Police Practices Manager [CJ-18]
American Civil Liberties Union
Trone Center for Justice and Equality Department, New York, NY
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The ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality seeks a full-time Police Practices Manager. This position will be based in New York City.
Good police practices, thorough training, carefully crafted policies, strong civilian oversight, and appropriate allocation of resources in law enforcement improve public safety and relationships between police officers and citizens. Unfortunately, data from across the nation and high-profile incidents increasingly raise qustions about racial, gender, religious, and other forms of biased-based profiling, selective enforcement, excessive force, and militarization. In addition to law enforcement being the front line of the failed War on Drugs, the police are increasingly involved in enforcing terrorism and immigration laws, controlling and quelling political protests, handling school safety and discipline, providing local governments’ responses to homelessness and mental illness, and using surveillance and police powers to gather an array of personal data, as well as becoming equipped with a wide range of technologically advanced, and in some cases military grade, weapons and surveillance equipment. Trump’s promise for crime control in communities of color includes more stop and frisk, elimination of consent decrees with police departments across the country, and relaxing of restrictions on the use of militarized weapons and equipment.
The ACLU is the nation’s leading watchdog against police abuse and corruption, and an outspoken advocate for police reform. To build trust, we need a democratic system of policing where our communities have a much larger say in the way their neighborhoods are policed. Collaboration, transparency, and communication between police and communities around the shared goals of equality, fairness, accountability, and public safety are the path forward.
Nationwide system reform is necessary. The Police Practices Manager will provide leadership for the ACLU’s nationwide advocacy to ensure effective, democratic, constitutional, and community-based policing. The ACLU approaches its policing work through integrated strategies including litigation, public education, strategic communications, and local, state, and federal advocacy. This work raises many interrelated areas of concern for the ACLU, including racial justice, criminal law reform, ending mass incarceration, immigrants’ rights, free speech, privacy and technology, national security, human rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, juvenile justice, and the school-to-prison pipeline. The Police Practices Manager will work closely with ACLU affiliates and national colleagues to advance the ACLU’s nationwide agenda to hold police accountable and improve police practices and institutions.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Identify opportunities for, develop, and lead nationwide advocacy around police practices in close coordination with colleagues in ACLU affiliate and national offices.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy that achieves a clear vision of effective, democratic, and constitutional policing that establishes and reinforces community trust in its peacekeepers.
- Represent the ACLU in national coalitions and develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further our advocacy goals. Cultivate support of critical partners in advocacy, including impacted communities, law enforcement, and federal and state governments.
- Establish and implement a model for ACLU and its state affiliates to work with diverse policing stakeholders, including communities of color, residents of and small business owners in heavily policed neighborhoods, currently and formerly incarcerated people, people with criminal convictions, youth, victims of crime, health care workers and advocates, police officers, members of police oversight commissions, elected officials, school officials, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges.
- Pilot models in targeted states and municipalities that represent best practices in policing.
- Consult with ACLU attorneys litigating policing issues and ACLU federal lobbyists negotiating related legislation and policy guidance.
- Speak publicly at national, state, and local forums, conferences, and meetings.
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
- Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree and eight (8) or more years of experience in advocacy addressing police practices.
- Demonstrated success in collaborating with law enforcement.
- Experience developing long-term campaign goals and identifying strategies to achieve those goals.
- Proven track record of working in partnership and establishing trust with affected communities.
- Experience identifying policies and practices that undermine community and police relations.
- Experience with systemic police reform processes, especially court-enforceable agreements between the Department of Justice and police entities.
- Experience with working in a fast-paced environment and rapidly responding to developments.
- Proven track record of working collaboratively with colleagues across departments and functions.
- Familiarity with various policing philosophies, as well as research and literature on police practices, crime reduction, and implicit bias.
- Excellent research, writing, analytic, and communication skills.
- Ability to simultaneously handle multiple tasks, work efficiently and quickly, and meet deadlines under pressure.
- Familiarity with the criminal justice system (i.e., as a police officer, criminal defense lawyer, formerly incarcerated person, or prosecutor) is desirable.
- Willingness to travel when necessary.
- Commitment to civil liberties required.
- Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.
The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter, resume and a relevant writing sample to hrjobsCFJ@aclu.org. Reference [CJ-18] in the subject line.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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