State Criminal Justice Manager Posted Oct 13
R Street Institute , Washington, DC
State Criminal Justice Manager
R Street Institute
Washington, D.C.

The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington and with regional offices around the country—is seeking an energetic criminal justice manager to organize and execute efforts to reduce or eliminate unnecessary legislative and regulatory barriers to participation in the labor market for those caught up in the criminal justice system. This is a full-time position that, ideally, will be based in either Washington D.C. or Sacramento, California. However, we will entertain applications from highly qualified candidates throughout the United States.

Ideal candidates will possess a deep background in state legislative and regulatory affairs, as well as experience with relevant policy issues. Those issues include: criminal justice reform, matters related to professional licensure, the sharing economy and emerging technology. Good candidates will have some experience with state legislative affairs, an ability to deal with new situations and policy areas in a creative manner and a demonstrated ability to network. Additionally, candidates should be able to support and serve as ambassadors for R Street’s pragmatic free-market approach to public policy.

This position will report to the associate vice president of state affairs with policy guidance from the national security and criminal justice policy director.

● Educate state and local lawmakers and executive branch officials about R Street policy positions on criminal justice reform and a variety of other topics via written and oral legislative testimony.

● Track and evaluate legislative and regulatory developments related to criminal justice reform in state legislatures throughout the country.

● Build ideologically broad coalition partnerships with other organizations to promote R Street messages, and oversee R Street’s Justice for Work Coalition (

● Write short papers for publication by R Street and others as well as pieces for the popular and ideological press.

● A bachelor's degree is required, but we will weigh experience above academic achievements. Advanced degrees in law or related fields are a plus.

● At least three years of relevant experience in state legislative affairs. This might take the form of work as a legislative staffer, a campaign worker, a candidate, a lobbyist, a trade association professional or other similar work.

● Strong public speaking skills.

● Excellent writing ability, ideally demonstrated by a record of published work.

Candidates who believe they are truly well-qualified are encouraged to apply even if they don’t precisely meet all of the qualifications above. For example, someone with excellent contacts in state government but no published work would still be a strong candidate. However, it’s unlikely that academic credentials alone can substitute for work experience.

While this job does allow candidates to work from home and have some control of their specific hours, it is a full-time job inconsistent with any other employment. People who hold minor local elected office may be considered, but high-profile political positions and aspirations above very minor local office are not consistent with this job. This job will involve a fair amount of travel throughout the United States. Candidates should expect and be able to spend at least some nights away from home. It may also require unusual work hours.

The R Street Institute is a relatively young think tank experiencing rapid growth in both personnel and scholarly output, yet it remains a close-knit team. Our growth is driven by an entrepreneurial attitude among our staff that is supported by a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families); wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with no employee match required; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that's illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled. Candidates we are interested in will be contacted for telephone interviews, which will be conducted on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be held in our D.C. office. Candidates who believe they are highly qualified and haven't heard back from us should follow up.

To apply, please send us a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF, along with a cover letter pasted into the body of an email. The email address for applications is