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Director of Community Police Review Office 

Open Date 1/29/2021  
Close Date Until filled  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Bargaining / Non-Bargaining Non-Bargaining  
Division City Clerk's Office  
Location City Clerk's Office  
Reports To City Clerk  
Schedule Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Evening and weekend hours may be necessary, and schedule is subject to vary based on departmental need.  
Pay Rate $60,000-$65,000/yr.  

South Bend’s Community Police Review Board (“CRB”) was established on October 5, 2020 by South Bend Ordinance No. 10721-20. The purposes of the Community Police Review Board are to encourage aggrieved persons to participate in the process, to provide an additional just and efficient means to safely, fairly, impartially, and timely conduct investigation of alleged police misconduct and to reach an independent determination of whether those allegations are well founded applying a preponderance of the evidence standard; to identify and address patterns of alleged police misconduct; and, based on information obtained through such investigations, to make policy recommendations to improve the South Bend Police Department and reduce in incidents of alleged police misconduct.

Under the direction of the City Clerk, the Director of Community Police Review Office (“Review Office”) will exercise a wide range of responsibilities related to facilitating the work of the Community Police Review Board, working to enhance accountability and transparency in policing and build community trust with the residents of the City of South Bend.

The Director manages Review Office, including staff and contractors, and facilitates the work of the citizen volunteers who serve as members of the Community Review Board.

This list represents the types of duties required by the position. Other duties may be assigned as reasonably expected.
• Manages the Review Office, including its staff, overseeing the intake and classification of any Complaint against an Officer of the Department alleging that the Officer used profane or abusive language, intentionally destroyed or damaged real or personal property, exceeded their authority as a police officer, used unauthorized force, acted in violation of the Department’s rules and regulations or orders, or any other perceived misconduct, and investigating the Complaint, when necessary, including conducting a concurrent investigation in collaboration with SBPD Internal Affairs, and reviewing and reporting all investigative findings in accordance with South Bend Ordinance 10721-20;
• Enhances communications and good will between the police and residents;
• Maintains records, confidential or otherwise, of all Complaints, proceedings thereon and dispositions thereof, in the Office of the City Clerk with the Clerk providing necessary administrative support;
• Adopts and maintains files on such rules and procedures for the proper administration and enforcement of the Review Office in accordance with Sec. 2-12.2.7(b) of the South Bend Municipal Code.
• Contracts with investigators, consultants and legal counsel to aid in the investigation of Complaints filed with or processed by the Review Office;
• Develops and coordinates plans and policies, resources, and mission as well as goals, vision, and expectations of board; prepares and updates plans and priorities;
• Works with the Community Police Review Board to schedule all Board meetings and committee meetings;
• Onboards and trains appointed Board Members;
• Assures the timeliness of the CRB’s case review responsibilities;
• Facilitates discussion among Board Members and the SBPD Chief and staff;
• Ensures the Complaint process is accessible to all persons regardless of race, national origin, ancestry, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, language, disability as established under South Bend Ordinance 10721-20;
• Ensures compliance with South Bend Ordinance 10721-20;
• Responds to media inquiries regarding the CRB;
• Prepares all CRB correspondence and maintains all CRB records in accordance with relevant ordinances, statutes, City policies, and confidentiality requirements.
• Regularly communicates with the SBPD Chief, preparing periodic, quarterly and annual reports for the Community Police Review Board, Common Council and Mayor concerning matters of conduct and recurring issues that are processed by the Review Office;
• Conducts a yearly audit of the number of complaints filed and resolution thereof and forward that audit to the Common Council, Mayor and Board of Public Safety;
• Researches for the CRB Members and makes policy, procedures, and process recommendations to the Board of Public Safety, Common Council and Mayor.
• Recommends staffing and budget requirements for the Review Office in consultation with the Clerk or the Clerk’s designee, the Common Council, and the Review Board;
• Reports to the Common Council and Mayor quarterly on each Review Board Member’s attendance and training;
• Serves as liaison between the CRB, the Mayor’s office, the community, the City’s Legal Department, and the South Bend Police Department.

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position Requirements

• Any combination of education and experience that demonstrates these qualifications may be qualifying. A typical way to qualify would be possession of a bachelor’s degree or higher in, public administration, criminal justice, social science, or related field and ten or more years of progressively responsible professional work experience. Juris Doctor Degree from accredited law school strongly preferred. Broad contacts throughout the City and Region as well as good working relationships within the South Bend Police Department and knowledge of SDPD policies and procedures are highly desirable.

The ideal candidate will have proven leadership qualities with the ability to build relationships of trust, respect, and credibility in the community. Often acting with a high level of independence, and visibility, the ability to build consensus, advocate for change, foster teamwork, and promote openness, fairness, and integrity is critical. The ideal candidate will also possess the following:

• Extensive knowledge of and previous experience in civilian oversight of law enforcement, criminal/juvenile justice, and prisoner rights;
• A thorough understanding of and commitment to the City of South Bend’s Community Police Review Board;
• A demonstrated ability to work in a cooperative, collaborative, non-adversarial environment where “win-win” is the preferred outcome;
• Previous administrative and managerial experience;
• A high level of political acumen and ability to operate in an apolitical manner;
• A demonstrated commitment to principles of inclusion, diversity, cultural awareness, procedural justice, and civil rights;
• Experience with managing large diverse groups and ability to identify individual needs within those groups;
• Well-developed facilitation skills to help resolve differences between Board Members as well as between the Board and South Bend Police Department;
• Strong quantitative analytical abilities, including a thorough understanding of common data analysis tools and programs;
• Strong interpersonal skills;
• Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally to different audiences, including elected officials, various levels of City management and members of the public; and
• Ability to comprehend technical details and understand how they relate to and impact the “big picture.

• Valid Driver’s License if required to drive a City vehicle.

Desktop and laptop computer, landline and cellular; facsimile machine; copier; and scanner.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and walk, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required in this job include vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work is performed in office setting, with moderate inside temperatures. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in the office and may be quiet to loud in the field. Exposure to adverse weather conditions such as cold or heat may prevail in situations involving outside meeting engagements. Entire office is smoke free.

Required Pre-employment drug screen required  
About the Organization South Bend is the economic, educational, media, and cultural hub of a multi-county region spanning the Michigan-Indiana border. It's the fourth-largest city in Indiana with over 100,000 residents. South Bend's flourishing collegiate community and burgeoning tech industry have built upon the foundation of the city's industrial past to create a vibrant present and a promising future. The city's 14 institutions of higher learning, including the internationally renowned University of Notre Dame, infuse South Bend with creative energy in the arts, business, and technology. Combined with recent economic growth, strong neighborhoods, an affordable cost of living, exciting recreational opportunities, and thriving arts venues make South Bend a fabulous place to live, work, and, play.

***AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni who meet the required qualifications are encouraged to apply.***  
EOE Statement EOE/ADA Statement

The City of South Bend provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application/hiring process should contact the Legal Department's ADA Compliance Officer at and Office of Human Resources at to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The City of South Bend seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality public safety officers, staff and administration. The City of South Bend is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented candidates and others that will enhance our community in compliance with EO No. 1-2016 Section 1. Moreover, the City of South Bend prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).  

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