The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a leading national police research, technical assistance, and membership organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a senior-level project manager to join our team. 

PERF focuses on critical issues in policing, such as police use of force, new technologies in policing, violent crime trends, officer safety, victim issues, biased policing, evidence-based policing strategies, performance measurement, and community policing. PERF has earned a national reputation for identifying emerging trends and developing best practices. PERF has an excellent relationship with police agencies across the nation.

Responsibilities include: The successful candidate will work with a diverse team with responsibilities in the following areas: grant project administration and management; project design and management in collaboration with policing officials, other staff members and expert consultants; collecting data and performing analyses, writing reports and papers for publication, writing and managing proposals and grant applications; supervising project personnel; and providing assistance in financial and administrative aspects of ongoing research, technical assistance and demonstration projects.

Qualifications:  A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s or Ph.D. preferred) in criminology, sociology, political science, public administration, or related field, and practical program and grant management experience are required.  The applicant should have at least 10 years of work experience in positions of increasing responsibility in research, police management, or related project management. 

Candidates should have experience with the design and execution of social science research and/or demonstration projects, and knowledge of evidence-based policing practices.  Applicants should have an ability to present ideas, findings and recommendations effectively, both orally and in writing.  Knowledge of and practitioner experience in the substantive area of policing is a plus.

Candidates should be dynamic team leaders who are able to work constructively within a collaborative, fast-paced environment.  Demonstrated skills in time management, personal organization, and setting priorities are required in order to meet goals related to projects, proposals, and administrative tasks.

Applying for a position at PERF:  PERF offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

Send letter of interest, resume, and writing sample to PERF, Attn: Matt Harman, at

Application review will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. PERF is an equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. For more information about PERF, please see our website at