Job Description Summary

The Project Director for the Prosecutor Accountability Project (PAP) at Wake Forest University Law School will manage and supervise research on behalf of the PAP, a newly established research and public information project whose mission is to identify and develop ideas for workable, transparent reforms to enhance prosecutorial accountability, including but not limited to education and training, climate and culture, prosecutorial immunity, self-policing activities, and bar disciplinary actions

Project Management

  • Works with Faculty Sponsors to draft strategic plans for project initiatives. 
  • Creates opportunities for project enhancement and collaboration. 
  • Develops, drafts, and edits proposals that maximize the possibility of impact and influence.
  • Monitors and tracks project goals and objectives. Evaluates project goal effectiveness.
  • Collaborates with project partners in other non-profit areas across the country.
  • Identity and prepare grant proposals to seek additional funding both internally and externally.
  • Supervises a team of student researchers and any volunteer attorneys associated with the project. Will set performance expectations and ensure work quality meets project standards.


  • Conduct independent research to further the mission of the projects.
  • Create new learning opportunities for the community to engage with research and findings.  
  • Develops ideas and options for faculty review that expand program initiatives.
  • Create reports that summarize research and findings and publish results.
  • Publicize work through various means.


  • Will lead coordination of events to promote project initiatives and outreach.
  • Works with the marketing department to develop project material for marketing.


  • May perform additional duties or other work as assigned.


Will manage and supervise a team of student researchers. Approves time and sets expectations for work quality. Will be responsible for ensuring research that is worked on falls within the research guidelines for this project. While working with several Faculty within their specific areas of research he/she will conduct independent research to further one of those areas. Works collectively with various departments and other Executive Directors related to this area of research.

Required Qualifications

Research and management expertise in interdisciplinary scholarship on prosecutorial decision-making, performance, and/or ethics, who also shows demonstrated interest in the role of race, ethnicity, economic status, and other extralegal factors in criminal investigations, trials, and the administration of justice. The applicant should be familiar with the application of empirical methodology to legal issues, such as identifying and understanding prosecutorial decision-making, and evaluating the effects of particular reforms on that decision-making.  This position requires a J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school, or evidence of comparable education and experience, as well as information showing the potential for engaging in high quality research. 

Preferred Qualifications

Evidence of success in securing extramural funding is preferred.

Time Type Requirement

Full time

Note to Applicant:

This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. 

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