At-Will Job Description


Job Title: Senior Policy Analyst, Stepping Up Initiative



FLSA Status: Exempt

Department: Justice Center, Behavioral Health


Type of Position:  Full-time, Regular

Reports To:  Deputy Division Director, Behavioral Health


Reporting to This Position: N/A

Location: New York, NY                                       Grade: NY9


Drafted: 11.20.18



Working as part of the Justice Center's Behavioral Health Division and reporting directly to the Deputy Division Director for the Stepping Up Initiative, the Senior Policy Analyst will be responsible for designing and implementing a broad-based technical assistance strategy for a national network of states and local jurisdictions that are working to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders in jails, under the Stepping Up Initiative. As part of this work, the incumbent will coordinate and draft toolkits and informational resources, conduct and assist with data analyses, facilitate distance-learning and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, and respond to identified technical assistance needs. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for providing other analytic support to the Behavioral Health division including technical assistance to grantee sites; occasionally conducting on-site technical assistance or data collection in state and local jurisdictions; and coordinating and participating in politically sensitive meetings with high-ranking local, state, and federal officials, advocates, and other experts across the country.


Specific responsibilities of the Senior Policy Analyst, Stepping Up Initiative include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Lead the design and coordinate the delivery of broad-based technical assistance to a national network of counties and states working to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders in jails, as part of the Stepping Up Initiative;
  • Lead efforts to conceptualize the creation of technical assistance tools and products, including explanatory guides, planning tools and worksheets, data dashboards, analytic tools, and more;
  • Develop written products to inform policy including policy briefs, research memos, and presentations that concisely and clearly describe complex analyses and policy options to policymakers;
  • Plan and participate in policy-focused meetings of high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts;
  • Coordinate and collaborate with external partners, consultants, and subject matter experts to develop informational resources and deliver technical assistance;
  • Provide technical assistance to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration (JMHCP) grantees including leading phone calls with grantees, completing site visits and preparation of reports;
  • Develop/expand the knowledge base on criminal justice, mental health and behavioral health policy issues;
  • Identify themes and linkages across disparate initiatives within the CSG Justice Center's diverse portfolio, and leveraging opportunities to incubate and test new ideas and approaches;
  • Update senior staff and provide recommendations and advisement to inform long-range strategies;
  • Monitor timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas;
  • Research new funding opportunities, write grant proposals, draft reports to funders, and serve as a resource to funding agencies;
  • Identify and engage new contacts in the field to serve as formal or informal project consultants or partners;
  • Ensure that senior staff and, where applicable, CSG Justice Center colleagues, consultants, or funders are aware of relevant project developments and that other work in the field is leveraged for the advancement of project goals;
  • Participate actively in, and occasionally lead, staff discussions and strategic planning meetings;
  • Contribute to the development of CSG Justice Center website content and strategize with staff and technical consultants on ways of using the web to promote policy goals.


  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind;
  • Experience with performance measurement, research/evaluation, and data analysis;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of behavioral health policy, criminal justice policy, housing and homelessness policy;
  • Demonstrated success working in the policy arena in policy formulation, analysis, advocacy, research or the like;
  • Demonstrated success managing relationships with funders and/or external partners;
  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise, accessible way;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, an ability to work independently and in a team setting, and a sense of humor;
  • Efficient, organized work style, and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently and manage multiple deadlines; and
  • Willingness to travel, occasionally several times per month.


At least six years (preferably more) of policy design, analysis, and/or implementation experience in the fields of behavioral health, criminal justice, and/or housing/homelessness.


A college degree (required) and a graduate degree in a related field, such as law, criminal justice, or public policy (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. 


I have read this job description and fully understand the requirements set forth therein. I hereby accept the position of Senior Policy Analyst, Stepping Up Initiative and agree to perform all job functions and duties in a safe manner and in accordance with the organization’s established policies and procedures.

I hereby understand and acknowledge that my employment relationship with this organization would be of an “at will” nature, which means that the employee may resign at any time and the employer may discharge employee at any time and for any or no reason.  It is further understood that this “at will” employment relationship may not be changed by any written document or by conduct unless such change is specifically acknowledged in writing by an authorized executive of this organization.

The job duties outlined herein are general statements and essential competencies that describe the basic job requirements and cannot state in words every aspect of job content. Nothing in this job description restricts

management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.  This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.  By signing below, I affirm that I can meet the essential functions of this position.



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