Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health - Substance Addiction #JC040319

  • Council of State Governments
  • $88,310.00 - 161,770.00 / Year *
  • 21 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
  • Full-Time
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Working as part of the Justice Center's Behavioral Health Division and reporting directly to the deputy program director, the Policy Analyst will be responsible for providing technical assistance focused on co-occurring substance addiction and mental illnesses to enhance collaboration between corrections, community supervision, courts, law enforcement, other criminal justice agencies, and behavioral health agencies; analyzing relevant, administrative policy, research, and legislation; coordinating with a team of expert consultants providing technical assistance; and coordinating and participating in politically sensitive meetings with high-ranking local, state, and federal officials, advocates, and other experts across the country. The Policy Analyst, Substance Addiction will manage projects focused on substance addiction and addressing the opioid epidemic in the criminal justice system. This position offers a significant responsibility and opportunity for growth to an individual seeking to advance a career in criminal justice policy with a focus on behavioral health.This position offers a significant level of responsibility and opportunity to an individual with an established career in criminal justice, mental health, and substance use policy.


* Providing technical assistance to substance addiction and mental illness treatment providers, corrections, community supervision agencies, courts, law enforcement including those receiving federal grants. Duties include:
* Cultivating relationships across stakeholders involved with each grant program;
* Coordinating, leading, and documenting site visits;
* Maintaining regular communication with grantees;
* Providing guidance and resources to assist grantees in meeting their program goals;
* Contributing to the development of and facilitating grantee training activities such as webinars and online learning communities
* Documenting technical assistance contacts and activities in a timely manner

* With guidance from senior staff, developing written products, including policy briefs, research memos, and presentations that concisely and clearly describe complex analyses and policy options to policymakers;
* Contributing to the development and implementation of long-range strategies to guide the Justice Center's substance addiction and behavioral health work;
* Working with a wide range of stakeholders focused on city/county government, law enforcement, criminal justice and behavioral health technical assistance efforts;
* Monitoring timelines and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas;
* Responding to requests from the field for information and resources;
* Contributing to the development of implementation tools and protocols that build consistency in technical assistance service delivery among the team;
* Conducting policy analysis and research support for the division as a whole, as needed;
* Updating managers and senior staff of relevant project developments and other work in the field that impacts project goals;
* Participating actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings; and
* Additional duties as assigned by their manager or division.


* Excellent research, writing, and editing skills and an analytical mind;
* Experience with performance measurement, research/evaluation, and data analysis, particularly around substance addiction and co-occurring mental illnesses;
* Familiarity with national substance addiction datasets and cross-system data matches is a plus;
* Demonstrated knowledge of criminal justice, behavioral health and health policy and programs;
* Demonstrated experience in policy formulation, analysis, advocacy, research or the like;
* Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise, accessible way;
* Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, an ability to work independently and in a team setting, and a sense of humor;
* Efficient, organized work style, and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently and manage multiple deadlines;
* Willingness to travel, occasionally several times per month.
* Training in clinical substance addiction, substance addiction or behavioral health policy, corrections, community supervision, courts, or law enforcement is a plus


At least four years of combined work experience in the fields of substance addiction, mental illness, local, state government, or tribal nations, criminal justice, justice and/or local policy analysis; some preference for experience working with city or county or state policymakers.


A college degree (required) and a graduate degree in a related field, such as behavioral health, criminal justice, law, public health, public policy, or social work (preferred).


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

* Frequently communicates with internal and external coworkers and customers.
* Frequently operates a computer to create policy briefs, memos, and presentations.
* Frequently remains in a stationary position to perform desk duties.
* Frequently works in a well lit, tempered room.
* Occasionally moves throughout office to communicate to coworkers.
* Seldom transports objects weighing up to 25 pounds such as files or paper boxes.


Interested individuals should upload the following elements (in PDF format) to secured.csg.org/csg/jobs

1. Cover letter with salary expectation

2. R?sum?

3. One or two writing samples (preferable no more than three pages)

4. Names and contact information for references (at least three)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

CSG is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

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* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.