Policy Associate

About Us

Civil Rights Corps challenges systemic injustice in the American legal system. We work with individuals who are accused and convicted of crimes, their families and communities, people currently or formerly incarcerated, activists, organizers, judges, and government officials to challenge human caging, ensure prosecutorial accountability, strengthen indigent defense, end debtors’ prisons, redirect criminal spending into proactive services, further racial justice, and otherwise create a legal system that promotes equality and human freedom.

About the Role

Civil Rights Corps seeks an experienced and passionate Policy Associate to support the Policy Department, which leads Civil Rights Corps’ efforts to design—and bring to fruition—cutting-edge policies that decarcerate the U.S. criminal-legal system, deconstruct systemic racism, and support movement organizers. The Policy Associate will report to the Policy Director.

The Policy Associate will:


The ideal applicant is passionate about justice, a team leader, proactive, thoughtful, able to juggle multiple tasks, and able to work well in a collaborative environment. Specific qualifications we are looking for include:

Civil Rights Corps is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Civil Rights Corps is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients, partners and staff.

Salary, Benefits, and Logistics

Salary range is between $58,000 -- $70,000, commensurate with prior experience. Civil Rights Corps offers an outstanding and generous benefits package, including employer-paid health, vision, and dental benefits; transit benefits; an annual wellness benefit; retirement matching; and paid sick, family, and vacation leave.  Individuals in this position also have the opportunity to join the CRC union.  This position is based in Washington, DC; remote working arrangements are available while CRC’s physical office is closed or partially closed because of COVID-19.

Application Requirements

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of four references to Civil Rights Corps, including at least one reference from either a peer or person who reported to you. Interviews will be conducted via a video teleconferencing platform and a reference check will be completed before an offer is made.

Applications will be accepted until a candidate is identified. Applications submitted by February 26, 2021 are guaranteed consideration. Materials should be addressed to jobs@civilrightscorps.org. Please include your name and “Policy Associate Application” in the subject line.