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Program Manager - Center For Justice Planning

National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA)

The NCJA Center for Justice Planning (CJP) provides training, technical assistance, research and reporting to state administering agencies (SAAs) as well as other state and local stakeholders, including criminal justice coordinating councils (CJCC) and community based advisory boards. The NCJA Center for Justice Planning provides direct technical assistance, both remotely and onsite, offers training, coordinates with other national partners, gathers data and research evidence-informed practices for inclusion in outreach and training.

 The Program Manager position complements the skillset of the Center for Justice Planning team, bringing experience within the criminal justice system, specifically in supporting evidence informed practices and strategic planning across the system. Applicants with experience in criminal justice data analysis, crisis response and/or gun violence reduction strategies will be given preference in the application process. This position will join the team to provide training and technical assistance to eligible entities, ensuring that these programs achieve defined goals and meet the needs of criminal justice practitioners and policymakers. Travel throughout the United States and territories is expected on a routine basis. The Program Manager will work remotely from a home office location and reports directly to the Deputy Director of NCJA’s Center for Justice Planning, working collaboratively as a member of a high functioning professional team.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Providing support and guidance on criminal justice strategic planning.
  • Conducting online research to compile descriptive information pertaining to evidence-based or informed criminal justice programs and policies delivered by justice agencies.
  • Creating and producing high-quality presentations on strategic planning, evidence-informed practices, and data collection and evaluation.
  • Facilitating discussions with state and local criminal justice boards and other justice policymakers and practitioners.
  • Analyzing data points and creating high-level summaries and reports for partners.
  • Delivering training and technical assistance, both remotely and onsite, on the fundamentals of strategic planning to increase the capacity of SAAs and other stakeholders to maximize the impact of their funding in key areas of focus and to ensure federal funds are used most effectively.
  • Developing and executing work plans to accomplish assigned project goals and objectives.
  • Organizing and participating in national and regional trainings, meetings and convenings.
  • Providing briefings on program findings and activities to management, the NCJA Board of Directors, federal funders, and high-level officials in federal, state, local and tribal government.
  • Complying with all reporting requirements as established by funding authorities and the NCJA Executive
  • Managing projects from inception to completion as outlined in program deliverables.


  • Experience in managing programs and delivering high quality service to criminal justice agencies and policy makers.
  • Extensive knowledge of criminal justice policy and practice, law enforcement, corrections, or other areas of related expertise.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Strong writing skills for the development of policy briefings, articles, website content and reports.
  • Extensive training and facilitation skills.
  • Experience conducting online research and organizing findings.
  • Interest in the administration of justice with emphasis on data-informed policy and practice.
  • Ability to work virtually, manage multiple projects and meet deadlines with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to participate in a high functioning professional team requiring flexibility and
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software (PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Power BI, etc.) and other research related software programs.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Master’s degree (or commensurate experience) in criminal justice or related field and 3 years’ experience working in professional setting, or bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or related field (or commensurate experience) and 5 years’ experience working in professional office environment, or combination of equivalent education and/or experience.
  • Experience in criminal justice data analysis, crisis response and/or gun violence reduction strategies preferred.

Salary Range: $80,000-$89,000, commensurate with experience.

This position is supported through a U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance Cooperative Agreement. Continuation of this position is contingent upon performance and the ability to obtain future funding for this project.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

NCJA is an equal opportunity employer. Even if you don’t meet every requirement listed above, we encourage you to apply anyway! Studies show that marginalized communities are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. NCJA is dedicated to building an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplace that fosters a sense of belonging, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t perfectly align with every qualification, we still encourage you to consider applying. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another opening. All qualified applicants, including people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, women, protected veterans, individuals who have been involved in the justice system, and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply: Interested candidates must answer application questions and submit a resume and cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2023. Application Link: https://ncja.bamboohr.com/careers/30 [1]

  1. https://ncja.bamboohr.com/careers/30

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