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Program Research Specialist 2 (CJ)
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Office of Justice Research and Performance (Albany, NY)

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has a range of responsibilities, including: administration of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program; collection and analysis of criminal justice data; research on critical criminal justice issues; oversight of the statewide criminal history repository; and administration of federal and state criminal justice funds that serve criminal justice populations. DCJS also advises the Governor on programs to improve the effectiveness of New York’s justice system.

DCJS is filling a vacancy in the Office of Justice Research and Performance (OJRP). This office plays a major role in public safety policy and program areas, analyzing data, conducting research and evaluating program effectiveness. OJRP promotes collaboration in an active learning environment, and has developed partnerships with other state and local government agencies and university researchers.

Position Summary:
The Program Research Specialist 2 (CJ) will be part of a team that conducts high quality research and policy analysis in criminal justice and juvenile justice. The incumbent will prepare analytic reports, and help maintain a large-scale juvenile justice data collection and reporting system.

The preferred candidate will have experience with data analysis and report preparation. Experience working with Excel and using SPSS to conduct research is strongly preferred.

Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of research experience in the field of criminal justice. A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice may be substituted for one year or a master’s degree in criminal justice may be substituted for two years of this experience. Candidates must also have nine (9) semester credit hours in statistics, economics, econometrics, or research methods and three years of subsequent professional research experience in the collection and evaluation of quantitative data directed toward review and analysis of program operations.

This position requires the candidate to be fingerprinted. If selected, candidate will pay a $75 fingerprinting fee which will be deducted from their first pay check.This position requires the candidate to be fingerprinted. If selected, candidate will pay a $75 fingerprinting fee which will be deducted from their first pay check.

Salary:
$52,293 plus Comprehensive Benefit Package

Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and resume to Theresa Geleta, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, Human Resources, 80 South Swan Street, Albany, New York 12210, or via e-mail to Theresa.Geleta@dcjs.ny.gov.

Closing Date:
8/30/2015

Posted on 8/12/2015




Research Professional
University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center Research (Anchorage, AK)

Position Summary:
The Alaska Justice Information Center (AJIC) is housed with the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center. The mission of the AJIC is to compile, analyze, and report justice data for policymakers and practitioners in order to improve public safety, increase justice system accountability, and reduce recidivism.

This position works under the administrative direction of the AJIC Director to (1) solve complex research questions/problems using analytical skills, (2) create reports for use in publications, and (3) combine own work with work of other research professionals and faculty to produce complete projects. This position assists the AJIC Director with research projects; develops data collection instruments, codebooks, and data files; performs data entry; compiles data for analytic use; performs data cleaning/validation; retrieves data for processing/analysis; conducts univariate and bivariate descriptive analyses; performs basic inferential data analyses (e.g., bivariate and multivariate regression); and, prepares research reports and presentations as required for research projects/programs. The research professional may supervise and train temporary employees, as needed, for research projects, and assist the AJIC Director with the conceptualization and development of new/innovative research projects/programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures; knowledge of standard reporting procedures; skilled in accurate data collection methods; ability to use computerized tools to organize and analyze information and communicate findings; knowledge of publishing requirements; knowledge of statistical/fiscal methods; knowledge of fiscal restrictions associated with research monies; analytical skills; ability to communicate findings for internal- and external-reporting.

Education:
Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Experience:
One year of experience in criminal justice research (or other relevant field), or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Special Skills/Knowledge Required for this Position:
Knowledge of social science research methods and analytical procedures/processes; ability to develop data sets (and data documentation/meta-data) for statistical analysis by others; ability to use computerized tools/software applications to organize and analyze information; knowledge of complex data structures and their manipulation; knowledge of data documentation standards and procedures; knowledge of scholarly publishing standards/requirements; personal organization and time management skills; strong written and oral communication skills; knowledge of crime and justice issues, particularly knowledge of Alaska-specific crime and justice issues.

How to apply:
Apply online at: www.uakjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=87538 .

