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Vice President of Technology & Data Engineering 

About the Organization As a research and action organization, Center for Policing Equity (CPE) produces analyses identifying and reducing the causes of racial disparities in public safety. Using data-driven approaches to social justice, we use science to create levers for social, cultural, and policy change.

We are research scientists, race and equity experts, data virtuosos, and community trainers. We use data to build a more fair and just system. We partner with law enforcement and communities. Our aim is to bridge the divide of communication, generational mistrust, and suffering. But most of all, we are the path that science can forge towards public safety, community trust, and racial equity.

Location Remote  
Close Date  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  

Position Description

The Center for Policing Equity (CPE) is looking for a skilled and experienced Vice President of Technology & Data Engineering with a passion for social justice and racial equity.

The successful candidate in this role will bring expertise in data engineering, and must know how to build -- not just architecture, products, and systems, but also cross-functional community, engineering culture, and technological fluency for an organization that is not a SaaS product enterprise, but is increasingly relying on technology—and its own custom software products—to deliver and scale its critical, mission-driven work.

The Vice President will be expected to attain a deep understanding of how CPE’s work aims to make public safety more equitable and community-centered -- and provide strategic recommendations on how technology can help us do it even better.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and refine processes and policies to establish cross-org data infrastructure and produce high quality software across the organization; promote cross-functional collaboration, innovation, and a culture of quality and measurement in the delivery on our mission

  • Determine how technology staff should be organized at CPE (especially data operations and software engineering, but also product management and IT)

  • Collaborate with leaders across the organization to understand how critical data operations are currently managed (via people, processes, and software) and to uncover opportunities to build new, more cohesive, and sustainable software solutions and improved org-wide data infrastructure as a way of achieving our data ops and product goals

  • Collaborate with the Senior Leadership team on organizational strategy, change management, objectives, and risks from a technology and data operations perspective and with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Implement strategies to recruit, retain, and grow a diverse, inclusive technology team and culture, with paths for professional development and advancement within CPE; provide excellent management to direct reports


  • 8+ years of professional data engineering, data operations, and/or software development experience, at least 3 years in a management capacity

  • Interest in the challenge and responsibility of joining a high-performing, high-growth environment in a senior role during a volatile time for our issue areas (i.e., public safety and racial justice)

  • Ability to think strategically, execute tactically, and navigate ambiguity

  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal), with a passion for distilling complex ideas into language that is easy to understand

  • Exceptional people management skills, with ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports as well as peers

  • Demonstrated personnel management experience

    • Proficient in performance management

      • Provide regular, constructive, actionable feedback to junior team members

      • Monitor and track employee performance via weekly check-ins, quarterly check-ins, and biannual reviews

    • Proficient in mindful delegation and capacity to assign work while clearly articulating deliverable expectations

    • Provide professional development guidance and mentorship to unlock talents and potential of direct reports

    • Demonstrate an appreciation for the management function and participate in management development in an ongoing way

  • Passionate about social justice issues

Application Submission Guidelines

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume/CV

  • Cover Letter

Hiring Process

At CPE, we are committed to providing candidates with a robust, yet inclusive and transparent hiring process. We understand that interviewing can be a stressful and time-consuming process, and aim to set you up for success and minimize that stress and uncertainty. In terms of timing, steps three to seven below will typically take anywhere from 6-10 weeks. Finally, we use scenario-based exercises throughout our recruitment process to expose you to our work and to evaluate your potential to contribute to our team. Our recruitment process stages are outlined below:

  1. Review of your resume/CV, and/ or any relevant work samples submitted for initial screening
  2. Virtual “coffee chat” with the hiring manager, allowing candidates an opportunity to learn more about the position, organization, and role detail (NOTE: This is a great opportunity for candidates to get a better understanding of what it is like to work for CPE. This conversation will not be used to evaluate candidates in any way.  This conversation is meant to serve as an open and honest opportunity for candidates to learn more about CPE's work environment before the candidate decides to continue in the hiring process.)
  3. First round interview (including SVP of Program Management and a representative from the Office of Talent & Culture)
  4. A short performance task to evaluate and review the candidate's technical skills
  5. Second round interview with several of the candidate's future team members and stakeholders
  6. A thought exercise re: leadership and strategic thinking, presented to final interview committee including members of the organization’s Senior Leadership team
  7. Reference checks
EOE Statement The Center for Policing Equity strives to build a diverse team that is inclusive of multiple perspectives and welcoming for people of all backgrounds. Women and members of underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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