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Culture Change Research Fellow

Organization Overview

Impact Justice is a national innovation and research center that is committed to reducing the number of people involved in our juvenile and adult criminal justice system, improving conditions for those who remain incarcerated, providing meaningful opportunities for success for those rejoining our communities and improving justice outcomes for crime victims. Impact Justice is working with bipartisan support to reduce our nation’s over-reliance on incarceration, with research, evaluations, technical assistance, policy work and the use of innovation and experimentation.

The National PREA Resource Center (PRC) is a project of Impact Justice (IJ), funded through a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), at the Department of Justice (DOJ). The PRC serves as the national source for online and direct support, training, technical assistance, and research to assist adult and juvenile corrections, detention, law enforcement, and other professionals in their ongoing work to implement the National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards and reduce sexual abuse in confinement settings.

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Culture Change Initiative Overview

The PRC is embarking on in-depth institutional culture change work with corrections agencies ready to move beyond initial Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) implementation. The initial step of this initiative consists of a literature review, to ensure that those engaged in the work have access to a review and analysis of the literature related to institutional culture change, sexual abuse prevention, and the dynamics of sexual abuse in a correctional setting, to the extent these bodies of literature can inform work aimed at making the kinds of change necessary to create sexually safe environments in confinement settings.

Following the literature review, the PRC will convene a working group of culture change experts to create a plan for an approach and set of resources that will assist agencies. The PRC will also develop a pilot partnership with a jurisdiction to test the approach and resources developed.

Job Summary

The PRC is looking for a part-time consultant to support the work of the National PREA Resource Center’s culture change initiative. The consultant will have the opportunity to assist in a variety of tasks related to the initiative, with their primary responsibility being to conduct an in-depth literature and resource review of organizational culture change in the corrections and detention fields, and related literature in the sexual abuse prevention field. The individual will be asked to complete a comprehensive academic review and analysis of several overlapping bodies of knowledge, as well as synthesize materials and identify innovative connections. The individual will also be asked to interview practitioners and others already working in this space about their focus and lessons to date.


The PRC consultant will report to the Senior Program Associate in charge of the project. This position will support a temporary, time-limited project. Start and end dates are flexible, though the PRC hopes to have the complete literature review and summary finalized within two months. The ideal candidate will be available for a minimum of three months, with the possibility of extension, to accommodate any project shifts or potential follow-on tasks.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Conduct an in-depth review of literature and other information sources related to organizational change, sexual harm and trauma, and the criminal justice field. This literature review will conclude in a completed report to be delivered upon completion of the fellowship or consultancy.
  • Participate in key stakeholder interviews related to culture change in the corrections and detention fields.


  • Experienced researcher and writer
  • Demonstrated knowledge in organizational culture change, sexual harm and trauma, and/or the criminal justice field
  • High level analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Positive, solutions-oriented approach to problems
  • Extreme reliability and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Interest in criminal justice, social justice or inequality


While the PRC team primarily operates out of Impact Justice’s Washington DC office, we will consider qualified candidates outside of the DC area capable of telecommuting.


Application Process

To apply, please submit your resume, a 3-5 page writing sample, and a short cover letter explaining how your qualifications and lived experience qualify you for the position to Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] Application for PRC Culture Change Research Fellow or Consultant Position.” We will begin reviewing applications on 12/7/2018.

Impact Justice provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race/ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, veteran status, age, criminal history, or disability.

We work closely with communities of color, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, gender nonconforming, and transgender communities, the formerly incarcerated, and former foster youth. Those with lived experience in these communities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Commensurate with experience.

Other Benefits

  • Mentorship from experienced criminal justice researchers and practitioners
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Supportive and engaging work environment