State Policy Manager

Location: Oakland, CA; New York, NY; Washington, DC; or remote telecommute
Reports to: Director of State Policy
Start Date: ASAP – Position open until filled
Position type: Full time, exempt

The Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) is a multi-state organization working with state-based partners to replace wasteful prison spending with new safety solutions rooted in prevention and community health. ASJ brings capacity and expertise in alliance building, issue education, community organizing, and policy advocacy to its state-based campaigns to advance policy reforms that will significantly reduce incarceration rates and racial disparities in the criminal justice system. ASJ is committed to both reforming state justice systems and amplifying the voices of communities most harmed by violence and over-incarceration. Central to our work is the recognition that survivors deserve a justice system that prioritizes healing, prevention and recovery, and too often these needs are unmet.

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 team. 

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.
  • 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, including Research and Publications, Communications, and Government Relations to support cross-departmental collaboration.

Other Duties & Responsibilities:

Participation in key organizational convenings, such as staff meetings, staff retreats, weekly check-ins with the supervisor, team meetings, and other meetings as required by the supervisor.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience. Candidates with an advanced degree are also encouraged to apply.
  • Two 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 also 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 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 communication skills.

Physical Demands:
Must be able to sit at a computer for extended periods of time. Travel will be required.

Work Environment:
Bay Area, California, New York, New York, Washington D.C. or remote telecommute. Downtown office environment with open seating areas and individual offices. Standard work desks and furniture, fluorescent lighting. There is an elevator in the building. Located close to a train station. Work hours, dependent on deadlines, may include an occasional night or weekend assignments.

Compensation and Benefits:
Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Tides Center offers a competitive benefits package including health/vision/dental insurance, retirement 403b match benefit, and paid sick, holiday, and vacation leave.

To Apply:
To apply, send an email with “State Policy Manager” in the subject line with your resume, a thoughtful cover letter, and 2-3 references to Thomas Young (, Recruiter 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, transgender, and queer communities. Applicants who are formerly incarcerated, have a criminal record, or otherwise impacted by the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply. 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 accommodation 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.