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Senior Project Associate

Company: National Policing Institute
Location: Arlington
Posted on: May 23, 2023

Job Description:

The National Policing Institute (NPI), voted one of Nonprofit Times' Best Nonprofits to Work For in 2022, is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization that, consistent with its commitment to improving policing, has been on the cutting edge of police innovation for over 50 years. The National Policing Institute's work is informed by available evidence to increase public safety and strengthen communities. The professional staff at the National Policing Institute works closely with law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and victim advocates to develop research, comprehensive reports, policy briefs, model policies, and innovative programs that will continue to support the work of law enforcement personnel. The National Policing Institute conducts innovative research and provides on-the-ground technical assistance to police and sheriff's departments, as well as engages with practitioners from multiple systems (corrections, mental health, housing, etc.) in local, state, and federal jurisdictions as it relates to police research, policy, and practice.


The National Policing Institute is looking for a full-time Senior Project Associate responsible for comprehensive project management of a selected portfolio of training & technical assistance projects, emphasizing technology and community engagement. This person will regularly work with strategic partners to manage on-site and off-site work. The Senior Project Associate will participate in project-related meetings and site visits with the NPI staff, funders, and law enforcement experts across the country. The ideal candidate will have a background in criminal justice, policing, or public safety with knowledge of, or interest in, technologies related to policing and will be adept at managing various small to large-scale projects. We are looking for a proactive individual who consistently looks for ways to improve their work and add value to their deliverables. This individual must also have strong MS Office skills, including Excel and PowerPoint, and strong project management organization methods using these tools. Spanish language skills are a plus.


  • Provide comprehensive project management to include monitoring timelines, invoices, and deliverables to help ensure responsibilities to funders and stakeholders are met
  • Engage with funders to exceed their expectations, ensuring project deliverables are completed on time, within budget, and at the highest quality
  • Coordinate teams of colleagues and expert consultants conducting technical assistance or data collection in state and local jurisdictions
  • Manage the work of project teams
  • Serve as the logistical and operational (vs. substantive) lead for multiple technical assistance efforts in local police and sheriff's jurisdictions across the country
  • Lead in technical assistance delivery by coordinating and documenting site visits among senior staff and consultants, meeting with site stakeholders independently, and sometimes leading technical assistance site visits
  • Monitor, analyze, and adjust, as necessary, timelines, budgets, and deliverables to ensure that responsibilities to funders are met in assigned project areas, proactively and independently taking appropriate steps to ensure compliance
  • Work on and coordinate multiple projects across the NPI on issues in which they have advanced knowledge
  • Lead and support the development of web-based products for distance learning, including webinars, interactive documents, and other materials for national and local audiences
  • Develop, design, and distribute written products, including policy briefs, research memos, and presentations that concisely and clearly describe complex analyses and policy options to law enforcement audiences
  • Identify themes and linkages across initiatives within the organization's diverse portfolio and leverage opportunities to incubate and test new research ideas and technical assistance approaches
  • Identify and research new funding opportunities, contribute to the development of grant proposals, build relationships with funders and partners, and serve as a resource to funding agencies
  • Ensure senior staff and, where applicable, the NPI colleagues, consultants, or funders are aware of relevant project, operational, and administrative developments, and ensure that other work in the field is leveraged for the advancement of project goals
  • Independently represent and deliver effective presentations on the NPI's projects at national industry events, conferences, and meetings when appropriate
  • Contribute to the development of the NPI communications content and strategy to promote the its goals
  • Travel as required for this position based on project needs
  • Perform other duties as assigned and in accordance with organizational policies, procedures, and guidelines

    • A commitment to advancing the National Policing Institute's mission, vision, and core values
    • Excellent project management skills
    • Outstanding research, writing, and analytical skills
    • A strong understanding of the criminal justice system and a wide range of law enforcement issues and their implications
    • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise way
    • Experience managing a matrixed project team with internal staff and external stakeholders
    • Ability to solve basic and complex project and operational problems appropriately, proactively, and independently
    • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines
    • Exceptionally strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and tasks with competing deadlines
    • Strong ability to communicate effectively (including listening skills) and appropriately with varied professional audiences, managing an array of professional relationships
    • Knowledge of and ability to identify, use and adapt technology to solve problems and improve operations and results
    • Experience in working on federal grants or contracts

      • The equivalent of 5-7 years of work experience in the field of policing, criminal justice, community development, or crime policy analysis
      • Bachelor's degree required; Graduate degree strongly preferred.
      • Bi-lingual capabilities are encouraged.
      • The minimum requirements can be satisfied at management's discretion by other factors (e.g., education, professional certifications, language skills, analytical skills, computer skills, etc.)

        • This is a full-time position and is eligible for remote work.
        • Salary is commensurate with experience and includes a competitive benefits package.
        • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
        • Must satisfactorily complete a background investigation.
        • Must be authorized to work in the United States.

          The National Policing Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: National Policing Institute, Arlington , Senior Project Associate, Other , Arlington, Virginia

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