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Company: City of Charlottesville
Location: charlottesville
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Charlottesville, VA is a racially and economically diverse city of approximately 49,000 full-time residents and a large student population. In response to demands from the public, in November 2019, the City Council of Charlottesville VA adopted an enabling ordinance and bylaws for a new Police Civilian Review Board, to serve a community committed to racial justice and equitable policing. The CRB is now officially organized and under the Executive Director's leadership will immediately being a review and revision of the enabling ordinance and approved procedures to incorporate powers recently allowed by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The CRB is currently operating under COVID restrictions.

The Police Civilian Review Board (CRB) Executive Director will be charged with fulfilling the mandate for improved policing by providing functional support and leadership to the new CRB in its aim to implement objective and independent civilian-led oversight of the Charlottesville Police Department (CPD.) The Executive Director, under the supervision and direction of the City Manager, will work with the CRB to enhance transparency and trust, to promote fair and effective policing, and to protect the civil and constitutional rights of citizens, including marginalized groups and those disproportionately affected by police activities. This work includes, but is not limited to: assuring effective responsiveness of the CRB and CPD to complainants, and/or the public; receiving complaints, answering questions related to process, and updating CRB about open complaints; acting as liaison with the CPD, reviewing CPD internal affairs investigations; development of policy recommendations; and related work as assigned that may include analyzing data related to Police operations. The position is appointed by the City Manager, upon a majority vote of the City Council.

The starting salary will be between $89,247.86 and $137,000 annually , dependent on education and experience. The City offers an excellent benefits program, including the option for participation in a Defined Benefits or Defined Contribution Retirement Plan. Reasonable relocation assistance will be available. To be considered, an application must be filled out online at Essential Responsibilities and Duties
  • Provides leadership and functional support to the newly formed Charlottesville Police Civilian Review Board (CRB), including programs, initiatives, operations, and activities. Ensures that the CRB successfully fulfills its duties as established in the enabling ordinance and bylaws.
  • Provides comments and suggestions to the City Council regarding potential changes to the enabling ordinance and bylaws.
  • Supports the CRB's efforts to promote transparency and to foster community relationships with the Charlottesville Police Department, including community outreach programs. Solicits involvement from groups subject to disproportionate impacts from police activities.
  • Explains CRB mission, complaint procedures, and process to the public.
  • Develops and implements procedures for receiving civilian complaints related to police misconduct.
  • Assists the CRB in developing and implementing procedures for reviewing internal investigations of police misconduct as authorized by the ordinance.
  • Supports the CRB in identifying incidents of serious misconduct and, in consultation with the City Manager, procures investigators independent of the CPD to examine the Boards concerns.
  • Reports to the CRB regarding progress of ongoing complaint investigations.
  • Reports findings of investigations to complainants, the CRB, the CPD, City Council, and the public.
  • Recommends trainings for CRB member participation, including trainings offered by the National Association for Criminal Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) or a comparable organization, and additional training developed by the Executive Director in consultation with the City Manager, City Attorney, Chief of Police, and other City staff.
  • Audits patterns of citizen complaints, police encounters, and Internal Affairs investigations.
  • Advises CRB on policy recommendations and reviews of CPD policy amendments.
  • Provides or presents reports to the CRB, city management and/or before City Council. Secures and maintains confidentiality of information, records, and files.
  • Keeps up to date on legislation, court cases, grievance procedures, and legal opinions relevant to the work of the CRB.
  • May supervise subordinate staff and monitor performance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Education, Experience and Skills

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Candidates should have a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in a field related to public administration, police oversight, criminal justice, or law. This includes degrees in social work, conflict resolution, translational leadership, restorative justice, or other disciplines relevant to civilian oversight. A Master's Degree or Juris Doctorate is highly preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in fields related to equitable policing, civilian oversight, social justice, and public outreach. Experience in mediation, restorative justice, or other alternatives to adversarial proceedings is desirable. Experience in civil, criminal, or factual investigations which involve the gathering, analyzing and evaluating of evidence, is also sought.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • The applicant should possess demonstrated leadership ability, and have a reputation for fairness, integrity, and responsibility. They should have the ability to work collaboratively with the CRB, City Manager, Police Chief, City Attorney, Independent Council, and others, addressing conflicts with tact and diplomacy in the face of conflicting priorities/opinions. We seek a person who is willing to engage in proactive discussion with all segments of an active citizenry and highly participative community.
  • Applicant should have knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and ordinances pertaining to civilian oversight of law enforcement, and applicable principles and practices; Federal, state, and local laws pertaining to civil rights, an individual's right to privacy, and confidentiality of records.
  • Ability to understand, analyze and explain statistical and technical information relating to law enforcement. Ability to prepare and present technical reports; ability to advise on policy recommendations; ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing; ability to establish effective working relationships with management, city officials, the CRB, city employees, and the general public.

Organization Competencies:
Interpersonal Effectiveness /Communication:
  • Effectively solicits input and involvement from stakeholders and affected groups.
  • Independently prepares concise and clear procedural plans and documents.
  • Analyzes complex or difficult communication situations and formulates effective responses.
  • Motivates and empowers volunteer participants.
  • Balances and optimizes the skills and contributions of others; creates an environment that allows others to willingly share expertise.
  • Able to provide ongoing feedback.
  • Promotes positive solution-oriented communication.
  • Establishes, schedules, sets priorities and monitors attainment of goals.
  • Oversees distribution of responsibility for program and work processes.
  • Leads, directs development of new processes, or process improvement.
  • Makes final decisions concerning conflicting priorities and resource needs.
  • Assures effective responsiveness to complainants and the public, working effectively with the CRB, and serving as liaison with the CPD.
Service/Support Orientation:
  • Provides leadership in improving service and support processes, procedures, and productivity. Applies extensive knowledge of internal and external resources in addressing challenges and improving professional service delivery.
  • Leads or directs organization-wide efforts to accomplish organizational objectives.
  • Anticipates others' needs, is proactive in reacting to them and helps others to do the same.
  • Resolves issues using discretionary judgment, where appropriate, while maintaining transparency.

Job Family Competencies:
Teamwork and Cooperation:
  • Transforms "business as usual" to the reality of teamwork and collaboration at the organizational decision-making level.
  • Collaborates with various internal and external decision makers to create strategic alliances and partnerships on an organizationwide level.
  • Develops and implements policies that promote teamwork on a systemic and organization level.
Performance Management:
  • Demonstrates the ability to set strategic objectives.
  • Shows "turn-around" ability. Identifies and addresses gaps in the organization's current performance
Coordination, Planning, and Decision-Making:
  • Identifies and implements strategic plans and objectives at the departmental or organizational level.
  • Integrates and translates the operational plans and objectives of various departments and functions into budgetary requirements.
  • Provides the specialized consultation and advice needed to finalize organizationwide strategy, polices, and regulations.
Technical and Content Knowledge:
  • Understands the roles and responsibilities and the interactions and interdependencies of all units and divisions within the organization.
  • Heads or directs efforts to improve processes, procedures, methods, technologies, tools, equipment, terminology, standards, and performance measures.
Physical Conditions & Work Contacts

Physical requirements for this position as outlined by the Department of Labor: LIGHT WORK: Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs. frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires the ability to lilt or move more than 20 lbs. for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work.

This position may be required to work after-hours including weekends, nights and/or holidays. Occasional travel required to attend trainings and conferences.

Work is typically performed in meeting rooms, conference rooms, homes, schools, public buildings and outdoors.

The majority of time spent in this position involves inside work.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Keywords: City of Charlottesville, Charlottesville , Police, Other , charlottesville, Virginia

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