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Executive Director, Innovative Policing Program - Georgetown University Law Center

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Executive Director, Innovative Policing Program - Georgetown University Law Center

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.


The Innovative Policing Program was launched in 2017 and recently became a Center under Georgetown Law's Centers & Institutes umbrella (and will soon be changing its name to reflect this transition). The mission of the Innovative Policing Program (IPP) is to identify and advance new approaches to long-standing challenges in policing, including rethinking the role police should play in public safety in a diverse and democratic society; ensuring that policing reduces insecurity and injustice instead of reinforcing inequality; and helping communities, police, and the broader legal system identify ways to work together to address the toxic legacy of racial discrimination that continues to distort law and policy in the United States. The IPP does this through creating and implementing projects designed to surface new ideas (e.g. the Police for Tomorrow Fellowship); testing new ideas through designing and implementing novel projects (e.g. the ABLE Project); fostering robust and accessible research; and developing and sharing innovative policy recommendations.

The Executive Director will help develop and coordinate IPP strategic goals; lead development of the structure and programming of the IPP, and participate in the day-to-day implementation of that programming. This will include:
  • working to establish the IPP as a leading voice in and convener of discussions and debates about community safety, justice, and policing;
  • leading the IPP's fundraising and communications efforts (including online/social media efforts);
  • representing the IPP at high-profile fora and events; building and maintaining connections with University cross-campus initiatives and community partners;
  • helping to recruit key staff; and supervising the day-to-day functions of IPP staff, fellows, and students.

The Executive Director will oversee the IPP budget, including for staff salary, programs, and activities; and oversee grant reports to funders.
The Executive Director's work and duties will likely require occasional travel.

Work Interactions

The Executive Director will interact frequently and routinely with faculty directors and affiliates, IPP and Law Center staff, Georgetown students, members of the IPP's various boards, and community partners regarding programming, projects, research, and event/convening planning. The Executive Director also will interact frequently and routinely with Law Center administration including Center & Institute Associate and Assistant Deans, HR, COO, and CFO regarding IPP functioning, administration, and budget, and with Law Center Office of Communications on messaging and outreach. The Executive Director will interact with University partners and departments on a regular basis as needed. The Executive Director will interact with community partners, funders, and the public more broadly via networking and educational events, and media outreach/communication.

The Executive Director will report directly to the IPP's Faculty Director(s) and will directly supervise IPP staff and affiliated student research assistants and fellows.

  • Must have a JD and at least 5 years work experience with a substantial focus on community justice safety and/or policing and law (experience prior to law school will be considered).
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skills are essential.
  • The ideal candidate will have substantial involvement with policing/criminal legal system reform efforts; will have led organizations; and will have successfully maintained substantial fundraising efforts.

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Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500. For more information about the suite of benefits, professional development and community involvement opportunities that make up Georgetown's commitment to its employees, please visit the Georgetown Works website.

EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Georgetown University offers a wide variety of comprehensive and competitive benefits. Benefits packages include comprehensive health, dental and vision plans, disability and life insurance coverage, retirement savings programs, tuition assistance, voluntary insurance options (including group legal, accident, and critical illness), and much more. Whatever your need, the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits will be standing by to support you. You can learn more about the benefits offered to eligible faculty and staff at or view the online interactive benefits guide for more information.

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