Council of State Governments
Who we are:
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center works across the country to develop research-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities.
To further this mission, we work with partners inside and outside of government to reduce crime and incarceration among youth and adults in contact with the justice system. We bring people from diverse systems and perspectives together to improve policy and practice. And we transform data and research findings into meaningful insights for decision-makers.
We’re focused on three strategic goals:
Break the cycle of incarceration.
Advance health, opportunity, and equity.
Use data to improve safety and justice.
When you join the CSG Justice Center, you join an organization that is uniquely positioned to cultivate innovation and drive data-driven reform nationally. We have approximately 140 employees-expected to grow to about 180 by the end of this year-based in more than 25 states who have decades of experience working in and with criminal, juvenile, and Tribal justice agencies. We have provided housing, mental health, and addiction services; served as educators and in workforce development agencies; and supported victims and survivors of crime. We have served governors, state legislators, and members of Congress on both sides of the political spectrum. What binds us together is a shared commitment to our mission; to one another; to a common set of values; and to the national, bipartisan advisory board that guides our work.
Learn more about careers at the CSG Justice Center.
How you’ll fit in:
Reporting to and working closely with the director of the CSG Justice Center, the director of strategic alignment will work collaboratively to ensure the good functioning of the senior leadership team and, by extension, the organization. The director of strategic alignment will also serve as a key thought partner to the director and deputy director. Finally, this individual will have the ability to develop new initiatives for the organization.
The director of strategic alignment is a vital member of the CSG Justice Center’s senior leadership team, which has a shared responsibility for ensuring that the organization is aligned around its vision and mission and effectively marshaling resources to achieve its goals. The director of strategic alignment helps to support internal cohesion within the senior leadership team and ensures that the team’s priorities are communicated to key stakeholders and successfully implemented.
The director of strategic alignment will have a deep commitment to the CSG Justice Center’s mission and strategic plan. They will act as a champion for an organization-wide perspective on key issues. They will support the director and the senior leadership team to make organization-wide decisions by generating useful ideas, devising thorough and thoughtful plans, anticipating problems, and coming up with new solutions.
What you’ll do:
Specific responsibilities include the following:
Serve as a member of the CSG Justice Center’s senior leadership team, which is a high-functioning, highly collaborative group of cross-functional leaders. The senior leadership team employs a shared leadership approach to ensuring that the organization is aligned on its vision and mission and advancing toward its goals.
Working with nine senior leaders to understand their goals and needs, help prioritize and ensure follow-through on annual and quarterly goals for the team.
Tee up key decisions that the senior leadership team must make, detailing key issues and concerns and placing the decision within its full context.
Promote and sustain a collaborative, consensus-based working environment for the senior leadership team.
Represent the senior leadership team in conversations with other CSG Justice Center staff.
Support the CSG Justice Center Advisory Board, including ensuring that the group is informed of new CSG Justice Center initiatives and appropriately engaged in strategic planning and providing regular program and metrics updates to the board and its sub-committees.
Support the conceptualization and implementation of our annual Advisory Board meeting, as well as two Executive Committee meetings per year.
Devise and implement processes that ensure our operational divisions (HR; Finance, Administration, and Operations; and Development and Grants Management) and Communications Division are collaborating to meet the current needs of the organization and to anticipate future needs.
Advise the director and deputy director, anticipating and assessing risks and making suggestions for improvement across the organization.
Support the organization’s lead policy experts to convene structured conversations about areas of cross-group work at the CSG Justice Center to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas and ensure that our strategies are field-informed, research and data-based, cutting edge, and complementary.
Support the director and deputy director to convene structured conversations about areas of potential future work for the CSG Justice Center.
Support the development and launch of strategic initiatives in coordination with the deputy director.
Support the CSG Justice Center’s connections to, and coordination with, others in the CSG family, including CSG HQ, the regional offices, and CSG affiliates.
Communicate effectively internally.
Demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion within the CSG Justice Center.
Serve as an ambassador of the CSG mission to champion excellence in state governments to advance the common good.
What you’ll bring:
Awareness of (and ideally relationships with) other organizations that work on issues related to criminal and juvenile justice, behavioral health, economic mobility, and/or housing
Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, keen judgment, and self-confidence, with a sense of humor and ability to maintain balance and perspective
A strong understanding of the CSG Justice Center’s organizational strengths relative to other organizations that operate within the above-described arenas
A thoughtful analysis of the criminal and juvenile justice fields, including practical and political challenges and opportunities at the local, state, and federal levels
Team player who is invested in working collaboratively with the senior leadership team in furtherance of shared goals
Organizational savvy and a demonstrated ability to operationalize complex and competing priorities
Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively present complex information in a concise way
Demonstrated success designing, launching, and growing new projects
Ability and commitment to see things through, from idea to execution and evaluation
Integrity, including an ability to answer questions honestly, take responsibility for your actions and follow through on your promises
Ability to work with and find consensus among people from a wide array of backgrounds and perspectives, as well as an appreciation for the need to address issues in nonpartisan and non-polarizing ways
Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently
Willingness to travel an average of two to four days per month
Ability to demonstrate cultural competence, including self-awareness, understanding, and valuing others, to interact effectively with diverse people in different contexts, and to foster equity and inclusion
Dedication to public service with an unfailing commitment to act with civility, be nonpartisan in performing CSG duties, and be a responsible steward of public funds
A bachelor’s degree and 10 years of relevant experience
How you apply:
If you’re interested in helping us drive change across the country, you should upload the following elements with your application:
At least four professional references
We will consider all paid and unpaid experience relative to this position, including internships, fellowships, and volunteer activities.
CSG believes that pay equity and pay transparency advance workplace fairness. Compensation will be equitable and based on experience and geography. The NYC-based salary range for this position is $184,300 to $216,487. The starting salary for this position outside of NYC may be as low as $126,900. The starting salary for this position outside of NYC may be as low as Salary ranges are subject to change based on work location and market conditions.
Learn more about careers at the CSG Justice Center.
We welcome and value diversity in our staff, including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, protected veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system.
CSG is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. CSG participates in E-Verify.
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