Manager of Innovation in Community Safety

96105 Requisition #

This is a one-year fixed-term position with the possibility for renewal.


Manager of Innovation in Community Safety


Job Summary:           

We are seeking a highly skilled professional who cares deeply about the pursuit of innovative solutions to the challenges of racism and the pursuit of racial justice to lead our research and initiatives concerning Innovation in Community Safety. In this role you will a) help design and develop our ongoing research efforts to identify and understand innovative solutions to making our most marginalized communities more fair, safe and equitable; b) manage our ongoing work on a Model Use of Force Policy; and c) provide oversight of our place-based research involving innovations in public safety. You will also engage with Stanford faculty, scholars and researchers to develop additional research opportunities and partnerships. 


Who We Are


SCRJ was created in June 2020 in the wake of our country’s deep reflection about racial divisions and the urgent need for solutions. We are based in the Law School and serve the entire University. The aspiration of SCRJ is a multicultural democracy where our ability to create opportunities, promote wellbeing for all, and advance freedom is not undermined by racism. We seek to democratize knowledge, catalyze research, improve the nature of public dialogue, and pursue practical solutions at scale to societal problems rooted in historical or present-day racism.



Desired Skills and Qualifications


We are looking for a dynamic individual who has a record of accomplishments in developing and implementing policy solutions grounded in research, as well as excellent academic credentials. In this position you will report to the Executive Director.


The successful candidate will work to advance a body of research on new methods and strategies for promoting and enhancing the safety and wellbeing of America’s most marginalized communities. That research will be used to pursue the Center’s goal of democratizing knowledge by providing accessible communications about our research to a wide range of target audiences and stakeholders.


The Manager of Innovation in Community Safety will also be responsible for our Model Use of Force Policy, a comprehensive body of work intended to provide fair, safe and equitable policy materials for use by small and mid-sized cities aiming to further enhance their use of force practices by co-producing public safety with police departments and the communities most impacted by policing. The work will include soliciting feedback from a wide range of stakeholders about the policy, forming alliances with supporting organizations, and promoting the overall success of the project.


You will also be responsible for our place-based research on innovation in community safety with a major U.S. city. This will involve coordination with Stanford faculty leading a variety of research initiatives in collaboration with other educational institutions and local jurisdiction stakeholders.


The successful candidate should have knowledge of and familiarity with the history of racism in the US and its consequences, including income and wealth disparities, housing and education segregation and disparities, mass incarceration, violence, and the history of tension and violence between police and Black communities and other marginalized groups, and contemporary debates about racial equity and solutions.


Job Description:


Core Duties:*

  • Develop and manage research programs by conducting research activities, including outreach to Center stakeholders, and making program improvement recommendations that impact policies and programs.
  • Identify, recommend and implement opportunities for new research.
  • Source, collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends, formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the Center.
  • Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, and other program activities.
  • Contribute to and inform on strategic program/entity planning
  • Develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program communications, development, and partnerships,
  • Coach and mentor program staff and student interns.


*Other Duties: Other duties consistent with the position may be assigned, including the following:

  • Oversight, development and promotion of our Model Use of Force Policy, including soliciting external feedback from a variety of stakeholders, developing alliances and supporters, and promoting the proliferation of the policy.
  • Design and oversight of place-based research on innovation in community safety, including coordination with Stanford faculty, city officials, and local institutional stakeholders.
  • Create and coordinate programming to engage target constituencies and advance SCRJ’s goals of democratizing knowledge and amplifying ideas and research.
  • Assist center staff, scholars, and faculty in translating research and complex ideas into user friendly and accessible programming for target constituencies.


Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job

Minimum Education and Experience Required:

Law degree, Ph.D. or other relevant graduate degree and at least three years of relevant work experience, or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Knowledge of contemporary policy issues involving safety and wellbeing of marginalized communities in the U.S., including its racial dimensions, preferred.


Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to develop program partnerships and research collaborations with Stanford faculty, scholars and researchers and other thought leaders.
  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting knowledge of issues relating to racial equity and racial justice.
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff.

Additional Preferred Skills:

  • Accomplished background in developing and implementing policy solutions grounded in research.
  • Collaborative work style, and experience working with teams.
  • Experience working with complex ideas and research and ability to translate ideas for different audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with a wide range of constituencies including scholars, researchers, policymakers, community groups, nonprofit leaders and government officials.


Working Conditions:

  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
  • May travel locally.
  • Occasional overnight travel.

Work Standards

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide

About Stanford Law School

Stanford Law School is one of the nation’s leading institutions for legal scholarship and education. Its alumni are among the most influential decision makers in law, politics, business and high technology. Faculty members argue before the Supreme Court, testify before Congress, produce outstanding legal scholarship and empirical analysis, and contribute regularly to the nation’s press as legal and policy experts. Stanford Law School has established a new model for legal education that provides rigorous interdisciplinary training, hands-on experience, global perspective and focus on public service, spearheading a movement for change.

Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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