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

We are seeking a Specialist Senior Research Scientist to assess, improve and monitor law enforcement agencies and their relationships with the communities they serve. The Specialist Senior Research Scientist must be able to work collaboratively with a larger assessment or monitoring team to provide technical assistance to law enforcement organizations grappling with issues such as use of force, officer-involved shootings, bias-based policing, implicit bias, transparency, accountability, officer misconduct, procedural justice, constitutional policing, community police relations and other subjects of interest.

A Specialist Senior Research Scientist is expected to have a range of experience, including: conducting assessments; research; quantitative and qualitative analysis; and training to address those identified issues impacting specific law enforcement organizations. Additional preferred experience includes:

  • Demonstrating extensive knowledge of analysis and assessment using statistics and applied research methodologies
  • Demonstrating competence with statistical software, spreadsheets, pivot tables and database querying software 
  • Demonstrating experience with complex relational databases, data warehousing and data management
  • Demonstrating experience presenting complex information to non-technical audiences
  • Designing data collection tools
  • Authoring in academic journals or reports.

A Specialist Senior Research Scientist must have the demonstrated ability to analyze and assess objectively specific law enforcement agency policies and data to prepare reports detailing research methodologies, statistical results and findings and to develop recommendations that are consistent with promising practices in the field of policing. 

Data Review, Collection and Analysis:

Dependent upon the subject matter 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. General data review, collection and analysis practices will include, but not be limited to:

  • Reviewing policies, practices, data and training
  • 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
  • Reviewing and analyzing department data and systems
  • 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 Specialist Senior Research Scientist, you will contribute to and provide expertise and knowledge regarding cutting-edge, new and proven training and other methods for transforming organizations and creating mechanisms for long-term sustainability of reforms. In order to accomplish this a Specialist Senior Research Scientist 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 implementing and monitoring reforms
  • 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 Specialist Senior Research Scientist position and will require time and ability to complete various written deliverables throughout the project. At a minimum, the following will be expected:

  • Drafting cogent, comprehensive and well-written reports that include insightful 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 Specialist Senior Research Scientist 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 Specialist Senior Research Scientist 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 Specialist Senior Research Scientist's involvement in the process will vary, but usually will require a commitment to blocks of time to accomplish the mission. Onsite travel will be required on a regular basis. 

The process has distinct phases and a Specialist Senior Research Scientist could be assigned to work on the 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 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

Specialist Senior Research Scientists must have experience in assessing, monitoring and providing technical assistance for reform of law enforcement agencies. Additional required qualifications include:

  • Graduate degree from an accredited institution in social science, criminal justice, public policy or administration, human services administration or a closely related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience for Ph.D./J.D or 10 years for Master's conducting research and analysis

Preferred Qualifications

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


Specialist Senior Research Scientists 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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