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Research Specialist 1 (2 positions)
West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services (Charleston, WV)

The Office of Research and Strategic Planning (ORSP) in the WV Division of Justice and Community Services (DJCS) is seeking candidates for two Research Specialist 1 positions. Under close supervision of the ORSP Director, the Research Specialist 1 will perform beginning level technical and analytical work of a quantitative and qualitative nature involving research, statistical analysis, data collection, and evaluation in the area of crime and justice. Primary responsibilities include: obtaining, preparing, and analyzing data; developing data collection instruments and surveys; utilizing SPSS, Adobe In-Design, Microsoft Office, and other software to analyze data and produce reports for publication; presenting research findings to diverse audiences; and performing other related duties as assigned. The successful candidates will be assigned to specific research projects/areas based on qualifications and areas of interest.

Specific job duties for these positions will involve research and training in a wide variety of justice related areas in order to support state-level planning and development in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Successful candidates will work with a variety of data sources, serve on state level planning committees, produce and present findings to varied audiences, and train justice system practitioners on evidence-based practices in the field. Strong technical writing and communication skills are necessary. For training on evidence-based practices, experience in human service or treatment delivery with offender populations is desirable. Areas of assignment will include, but not be limited to: institutional and community-based corrections and population forecasting, law enforcement/community policing, sexual assault forensic examination policies and procedures, research and training on evidence-based practices in the justice field including risk assessments, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral treatment strategies , development and monitoring of quality assurance procedures, and program evaluation.

Preference given to applicants with a Master's degree in mathematics, statistics, criminology/criminal justice, psychology, sociology, or program evaluation and/or related experience in research and analysis are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with education and/or experience in correctional rehabilitation, psychological measurement and diagnostics, social services delivery, research/data analysis, and curriculum development are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be subject to a criminal background check and must have a valid driver license. You can learn more about the Office of Research and Strategic Planning, Statistical Analysis Center and the Division of Justice and Community Services

The full posting is available here.

Posted on 4/8/2015

Closing Date: 4/30/2015

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) (Washington, DC)

This position is located with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC). CJCC is an independent agency within the Government of the District of Columbia. The mission of CJCC is to foster systemic change in the justice system, serving as a forum to identify issues and their solutions, proposing actions and facilitating cooperation that will improve public safety and related criminal and juvenile justice services for residents within the District of Columbia. This position functions as Senior Statistician, responsible for the management and maintenance of the DC Statistical Analysis Center; and collaborate with the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Department of Justice on the District’s criminal and juvenile justice data. The work involves leading relevant and methodologically rigorous analyses and authoring original research to achieve CJCC's initiatives. The incumbent provides professional consultation in applying statistical theories, techniques, and methods to gather, analyze, interpret, and/or quantified information.

Duties include:

  • Performs analyses to provide a high-level summary of the content and nature of data. Conducts complex analyses of data and is responsible for project planning
  • Conducts research, provides recommendations for data collection processes and methodologies, performs complex analyses and prepares reports, presentations and other required documents
  • Conducts presentations concerning data analyses and their interpretation to internal and external customers
  • Responsible for resolving data quality and data reporting issues
  • Prepares complex analyses, reports and other required documents for review and publication. Provides technical assistance, direction and guidance to junior Statistician Specialists
  • Oversees analyses and reports as required
  • Liaises with internal and external points of contact concerning data requests, analyses, reports and general data related activities
  • Reviews and validates analyses, reports and methodologies of other staff
  • Develops methodologies and operates statistical data systems


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills—including the ability to prepare and present recommendations and solution regarding complex issues based on analysis and evaluation, including the preparation and presentation of reports, proposals, etc. Ability to interact well with and maintain strong networks with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proficiency with management and statistical modeling utilizing SPSS, SAS, Access, and Excel
  • Experience solving complex issues by utilizing innovative strategies and in-depth research and analysis to successfully author and publish research findings
  • Extensive knowledge of the laws, policies, and relationships governing the District of Columbia juvenile and criminal justice systems
  • Ability to utilize various statistical methodologies in relationship with the broad research, investigative, or philosophical problem involved, in order to advise on the optimum use of statistical theory and the possible expected contribution of statistics, as well as the limitations of statistical methods, in the solution of the basic problems involved

Education and Experience: Ph.D. in Statistics and 5 to 10 years of experience working with Statistical Models.

