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Vice President of Science Initiatives 

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 seeking a Vice President (VP) of Science Initiatives to oversee high-priority research efforts related to racial justice and equitable public safety within our growing Science Initiatives team. The VP will combine their deep research and evaluation expertise and strong management skills to provide staff direction and support in executing a variety of short- and long-term projects. The VP will lead an interdisciplinary team of social scientists, data scientists and analysts, and other professionals in executing quantitative and mixed-methods research initiatives; develop strategic research and data partnerships; and drive efforts to expand CPE's science and data infrastructure. The VP will be responsible for aligning Science Initiatives workstreams with CPE's Strategic Plan, facilitating cross-team collaboration, and leading CPE's public safety redesign science portfolio. This position requires a passion for discovering new quantitative insights, delivering high-quality research products, and working with internal and external stakeholders to translate scientific findings into accessible, actionable results. The VP will report to the Senior Vice President of Science.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead an interdisciplinary team of social scientists, data scientists and analysts, and other professionals in delivering high-quality research products within our existing research portfolios of reducing harm in public safety systems and redesigning public safety

  • Oversee and provide direction for the Science program's public safety redesign science portfolio, which includes original research on the social determinants of public safety

  • Translate strategy into actionable goals for Science Initiatives team members

  • Expand team capacity, identify staffing needs, and recommend new roles as needed

  • Develop protocols for efficient research production, quality assurance, and dissemination

  • Collaborate with CPE's Community Engagement, Policy, and Justice Initiatives teams to translate scientific findings into actionable products for community, policymaker, and practitioner audiences; co-develop feedback loops to ensure CPE's scientific and on-the-ground work inform each other

  • Drive collaborative efforts related to CPE's science and data infrastructure and contribute to CPE-wide knowledge management efforts

  • Manage existing strategic research and data partnerships and develop new external partnerships related to public safety redesign

  • Collaborate with Science program colleagues focused on peer-reviewed academic work and contribute to the CPE-Yale research lab


  • PhD in a social science, applied data science, or related field preferred, or Master's degree with exceptional research and management experience

  • Minimum 5 years experience in managing research teams

    • 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

  • Experience leading diverse, interdisciplinary teams and complex projects

  • Broad quantitative and/or mixed-methods research and evaluation experience

  • Record of results in managing execution of high-quality quantitative and/or mixed-methods research and evaluation projects

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to contribute vision to help shape a growing team

  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and demonstrated experience embedding DEI principles into policies, team structures, and management practices

  • Ability to develop a strong, inclusive culture among a geographically dispersed team during a time of rapid growth

  • Comfortable leading teams through changing circumstances, priorities, and goals

  • A deep passion for social justice and belief in CPE's mission

Application Submission Guidelines

Position begins as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • CV/resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Names and contact details for two references

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.  

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