Salary:
Salary Grade 79 - $51,625.60 to $88,296

Closing Date:
Open until filled

Posted on 7/2/2015




Research Associate/Project Manager
University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center Research (Anchorage, AK)

Position Summary:
The Alaska Justice Information Center (AJIC) is housed with the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center. The mission of the AJIC is to compile, analyze, and report justice data for policymakers and practitioners in order to improve public safety, increase justice system accountability, and reduce recidivism.

This position works under the general direction of the AJIC Director to (1) contribute to the work of other research professionals and faculty to produce complete projects, (2) develop models for use by other research professionals and faculty members, and (3) lead research technicians and lower level research professionals. This position assists the AJIC Director with research projects; develops data collection instruments, codebooks, and data files; performs data entry; compiles data for analytic use; performs data cleaning/validation; retrieves data for processing/analysis; conducts univariate and bivariate descriptive analyses; performs basic inferential data analyses (e.g., bivariate and multivariate regression); and, prepares research reports and presentations as required for research projects/programs. The research professional will lead research technicians and lower level research professionals and will assist the AJIC Director with the conceptualization and development of new/innovative research projects/programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Advanced knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures; advanced knowledge of standard reporting procedures; highly skilled in accurate data collection methods; proven ability to use computerized tools to organize and analyze information and communicate findings; advanced knowledge of publishing requirements; advanced knowledge of statistical/fiscal methods; knowledge of fiscal restrictions associated with research monies; strong analytical skills; demonstrated ability to communicate findings for internal- and external-reporting; advanced knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures; ability to successfully lead the work of others; proven ability to develop models for use by other research professionals.

Education:
Master's degree, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Experience:
Two years of experience at the postgraduate level in criminal justice research (or other relevant field), or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Special Skills/Knowledge Required for this Position:
Comprehensive knowledge of social science research methods and analytical procedures/processes; proven ability to develop data sets (and data documentation/meta-data) for statistical analysis by others; ability to use computerized tools/software applications to organize and analyze information; advanced knowledge of complex data structures and their manipulation; advanced knowledge of data documentation standards and procedures; knowledge of scholarly publishing standards/requirements; knowledge of fiscal restrictions associated with research monies; project management and personal organization and time management skills; strong written and oral communication skills; knowledge of crime and justice issues, particularly knowledge of Alaska-specific crime and justice issues.

How to apply:
Apply online at: https://www.uakjobs.com/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1435848707587.

Salary:
Salary Grade 80 - $55,868.80 to $95,638.40

Closing Date:
Open until filled

Posted on 7/2/2015




Senior Associate, Research & Evaluation
The Annie E, Casey Foundation (Baltimore, MD)

Position Summary:
The Foundation's Research, Evaluation and Learning unit (REAL) develops and manages a wide range of activities related to research, evaluation, performance management, development and use of data systems, knowledge management and organizational learning. Reporting to the Director of Research and Evaluation, the Senior Associate will play a lead role in the Foundation's research and evaluation activities related to human services system reform, including Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, and other public service systems. The SRA will also collaborate with other REAL Team members leading other areas of REAL's work, drawing on his/her methodological expertise to support and advance our work around performance management, data development, and organizational learning.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with program staff on evaluation prerequisites including logic model, theory of change, and evaluation plan development.
  • Planning, initiating and managing evaluability assessments of Foundation investments in programs, system reform, influence and capacity building initiatives.
  • Initiating and managing third-party comprehensive evaluations (including process, cost and outcome studies) of complex, multi-site policy reform and program initiatives.
  • Building the capacity of Foundation grantees, partners and staff to constructively participate in the evaluation process and utilize evaluation products and services.
  • Identifying key findings and lessons from Casey initiative evaluations, and promoting their dissemination and utilization within the Foundation and the broader field.
  • Collaborating with other Senior Research Associates in order to maximize opportunities for cross-Unit and cross-project learning.
  • Supporting the Vice President and Director and collaborating with other REAL Senior Research Associates to refine, develop, and improve REAL’s overall approach to evaluating the Foundation’s work, and strengthen our practice as evaluation managers.
  • Working with leading researchers and Casey colleagues to identify and assess opportunities to initiate and invest in research that contributes to the Foundation’s mission.
  • Initiating and managing relevant research grants, and promoting the dissemination of findings to the broader field as well as utilization of findings in the Foundation.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Qualifications
REAL seeks candidates who have a minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible experience in research and evaluation, with particular interest in foundation, public sector, or non-profit settings, and demonstrated interest and expertise in the evaluation of human service systems reform and related activities.  An advanced degree in a field relevant to the Foundation’s work is expected.  In addition, the ideal candidate should combine:

