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Project Manager Post-Conviction Testing of DNA Evidence Technical Assistance, Quattrone Center for

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Feb 28, 2023

Project Manager Post-Conviction Testing of DNA Evidence Technical Assistance, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, Remote Eligible

University Overview

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The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title
Project Manager - Post-Conviction Testing of DNA Evidence Technical Assistance, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, Remote Eligible

Job Profile Title
Manager Research Project B

Job Description Summary
Responsible for creating web-based training in topics related to post-conviction DNA testing for grantees under the BJA Post-Conviction DNA Testing program. In addition, arrange for subject matter experts to work directly with grantees to identify testing protocols and interpret results for post-conviction DNA testing.

Job Description

Reporting to the Quattrone Center's Assistant Director, the Project Manager for the Post-Conviction Testing of DNA Evidence Technical Assistance will coordinate direct training and assistance to grantees under the BJA Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence program. The Program Manager will plan for interactive learning opportunities with participants to ask questions and present issues to experts in a variety of DNA-testing related areas including emerging issues with testing and validation technology. These interactive opportunities will be designed to address needs of new and experienced attorneys.

Grantees include innocence organizations and prosecutor's offices engaged in post-conviction investigation where DNA evidence can provide information as to the accuracy of a conviction. In addition, the Project Manager will connect individual grantees with relevant Subject Matter Experts to help them evaluate the potential for DNA testing on individual cases and guide grantees through testing selection and evaluation. The Program Manager would ensure the appropriate SME is connected to the Grantee based on the complexity of the case and the DNA testing needs. Areas of SME focus may include, but are not limited to, probabilistic genotyping, mixture analysis, forensic genetic genealogy, and general examination of evidence.

Specific responsibilities include:

Creating Web-based Training Programs
  • Evaluating the needs of grantees for training and education on issues related to DNA testing including emerging technologies.
  • Create bi-monthly web-based interactive programs on issues related to DNA testing to address the needs of grantees with varying subject matter experts with forensic testing experience.
  • Coordinating presentations at stakeholder gatherings such as with the Innocence Network, National District Attorneys' Association, or Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

Direct Assistance with Grantees
  • Identify network of appropriate Subject Matter Experts to work with grantees directly; Subject Matter Experts should have over 10 years of experience performing DNA testing in a forensic laboratory setting and be familiar with emerging DNA testing protocols.
  • Develop and carry out an evaluation of grantees to determine needs for direct assistance with Subject Matter Experts
  • Connect grantees with Subject Matter Experts for individual case consultation.
  • Follow up with grantees after a Subject Matter Expert consultation to evaluate the experience and determine if additional assistance is necessary.

Qualifications: A Bachelor's Degree and minimum of 5-7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.Advanced degree (JD, Ph.D., MA/MS) in a qualitative data field (e.g., Sociology), physical science, biological science or forensic science preferred.* A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in forensics or criminal justice. The successful candidate will have significant experience in post-conviction practice either from a legal or forensic testing background. * Familiarity with and appreciation of the role and mission of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice and the Law School and its relationship to the University, as well as understanding of the criminal justice system; strong ability to articulate that role and interact comfortably with the broad range of individuals and constituency groups crucial to the advancement of the Law School and the Center;* Solid strategic and administrative skills and the ability to establish objectives, set performance standards, and organize and motivate staff, faculty, and volunteers to achieve goals in timely and cost-effective fashion;* Demonstrated ability to partner with government agencies and/or public organizations to produce training materials, conduct research or to implement change;* Strong written and oral communication skills with significant public-speaking experience.

Cover letter required with application materials.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Remote Eligible - This position is eligible for a fully remote schedule with all work performed remotely. (Note: Only salaried (i.e., exempt), non-temporary positions are eligible for remote work outside the tri-state area (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.)

Department / School
Law School

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $95,972.00
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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