Institute for Intergovernmental Research
  • 12-Feb-2021 to 14-Mar-2021 (EST)
  • Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Competitive
  • Salary
  • Full Time


The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) is a Florida-based, nonprofit corporation specializing in criminal justice (law enforcement focus) and homeland security issues. In addition to several other national justice programs and projects, IIR's Criminal Justice Initiatives (CJI) team proudly supports the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) National Public Safety Partnership (PSP). PSP provides an innovative framework for DOJ to enhance its support of state, tribal, and local law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the investigation, prosecution, and deterrence of violent crime, especially crime related to gun violence, gangs, and drug trafficking. This approach serves as a platform for DOJ to directly engage with cities to identify and prioritize resources that will help local communities address their violent crime crises. For more information, visit

FLSA Status: Exempt

Position Description

The senior program specialist is primarily responsible for, and is at times the lead for, many areas of client engagement that support essential and significant program and project-specific activities. The employee must be able to employ effective interpersonal communication skills in identifying and facilitating the client's goals and expectations regarding each operation. Such efforts often will include discussions with high-level federal officials as well as with key state and local contacts and representatives. The employee must exercise discretion and independent judgment in implementing the client's goals and expectations in the planning, delivery, and after-event evaluation of such efforts.


  • Exercise independent judgment in leading, developing, and implementing short- and long-term project operations that sustain and improve implementation of business functions
  • Serve as a liaison between the client and IIR in planning and delivering specialized program products
  • Monitor and report statistical data and present recommendations
  • Maintain professional and appropriate interpersonal communications with IIR clients and program participants
  • Develop various products in support of programs based on research review and data collection (e.g., newsletters, annual reports, marketing flyers, presentations)
  • Provide both substantive content and research development for program resources and websites
  • Coordinate with subject-matter experts (SMEs) to develop and facilitate the utilization of program content and outreach products
  • Serve as an on-site contact for various events in support of the client and event attendees to manage any issues, unexpected situations, or emergencies that might arise on-site
  • Assist in the development of curricula and agendas, and manage the multitude of data tracking and entry components (coordinates with the assistant researcher)
  • Coordinate program updates, annual reports, and other publications, such as nonfatal shootings assessments, to coordinate formatting and quality control processes
  • Manage meetings and take notes for numerous site calls and peer exchanges
  • Assist in the scheduling of virtual and in-person events, preplanning, and on-site coordination and event follow-up.
  • Coordinate the compilation of news topics, and assist in the management of the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) Clearinghouse and the Center for Task Force Training (CenTF) portal
  • Contribute to the team-based grant-writing efforts, and supplement duties as needed to allow senior managers and senior associates more time to conduct duties more consummate with their ranks
  • Assist in the management of the CJI Learning Management System portal, and interact with students in the field for help and guidance
  • Assist with SME invoicing review
  • Other duties, as assigned

Knowledge and Skills

  • Bachelor's degree (related field) or actual experience providing the functional equivalent of an advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of six years of directly related experience or a combination of education and professional experience with product development and/or the operation of major training events either as a coordinator, a planner, or a presenter or in an on-site supporting role
  • Strong writing and research review skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of the criminal and juvenile justice systems
  • Strong interpersonal skills and acumen supporting interaction with clients, those attending operation events, and third parties providing operation sites and support
  • Ability to handle high-stress situations professionally
  • Well-organized, with the ability to ensure that deadlines are met in a timely and professional manner
  • Ability to creatively respond to last-minute changes, unforeseen developments, or other events that could distract from the success of the given operation
  • Ability to communicate clear and precise messages and concepts in writing and orally
  • Ability to see operations in "the big picture" and to keep operations on schedule, on task, and moving forward in a productive and efficient manner
  • Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office Suite

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Work will be performed in a fast-paced office and an on-site or remote environment requiring ongoing exercise of discretion and independent judgment in making essential decisions related to each operation. The ability to deal with high-stress and fast-paced situations is essential.

Background Requirements

Candidates who have accepted an offer will be required to submit to a background investigation, including criminal history, employment history, educational history, and personal and professional references.

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