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Application deadline: Jan. 202023

Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy whose core objective is to maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. We are dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. We invest in sustainable change, building it from the ground up based on research, deep thinking, and a strong foundation of evidence. We drive public conversation, craft policy, and inspire action through education and advocacy.

Position Overview

The Arnold Ventures’ Advocacy team strengthens the organization’s partnerships with federal and state governments and supports our policy teams’ efforts to bring research and evidence into the policymaking process. The Advocacy team is responsible for working with the organization’s policy and research teams to develop and execute legislative advocacy campaigns around our policy priorities; building, resourcing, and maintaining strategic alliances with engaged and influential state and national partners and stakeholders.

Arnold Ventures’ Criminal Justice team aims to advance community safety and the values of fairness, effectiveness, and racial justice. It funds innovative work in six domains: Policing, Pretrial Justice, Community Supervision, Prisons, Reintegration, and Fines & Fees. 

Reporting to the Director of Advocacy, Criminal Justice, and based in Arnold Ventures’ Washington, D.C. office, the Advocacy Manager, Criminal Justice will help develop and execute state and federal legislative advocacy strategies to advance Arnold Ventures criminal justice policy priorities. This position will build and manage criminal justice advocacy projects and partnerships at the state and national level with the goal of advancing Arnold Ventures’ criminal justice policy priorities through legislative advocacy campaigns. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute Arnold Ventures’ criminal justice legislative advocacy strategies, in partnership with the Director of Advocacy, other key members of the advocacy team, and criminal justice policy and research teams
  • Build and manage relationships with bipartisan criminal justice advocacy stakeholders 
  • Develop and present grant recommendations that are aligned with the Advocacy team’s strategies, including reviewing proposals and advising applicants on scope and budget
  • Facilitate the award, management, and tracking of advocacy grants, which includes working with grantees and partners to develop strategic campaign plans, assist grantees in troubleshooting and overcoming project obstacles, and make strategic connections between partners to facilitate collaboration
  • Coordinate across Advocacy and Criminal Justice policy teams to ensure maximum synergy in accomplishing goals
  • Oversee and track multiple criminal justice legislative issue advocacy campaigns simultaneously across several states and at the federal level

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 4 – 6 years of experience in positions involving issue advocacy campaigns, public affairs, government relations or project management
  • Knowledge of state and federal legislative process 
  • Experience building and supporting issue advocacy campaigns or lobbying at the state and/​or federal level
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to summarize and communicate key takeaways to diverse, nontechnical audiences
  • Exceptional project management and organizational skills

Our Culture and Core Values

Our culture seeks to inspire and empower our people to innovate and develop bold ideas that will help Arnold Ventures achieve lasting impact. Our culture, and the core values that support it, should create an environment that spurs our team to think outside the box, feel comfortable pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and signal confidence in our team’s ability to make change happen through our philanthropic efforts. Although not an exhaustive list, below you’ll find examples of Arnold Ventures’ work culture. 

  • We are adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity. 
  • We are intellectually curious, open-minded, objective, humble, collegial, and receptive to feedback.
  • We are action-oriented with strong self-direction and self-motivation skills with the ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects.
  • We are able to interact confidently and collaboratively with team members and navigate relationships with external experts, government leaders, advocates, and individuals impacted by the justice system. 

Arnold Ventures’ values are integral to our lived experience. They genuinely reflect who we are as an organization, help us accelerate our strategic goals, strengthen our resolve, anchor us to our mission, and guide our decision-making. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following core values that inspire the Arnold Ventures team to make a difference.

  • Respect for Ourselves & Others
  • Audacious Action
  • Collaborative Engagement
  • Depth of Thought
  • Clear Communication

Arnold Ventures is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, military/​veteran status, or any basis prohibited by applicable law. 

Acknowledging the importance of diverse perspectives, Arnold Ventures is committed to employing individuals from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of experiences. Members of historically marginalized communities and candidates who have been impacted by the systems we are seeking to change are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 01.06.2023



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