Deputy Director

The Policing Project at New York University School of Law is seeking a full-time Deputy Director with a strong research background and a passion for improving policing and public safety. This is a unique opportunity to join a growing organization working on some of the most pressing issues of the day, and to take ownership of some of our exciting and challenging projects.

Background on the Policing Project

The Policing Project partners with communities and police to promote public safety through transparency, equity, and democratic engagement. We work across a host of issues—from use of force and racial profiling, to facial recognition and predictive policing. We do so in close collaboration with groups from across the ideological spectrum and with stakeholders that typically find themselves at odds, including policing agencies, community organizations, governments., and other non-profits. Our work takes us all over the country and is moving the needle in tangible ways.

We bring a new approach to this fraught area, one grounded in democratic values. In particular, our work focuses on ensuring accountability and democratic participation on the front end. Front-end accountability involves promoting public voice in setting transparent, ethical, and effective policing policies and practices before the police act. The goal is achieving public safety in a manner that is equitable, non-discriminatory, and respectful of public values.

Job Description & Responsibilities:

This position will report to the Director of the Policing Project and be responsible for:

  • Spearheading existing and new research and writing projects relating to: bringing front-end voice to policing, the sound regulation of policing technologies, and reimagining how we can achieve public safety without overreliance on the police;

  • Engaging in research-related field work, such as site visits, interviews, and focus groups;

  • Working as part of the three-person management team on key strategic decisions about the organization;

  • Coordinating and working with many research partners, including academics and experts from across the country, policing agencies, community organizations, non-profits, municipal leaders, and others;

  • Writing reports, blog entries, and academic publications describing our research;

  • Working with and supervising undergraduate and graduate interns, as needed;

  • Assisting with fundraising and donor development, as needed, and communicating with funders on specific projects and initiatives.

Desired Experience and Qualifications:

Above all, we seek to hire someone with a passion for improving policing and public safety, and with the ability to work hard and proactively. We will also consider the following qualifications, although we do not expect any applicant to have all of them:

  • Graduate degree preferred, such as an M.A., J.D., or Ph.D., but not required;

  • At least four years of professional experience;

  • Experience with project management, particularly with multi-member/multi-team projects;

  • Strong familiarity and/or interest with policing and public safety (or related fields), civil rights and liberties;

  • Strong written communications skills;

  • Strong interpersonal skills (be it talking with a police chief, a line officer, a community organizer or activist, or an academic);

  • Good judgment, and the ability to keep many balls in the air without dropping them;

  • We would value, but do not require, familiarity with and/or interest in research design, quantitative methods, cost-benefit analysis, and/or program assessment;

This position is based in New York City, but requires a willingness to travel and the ability to represent the Policing Project in public.

The Policing Project heartily welcomes applicants from diverse background, and is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship status, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

Application Instructions

To apply please email a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript(s) to Nicole Bernardo, Indicate “Deputy Director Application” in the subject line. Cover letters should include when you are available to start and any salary requirements. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and you will be contacted if selected for an interview.

Salary commensurate with experience and competitive with other New York based non-profits in the field. Compensation includes excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision. Further information regarding benefits can be found here:

NYU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its recruitment and hiring process without regard to age, alienage, caregiver status, childbirth, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

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