Program MANAGER or Senior program manager

The Policing Project at New York University School of Law is seeking a full-time Program Manager or Senior Program Manager with a background or particular interest in social science research. This position is based in New York City.

This is a unique opportunity to take ownership of some exciting and challenging projects—such as a two-year study to assess police-community engagement efforts across the country, multiple cost-benefit analyses of various policing practices, police militarization and various policing technologies—but also to help craft and direct future research efforts of the organization.

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 and Deputy Director of the Policing Project and will be responsible for:

  • Assisting with development, design, and implementation of existing and new social science research and writing projects relating to: (1) bringing front-end voice to policing, (2) sound regulation of policing technologies, and (3) reimagining how we can achieve public safety without overreliance on the public;

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

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

  • 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.

Desired Experience and Qualifications

Above all, we are seeking to hire someone with a passion for improving policing and public safety and an ability to work hard and proactively. In addition, we will consider the following qualifications when considering applicants:

  • Graduate degree preferred, such as an M.A. or Ph.D. in a social science or related discipline, but not required;

  • At least three years of professional experience;

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

  • Strong familiarity with and/or interest in policing, public safety, civil rights and liberties;

  • Strong familiarity and/or interest with research design, quantitative methods, cost-benefit analysis, and/or program assessment;

  • 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;

This position is based in New York City, but also requires a willingness to travel and 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 send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript(s) to Nicole Bernardo, nicole.bernardo@nyu.edu. Please indicate “Program Manager Application” in the subject line of your email. 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 and title commensurate with experience and competitive with other New York based non-profits in this field. Compensation will include an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision. Further information regarding benefits can be found here.

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