Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff

Center for Policing Equity

New York, NY   |   June 1, 2021

About the Center for Policing Equity

The Center for Policing Equity (CPE) uses evidence-informed approaches to social justice problems in public safety systems and conducts research to create levers for social, cultural, and policy change. CPE works with law enforcement and communities to change the policies and procedures that perpetuate bias in policing and use their Data-Driven Interventions (DDI’s) to equip law enforcement and communities to address racial bias systematically. CPE also focuses on leveraging technology to analyze data on police stops, searches, arrests, and use of force to measure disparities and reveal patterns of unjust outcomes.

For more information on the Center for Policing Equity please visit its website.

The Opportunity

The Center for Policing Equity (CPE) is looking for a skilled Chief of Staff (COS) to support the office of the CEO and facilitate alignment between the office of the CEO and the President/COO and Senior Leadership team.  The position reports directly to the Co-founder and CEO of CPE and collaborates closely with the President/COO and other key Senior Leaders.

The COS will track and prioritize workload and agendas in the CEO’s office and ensure effective alignment of strategic and operational priorities.  The COS will advise on where to direct focus and dedicate CEO office resources; strategically advising on the CEO’s time and attention, evaluating opportunities and determining fit with priorities.  The COS also will monitor information flow and act as gatekeeper ensuring the CEO’s involvement in a project or decision-making at the right point(s).  The COS will enable success of both the CEO and President/COO by ensuring that they remain connected to the vision and strategic direction formulated by the CEO and ensure that the CEO understands and supports the President/COO in managing the operational needs of the organization to pursue that direction.

A skillful conversation facilitator, problem solver, and seasoned leader, the Chief of Staff will have the authority and confidence necessary to make thoughtful and considered decisions. The COS will be a sounding board, collaborator, and implementer for the CEO, supporting a more efficient leader for the organization.

Key Responsibilities

Direct Support of the CEO

  • Support the workload of the CEO and prioritize time by consulting across teams to manage information flow, resolve issues, provide analysis and advice on key needs, and delegate internal and external inquiries to the appropriate individual(s);
  • Ensure that the CEO’s assets, skills and relationships are maximized and leveraged to advance CPE’s mission and goals;
  • Serve as a thought partner to the CEO, helping them resolve key challenges, offering perspectives that may be less visible to them or their direct reports, and helping identify risks and tradeoffs;
  • Anticipate needs and act as an “early warning system” for issues growing in priority from all parts of the organization; ensure the CEO’s timely involvement in organizational projects/decisions;
  • Listen actively, offer and question ideas, challenge status quo, anticipate risks and, where appropriate, pre-negotiate outcomes;
  • Ensure that the CEO’s assets, skills and relationships are maximized and leveraged to advance CPE’s mission and goals;
  • Exercise exceptional discretion and judgment.

Strategic Advisory

  • Work with key actors to help set and implement CPE’s strategic vision, assisting key staff to interpret, understand and carry out the CEO’s vision and strategic intent;
  • Convene important stakeholders to ensure collaboration in service of CPE’s strategic vision; drive decisions and outcomes;
  • Serve as a spokesperson for CPE along with other key actors; articulate CPE’s positions on a broad range of issues to the public and internal and external stakeholders;
  • Represent the CEO to external funders, stakeholders, and partners as necessary, collaborating with other key actors.

Organizational Management

  • Manage/supervise CEO’s Executive Assistant for maximum effectiveness;
  • Set multiple priorities, manage cross-functional organization-wide projects, and track complex tasks across multiple stakeholders;
  • Serve as a key organizational problem solver and innovator, collaborating on creative and effective solutions;
  • Plan effectively and with the flexibility to handle the unexpected;
  • Manage other projects as needed by the CEO or in support of the Senior Leadership Team;
  • Facilitate the sharing of lessons learned and best practices, while creating a culture that values collaboration and improvement throughout the organization.
Qualifications and Core Competencies
  • Bachelor’s degree required with minimum 8 years leadership experience in a similar, high-performance role;
  • Rich understanding of policing/public safety issue area;
  • Demonstrated track record of success in driving organizational change and results, building and managing teams of people, facilitating strategic decision making, developing and managing complex projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate through and communicate complex ideas effectively – verbally, in writing, and through presentations;
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of organizational planning, organizational structure, budgeting, business operations, and fundraising;
  • Proactive in surfacing problems and finding solutions; demonstrates critical thinking required to solve complex problems across the organization;
  • Experience taking action to progress on strategic direction while navigating ambiguity; experience in quickly growing start-up or non-profit environment preferred;
  • Makes decisions independently and confidently and communicates them upward and downward;
  • Ability to discern themes from across multiple sources and synthesize them for multiple audiences;
  • Strong ability to manage up to aid in the reduction of work in the CEO’s office.

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Trisha Sutrisno and Amber Gomes are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link or email [email protected] or [email protected] All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


The Center for Policing Equity strives to build a diverse team that is inclusive of multiple perspectives and welcoming for people of all backgrounds. Women and members of minority communities are especially encouraged to apply.

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