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W. Haywood Burns Institute

 The Burns Institute is  hiring a Research and Policy Associate. Please see below for a detailed job description and application instructions.

 The W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equity (BI) is a national non-profit organization based in San Francisco. Our mission is to protect and improve the lives of youth of color and poor youth and the well-being of their communities by reducing the adverse impacts of public and private youth-serving systems to ensure fairness and equity throughout the juvenile justice system. The BI convenes local traditional and non-traditional stakeholders such as law enforcement, the Court, prosecutors, public defenders, and youth serving professionals, community leaders, parents and youth to address racial disparities in the local juvenile justice system. The BI is currently working in approximately 25 sites nationwide. Additionally, the BI supports community-based organizations to build their capacity to hold local justice systems accountable to reduce the unnecessary and inappropriate use of detention while promoting the use of community based alternatives.

This position is being established to increase our capacity to analyze and document local efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system and to support and build on ongoing juvenile justice research and policy work.

Job Description

The Research and Policy Associate will report directly to the Law and Policy Analyst. The position will be responsible for advancing the BI’s mission in the following domains:

   Communications and Writing

  • Draft reports to highlight progress in local work to reduce disparities.
  • Draft reports to highlight innovations in juvenile justice that impact local work to reduce disparities.

   Data Analysis to Support Work to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities

  • Participate in BI Site Teams in developing strategies, providing analysis and implementing BI’s process to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in local juvenile justice systems.
  • Assess local juvenile justice systems’ capacity to collect, analyze and use data to drive juvenile justice reform work.
  • Review and analyze local data and assist with monitoring trends and progress in local work to reduce racial and ethnic disparities.
  • Develop research methodology and conduct quantitative analyses to further site based work to reduce disparities.

   Juvenile Justice Research and Policy

  • Support ongoing research projects investigating extra-judicial factors contributing to criminal and juvenile justice system involvement.
  • Develop research methodology and conduct qualitative and quantitative research on pressing juvenile justice issues.
  • Conduct research, provide advocacy and education, and strategize around innovations to promote fairness and equity in federal, state juvenile justice legislation and local juvenile justice policy.
  • Stay abreast of and provide summaries of juvenile justice research and emerging developments in juvenile and criminal law and their impact on youth of color.
  • Research and updates to enhance BI’s Web Resources.

   Training and Facilitation

  • Conduct trainings and facilitate meetings regarding using data to drive policy.
  • Support and strengthen grassroots juvenile justice advocacy activities of Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY) members.

Additional Qualifications:

The ideal candidate can demonstrate a strong commitment to racial justice and juvenile justice reform. The candidate should have a graduate degree in public policy or other relevant field, which includes training in quantitative and qualitative analysis. Relevant experience can be substituted for the graduate degree. Excellent writing, comfort with statistical data, comfort with public speaking, strong computer skills, analytic skills, and experience with PowerPoint, Excel and SPSS are required. Substantive knowledge of juvenile justice, and/or youth serving systems preferred.

This position requires up to 30% travel.

Bi-lingual and bi-cultural candidates are particularly desired.

How to Apply:

Please send your complete applications to Senior Assistant, Andria Blackmon (

  • A letter of interest;
  • Your resume;
  • A minimum of three references; and
  • A brief writing sample demonstrating your research experience.

Please use “Research and Policy Associate” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, please send materials to: W. Haywood Burns Institute, 180 Howard Street, Suite 320, San Francisco, CA 94105.

The W. Haywood Burns Institute is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. The candidate must work in the Burns Institute San Francisco office. No relocation funds are available.

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