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Strategic Advisor Criminal Justice

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City Of Seattle, WA Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 4 months ago

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The Seattle Office for Civil Rights Criminal Justice Strategic Advisor will guide the development and implementation of policies related to juvenile and adult criminal justice aimed at eliminating juvenile detention and increasing racial equity within the criminal justice system in the city of Seattle. The position will play an integral role in advancing the policy goals of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and its Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI). The position is a member of the Policy Division and is a temporary full-time time limited position.

History of the Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative

The Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) is the City of Seattle's long-term commitment to end institutional and structural racism and achieve racial equity in Seattle. RSJI builds on the work of the civil rights movement and the ongoing efforts of people and groups in Seattle to confront racism. The Initiative's long-term goal is to change the underlying system that creates race-based disparities in our community and to achieve racial equity. The Seattle Office for Civil Rights coordinates RSJI across City government.

Job Responsibilities:
Details of this Opportunity

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights seeks a Strategic Advisor to coordinate adult and juvenile criminal justice work across the City with a goal of "zero use of detention for juveniles" and supporting an end to institutional racism within the justice system. The Strategic Advisor may have a criminal history/a criminal record. Criminal history or record will not be a barrier to this position. Responsibilities include coordination of:

  • The City's Criminal Justice Equity Team comprised of City departments working to permanently replace the use of youth incarceration with community-based alternatives;

  • The Re-entry Workgroup composed of residents and City departments, to strengthen the City's efforts to assist re-entry; and

  • The Bail Reform Workgroup working to develop recommendations for alternatives to cash bail for individuals in the Seattle Municipal Court system.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

The ideal candidate is an experienced and effective advocate for systemic change, grounded in principles of racial equity and social justice; a policy analyst and skilled writer; and an effective collaborator, with a proven track record of working with government, other institutions, and communities most impacted by the criminal justice system. The Strategic Advisor will be a member of the Policy Division and report to the Policy Manager. In addition to the above, the Strategic Advisor will:

  • Coordinate criminal justice efforts across the City, with community and other government and institutional partners.

  • Research and analyze best practices and community needs with an emphasis on approaches that center communities most impacted by the adult criminal and juvenile justice systems.

  • Develop and maintain partnerships with City departments, advocacy organizations, law enforcement, other institutions and community organizers working toward racial equity in criminal justice and related areas.

  • Develop and nurture existing community partnerships and build relationships with communities most impacted by racism.

  • Organize and support community-driven policy solutions related to criminal justice reform through authentic collaboration with communities most impacted.

Required Qualifications:

  • Three or more years of experience analyzing policies or developing programs that address issues of racial inequity in an independent, self-directed manner.

  • Expert knowledge of the criminal justice system, developed through lived experience, policy development, or advocacy.

  • Demonstrated ability to put together high-quality reports and presentations that make use of qualitative and quantitative data to make an argument, tell a story or share a policy position.

  • Experience navigating institutions to promote and get buy-in on innovative and potentially controversial strategies.

  • Outstanding project management skills, including the ability to produce, track and manage multiple deliverables with overlapping deadlines in a high-performing, political environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to build collaborative, productive and respectful relationships with community leaders, institutions, and organizations, with particular experience working closely with communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, and others.

  • A combination of relevant experience and education regarding the criminal justice system, such as being arrested, charged, convicted, sentenced, on probation, incarcerated, or on parole, or being impacted by or having worked with those individuals or a Bachelor's degree in a related area.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Desired Qualifications:

  • Lived experience with incarceration and/or a Juris Doctorate or a Master's degree in criminal justice, public administration, public policy, sociology, or related field.

  • Facilitation, negotiation, and conflict-resolution skills.

  • Familiarity with local government, including experience interacting with elected officials and the public.

  • Bilingual language skills.

  • Experience working within local or state government.

Additional Information:How to apply

In addition to completing the online application, please attach:

  • A cover letter explaining your qualifications for this role as well as your thoughts on the role government should play in eliminating racial inequities in the criminal justice system.
  • A resume.
  • A writing sample.
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