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Program Manager, Crime and Justice Policy Lab (CJP)

Employer
University of Pennsylvania
Location
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Start date
Nov 8, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Management
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time


Program Manager, Crime and Justice Policy Lab (CJP)

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

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.

Posted Job Title
Program Manager, Crime and Justice Policy Lab (CJP)

Job Profile Title
Manager Research Project B

Job Description Summary
The University of Pennsylvania's Crime and Justice Policy Lab (CJP) seeks a Program Manager with strong organizational and interpersonal skills to manage and support implementation and scale-up of the Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS) within the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). GVRS is BPD's flagship strategy to reduce homicides and shootings. Expansion with fidelity will require deep institutional reform within BPD's Operations Bureau in order to promote a shared operational focus and command accountability around individuals and groups at the highest risk of shooting and being shot.

Baltimore's GVRS is a partnership-based violence reduction strategy that employs direct, respectful communication with individuals at the highest risk of involvement in gun violence to keep them safe, alive and free. While its primary goal is to reduce gun violence, when implemented with fidelity, the strategy has also been shown to reduce violent reoffending among participants and improve community-law enforcement relations.

The Program Manager will be fully embedded within BPD's Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Operations (DCO), where best positioned to coordinate and manage systems change across Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Data-Driven Strategies Division.

The incumbent's primary responsibility will be to ensure that BPD has the right systems, processes and procedures in place to implement GVRS with fidelity at scale. This involves changing how the agency works within and across multiple parts of Operations.

In addition to strong coordination and project management skills, succeeding in these duties will require that the Program Manager build and maintain positive working relations with Operations.

While a significant portion of the Program Manager's work will involve project managing reform within BPD, it will also push traditional boundaries in terms of how BPD engages and collaborates with community partners to focus support and outreach on individuals directly connected to recent shootings.

This position is based in Baltimore and will report to CJP's Director of Violence Reduction Policy and Programs and is a one year term appointment that runs until 12/31/24 with the possibility of extension based on funding availability or absorption by BPD.

Job Description

This position is working in the Crime and Justice Policy Lab (CJP), a research group within the University of Pennsylvania Department of Criminology. The mission of the CJP Lab is to apply rigorous methods of scientific research to improve public safety in disadvantaged communities, centering those communities in the design and execution of policy ideas, and ensuring that research and government policy is being done with communities rather than to communities. The end goal for our work is that citizens in Philadelphia and other major cities are able to enjoy safety and equitable treatment and outcomes in their day-to-day lives. CJP works primarily in Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Oakland, and San Francisco, and with several federal government partners and international partners in Latin America and the Caribbean.

CJP projects often pursue a “triple bottom line”—our successful projects are ones that reduce violence that is affecting communities, reduce incarceration, and lessen the burden of policing on communities by generating fewer and more just interactions between police and community members. As many of our projects directly work with the criminal justice system to achieve these goals, we need to be comfortable both holding the priorities of the communities we serve at the center of our work, while also being able to work productively with police and other groups.

CJP is part the University of Pennsylvania's Criminology Department, where current faculty are highly regarded as teachers and researchers who represent a range of academic disciplines: psychology, sociology, economics, public policy, law, statistics, and criminology.

BACKGROUND:

CJP has partnered with the Baltimore City Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, the State's Attorney's Office and the Police Department to provide technical assistance, analytical and direct management support on its Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS).

GVRS, also known as focused deterrence, is an evidence-based initiative designed to reduce serious violence. The strategy works by engaging directly with those most intimately involved in and affected by violence, leveraging an intentional collaboration between law enforcement, social services, and community members who collectively co-sign and deliver an anti-violence message to stop the shooting.

When implemented with fidelity, GVRS can achieve what few other strategies can: reducing homicides and non-fatal shootings, while simultaneously minimizing the criminal justice footprint and empowering communities in the co-production of public safety.

Baltimore's flagship gun violence reduction strategy, GVRS produced a 33% reduction in homicides and shootings in Baltimore's historically violent Western police district and is currently in the process of moving to scale.

This position is based in Baltimore, Maryland (not Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

DUTIES/JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

The University of Pennsylvania's Crime and Justice Policy Lab (CJP) seeks a Program Manager with strong organizational and interpersonal skills to manage and support implementation and scale-up of the Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS) within the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). GVRS is BPD's flagship strategy to reduce homicides and shootings. Expansion with fidelity will require deep institutional reform within BPD's Operations Bureau in order to promote a shared operational focus and command accountability around individuals and groups at the highest risk of shooting and being shot.

Baltimore's GVRS is a partnership-based violence reduction strategy that employs direct, respectful communication with individuals at the highest risk of involvement in gun violence to keep them safe, alive and free. While its primary goal is to reduce gun violence, when implemented with fidelity, the strategy has also been shown to reduce violent reoffending among participants and improve community-law enforcement relations.

The Program Manager will be fully embedded within BPD's Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Operations (DCO), where best positioned to coordinate and manage systems change across Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Data-Driven Strategies Division.

The incumbent's primary responsibility will be to ensure that BPD has the right systems, processes and procedures in place to implement GVRS with fidelity at scale. This involves changing how the agency works within and across multiple parts of Operations.

In practical terms, this will include:
  • Working closely with Operations leadership to develop and implement policies and practices that promote a shared operational focus around highest risk groups and individuals;
  • Regularly advising and briefing Operations leadership on internal reform;
  • Leading internal planning and coordination around GVRS expansion;
  • Closely monitoring, assessing and troubleshooting implementation of scale;
  • Developing project management tools to manage change and reform;
  • Engaging BPD bureaus outside of Operations, as needed, on any and all issues relevant to GVRS' success - from Administration on civilian hiring and the Commissioner's Office on legislative agendas to Compliance on policies and training; and
  • Coordinating with key public sector GVRS partners, including the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE), the State's Attorney's Office and others.


In addition to strong coordination and project management skills, succeeding in these duties will require that the Program Manager build and maintain positive working relations with Operations.

While a significant portion of the Program Manager's work will involve project managing reform within BPD, it will also push traditional boundaries in terms of how BPD engages and collaborates with community partners to focus support and outreach on individuals directly connected to recent shootings.

This position is based in Baltimore and the position will report to CJP's Director of Violence Reduction Policy and Programs and is a one year term appointment that runs until 12/31/24 with the possibility of extension based on funding availability or absorption by BPD. This position is based in Baltimore, Maryland (not Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

For consideration, please submit a cover letter as well as a resume in the CV section of your application. You can upload multiple documents to the "Resume/CV" section.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor's degree and 5-7 years of experience or a Master's degree and 3-5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required in a related field with significant knowledge and background related to public policy around crime, violence, and criminal justice issues. At least 3-5 years of project management experience with a background working with governments and non-profit organizations. Direct experience working with law enforcement is preferred. Experience in criminal justice, law enforcement, community development and/or public safety.

COMPETENCIES:
  • Detail-oriented, flexible, and proactive problem solver.
  • Excellent project management skills, including budgeting, planning, execution, quality assurance, and reporting.
  • Ability to work discretely with sensitive and confidential data
  • Track record of delivering results in a high-pressure environment with multiple workstreams.
  • Ability to think strategically, handle multiple projects at once, meet deadlines, and effectively manage your time.
  • Experience building relationships with a variety of partners
  • Proven record of employing collaboration to promote the actualization of ideas
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to understand, identify, and execute on the needs of project partners.
  • Strong professional written and verbal proficiency in English
  • Ideally, a deep understanding of how local law enforcement agencies and government services function.


Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $105,000.00 Annual Rate
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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