Criminal Justice and Disability Fellow (1-Year Fellowship)

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time


The Arc of the United States is seeking a Criminal Justice and Disability Fellow.  The Criminal Justice and Disability Fellow will work to advance the mission and goals of The Arc of the United States and The Arc's National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD).  NCCJD serves as a bridge between the criminal justice and disability communities as is the national focal point for the collection and dissemination of related resources.  NCCJD pursues and promotes safety, fairness, and justice for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), whether as suspects, defendants, incarcerated persons, victims, or witnesses.  The Fellow will perform a variety of tasks related to the day-to-day operation of The Arc's criminal justice programs and initiatives and help advocate for the civil and human rights of individuals with I/DD through a variety of activities.  The Fellow will perform other responsibilities as assigned, including administrative and organizational tasks.  The overarching goals of these various activities will be to:

  1. Increase knowledge and awareness of issues at the intersection of criminal justice reform and the advancement of disability rights.
  2. Promote fair access to justice for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
  3. Empower The Arc's chapter network to become the go-to resources in their communities on criminal justice issues.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Assist in the marketing, preparation, and delivery of in-person and online rights-based training and educational programming, including NCCJD's signature Pathways to Justice program.
  • Assist in providing information and referral and technical assistance to people with I/DD their family members, disability professionals, and criminal justice professionals.
  • Assist in developing resources, fact sheets, toolkits, and other educational advocacy materials.
  • Assist in creating content for NCCJD's website, social media platforms, and quaterly newsletters.
  • Conduct research to identify national trends and best practices in criminal justice programs and services for people with disabilities.
  • Work collaboratively across departments/teams.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Undergraduates degree in criminal justice, criminology, social work, psychology, pre-law, public administration, special education, human services, or other relevant fields (s) from an accredited college or university (graduate degree or equivalent experience preferred)
  • Minimum of two (2) years relevant experience in the criminal justice field or criminal justice-related advocacy work (having experience with or demonstrating knowledge of the intersection of criminal justice and disabilities issues is a plus)
  • Personal or professional experience living with or working with people with disabilities is preferred.
  • Understanding of intersectionality issues generally and its impact on people with disabilities in the criminal justice system
  • Passionate about reforming the criminal justice system for marginalized communities, including those with disabiltites
  • Well-developed public speaking, training, and facilitation skills
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of people, including in various professional groups
  • Collegial and self-motivated team player
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team
  • Ability to manage project logistics and mulitiple prioritites simultaneously
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Ability to use and navigate various social media and video/web conferencing platforms
  • Willingness to travel (nationally and internationally)


Undergraduate degree in criminal justice, criminology, social work, psychology, pre-law, public administration, special education, human services, or related field, or equivalent experience, required. Graduate degree or equivalent experience preferred.


1-Year Fellowship


Competitive salary based on education and experience; excellent benefits including Health, Dental, Retirement, Life and AD&D, and LTD; accrued vacation and sick leave.


The Arc is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace, including people with autism and other developmental disabilities.

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