The policy analyst in the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice engages in research, writing, project management, policymaker education, outreach, and public and media communications with a focus on conservative criminal justice reforms.

The goals of the Center are enhancing public safety, empowering victims, reducing costs to taxpayers, and limiting the scope of criminal law to wrongful conduct. The Center has worked closely with policymakers in Texas and across the nation to develop and implement cost-effective alternatives to incarceration that also reduce crime, restore victims, and strengthen families and communities.

This is a temporary position for the 2019 Texas legislative session, from January, 2019 through June, 2019, excluding special session. This position may become permanent based on funding and performance.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Researching, analyzing and making recommendations on the Foundation’s policy issues
  • Effectively communicating the Foundation’s policy recommendations to key stakeholders, including legislators, their staff and the media
  • Working with other organizations throughout the country
  • Project management and coalition building
  • Writing policy briefs, perspectives, research studies, commentaries, testimony, and blog postings
  • Monitoring and testifying before various legislative committees and state agencies
  • Organizing various policy events/activities designed to educate policymakers, stakeholders, the media, and the general public


  • Bachelor’s degree; graduate degree in law, public affairs, criminal justice, or another relevant field preferred
  • Excellent research, writing, editing, and public presentation skills
  • Experience and proficiency in interacting with legislators, media, stakeholders, and the general public
  • At least two years of relevant legislative, policy, and/or media experience
  • Ability to comprehend/analyze complex legislative and regulatory issues
  • Ability to effectively advocate for the Foundation’s principles and recommendations
  • Experience and knowledge relating to criminal justice is desired, but not required
  • Experience in data analysis is preferred

Please send cover letter, references, resume, salary range and a writing sample to Gina Van Dyke at

While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.  No phone calls, please.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute offering competitive salaries and benefits to qualified candidates.