Police Research and Policy: Research Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Details: PERF offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits.




1120 Connecticut Ave
Suite 930
United States


The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a leading national police research and policy organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a mid-level research associate to join our team.

PERF focuses on critical issues in policing, such as police use of force, new technologies in policing, violent crime trends, officer safety, victim issues, biased policing, evidence-based policing strategies, performance measurement, and community policing. PERF has earned a national reputation for identifying emerging trends and developing best practices. PERF has an excellent relationship with police agencies across the nation.

Responsibilities include: The successful candidate will work with a diverse team with varying levels of responsibility in the following areas:

·        Organizing and participating in research and technical assistance projects that include conducting interviews, on-site research (“site-visits”) at law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies, and participating in and leading focus groups;

·        Assisting in grant project development, design, and and implementation in collaboration with law enforcement officials, other staff members and expert consultants;

·        Developing survey instruments, interview protocols, data collection and evaluation tools, and other project-related materials;

·        Overseeing logistics for project-related meetings;

·        Drafting reports, memos, policy guides, and other papers for publication;

·        Drafting and managing proposals and grant applications;

·        Collaborating with project directors, other project staff, PERF members, and expert consultants;

·        Creating and maintaining project databases and files;

·        Monitoring and managing project budgets; and

·        Assisting with the administrative aspects of ongoing research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects, as well as other related duties.

Qualifications: Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree strongly preferred) in criminology, sociology, political science, public administration, public policy, or related field with 2-4 years of relevant project and grant experience. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in positions of increasing responsibility in law enforcement or criminal justice research, policy, or project administration.

Candidates should have experience with the design and execution of social science research and/or demonstration projects, and knowledge of evidence-based policing practices. Applicants should have an ability to present ideas, findings and recommendations effectively, both orally and in writing. Practitioner experience in the substantive area of policing is a plus.

Candidates should be dynamic team members who are able to work constructively within a collaborative, fast-paced environment. Demonstrated skills in time management, personal organization, effective writing and oral communication skills, and setting priorities are required to meet goals related to projects, proposals, and administrative tasks.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Send a letter of interest, detailed resume, 1-2 short writing samples, and contact information for at least 3 professional references to:

PERF, Attn: Allison Heider at aheider@policeforum.org.

Applicants who do not submit complete application packages will not be considered.

Application review will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. PERF is an equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. For more information about PERF, please see our website at www.PoliceForum.org.