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Associate Research Scholar

The Department of Sociology at Columbia University seeks to appoint an Associate Research Scholar (ARS) within the Justice Lab to collaborate on the REFORM Alliance project. This is a one-year appointment with renewal conditional on funding and satisfactory performance. The incumbent will: work with commissioned scholars to edit their research papers, ensuring that the work is accessible to non-academic actors and stakeholders, including policymakers, businesspeople, and advocates; write policy briefs from each commissioned paper, to ensure that the research and the overall initiative have significant policy impact outside the academy; manage and execute a virtual symposium assembling the commissioned authors, along with project leaders, REFORM Alliance staff and guests, to propagate the research and clarify new avenues for further scholarship; and help identify opportunities for research collaboration and research-policy partnerships both inside and outside academia; identifying, contacting, and forging relationships with additional guests to extend the impact of the commissioned work.

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Associate Director of Advocacy and Strategic Communications

The Justice Lab in the Columbia School of Social work is hiring an Associate Director, Advocacy and Strategic Communications, to support our Youth Justice Initiatives. The Associate Director will lead the conceptualization, design, and development of various products to support place-based and advocacy work; conduct regular outreach to and support coalitions of advocates in states and localities across the country looking to make transformative change aimed at shifting away from youth prisons and making investments into communities; and work collaboratively with other YJI Communications staff to understand key issues, trends, and data that could be highlighted for media and social media to advance the youth justice system transformation mission.

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Manager of Advocacy and Strategic Communications

The Justice Lab in the Columbia School of Social Work is hiring a Manager, Advocacy and Strategic Communications in support of our Youth Justice Initiatives team. The Manager will support YJI’s federal campaign to accelerate youth prison closures and move resources into communities most impacted by incarceration; develop and implement communications strategies to advance YJI’s federal campaign and our work in various state and local jurisdictions; provide support in creating and overseeing the development of messaging and products for YJI’s place-based and advocacy work, which aims to inform what the future of youth justice should look like.

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Manager, Probation and Parole Reform Project

The Justice Lab in the Columbia School of Social Work is hiring a Manager to support the Probation and Parole Reform Project team and its mission to shrink the size and punitiveness of probation and parole and to shift resources to community-led supports. This position will report to the Director of the Probation and Parole Reform Project, and coordinate, with limited supervision, the activities for the Executives Transforming Probation and Parole (EXiT) network, a membership group of current and former chiefs of supervision agencies, as well as other signatories. Specific responsibilities will include establishing relationships and engaging with EXiT members, developing content and coordinating logistics for events, and developing the monthly EXiT newsletter and other regular communications. The manager will also assist with short-term site-based advising and projects by creating materials and media, as well as other tasks as needed.

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Associate Director of Place-Based Advising and Assessment

The Justice Lab in the Columbia School of Social Work is hiring an Associate Director of Place-Based Advising and Assessment to support our Youth Justice 2.0 Initiative, which seeks to create more community-centered youth justice systems that no longer rely on punishment and incarceration as a default. The Associate Director will support 3-5 selected jurisdictions around the country as they work to end the youth prison model and create a community-centered approach that better addresses youth needs and helps them thrive. The incumbent will assess and advise different jurisdictions by helping them understand the current context of their efforts, including the local political, budget, and community landscape. This work will be used to guide jurisdictions toward shrinking their justice system footprint and shifting resources into those communities most impacted by incarceration. 

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Staff Associate

The Columbia Justice Lab, within the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, seeks to appoint a Staff Associate I (SA1) to work with the Emerging Adult Justice Project (EAJP). The EAJP seeks to inform and drive developmentally appropriate, effective and fair justice responses that advance successful paths to adulthood for emerging adults (ages 18 – 25).

The SA1 will assist the EAJP with searching for newly published research reports relevant to the field of emerging adult justice to add to our online library; working with the EAJP team on expanding the overall content of the website to better reflect our ongoing work and share our findings; selecting content that will be included in our monthly newsletter and writing a draft of the newsletter for review/edits; compiling packets of informational materials that we can share with attendees of our trainings, webinars, groups and conferences (e.g., most relevant research reports, informative info-graphics, etc.); and drafting PowerPoint slides for our presentations (including creating charts to highlight the data and trends).

This position may involve some travel outside of New York City for meetings and convenings. The SA1 will report to the project director, Lael Chester, and Justice Lab co-director, Vincent Schiraldi.

