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Urban Peace Institute | Los Angeles, CA
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March 1, 2020
February 14, 2020
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The Urban Peace Institute (UPI) is seeking a highly qualified Policy Manager to develop our organizational policy platform, which includes criminal justice reform, just policing, and effective violence reduction strategies. This Senior Management level position will be supervised by the Executive Director and will engage all program areas. Working with UPI team members, the Policy Manager will be responsible for the development and drafting of policy, as well as providing technical support for program areas while building and maintaining strategic partnerships and initiatives.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manages and develops UPI’s policy platform to strengthen UPI’s presence within the justice reform, just policing, and violence prevention fields including drafting and finalizing UPI published materials, support letters, policy briefs, white papers, and other written materials;
  • Researches and integrates national best practices and evaluative data into program work such as justice reform, violence prevention, just policing, leadership development, and gang intervention;
  • Conducts policy research to support advocacy efforts and strengthen UPI’s analysis including providing technical assistance to cities across the nation;
  • Conducts internal program evaluations to demonstrate the effectiveness of UPI’s programs to reduce violence and improve community health. Evaluations could include the development of surveys, crime and health datasets, aa well as pre and post-assessments. Evaluations will also include the analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Develops and maintains county and statewide networks and partnerships with multiple sectors involved in community and public safety efforts;
  • Tracks national, state and local developments in policy forums including legislative activity around UPI issues;
  • Represents UPI’s policy agenda to support legislation, policies recommendations, conference presentations, briefings, and workshops to a broad array of national stakeholders and partners;
  • Provides leadership and support to staff executing program deliverables to ensure the highest quality output;
  • Demonstrates appropriate organizational leadership; directly supervises assigned program staff and manages program contracts and budgets;
  • Works in alignment with organization-wide initiatives to strengthen overall UPI agenda;
  • Works with Executive Director and Senior Team on fundraising, strategic planning, team management and organizational development;
  • Participates in as a Senior Team member in communication activities as needed and ensures adherence to organization-wide goals and policies within the program area;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required:

o  4+ years experience in senior program management, research, policy development/advocacy, staff supervision and partnership management required;

  • Master’s degree in relevant field of study including public policy, criminology, sociology, social work, public health and others or BA with equivalent experience is required;
  • Previous work in conducting program evaluations, including performing qualitative and quantitative analysis is required;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and a disposition to work in an organization focused on civil rights and equity;
  • Supervisorial management experience in leading individuals and teams to execute programmatic outcomes and deliverables;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse people across the spectrum of socio-economic status, race, ethnicity and gender orientation;
  • Substantive background in public safety, violence prevention, and/or justice reform is required. Successful candidates will have high level of comfort and experience with two or more of these areas. Experience working specifically on issues of gang violence, violence prevention and/or the needs of gang-involved and formerly incarcerated is a plus;
  • Strong familiarity with data from a variety of sources, including economic development or public health studies, census reports, law enforcement agencies, public safety statistics, nonprofit database systems, etc.;
  • Direct experience working on policy, report writing and development, and supervision are a must;  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the proven ability to work with communities of color;
  • Excellent report writing and, strong research and analytical abilities are a must;
  • Strong facilitative and coalition building experience
  • Flexibility to adjust and contribute to continually evolving work culture and changing priorities;
  • High computer proficiency and comfort a must. 

Organization Mission & History:

UPI is a leading nonprofit in the field of community safety, just policing, and systems reform to end community and gang violence. For nearly two decades, UPI has worked to develop and implement innovative solutions to address community violence and engage in ground-level system reform. This work began as a program of Advancement Project, and beginning in 2015, as an independent organization fiscally sponsored by Community Partners. UPI’s mission is to create thriving communities by implementing solutions to reduce violence, achieve safety, and improve health.

Since 2011, UPI has led regional safety efforts in the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts through an initiative known as the Community Safety Partnership. These efforts include training law enforcement on effective community based policing practices, leading a Leadership Institute to develop residents’ capacity to guide safety strategies, and convening diverse stakeholders to implement violence reduction strategies. UPI’s leadership of the Community Safety Partnership has resulted in significant success. Violent crime in Watts has decreased by more than 70% in four housing developments, youth arrests were cut in half, and after three years of implementation, crime plummeted by 50% in three of the housing developments.


The Urban Peace Institute (UPI) is seeking a highly qualified Policy Manager to develop our organizational policy platform, which includes criminal justice reform, just policing, and effective violence reduction strategies. This Senior…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required
  • Managerial

Benefits

Includes health, dental and vision benefits. Parking is also included.

Includes health, dental and vision benefits. Parking is also included.

Level of Language Proficiency

English proficiency required.

English proficiency required.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter stating interest in the position specifically detailing: 1) experience with community engagement/organizing, 2) program development, and 3) commitment to urban peace issues and/or social justice to:

ATTN: Fernando Rejón, Executive Director

1910 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Or e‐mail to: careers@urbanpeaceinstitute.org

Please send resume and cover letter stating interest in the position specifically detailing: 1) experience with community engagement/organizing, 2) program development, and 3…

Location

1910 W. Sunset Blvd., Ste. 800, Los Angeles, CA

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