Job opening: Policy Director

What we are looking for 

The Policy Director is the primary staff member responsible for OJPC’s policy advocacy and lobbying initiatives.  The Policy Director works closely with OJPC staff as the policy partner across all OJPC projects and initiatives.

Job responsibilities:

             1.    Create and lead processes to set and refine OJPC’s public policy agenda, based on input from executive director, deputy director, project leaders, other OJPC staff, and key external partners. (This includes state and local legislation and administrative rules.) Work collaboratively with OJPC staff and partners to implement OJPC’s policy advocacy. Develop new strategies and solutions for policy issues.

            2.    Cultivate and maintain strategic relationships among key policymakers and government leaders. Represent OJPC to criminal-justice-policy stakeholders, including state and local legislative, executive, and administrative officials, and national nonprofit organizations and coalitions. In all these settings, advance OJPC’s policy priorities and effectively position OJPC as a leading voice on criminal-justice and reentry policy.

            3.    Keep all staff apprised of legislative, regulatory, and other policy reform opportunities relevant to OJPC’s mission and strategic objectives. Collaborate with OJPC staff to plan and execute responses to policy and legislative issues as may be applicable to their project areas.

            4.    Collaborate with grassroots organizing partners to ensure continual and genuine community accountability for the policy agenda that OJPC develops and promotes.

            5.    Public speaking for both education and advocacy purposes, with small and large community groups, as well as before public bodies.

            6.    Write internal memos and external advocacy documents to promote our recommended solutions to criminal-justice-policy problems

             7.    Devise and execute media and communications strategy related to advocacy campaigns, in coordination with the Communications Manager.

            8.    Work with Development Director, and other staff as needed, to identify and secure foundation grants, donations, and other funding to support OJPC’s policy advocacy.

            9.    Manage the budget allocated to policy advocacy and lobbying; work with Operations Manager to ensure OJPC’s continued compliance with IRS lobbying limits.

Core Competencies: Strategic Thinking; Analytic and Problem Solving; Results Driven; Network Development; Communication; Teamwork Orientation; Dealing with Ambiguity.

Required qualifications:

             1.      Degree in public policy, law (J.D. or LL.M.), or another relevant field.

            2.    5+ years of experience in law firm, nonprofit law office, nonprofit policy-advocacy organization, or governmental entity; including 2+ years experience formulating and showing leadership in legislative- and policy-reform campaigns with federal, state, or local governments.

            3.      Ability to register as a lobbyist with the state of Ohio and the City of Cincinnati.

            4.    Experience working with racially, ethnically, geographically, and economically diverse populations.

            5.    Public speaking and presentation skills, as well as strong written communication skills.

            6.    Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office.

             7.    Ability to travel (valid driver’s license and access to vehicle preferred). Travel is required to any part of Ohio, usually once a week, but as much as four days a week, including overnight stays.

Additional experience that would make you an even stronger candidate:

             1.      Experience with criminal justice systems (experience can be personal, family, professional, etc.).

            2.      Experience and training in addressing systemic racism.

            3.      Experience with a variety of fundraising methods, including securing foundation grants and courting individual major-gifts donors.

            4.      Experience and training in effective team building, management, and community organizing.

            5.      Experience with project- or organizational-budget management.

            6.      Wide variety of speaking and writing experience for different audiences, such as news media, policymakers, and grassroots activists.

Details about the position

       1.            $50 – $60K salary based on experience and qualifications. 

      2.            Competitive benefits package, including 27 PTO days, PTO carryover and PTO Sharing; Parental Leave; 13 Holidays plus Christmas to New Year’s paid leave; Flextime; Health, vision and dental insurance; Simple IRA with corporate matching; membership in professional associations; corporate support for professional training and professional exams.

      3.            We intend to have this position filled by mid-May, 2019.

      4.            OJPC is an equal opportunity employer. People from historically disadvantaged groups, based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and/or sexual orientation / identification, are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Send a cover letter, résumé, and work sample, all in PDF format to:  OJPC’s Human Resources at Applications will be accepted until 10 April 2019.

About OJPC

The Ohio Justice & Policy Center creates fair, intelligent, and redemptive criminal justice systems through zealous client-centered advocacy, innovative policy reform, and cross-sector community education. We focus our energies primarily on reducing the size of the prison system, improving conditions for those inside prison, and expanding the freedom of people with criminal records to fully contribute to their communities. We are a non-profit law office founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1997, and our work is statewide.