  • Ph.D. preferred or equivalent experience in any of the following areas: Public Policy, Public Administration, Public Health, Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Sociology, Criminology, Economics, Social Work, or related fields.
  • Experience in managing complex, multi-year projects involving multiple contractors, partners and community stakeholders
  • Experience working with public systems and non-profit agencies that serve system-involved children, youth and families.
  • 10-15 years direct experience in evaluation design and implementation.

Essential Orientation, Skills, and Knowledge

Orientation

  • A strong social justice orientation
  • A commitment to policy and practice reforms that address racial disparities in human service system operations and outcomes.

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, with particular expertise in communicating research findings, data, and issues to non-research audiences.
  • Strong quantitative and/or qualitative research skills and experience with mixed methods.
  • Computer skills that encompass databases designed for routine grants management, reporting and correspondence and statistical analysis.
  • Substantive knowledge and expertise in relevant areas such as juvenile justice, human service systems practice and policy.
  •  Familiarity with relevant national databases, on-going studies and technical trends.
  • Connection to robust and diverse networks of researchers and evaluators in the field of study.

Organizational Skills

  • Ability to appropriately prioritize among multiple competing demands in a manner consistent with the REAL mission of promoting data-driven, research-based decision making in the Foundation and the field.
  • Sound and seasoned judgment, including a demonstrated capacity to both support and lead effectively when working with Foundation leaders, senior researchers, policy makers, consumers and advocates.
  • Organizational, analytical and planning skills that can sustain the multi-faceted work of complicated initiatives, as well as the specific activities of individual grantees and sites.
  • Willingness and aptitude to work effectively in an environment of collective decision-making and cross-disciplinary cooperation, while taking leadership on Research and Evaluation decisions.
  • Ability to act as translator and liaison between research grantees/contractors, and colleagues in the Foundation’s program units.
  • Independence and initiative to anticipate and act upon the needs of grantees and the goals of the Foundation, in ongoing consultation with the Director.

Work Environment and Tools and Equipment Used

  • Microsoft Office Suite, smart phones, copy machine, fax machine.
  • The work is performed primarily in an office setting with approximately 20% travel required.

Compensation

  • This is an exempt position, meaning pay is on a salaried rather than hourly or daily basis.  Starting salary is commensurate with experience and earnings history.  A strong benefits package will be provided as well.

How to apply:
To apply online, please visit https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=af126




Senior Research Leader- Children & Youth, Justice and Behavioral Health
IFC International (Washington, DC Metro Area)

Position Summary:
ICF International is growing, and we seek a Senior Leader for our Research and Evaluation Domain within the Children & Youth, Justice and Behavioral Health (CJBH) line of business. The Research and Evaluation Domain focuses on producing rigorous, scientific criminal justice research to build knowledge and inform more evidence-based practices and policies in the field. You will work with a talented community of subject matter experts, survey, research, and evaluation professionals who are building robust solutions for our policy makers including The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), as well as State and Local Justice departments, and Universities.

As a recognized leader in the field of justice research and evaluation you would serve as the Domain lead and oversee an established portfolio of research projects that include: multi-site and national evaluations, large-scale and longitudinal surveys, and evaluation of training and technical assistance.

