State Policy Manager

State Policy Manager Job Description


Location: Oakland, CA; New York, NY; Washington, DC; or remote telecommute

Division: Advocacy

Department: State Policy

Reports to: Director of State Policy

Start Date: ASAP – Position open until filled

Position type: Full time, exempt



Founded in 2016, Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), a project of the Tides Center, is a multi-state organization that aims to win new safety priorities in large incarceration states across the country. At a time of immense opportunity, ASJ partners with leaders and advocates to advance state criminal justice reform through policy advocacy, coalition building, research, education, and strategic communications. ASJ also brings together diverse crime survivors and people with past convictions to advance policies that help communities most harmed by crime and violence. ASJ’s partner organization, Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), has been leading state advocacy efforts to replace over-incarceration in California with new safety priorities since its inception in 2012. With a substantial California staff and a strong track record, CSJ operates as ASJ’s flagship state advocacy effort. Additionally, Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund, a project of Tides Advocacy, is the 501 (c)4 arm of both ASJ and CSJ.


Position Summary

The State Policy Manager will assist and support the State Policy team’s work advancing campaign goals through policy research, tracking and analyzing key issues in state criminal justice systems, tracking and analyzing sentencing and corrections data, and managing state legislative work to advance state-based policy change. The State Policy Manager will support overall campaign strategy development and work collaboratively with the Policy department, which is within the Advocacy division along with the Research, Innovations, and Government Affairs/c4 departments.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct rapid response and long-term policy research and writing for campaign strategy development, legislative advocacy, and development of policy proposals.
  • Conduct research on state sentencing and corrections policies in support of state policy proposals that can be advanced as legislation or administrative reforms.
  • Assist in development of legislative and policy approaches in ASJ states.
  • Track emerging trends on crime survivor issues, corrections, sentencing, community supervision practices, rights restoration, and other areas of focus for ASJ’s state-based campaigns.
  • Maintain up-to-date and in-depth expertise in policy research as it relates to public safety and sentencing policy, including alternatives to incarceration, with an ability to turn that expertise into short written briefs and fact sheets.
  • Support internal tracking and reporting on state policy projects across the organization.
  • Conduct policy research for memos, and internal policy documents focused on best practices in criminal justice and crime survivor issues, including treatment, prevention, and health-based approaches.
  • Analyze and summarize proposed state legislation.
  • Track and monitor changes in state and local criminal justice policies and practices in key jurisdictions.
  • Liaise with and/or manage vendors and contractors on policy projects and reports.
  • Work closely with other departments and divisions, including Research and Publications, Communications, and State Capacity to support cross-departmental collaboration.


Experience & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience. Candidates with an advanced degree (JD, MPP, etc) are also encouraged to apply.
  • At least three or more years of experience in criminal justice research and policy, or in a related field such as behavioral health research or policy. Candidates with more experience are encouraged to apply.
  • High degree of familiarity with core areas of focus for the organization: criminal justice, public safety, and/or community/public health.
  • Ability to thrive in a busy, multi-tasking, and time-pressured campaign environment.
  • Impeccable attention to detail and extremely high standards for accuracy.
  • Experience reviewing legislation and statutory text in criminal justice, public safety, and health policy contexts.
  • Experience reviewing research and data in criminal justice, public safety, and health policy contexts.
  • Ability to translate complex ideas, research results, and policy concepts into accessible and compelling written content.
  • Analytical, results-oriented approach.
  • Ability to engage with an open mind, think critically, and problem-solve while seeing a project through to completion.
  • Experience working with diverse communities and a deep commitment to social and racial justice.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively and listen and learn from feedback.
  • Excellent writing skills and verbal communications skills.

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

  • Work is normally performed in an interior office setting which does not subject the employee to any hazardous or unusual element
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Requires use of a desktop, laptop, or video display terminal
  • Requires routine physical movements with limited physical exertion
  • Ability to communicate, receive and understand information through oral and written communication and proofread and check documents for accuracy
  • Requires communicating information with co-workers, stakeholders and/or the public; reading correspondence, instructions and/or technical documents; writing correspondence and/or reports and filling in forms


Compensation and Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Tides Center offers a competitive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement, and annual leave. As we build our independent 501c3, we are also working to offer a competitive benefits package.


How to Apply

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to Gina Ciametti ([email protected]), our recruitment partner at Careers in Nonprofits.


Position open until filled. The Alliance for Safety and Justice, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.


Last updated: 7/26/21