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Under the supervision of a Chief Performance Analyst, this position conducts in-depth evaluations and reviews of the policies, practices, and programs of the Chicago Police Department and Chicago’s policy accountability agencies (including COPA and the Police Board). Those reviews result in detailed reports, outlining the Public Safety section’s findings about the policy, practice, or program at issue and its recommendations to address deficiencies and make improvements. This often includes intensive fieldwork, which may see SPAs gathering and analyzing large amounts of quantitative criminal justice data, collecting and reviewing documents from CPD or the police accountability agencies, observing trainings or other agency operations, and/or interviewing CPD, COPA, or Police Board officials. In addition, SPAs are expected to independently, and in conjunction with Chief Performance Analysts, mentor junior colleagues and support the Public Safety management team in the development and implementation of process improvements for the section’s work.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree plus three years of work experience in program auditing or operations analysis, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, provided that the minimum degree requirement is met.


  • Relevant work experience, which includes program auditing, operations analysis, social science or data science research, good government advocacy, and/or other work with a clear connection to the job duties described above
  • Strong desire to improve the effectiveness, accountability, and transparency of the Chicago Police Department and Chicago’s police accountability agencies, and to transform the critical relationship between CPD and the communities it serves
  • Knowledge of, and demonstrated interest in, law enforcement, criminal justice, and/or civil rights issues
  • Familiarity with Chicago government, the Chicago Police Department, and Chicago’s police accountability system
  • Experience developing data collection instruments such as surveys, direct and participatory observations, interviews, focus groups, and literature searches
  • Experience analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and proficiency with data analysis tools such as R, Stata, or SPSS
  • Excellent judgment and confidence to discuss police and police accountability policies and procedures with internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Demonstrated experience successfully mentoring, training, or guiding the work of others
  • Advanced degree in a social science, public policy, or related field, and a background in conducting policy reviews or performance audits/evaluations for a government or non-profit organization


  • Develop, conduct, and lead reviews of selected police and police accountability operations, policies, programs, and practices
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data to identify areas of concern and where improvements are needed
  • Develop recommendations for police and police accountability reforms based on best practices and other research
  • Compose clear, concise, and objective reports containing qualitative and quantitative police and police accountability information
  • Conduct site visits to observe operations
  • Lead interviews with police, other City personnel and community stakeholders
  • Mentor Performance Analysts independently and as directed by the Chief Performance Analysts
  • Identify organizational needs and develop solutions to meet those needs
  • Assist in developing project ideas and refining project proposals
  • Perform related duties as required

 ANNUAL SALARY:   Range: $75,852 – $102,576 (annual increase first three years)

                                    Starting $75,852 (non-negotiable); Post successful six-month review $78,000

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND/OR ESSAY REQUIREMENT: Your application must include answers to the following two prompts:

  1. In less than 500 words, describe a specific life experience(s) or circumstance(s) in which you encountered adversity, resistance, obstacles, or failure. Describe how you overcame and/or handled the situation(s), with further consideration of what you learned that you believe gives you insights into the lived experience of residents and/or operations of institutions in a city like Chicago.
  2. In less than 500 words, identify a topic that you believe to be an important area of focus for police or public safety oversight in the City of Chicago. Briefly outline: (1) why you believe the topic to be important, (2) a potential research question for an OIG evaluation of the topic, and (3) how you might go about answering that research question. To complete this exercise, you may wish to reference public safety data published by OIG here: You can find examples of past published OIG evaluations here:

TRANSCRIPTS: Must upload copies of official or unofficial undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT:  Employees must be a resident of the City of Chicago and proof of residency is required at the commencement of employment.

Employee Vaccination Requirement: City of Chicago employees must, as a condition of employment, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 effective October 15, 2021. This Policy applies to all City employees. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable City processes. For more information on the vaccine policy please visit:


The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is an equal opportunity employer.

OIG is an inclusive organization that hires and develops all its staff of all levels regardless of race, religion, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, marital or parental status, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, age, veteran status, and all other characteristics protected by law.

OIG strives to create the kind of workplace where a socially diverse mix of people can thrive professionally. We pride ourselves in meeting our legal charge to promote economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity in government. Through the hard work of our passionate and innovative team, OIG aims to serve every community with equity, respect, and dignity.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy to participate in the application process, please contact the OIG’s Supervisor of Personnel Administration Keyla Vazquez at Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. The City of Chicago does not participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System). In addition, employment at the Office of Inspector General is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check.

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