We are seeking a talented self-starter to lead Phase Two of our Model Use of Force Policy (Model Policy) project. You will work with our national law firm partner, Stanford researchers, and law enforcement policy experts to finalize our state-of-the-art Model Policy for use by small and midsize cities. The Model Policy reflects fair, equitable and safe practices for community-oriented policing and is designed for turnkey implementation. This position is estimated to be a six-month full-time fixed-term position and is fully benefits-eligible.
Who We Are
The Stanford Center for Racial Justice (SCRJ) was created last year in the wake of our country's deep reflection about our racial divisions. We are based in the Law School, and serve the entire University. Our overarching goal is to address some of the most challenging problems in our country resulting from the history and persistence of racism.
We are currently in a planning and building phase and our near-term plan is to focus on three areas: economic insecurity, including income and wealth disparities; educational opportunity; and reimagining public safety.
The Center works with Stanford researchers and scholars across the university to develop and identify new research and ideas. Our approach is to collaborate broadly and to democratize knowledge. We want to bridge the gap between academic research and all of the stakeholders and communities who desire access to information and ideas in user-friendly ways.
The individual we seek for this position will be a key staff person leading one of our major initiatives.
Desired Skills and Qualifications
We are looking for an individual who has a background in public safety policy, law, or related fields to advance our Model Policy to the pilot implementation launch. In this position you will report to the Executive Director.
The Model Policy was created in collaboration with a major national law firm. It is designed to be easily implemented by small and mid-sized cities. The Project Leader will provide oversight and coordination and work with Stanford faculty, outside law enforcement officials and policy experts to create a Stanford quality-controlled final version of the Model Policy. The final deliverables include a) Model Policy; b) final supporting memoranda for each chapter; c) detailed charts and reference materials; and d) a range of explanatory materials.
The Project Leader will also design and solicit opportunities for candidate cities to participate in the initial implementation pilot(s).
Completion of the project will require additional legal analysis of critical issues such as the intersection of qualified immunity rules with the Model Policy, and a comparative analysis of legal doctrine governing excessive force violations with the Model Policy standards.
You will also lead and supervise quality control and detailed review of citations and references in the Model Policy. This includes organizing and cataloging policy information collected from over 100 law enforcement agencies and helping to design a data management system and relevant tools for accessing that information.
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.
Oversee and administer research activities by evaluating the Model Use of Force Policy project, making recommendations that impact the project, and coordinating and implementing changes.
Collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends, formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the Model Use of Force Policy project.
Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, and other program activities under the general direction of the Executive Director.
Represent the Model Use of Force Policy project as the key contact and subject matter expert for the Center and develop communications for internal and external constituencies.
Organize and/ or participate in outreach activities such as events, partnerships, training and conferences.
Lead workshops and facilitate meetings.
*Other Duties: Other duties consistent with the position may be assigned, including the following:
Advance project from draft phase to rollout of initial pilot implementation.
Oversee quality review of current draft materials.
Supervise legal analysis of critical issues. For example, the intersection of qualified immunity rules and the standards set by the Model Policy; and comparative analysis of Supreme Court doctrine for use of excessive force with the Model Policy standards.
Help identify University faculty and outside law enforcement and policy experts to review and endorse the project.
Prepare overview material, introduction, and executive summary for the Model Policy.
Build relevant use of force policy collections and supporting databases.
Work with technology advisors to create user friendly interfaces and tools for public access to project data collections.
Solicit pilot cities for early adoption and develop a pilot implementation plan.
Develop communications strategy for promoting the model policy.
Minimum Education and Experience Required:
Graduate degree and two years of relevant work experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience.
Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
Demonstrated oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting knowledge of issues relating to racial equity and racial justice.
Ability to oversee and provide basic direction to staff.
Additional Preferred Skills:
Lawyer with excellent academic credentials or PhD with relevant background and experience.
Collaborative work style, and experience working with teams.
Experience working with public safety and law enforcement issues, including use of force policies
Experience working with large amounts of information and data.
Demonstrated ability to engage with a wide range of constituencies such as scholars, researchers, policymakers, community groups, nonprofit leaders and government officials.
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.
May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
May travel locally.
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 http://adminguide.stanford.edu
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 opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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