Project Manager, Criminology

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Pennsylvania, United States
Wednesday, 22 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Job Description Summary

The Criminology Department is hiring a project manager with strong project management skills. This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of small research teams running multiple projects concurrently. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and prosecutors and analysts at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Job Description

The University of Pennsylvania has the longest continuous program of research and teaching in criminology of any American university, with a rich history, strong traditions, and a distinguished group of alumni. Current faculty are highly regarded as teachers and researchers who represent a range of academic disciplines: psychology, sociology, economics, public policy, law, statistics, and criminology. All are professionally committed to even-handed science in service of the public good.

The Criminology department is developing a research agenda, in close collaboration with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (DAO), to evaluate what prosecutor-driven policies can help improve fairness and efficiency in the criminal justice. The research team will be embedded at the DAO and provide regular, sustained interactions and policy guidance with prosecutors and analysts.


  • Coordination of research activities, communications with the DAO, and managing project deliverables
  • Collaborates in writing grant updates and preparing presentations and reports targeting both policymakers and academic audiences
  • Writes human subjects permission protocols and amendments for IRB permission, and obtains other research permits as needed
  • Documents discussions and research activities with detailed notes and project logs
  • Conducts thorough and critical reviews of relevant literature
  • Data collection and conducts field research as needed
  • Prepares sections of research results, including proofing, formatting and creating tables and graphs


Bachelor’s degree in sociology, public policy, economics, criminology, or other relevant field with 2-3 years of experience, is required. An MA is preferred.

Ideal candidates will have experience in the following areas:

  • Experience working on large projects with policy partners
  • Experience working on field experiments

Ideal candidates will also demonstrate the following competencies:​

  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate within a team and with external partners
  • Evidence of effective communication skills—including interpersonal, oral, and written
  • Strong interest in criminal justice policy
  • Knowledge and understanding of criminal justice policy literature
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills

Cover letter is required.

Working Conditions

Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range

$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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