Application review will begin on October 13, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.
This position announcement is also available as a PDF.
The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KyPolicy) seeks to hire a Policy Analyst focused on criminal justice policy issues in the state. The position will work collaboratively to improve lives and reduce racial and economic disparities through policies that reduce incarceration in Kentucky’s prisons and jails, and other types of criminal legal system involvement.
Successful applicants will demonstrate an ability to analyze, document and describe aspects of how the criminal legal system currently operates in Kentucky and resulting inequities and harms for Kentuckians and their communities. They will demonstrate capacity to track and analyze data, assess criminal justice legislation and policy ideas, and develop strategic policy options to reduce incarceration and criminal legal system involvement. They will also demonstrate ability to develop relationships with other advocates and lawmakers, and to collaborate on strategic communications.
KyPolicy seeks to build a thriving commonwealth for all Kentuckians through research, education, advocacy and leadership on critical public policy issues. KyPolicy is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and a respected provider of information and insight on the impact of policies on Kentucky communities. The organization strives for strategic, timely and analytically rigorous research as well as compelling, clear and accessible communications. KyPolicy seeks to influence public understanding and debate about state fiscal and economic issues and contribute to lasting improvements in policy.
In a state with one of the highest rates of incarceration in the nation, and with unacceptable racial inequities, KyPolicy addresses criminal justice policy issues as a key priority.
The duties and responsibilities of the Policy Analyst include the following:
- Build expertise on criminal justice policy issues, including through analysis of data, reports, legislation, laws and regulations; track criminal justice developments in the state and around the country; and communicate with key resources and experts both in-state and nationally.
- Write analyses of Kentucky’s criminal justice policies, including documenting how the current system operates as well as analyses of legislative and policy proposals. Research products include policy briefs and reports, shorter analyses, fact sheets and other publications to post on the KyPolicy website and/or to use with other advocacy organizations and/or decision maker meetings.
- Develop policy options to reduce incarceration and criminal legal system involvement in Kentucky.
Communications and Public Education
- Collaborate with communications staff to create compelling products including social media, press releases and op-eds.
- Make regular updates to information on a criminal justice website (which will be newly launched by KyPolicy) when new data becomes available.
- As needed, prepare and deliver clear public presentations that help everyday Kentuckians understand and support needed policy changes, and be a voice in the media on these issues as appropriate.
Policy Advocacy and Partnerships
- Work with KyPolicy team members to develop relationships with advocates and lawmakers in Kentucky to increase support for effective policy ideas.
- Support KyPolicy team members in developing and implementing strategies to influence decision-makers and change criminal justice policy, including lobbying, testimony and media advocacy.
Administration and Team Support
- Carry out administrative tasks as needed, including related to KyPolicy mailings, events and other activities.
- Assist with keeping KyPolicy systems, such as our contact database, up to date.
- Support other staff work through feedback on draft reports and assistance with analysis as appropriate.
- Assist with fundraising activities as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Strongly articulated interest in and commitment to social, economic and racial justice.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Facility with data and strong analytical skills.
- Computer skills, including the ability to use spreadsheets to analyze data sets and word processing
- Ability to conduct policy analysis and build policy expertise.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to work constructively in teams and build trusting relationships.
- Strong writing skills and the ability to write clearly for a general audience.
- Self-motivated, creative thinker with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Able to perform assigned duties in a time-efficient manner.
Preferred Qualifications and Characteristics
- Two years of experience in policy, advocacy or related work.
- Personal experience with incarceration or the criminal legal system.
- Master’s degree in a related field, or a law degree.
- Understanding of Kentucky’s criminal justice system, policy and politics.
- Some familiarity with statistical software.
This full-time position offers a competitive salary, with a range of $45,000 – $55,000 depending on experience, and a generous benefits package. This is a remote position with regular travel to the KyPolicy Berea office, Frankfort and other Kentucky locations. This position will be supervised by KyPolicy’s research director, Ashley Spalding.
KyPolicy is an equal opportunity employer, committed to equity and diversity, and we encourage all people to apply. We are committed to building a team that is diverse in background, experience, race, color, national origin, gender identity, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, abilities, veteran status and other qualities. We encourage people of all backgrounds and experiences to apply, especially people who have first-hand experience with the criminal justice system, either from personal involvement or from working with justice-involved people.
KyPolicy is committed to ensuring the safety of all staff and people we work with. Our COVID-19 vaccination policy requires all prospective employees, prior to their start date, to: (1) become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, or (2) request and obtain approval for an accommodation for a medical or religious exemption. Should an accommodation for a medical or religious exemption be approved, an employee would work with KyPolicy and the Mountain Association to develop a COVID-19 safety plan.
Employment is contingent upon meeting these requirements and the requirements of the position.
Please e-mail your resume and a cover letter specifically explaining why you are a good fit for this position to email@example.com. We will ask candidates selected for second interviews to provide contact information for three references. Our hiring process typically includes two rounds of interviews and a skill-based activity.
Once the priority review date has passed, application review will continue until the position is filled. The interview process may include in-person and remote interviews, depending on pandemic conditions. For more information about KyPolicy visit www.kypolicy.org.