The CJBH team works in close collaboration with global ICF experts conducting research across a variety of social issues. As a Senior Leader with ICF your work would also be well supported by teams of competent operations professionals in capture and proposal, training, marketing and business development. ICF is committed to the continued investment in tools and resources to ensure the growth of the CJBH team

This is a Senior Leadership role and therefore we seek extensive knowledge, expertise and experience in the design and management of multi-mode, large-scale, multi-site research and evaluation efforts. This position offers an outstanding opportunity to balance your skills of thought leadership, technical, scientific and methodological skills in the field of justice research.

Our preference is for this position to be based in one of ICF's DC Metro area offices (Rockville, Fairfax, DC); relocation assistance is available.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide significant leadership to the Children, Youth, Justice and Behavioral Health group including managing a team of researchers across a portfolio of projects and supervising several senior-level direct reports.
  • Serve as an expert in Justice Research, including wide-ranging topics such as victim-centric research, juvenile justice, criminal justice, crime and the criminalization of youth; immigration; corrections services and incarcerated youth and vulnerable populations.
  • Provide technical and management direction on the design and implementation of a diverse portfolio of large-scale complex evaluation/data collection/coordination projects.
  • Translate research findings and support evidence-based practice for practitioner and policy audiences.
  • Expand upon existing relationships with clients, criminal justice and human service agencies, communities and other stakeholders.
  • Develop mechanisms that measure progress, and plan for outstanding client satisfaction that secures ICF as a trusted research leader.
  • Contribute to regular Business Development Strategy meetings to ensure opportunities are explored and prioritized in a coordinated approach. Support internal discussions and analyses to develop firm-wide perspectives.
  • Serve as lead author for technical proposals and oversight for proposals led by others.
  • Present research papers at professional conferences and submit technical articles for publication in journals; serve on relevant advisory committees; serve as mentor for journal article development; serve as grant/contract proposal reviewer.
  • Ensure rigor and best practice in methodological design and analytical procedures e.g.: quantitative methods, such as sample design and selection, statistical modeling, weighting and estimation, matching techniques, spatial analysis, and data quality initiatives, among others.
  • Drive our continued demonstration of quality, credibility, reliability, innovation, responsiveness, and transparency.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Recognized reputation in the field of criminal justice research, including recent peer-reviewed publications, research and presentations in the field.
  • Ph.D. in criminal justice, sociology, public policy, psychology, economics or related subject.
  • 10+ years of relevant technical experience in management and analyses of large scale research projects, including management of research teams. At least 15 years relevant work experience.
  • Interest, acumen, and demonstrated success in developing proposal and/or grants leading to new business.
  • Experience leading projects in a consulting environment or think tank.
  • Experience working with or supporting The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
  • Extensive expertise with varied data collection methods, quantitative analysis, and technical writing skills. Expertise with longitudinal surveys and the management and analyses of large data sets.

Professional Skills:

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Success leading/championing projects.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision making capabilities.
  • Experience in leading and developing a diverse staff of professional colleagues.
  • Proficiency in SPSS, SAS, or STATA.

About ICF International:
ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) provides professional services and technology solutions that deliver beneficial impact in areas critical to the world's future. ICF is fluent in the language of change, whether driven by markets, technology, or policy. Since 1969, we have combined a passion for our work with deep industry expertise to tackle our clients' most important challenges. We partner with clients around the globe-advising, executing, innovating-to help them define and achieve success. Our more than 5,000 employees serve government and commercial clients from more than 70 offices worldwide. ICF's website is www.icfi.com.

