Hillard Heintze
  • 24-Mar-2017 to 23-Dec-2017 (CST)
  • Commensurate with experience
  • Hourly
  • Contract

We are seeking a Civil Rights/Community Advocate Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess, help improve and monitor law enforcement agencies and their relationships with the communities they serve. The Civil Rights/Community Advocacy SME must be able to work collaboratively with a larger assessment and/or monitoring team to provide technical assistance successfully to law enforcement organizations and communities addressing issues such as: community-police relations, procedural justice, constitutional policing, transparency, accountability, implicit bias, bias-based policing, use of force, officer-involved shootings, officer misconduct and other subjects of interest.

 A Civil Rights/Community Advocacy Subject Matter Expert is expected to have a range of experience related to community policing and problem-solving initiatives. Additional preferred experience includes:

  • Establishing and facilitating community partnerships
  • Maintaining relationships with grass-roots community organizations and youth groups
  • Designing, administering and evaluating research-based community programs
  • Developing, soliciting, and evaluating prevention, intervention and remediation programs with government agencies, community organizations and individuals
  • Drafting and reviewing law enforcement community engagement policies
  • Facilitating group discussions, town halls and other community meetings
  • Conducting training for topics such as procedural justice, community oriented policing and problem solving for both law enforcement agencies and community members
  • Researching, developing and managing grant and funding opportunities.

A Civil Rights/Community Advocacy Subject Matter Expert must have the demonstrated ability to objectively analyze and assess policies, practices, procedures and community needs.

Data Review, Collection and Analysis:

Dependent upon the subject matter focus area, data collection and analysis will take on a variety of formats. Some data will need to be developed and collected during site visits while other data will be retrievable in electronic report format or via policies, etc. General data review, collection and analysis practices will include, but not be limited to:

  • Reviewing policies, practices and training
  • Reviewing memos, reports, strategic plans and other documents related to community policing
  • Conducting direct observations of department operations
  • Conducting direct observations of police/community interactions
  • Interviewing key police command and staff
  • Interviewing community stakeholders
  • Conducting listening sessions
  • Conducting group discussions
  • Researching and identifying promising practices
  • Analyzing, identifying trends and developing recommendations
  • Adhering to established data collection, interview and ride-along protocols.

Training and Monitoring:

As a Civil Rights/Community Advocacy Subject Matter Expert, you will contribute to and provide expertise and knowledge regarding cutting-edge, new and proven training and other methods for developing and implementing policy, identifying funding and staffing resources, transforming organizations and creating mechanisms for long-term sustainability of reforms. In order to accomplish this, a Civil Rights/Community Advocacy Subject Matter Expert should have proven experience, including but not limited to:

  • Providing training expertise and knowledge in identified subject matter areas
  • Creating organizational change frameworks, mechanisms and tools to accomplish reforms and implementation
  • Identifying resources, training and promising practices
  • Contributing to or developing tools and mechanisms for monitoring reforms and implementation
  • Measuring success and identifying accomplished milestones within an organization
  • Working within established deadlines
  • Providing constructive feedback and handling difficult topics tactfully.

Report Writing:

The ability to contribute to and draft reports, assessments and recommendations is critical to the Civil Rights/Community Advocacy Subject Matter Expert role and will require time and ability to  complete various written deliverables throughout the project time period to meet pre-established deadlines. At a minimum, the following will be expected:

  • Drafting cogent, comprehensive and well-written reports that include insighftful analysis of issues identified, findings, recommendations and appropriate best or promising practices
  • Providing timely written input to requisite status reports
  • Providing written site visit notes, summaries and action items
  • Reviewing and editing of reports
  • Adherence to internal writing protocols and forms.

Other Skills:

A Civil Rights/Community Advocacy Subject Matter Expert must have the ability to communicate and model collaboration within the team environment and at all levels of a police department and with diverse communities. In order to accomplish this, a Civil Rights/Community Advocacy Subject Matter Expert should have experience including, but not limited to:

  • Effectively communicating and liaising with police department personnel and other local government officials
  • Effectively communicating and liaising with community organizations and members
  • Contributing to and building consensus in a team environment
  • Serving as a thought leader and supporting a team of experts and professionals.

Travel and Time Commitments:

This process is not a short-term initiative. An individual Civil Rights/Community Advocacy Subject Matter Expert's involvement in the process will vary, but usually will require a commitment to blocks of time to accomplish the mission. On-site travel will be required on a regular basis.

 The process has distinct phases and a Civil Rights/Community Advocacy Subject Matter Expert could be assigned to work on the initiation phase, assessment phase and an implementation/monitoring phase, each with outlined schedules requiring active participation. The assessment phase is approximately 6 months and the implementation/monitoring phase is approximately 18 months; the specific tasks and travel requirements would be spread out over the length of the project. Based upon the time to complete the phases, the following could be expected:

  • Travel for four to six site visits should be expected per site, with 3 4 overnight stays.
  • Variable working hours on site to accomplish identified goals, data collection and attend meetings
  • Ability to allocate time for pre-site preparation and post-site visit reporting requirements
  • Ability to allocate time for completing interim and final reports
  • Participating in bi-weekly conference calls up to an hour during the project time period
  • Other intermittent availability as required.

 Required Qualifications

A Civil Rights/Community Advocacy Subject Matter Expert must have experience in and be recognized for knowledge, understanding and expertise on related policing, social justice and community based issues. Civil Rights/Community Advocacy Subject Matter Experts must have experience in assessing, monitoring and providing technical assistance. Additional required qualifications include:

  • Bachelor's Degree with 10 years' experience or Graduate Level Degree with five years' experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluency in multiple languages
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite Word, PowerPoint, Excel and SharePoint
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to multi-task effectively in an intensive, multiple-deliverable work environment
  • Strong personal and professional values.


Civil Rights/Community Advocacy Subject Matter Experts are paid hourly at a rate commensurate with their experience and client parameters.  All approved expenses for travel are reimbursed in accordance with GSA regulations.

Background Check

All positions require an applicant who has accepted an offer to undergo a background check and must be vetted and approved by the client before being assigned to a site.

Description of Company

As one of the leading security risk management and investigations firms in the United States, Hillard Heintze protects people, performance, interests and reputations. The firm's core practices Security Risk Management, Threat & Violence Risk Management, Investigations and Law Enforcement Consulting provide insight, deliver assurance and instill confidence worldwide. Headquartered in Chicago, Hillard Heintze also has operations in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Florida, New York, Michigan and California as well as operating capabilities across North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Asia.

To Apply

Please complete the online application. In addition, candidates must submit the following for full consideration:

  • Resume/CV
  • References
  • Writing sample (completed in the last five years)

If selected, applicants are required to complete conflict of interest and non-disclosure forms.

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