Program Director, CVI Leadership Academy

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


UL Urban Crime Lab

About the Department

Who We Are

In cities across the country, people face high rates of gun violence, under-resourced schools, and social harms associated with the criminal justice system -- all of which disproportionately impact people of color. These inequalities have profound consequences on public safety and opportunity. As a society we have failed to address these challenges, in part, because of our lack of understanding of the most effective and cost-effective solutions that can have a real impact on people’s lives. We believe that rigorous research can help.

The University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab partner with cities and communities to use data and rigorous research to design, test, and scale programs and policies that enhance public safety, improve educational outcomes, and advance justice. Our mission is to combine world-class data science and research, in partnership with government agencies, to substantially improve the effectiveness of the public sector and achieve impact at scale.

To learn more about the Crime Lab and Education Lab, visit

The Role
The University of Chicago Crime Lab is seeking an experienced Program Director who can support the launch of the Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy (CVILA). The Program Director will work closely with the Director of the CVILA and other members of the organization’s leadership team to ensure the success of this new initiative. The Program Director will provide strategic planning and fundraising support and be responsible for the program implementation of the CVILA. We seek applicants who have extensive program administration experience, as well as experience in strategic decision-making and organizational leadership

Job Summary

The job manages a team of professionals responsible for the administration of academic, research, clinical or administrative programs.


  • Guides the implementation of a programmatic strategy for the CVI Leadership Academy, including a staffing and operations plan, in partnership with the Director of the CVI Leadership Academy and other Crime Lab senior leadership.

  • Cultivate and steward relationships with various stakeholders, including researchers, academics, donors, community violence practitioners, public sector, and nonprofit partners.

  • Supervise CVILA program staff to ensure effective execution of program goals and benchmarks.

  • Recruit and oversee the work of project subcontractors to ensure a high standard of work and timely completion of deliverables.

  • Help identify CVILA cohort participants.

  • Provide logistical support to CVILA cohort participants to make sure they have an exemplary student experience.

  • Manages program operations and administrative functions which may include planning and scheduling, program evaluation, policy implementation, personnel administration, budget, marketing, fundraising and proposal development.

  • Manages the dissemination, interpretation and application of program policies and recommends or makes exceptions.

  • Perform other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the communications, public relations, social science, or another related field.


  • Experience designing, implementing, and managing projects in the non-profit or public sector preferred.

  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects with tight deadlines preferred.

  • Superior written and verbal communications skills.

  • Ability to work across and within teams and manage a diverse group of employees with different skill sets and job responsibilities preferred.

  • Experience with program design and implementation work in the nonprofit and/or public sector, as well as public affairs, communications and/or media relations experience in public policy, political, or non-profit organizations preferred.

  • Proven success working in the crime/violence policy sphere, particularly in the area of gun crime preferred.

  • Experience working with law enforcement and community violence intervention groups preferred.

Preferred Competencies

  • Designing, implementing, and managing projects in the non-profit or public sector.

  • Developing and executing communications plans.

  • Proven success working in the crime/violence policy sphere, particularly in the area of gun crime.

  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects with tight deadlines, including flexibly and quickly responding to unanticipated public affairs and communications issues.

  • Superior written and verbal communications skills.

  • Ability to work across and within teams and manage a diverse group of employees with different skill sets and job responsibilities.

  • Working with law enforcement and community violence intervention groups.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

  • References (3) (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Administration & Management

Role Impact

People Manager

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Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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