Division/College: College of Social Sciences and Humanities
FT/PT: Full Time
The Center for Crime and Community Resilience (CCR) at Northeastern University seeks a Project Coordinator to oversee activities under the Center's City of Stockton Ceasefire research project, as well as support the Center's international projects in Mexico and the Caribbean. The ideal candidate for this position will have training in quantitative research methods, experience working with government and international partners, be based in Boston, have Spanish language proficiency, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience working in Mexico or the Caribbean is preferred. This position with Northeastern University in Boston, is eligible for Northeastern benefits, and will report to the Executive Director of the CCR. The position runs until 7/31/21 with the possibility of extension based on funding availability.
About the Project The primary responsibilities of the Project Coordinator will be supporting the evaluation team that will be researching the City of Stockton's Ceasefire violence reduction strategy. The Ceasefire strategy has three main goals: (1) to reduce gang / group-related shootings and homicide, (2) to decrease recidivism and incarceration rates, and (3) to strengthen police-community relations. The evaluation team will collaborate with the Stockton Police Department and its community, social service, and criminal justice partners in order to determine whether the Ceasefire is indeed associated with the observed improvements in serious violent crime in Stockton. The Project Coordinator will assist the team with different aspects of the Stockton research:
Conducting focus groups and individual interviews with Ceasefire implementers to document key program activities, successes, and challenges.
Accessing official records and analyzing them to document relevant program activities such as enforcement actions taken, call-ins held, and social services delivered.
Quasi-experimental research to compare violence trends in Stockton to gun homicide trends in comparison California cities, and differences in shooting trends between targeted groups.
Individual analyses to assess the extent to which Stockton Ceasefire is associated with reductions in violent recidivism and violent victimization. Qualitative research:
Conducting focus groups and structured interviews, with a wide range of community stakeholders, to determine whether the strategy improved police community relations.
Communication and dissemination:
Disseminating project results through meetings with Stockton city officials and community members.
Producing practitioner-friendly policy briefs, scholarly articles, and a detailed technical report.
The Project Coordinator will also assist with ongoing research and policy work that is taking place in the Caribbean and Mexico.
The ideal candidate will have: Education: A Master's degree in Public Policy or a similar field, with significant training in public policy, economics or quantitative methods of program evaluation, and knowledge and background related to public policy around crime, violence and juvenile justice issues.
Experience: 2-5 years work experience in policy and crime-policy roles. Regional experience in Mexico and/or Caribbean is preferred.
Skills: A solid understanding of research on public policies and how evaluation can benefit new or existing policies. Strong professional written and verbal proficiency in English and Spanish required and an understanding of how to communicate policy lessons from technical academic research in ways that policymakers and practitioners understand.
Organization: The ability to think strategically, handle multiple projects at once, meet deadlines, and effectively manage your time.
Ability to travel: This position will travel to California, Mexico and the Caribbean, with up to 8-12 annual trips. Ability to travel is required.
Requisition Number: STFR005575
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About Northeastern University
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs, our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.