|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.
The Center for Policing Equity (CPE) is looking for a Community Engagement Coordinator to support our suite of products and services with focus on rollouts to the community after Law Enforcement Agencies’ (LEAs) National Justice Database Analysis and/or policy recommendation analysis. We seek 1-2 years of demonstrated formal and/or informal social justice advocacy experience and an unwavering commitment racial equity – in uplifting Black and Brown communities. Under the supervision of the Community Engagement Manager, the Coordinator will support communities’ ability to: 1. build broad and effective coalitions of stakeholders; 2. address concerns and achieve legitimacy with key stakeholders in harm reduction and reimagining public safety; 3. understand data and its role in informing strategy and practice for a reduction in racial disparities; and 4. employ best practices for change management.
The Coordinator must also be able to collaborate on any Community Engagement team need, helping to obtain and provide the necessary resources and information to effectively execute internal and external responsibilities. The Coordinator will work to expand existing partnerships and secure new opportunities that inform and advance the mission of CPE; as well as ensure that communities and other key stakeholders are empowered to advocate for and implement the changes they wish to see in their communities and have an optimal engagement with CPE and the CE team.
This position requires the ability to multitask and provide support on a multitude of community-centered policing initiatives. Under the Community Engagement Manager (or, temporarily, the Vice President for Policy & Community Engagement), the Coordinator will conduct outreach in CPE partnership cities, and assist with bespoke community initiatives that support relationships between community, government and law enforcement in an effort to reduce racial disparity within law enforcement practices, culture and training.
Community Engagement Coordinators serve as representatives of Center for Policing Equity when engaging with the community in their official capacity. All community engagement activities shall be aligned with the stated mission, goals and values of CPE.
- At the macro level, this means movement towards a “just state where racism has been eradicated” and the push for “just, equitable and non-racist public safety systems”. At the micro level this means executing community engagement activities in accordance with the stated objectives of the specific Statement of Work (SOW)/agreement to which they have been assigned. All activities should track back directly to stated macro and micro objectives, including Identifying organizations and community members who fully represent the demographics impacted by and on the forefront of policing and public safety
- Identifying and executing inclusive ways to meaningfully engage with and garner mutual trust with community organizations and members
- Creating a community engagement plan that documents how SOW objectives will be accomplished from a CE perspective
- Determining KPIs, Definitions of done and Definitions of success
- Creating a Community Engagement plan and timeline in partnership with the Program Management Office (PMO)
- Collaborating across the organization to engage the appropriate groups/products/services as necessary to accomplish the objective-aligned CE Plan, with the support of the PMO
- Serving as a liaison between CPE, LEAs, city government and civic offices and the community to execute the plan
- Planning, developing and managing opportunities/events to hear community voices & gather community input as it relates to the stated objectives
- Collecting and documenting qualitative community data as input to recommendations and/or to guide CPE engagement as it relates to that community
- Creating a “snapshot” or “picture” of the community landscape, sentiments, issues and status as it relates to public safety and the stated objectives
- Respectfully, honestly and diplomatically communicating the community perspective/concerns/objectives to both internal and external stakeholders (personally or via community partners)
- Identifying, communicating and leading the resolution of any misalignments between CPE objectives and the community’s lived experiences/concerns/perspectives
- Ensuring community transparency into the data gathering processes and activities as they are occurring, and after the completion of analyses so that the community is aware of what data was and was not analyzed and why
- Ensuring community transparency into the results/recommendations/next steps of the engagement
- Providing space/opportunities/resources/high-level orchestration for cross community engagement/expertise/collaboration in accordance with stated objectives
- Closing the qualitative data gap to ensure qualitative data is consumed by the correct and relevant internal CPE groups/stakeholders
- Reviewing CPE recommendations/final deliverables with the community prior to submittal to law enforcement agencies to ensure inclusion of community lived experiences/perspectives/voice
- Assisting with Communications & Policy efforts including but not limited to researching, writing, reviewing, and copyediting resources for external community audiences
- Leveraging internal CPE tools to document and provide internal transparency to Community Engagement Work via Cityscape, Asana, Salesforce and externally via qualitative data collection tools
- Passionate commitment to economic, environmental, gender, social and racial justice issues
- Interest in or experience working with education, government, justice, religious and youth organizations and/or individuals
- (An added bonus) bilingual or multilingual
- Candidates with backgrounds in government affairs, community development, advocacy, communications, and/or policy strongly encouraged to apply
- 1-2 years of demonstrated formal and/or informal social justice advocacy experience
- Ability to travel and work flexible hours (about 25% travel)
- All duties can be done virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Advanced communication skills. Ability to present to and communicate with internal CPE stakeholders, groups and Senior Leadership as well as communicate across diverse community members, community organizations and government and law enforcement agencies
- Ability to own and organize individual tasks while managing and prioritizing multiple efforts
- High level of emotional intelligence and attention to detail
- Ability and desire to work both individually and in a team setting (collaboratively)