Job Opening: Juvenile Justice Policy Advisor

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is seeking a leader and active participant in the juvenile justice area to assist with the development of policies focused on juvenile justice reform.  Our ideal candidate has content expertise in criminal and/or juvenile justice; is skilled in building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders; and will give consideration to the voice and experience of the young people involved in the juvenile system. The Policy Advisor's duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Make recommendations on juvenile justice policies, procedures, and standards by analyzing current systems and program objectives, and researching alternative systems in order to improve the delivery of services and the flow of work of the agency.
  • Write and edit new juvenile justice policies, procedures, memoranda, and other written materials, taking into account the needs of various divisions and programs throughout the agency.
  • Liaise with various juvenile justice partners and divisions in order to obtain content necessary to develop policies and procedures that advance the mission and priorities of the State’s Attorney.
  • Schedule juvenile justice policy workgroup meetings.
  • Conduct follow up meetings to assist in moving policies and procedures forward through the development process.
  • Support and participate in projects that relate to changes in policy and procedures, as well as training sessions on newly developed policies and procedures.
  • Analyze legislation, statutes, regulations, and other legal materials to incorporate into new and/or updated policies, procedures, and standards and propose new legislation pertaining to juvenile justice.
  • Conduct research and review applicable laws and regulations to inform agency policies.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in criminal justice, sociology, law, legal studies, psychology, public policy, or another related field required.
  • Deep experience in criminal and/or juvenile justice required.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and write policy proposals and reports required.
  • Expertise in project leadership and management, research and data report development and presentation, grant writing, and fundraising desired.

For those interested please complete the attorney application (available here; PDF). That, along with a resume, should be emailed to Kathy Wallace, Director of Human Resources at