Chicago Community Engagement Director

Policing Project | Chicago, Illinois


The Policing Project at the New York University School of Law is a dynamic, growing organization dedicated to bringing the public’s voice to policing practices and policies. We work with communities and police departments across the country to ensure that police department policies and practices are transparent, effective, and adopted with public input.

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Job Summary

The Policing Project seeks a full-time Chicago Community Engagement Director to assist with our Chicago Community Engagement Initiative. The goal of the Initiative is to bring residents into conversation with police officials in their communities to “co-produce” public safety—that is, set priorities for policing and to decide together how they should be addressed and how neighborhoods are policed. We will initially pilot the Initiative in two police districts, with the goal of developing models that can be implemented elsewhere. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute significantly to developing a model for long-term, comprehensive partnerships between the community and the
police. A detailed explanation of the project is attached to this job announcement.

The Chicago Community Engagement Project Director will be based in the Chicago, IL area and will work remotely with the core Policing Project team. We will frequently have personnel on the ground in Chicago, and the Director also will travel back to New York occasionally.

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Reports To

The Chicago Community Engagement Director will report to Policing Project Director Barry Friedman.


The Chicago Community Engagement Director will be responsible for:

  • Working with neighborhood organizations in the pilot districts to facilitate dialogue and consensus regarding
    policing challenges;
  • Working with Chicago Police Department (“CPD”) staff in identified districts to bring them into dialogue with
    the community;
  • Conducting training and focus groups for CPD officers;
  • Assisting with implementation of a successful community engagement program for CPD and the communities
    they serve that ultimately addresses community concerns and identifies concrete policy changes that the CPD
    can make;
  • Supervising and coordinating assignments and tasks for the Policing Project’s legal externs, and working with
    our law firm partners.


Desired experience and qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated experience and success in community organizing and coordinating community-based projects;
  • Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet deadlines while working with multiple stakeholders;
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively;
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work closely with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Strong research, writing and communication skills;
  • Knowledge of Chicago and its diverse communities preferred;
  • Degrees in social work, public policy, or law a plus.


Salary will be commensurate with experience

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to  Please indicate "Chicago Community Engagement Director" in the subject line of your email.

Policing Project


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