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Postdoctoral Research Scholar

The Department of Sociology at Columbia University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar (PRS). The PRS will be a member of the Square One Project (SQ1) in the Justice Lab, and will support curriculum development on the Racial Justice and Abolition Democracy Project. The PRS will conduct research related to the Square One sites, involving a mix of quantitative data analysis of criminal justice administrative records and qualitative field observation, in support of the local projects.

The Racial Justice and Abolition Democracy curriculum will be available for adoption, adaptation, and use across the nation in universities and colleges, in prisons, and in community settings. The curriculum will include a cluster of academic and clinical courses and experiential learning opportunities, with full syllabi and teaching materials, including on-line teaching resources (videos, lectures, lesson plans) and several MOOCs (“massive open online courses”), all of which will have been developed, designed, and tested collaboratively at partner organizations and institutions. Working with a large network of existing partners at the Square One Project and the Initiative for a Just Society, the project will design and provide teaching material that will be suitable for advanced undergraduates or for a one-year master’s degree on “Racial Justice and Abolition Democracy” that spans the humanities, arts, social sciences, policy, and law.

A specialization and background in sociology, social work, public health, political science, public policy and/or economics, strong quantitative and qualitative research skills is required, as well as a demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice.

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Justice Lab Request for Proposals 1

The Justice Lab at Columbia University has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to establish a highly qualified cadre of consultants whose expertise and knowledge can be tapped and deployed for ongoing and emergent project needs. To ensure that our projects have readily accessible capacity to assist with our work, we are searching for individuals with expertise and proven records of accomplishment in one or more of the following areas:

  • Budgeting/Finance: Provide support in analyzing budgets and proposing options to help shift resources outside of justice systems
  • Capacity Development: Assist in assessing local on-the-ground capacity and facilitating processes to draw these partners into system transformation efforts
  • Convening: Bring together partners from various allied groups to share and coordinate work
  • Fundraising: Support efforts to raise funds for different strands of Justice Lab work
  • Legal Analysis: Analyze laws, statutes, and regulations in support of watershed policy changes
  • Policy and Advocacy: Provide strategic support and advising to system stakeholders, advocates, and others, aimed at building political will and executing change, in line with individual project goals and vision
  • Research and Writing: Research and draft discrete products for Lab projects, such as reports, fact sheets, infographics, briefs, and memos

Please note that submitting information in response to this RFP does not guarantee employment. Rather, this serves as the first step in our ability to engage individuals as consultants for the Lab. If the Justice Lab chooses to engage the services of someone who responds to this solicitation and becomes part of our pool, we will present a specific scope of work and the exact payment terms.

The Scope of Work and packet of information required by Columbia's Purchasing team can also be found here.

Questions about this opportunity can be directed to Lisa McAllister at [email protected]. If you have specific questions about how to complete the RFP document, please contact Ken Campbell in Columbia Purchasing at [email protected].

 

Justice Lab Request for Proposals 2

The Justice Lab at Columbia University has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to establish a highly qualified cadre of consultants whose expertise and knowledge can be tapped and deployed for ongoing and emergent project needs. To ensure that our projects have readily accessible capacity to assist with our work, we are searching for individuals with expertise and proven records of accomplishment in one or more of the following areas:

  • Graphic Design: Support in design or creation of graphics-based output to meet specific external needs, enabling system transformation efforts.
  • Photography:  Use various photographic techniques and equipment to support content creation efforts relating to Justice Lab research projects
  • Videography: Assist in the operation of video-based equipment in the production and editing of content for a spectrum of purposes relevant to individual project goals and vision
  • Event Production: Design, supervise, and coordinate ranging elements of an event to support the ongoing success of external-facing Justice Lab work
  • Media Relations: Developing public-facing communications strategies and activities in support of watershed policy changes.

Please note that submitting information in response to this RFP does not guarantee employment. Rather, this serves as the first step in our ability to engage individuals as consultants for the Lab. If the Justice Lab chooses to engage the services of someone who responds to this solicitation and becomes part of our pool, we will present a specific scope of work and the exact payment terms.

The Scope of Work and packet of information required by Columbia's Purchasing team can also be found here.

Questions about this opportunity can be directed to Soraya Shri-Pathman at [email protected]. If you have specific questions about how to complete the RFP document, please contact Ken Campbell in Columbia Purchasing at [email protected].