Salary Range: $90,292.00 - $116,320.00

Posted on 4/8/2015

Closing Date: 4/22/2015

The full posting is available here.

Research Director
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (Chicago, IL)

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) is seeking qualified applicants for its Research Director who possess the creativity, pragmatism, ambition, collegiality, leadership, and vision needed to make the agency's Research and Evaluation Unit into the preeminent state-run research unit for criminal justice for the 21st century. The Research Director will report to ICJIA's Executive Director and is charged with the following:

  • Supervising ICJIA's Research and Analysis Unit's 12 staff through leadership that inspires more effective work, mentorship that builds upon the unit's strengths, and oversight through regular meetings and performance evaluations.
  • Managing the Research and Analysis Unit's budget.
  • Designing and executing concrete research and evaluation plans that lead to both short-term victories and a long-term research strategy
  • Presenting research to all levels of state and federal policy-making officials, the media, and the public.
  • Serving as a liaison to other ICJIA units, as well as federal, state, and local committees, task forces, and commissions.
  • Collaborating with outside partners including governmental entities, non-profit agencies, private organizations, and universities to maximize the agency's limited resources and promote the agency and its mission.
  • Facilitating research-informed grant making that encourages and supports innovative and effective responses to crime that strengthens public safety and reduces the state's over reliance on incarceration.

An ideal Candidate will Possess the Following:

  • Ph.D. in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, public policy, or related social science and ten years' experience in the field.
  • Eight plus years of in depth knowledge of criminal and juvenile justice systems and related issues/policies; knowledge of Illinois' criminal justice system a plus.
  • Minimum of eight years of advanced statistics and statistical software (such as SPSS/PAWS), experimental research design, and cost benefit analysis.
  • Understanding of protocols to protect human subjects of research and Institutional Review Boards.
  • Minimum of six years of experience with grant writing and managing research grant awards.
  • Experience in recruiting and managing research staff.

The full posting is available here.

Posted on 3/18/2015

Closing Date: 3/25/2015

Senior Associate, Research, Public Safety Performance Project (Publications)
The Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC)

Position Summary:
Pew is seeking to hire a Senior Associate. The position will be based in Washington, DC. and report to the Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP) Research Director.

Pew is seeking to hire a Senior Associate for research whose focus will be on the juvenile justice systems, specifically sentencing and corrections. The ideal candidate will have an educational and employment background in public policy or a related field, knowledge of juvenile or criminal justice systems, experience working with state corrections data, and work experience undertaking and managing projects involving many partners, complex issues and extensive writing. The Senior Associate will be based in Washington, DC and report to a PSPP Research Manager. It is expected that this position is for a term period through March 31, 2016, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.

Responsibilities Include:
Reporting to the PSPP research manager and in consultation with colleagues across Pew, the position will:

  • Work with project staff to identify the most salient issues for the project's research agenda. Based on that agenda, produce rigorous and timely research in collaboration with internal staff and external partners.
  • Support the design and execution of national studies that analyze juvenile sentencing and corrections trends across the states.
  • Support the design and execution of policy and program evaluations in selected states.
  • Support the development of briefs, factsheets, infographics, and other documents that are highly relevant to policy deliberations and easily digested by policy makers, media and the public.
  • Follow quality control processes that ensure all of project research products meet the highest standards of rigor and accuracy.
  • Work closely with communications staff to implement effective dissemination techniques, including written products, online communications strategies, and convenings.
  • Maintain knowledge of juvenile justice policy research and practice, including participating in conferences, seminars and professional development activities.

Requirements Include:

  • A bachelor's degree is required and an advanced degree is strongly preferred.
  • At least five years' experience in criminal or juvenile justice research and policy analysis, with demonstrated knowledge of at least one of the following areas: sentencing/courts, community supervision or corrections.
  • An ideal candidate possesses strong quantitative skills and experience with statistical software packages such as SPSS, SAS and/or STATA.
  • Experience with state sentencing and corrections data (courts, probation, prison and parole) and experience working directly with state policy makers, corrections officials, researchers and other criminal justice stakeholders.
  • Ability to express ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and concisely in a compelling way, both in writing and oral presentation.
  • Demonstrated time and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects.
  • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, remain attentive to details and identify resources for projects.
  • Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach.

The full posting is available here (job ID - 2015-4032).

Posted on 1/31/2015

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