Police Executive Research Forum 

Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) creates and leads the newest thinking on public safety and policing. As the leading organization that develops national policy, research, and training and technical assistance to improve policing, we are at the forefront of police reform, innovation, and best practices. Our work has never been more important than it is today. 

As a Washington, DC-based national think tank, we are a dedicated group of leaders known for getting things done quickly and responding to emerging crises with creative ideas and clear guidance. We work with a diverse group of police practitioners and policymakers across the country and around the world in shaping policy and providing technical assistance. PERF is funded by a combination of leading philanthropies, federal grants, and unique PERF programs, including our leadership programs, executive search, and management services.  Visit to learn more about the full range of PERF’s programs and their impact on the policing profession. 

PERF Project Managers play a key role and are central to the organization’s success. We are seeking a senior-level Project Manager to join our team. 

Key Responsibilities: The successful candidate will work with a diverse team with responsibilities in the following areas: 

  • management and oversight of project planning, implementation and written grant reports
  • direct and draft written reports for publication
  • project design and management in collaboration with policing officials, other staff members and expert consultants
  • supervising project staff
  • collecting and analyzing data
  • providing assistance with proposal writing, fundraising, and grant monitoring, ensuring all reporting requirements and deliverables are met 

Qualifications: Our ideal candidate will bring:

  • Superior communication skills: An ability to present ideas, findings and recommendations effectively, both orally and in writing
  • 8 -10 years of work experience in positions of increasing responsibility in research, police management, criminal justice or related project management
  • Experience with the design and execution of social science research and/or demonstration projects, and knowledge of evidence-based policing practices
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s, Ph.D. or JD preferred) in criminology, sociology, political science, public administration, or related field
  • Knowledge of and practitioner experience in the substantive area of policing is a plus.
  • A collaborative leadership style that promotes a dynamic team culture in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated skills in time management, personal organization, and setting priorities to meet goals related to projects, proposals, and administrative tasks
  • Strong interest and commitment to the mission and work of PERF
  • Excellent project management skills (practical program and grant management experience are required) 


We are intensely collaborative leaders and doers from diverse backgrounds, all united by an urgent need to make a difference in policing and public safety. PERF offers very competitive salaries and excellent benefits. Our benefits include a generous retirement plan, medical, dental and vision insurance, flexible spending account, life insurance, access to meaningful professional development opportunities, and more. The salary for this role is commensurate with experience. 

All Applicants Welcome:
Diversity is a core value, and we welcome applicants of all backgrounds.  We encourage applications from all genders, races, ethnicities, and ages, as well as veterans and people with disabilities. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive working environment.   

To Apply:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to [email protected]