder deliverables; and
  • Experience in business development, compliance, and funder stewardship.





A college degree. A graduate degree in a related field, such as law or public policy, is preferred.





The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Frequently communicates with internal and external coworkers and customers.
  • Frequently operates a computer to create policy briefs, memos, and presentations.
  • Frequently remains in a stationary position to perform desk duties.
  • Frequently works in a well lit, tempered room.
  • Occasionally moves throughout the office to communicate to coworkers.
  • Seldom transports objects, such as files or paper boxes, with weight up to 25 pounds.




Interested individuals should upload the following elements (in PDF format) to

1. Cover letter with salary requirement included.

2. Resume

3. One or two writing samples (preferable no more than three pages)       

4. Names and contact information for references (at least three)


Incomplete applications will not be considered.

CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled)

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