How to apply:
To apply online, please visit https://icfi.taleo.net/careersection/icf_prof_ext/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1500000349

Closing Date:
Open until filled

Posted on 7/14/2015




Applied Research/Criminal Justice Research Analyst
San Diego Association of Governments (San Diego, CA)

Position Summary:
The SANDAG Applied Policy /Criminal Justice Research Division provides technical support to the region's policymakers, agency leaders, and service providers by evaluating data and making recommendations that lead to informed decisions and increased program effectiveness. Examples of recent and upcoming projects include evaluations and cost/benefit analyses of services provided to ex-offenders that lead to lower rates of recidivism; partnering with local law enforcement agencies to document and evaluate the effectiveness of efforts aimed at reducing violent crimes in the San Diego region; and evaluating national crime prevention practices. Results of such research studies and evaluations are shared with decision-makers and stakeholders on a regular basis and lead to more informed decisions about investments in funding, resources, and programsthat will have the greatest positive impact on the San Diego region.

The Research Analyst will assist with the design, implementation, and analysis of various studies that support a broad range of regional projects, programs, and policy initiatives. Responsibilities include providing technical support for data management and analysis for large data sets, including data cleaning, data manipulation, statistical analysis, and preparing written and visualreports.

This is a Limited-Term employment opportunity and is expected to be funded through October 2016. Limited-Term employees are considered to be "at-will" and receive many of the benefits of regular employees.

Job Responsibilities:
This position is ideal for an entry-level research professional with one to two years of experience and a strong interest in furthering their expertise in the application of research methods for public policy decision-making. We anticipate career development will occur while completing the types of duties and responsibilities described below and through mentoring and close collaboration with senior staff. Examples of primary responsibilities include:

  • Participate in the development of research methodologies designed to assess the feasibility of policy alternatives, or measure the effectiveness of programs and services
  • Participate in the maintenance, management, and documentation of comprehensive computerized databases in SPSS, Excel, Access, and SQL Server formats
  • Research, identify, gather, compile, and analyze various types of demographic, criminal, economic, social, public health, geographic, and other quantitative data
  • Code data for computer input
  • Use descriptive and inferential statistics to analyze and interpret data, answer policy-related research questions, and make appropriate interpretations
  • Participate in the design of survey and data collection projects, and the development of research procedures and quality-control standards
  • Assist with the preparation of project reports, technical documentation, and written, oral, and visual reports and recommendations to committees, funding/grant agencies, member agencies, community groups, and members of the public; prepare tables, graphs, and charts to display information for written reports and presentations
  • Develop productive working relationships with other agencies

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree plus five years of relevant work experience, including at least one year of professional policy research or public policy experience. The following work experience or some equivalent combination is preferred: two years of professional policy experience with a national association, Capitol Hill, or with a state legislature or government. Post-baccalaureate education is preferred, and up to three years of post-baccalaureate education may be substituted for the required work experience.
  • Excellence in writing, speaking, research, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Competence in the interpersonal skills needed to work effectively with legislators and legislative staff and dealing with politically sensitive constituencies.
  • Skill and competence in working independently and under pressure on multiple projects.

How to apply:
To see the full posting and to download Employment Application visit the http://www.sandag.org/index.asp?jobid=407&fuseaction=jobs.detail. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing hr@sandag.org. Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via email, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See our Careers / How to Apply web page for additional information.

Salary:
The annual salary ranges are: Analyst I - $45,728 to $73,165 per year; Analyst II - $50,415 to $80,664 per year.

Closing Date:
9/4/2015 (5 p.m.)

Posted on 8/12/2015




Associate Legislative Director for Justice and Public Safety
The National Association of Counties (NACo) (Washington, DC)

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is looking for a high energy, professional that can lead the association's advocacy work in the area of criminal justice, public safety and emergency management.

The ideal candidate will have experience on Capitol Hill, administration and/or trade association. Must be able to work in a fast paced environment, be a team player and have excellent communications skills. Internally, this position is responsible for staffing our Justice and Public Safety Committee which consists of more than 100 county elected and appointed officials, including commissioners, district attorneys, public defenders, sheriffs and county judges.

The full job posting is available at: http://www.naco.org/jobs/associate-legislative-director

Salary:
Candidate’s qualifications and experience will determine salary.

Posted on 7/2/2015



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