Research & Evaluation Manager

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  • Full-Time
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Type Details: Full-Time Salaried


About Safe & Sound:

Safe & Sound, Inc. is a comprehensive, community-based response to crime and violence in the City of Milwaukee. Since 1998, Safe & Sound has been dedicated to improving safety in challenged Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. Our three-pronged strategy advances: (1) partnerships with public safety, (2) community organizing and (3) youth development. We unite residents, youth, law enforcement and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods.


Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Research & Evaluation Manager will serve as an integral member of the operations team at Safe & Sound. This position will work closely with the staff leaders and the Board of Directors to support and promote the mission of Safe & Sound.

The Research & Evaluation Manager is a new position designed to oversee data collection and analysis to evaluate programs as well as work with external entities and partners to provide research and technical assistance in areas that conform with the overall mission of Safe & Sound and skillsets of our team. This role will also implement and coordinate the advocacy work of the organization, assist with our neighborhood Collective Impact work, and conduct special projects as directed.

This will include developing a framework for assessing the partnership opportunities within the infrastructure of a city’s law enforcement, city departments and community organizations; consulting with cities to determine appropriate practices to improve the incorporation of community involvement in law enforcement strategies and problem-solving; make specific recommendations to cities to implement community-based law enforcement, community organizing and youth development strategies; provide support during implementation; conduct process evaluations to continually improve the technical assistance program.

This role has no direct reports.



Data Collection and Analysis – 25%

  • Work collaboratively with staff to use logic models to identify and track key program outputs and outcomes.
  • Produce reports that summarize data in charts and tables as well as narratives.
  • Provide relevant data for grants, annual reports, and related projects (including updating dashboards for board of directors internal/external affairs committees)
  • Become proficient in all data collection tools used by Safe & Sound including Salesforce.
  • Review programmatic goals and outputs to ensure compliance and provide technical assistance to center staff in process/quality improvement.
  • Create and share data presentations on our outcomes for funders, our board, staff, and other stakeholders.

Coordinate the organization’s advocacy work – 25%:

  • Coordinate Safe & Sound’s advocacy work including:
    • Assisting with the formulation and communication of the advocacy platform
    • Managing the overall advocacy process including leading the internal advocacy team, and coordinating the work of the board advocacy committee
    • Work with external partners to engage in advocacy strategies to advance our mission and the needs of our residents.

Organizational Responsibilities – 30%

  • Through the use of data, partner closely with the Executive Director, Program Director and Program Managers on how to create more holistic engagement of residents and youth across programs.
  • Actively contribute to the implementation of organizational strategic goals and objectives; help advance Safe & Sound’s mission and values.
  • Participate actively in staff meetings, committees, etc. (leading the Data Workgroup)
  • Provide input into grant applications as needed.
  • Working with the Executive Director, develop and coordinate a framework for providing research and technical assistance to public and private sector entities and organizations to advance the tenants of our mission in communities outside of Milwaukee that are looking for innovative, collaborative solutions to address public safety challenges This may include providing research and assistance in the areas of prevention, resident and youth organizing, police/community engagement, and overall strategies to increase micro and macro level safety.
  • Proactively seek out RFP and other contracting opportunities for Safe & Sound to consult on.
  • Actively market the organization’s ability to conduct research and consulting in the areas of prevention, community engagement, Collective Impact and other topics.
  • Specifically work with our partner entities and organizations in the Northcentral HIDTA to connect them with prevention and best practice resources and information from the local, state, and national level.

Assist the neighborhood Collective Impact teams – 20%

  • Work with the Program Director and the Executive Director to:
    • Provide guidance and oversight on the integration of prevention best practices into Collective Impact work.
    • Insure the integration of advocacy and policy change into our Collective Impact neighborhood initiatives.
    • Assist the Collective Impact Committee on the creation of special coalitions and other identified projects.

The above is not an exhaustive statement of every duty and responsibility required. Other duties will be assigned.


To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably with 2-4 years related experience in research and program development and implementation, in a non-profit or government setting.
  • Tangible experience performing data analysis and executing program evaluations
  • 2-4 years program management experience, preferable with a knowledge of law enforcement and community development experience.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong analytic and strategic thinking skills.
  • Must be highly organized, self-directed, flexible, team player.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Experience and ability to multi-task and coordinate a variety of projects simultaneously and ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Knowledge of the community and social issues.
  • Ability and willingness to work some evening and/or weekend hours.
  • Physical requirements are those of a general office environment. Must have the ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.


  • Must have a valid driver’s license, a vehicle, and automobile insurance.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Requires City of Milwaukee residence at time of hire.


Anticipated salary range is $60,000 to $65,000 commensurate with experience.

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