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Research Analyst/Associate
Justice Research and Statistics Association (Washington, DC)

Overview:
The Justice Research and Statistics Association (www.jrsa.org) has an immediate opening for a Research Analyst or Research Associate in our Washington, DC office. This individual will be responsible for conducting one or more research, evaluation, or training & technical assistance projects of the Association, including: implementing research designs; collecting and analyzing data; developing data displays; writing research reports and other technical materials; presenting project findings; providing training & technical assistance as needed; and representing the Association at meetings. This is an ideal opportunity for those seeking to gain experience in the public policy arena and to bridge the researcher-practitioner divide by working directly with state and local funders, direct service providers, and other community stakeholders.

Requirements:
Education and Experience: Ph.D. in criminal justice or related field or a masters degree in criminal justice or related field with at least 3 years of post-education experience conducting justice research and evaluation studies. Knowledge of criminal justice data sources and research/evaluation methods is required. The successful applicant must be able to apply research design, statistical analysis and program evaluation methods. Excellent oral and written communication skills required.

Salary:
This is a full-time, grant-funded position with benefits. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply:
Send cover letter, resume/vita, names and contact information for three references, and salary history to submissions@jrsa.org. No phone calls please.

Closing Date:
Open until filled

Posted on 9/15/2016

Public Service Administrator Opt. I - Adult Redeploy Illinois
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (Chicago, IL)

Overview:
The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority ("the Authority"), based in downtown Chicago, is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Public Service Administrator. Under administrative direction, formulates and implements policies and procedures for Adult Redeploy Illinois with specific emphasis on research, performance measurement and evaluation; formulates and implements plan to gather, analyze and present complex statistical program and contextual data for mandated reporting to the General Assembly and Governor's Office, for planning, management and evaluation purposes of program administration and the Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board, and for technical assistance to local jurisdictions for the planning and submission of grant applications and mandated reporting; manages and evaluates policies and procedures for maximum effectiveness and compliance, including development and implementation standards of best practices in relation to monitoring grantees; supervises staff; makes recommendations with respect to and supervises the development and implementation of state and/or federally-mandated plans related to Adult Redeploy Illinois Grant Programs; assists with scheduling, communications, and correspondence for the oversight board, advisory committee, and/or multi-agency cooperating group meetings.

  1. Formulates and implements policies and procedures for Research/Performance Measurement Program related to community-based supervision and services to offenders in lieu of incarceration, in partnership with participating county or other governmental units throughout the State. Directs preparation of the Unit's Research/Performance Measurement budget; directs use of criminal justice data and performance measurement in developing programmatic goals and objectives, handling information requests, and the design and conduct of empirical criminal justice research and evaluation. Establishes long-term research plan and analytical protocols to assess program effectiveness. Uses statistical and other analytical software to present research findings and support continuous quality improvements in the field. Participates in discussions of division/unit policy with Associate Director and the development of plans for implementation of same.

  2. Serves as liaison with policy making officials within State, federal and/or local government, private agencies, organizations and academic institutions relating to data collection and analysis; maintains dialogue with representatives of professional groups and organizations to provide specialized consultation on Research/Performance Measurement matters. Maintains oversight of Research/Performance Measurement program expenditures and ensures timely submission and recording of financial and data reports; travels for site visits and attends state meetings as necessary.

  3. Provides technical assistance and training relating to Research/Performance Measurement; plans, writes, edits, and presents technical reports stemming from research and data analysis; and participates in program evaluations.

  4. Supervises staff, assigns work, approves time off, provides guidance and training; completes and signs performance evaluations; establishes annual goals and objectives; issues discipline; effectively recommends grievance resolutions; counsels staff on problems with productivity, quality of work and conduct; determines staffing needs to achieve program objectives.

  5. Provides information and assistance to members of oversight board relating to the Research/Performance Measurement; ensures meetings, correspondence, and communications are distributed; ensures appropriate follow-up.

  6. Undertakes special projects at the request of and reporting to the Associate Director and/or the Executive Director.

  7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to the completion of four years of college, prefers a Masters degree, with coursework in Criminal Justice, public administration, public health, public policy and/or social service administration.
  • Three years of progressively responsible administrative experience in policy development, program direction, evaluation, management, research and/or grant administration.

  • Extensive knowledge of criminal justice policy and administration, related Federal and State laws and regulations, planning and delivery of crime victims or criminal justice services, and criminal justice systems and processes.

  • Ability to communicate and implement public policy, write reports, and apply various data analysis measures.

  • Ability to analyze data logically and manipulate data into spreadsheets.

  • Ability to utilize Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and statistical software STATA, SPSS, mapping software GIS.

  • Analytical Skills and excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to travel and possession of a valid driver's license.

How to Apply:
Interest should be expressed by email with cover letter, resume and CMS-100 employment application https://www.illinois.gov/sites/work/Documents/pdfs/app_cms100.pdf to Maria Espindola, Human Resource Coordinator, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, maria.espindola@illinois.gov.

Closing Date:
Thursday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m. Central Time

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to embodying the principle of diversity in all aspects of its operations. In that spirit, we encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, er, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, and veteran status.

Posted on 9/29/2016




Supervisory Statistician (GS-1530-14/15) (3 positions)
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) (Washington, DC)

Overview:
The Bureau of Justice Statistics is seeking a supervisory statistician to carry out data collections in law enforcement, prosecution and courts, and institutional research and special projects. As a BJS supervisory statistician, you will: (1) initiate, formulate, plan, and execute one or more of BJSs statistical series or statistical programs;(2) analyze data and report statistical information from one or more of BJSs statistical series or statistical programs; (3) supervise a group of Statisticians working at up to the GS-14 level providing the administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the statistical unit; and (4) represent BJS before a wide variety of stakeholders at the national, state, and local levels that include users of BJSs statistical information and providers of data to BJSs statistical programs. BJS is looking for candidates with considerable knowledge and experience across all operational aspects of criminal justice data collections and statistical analysis at federal, state, Tribal and local governmental levels. In particular, we seek candidates who can effectively maintain existing core and establish new programs in the: (1) law enforcement, (2) prosecution and courts, and (3) institutional research and special projects units.

Key Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination
  • Submit all required documents and Online Assessment Questionnaire
  • Federal payments are required to be made by Direct Deposit
  • Requires registration for the Selective Service. Visit www.sss.gov
  • Pre-employment drug testing required
  • 1-year supervisory probationary period may be required

Minimum Requirements:
A. Applicants must show successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree that included 15 semester/22 quarter hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester/9 quarter hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester (13 quarter) hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements is given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content includes statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data, such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience - courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

GS 15 Additional Experience Requirements:
In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-14. Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples include overseeing the sample design, methods of collection, data quality control, estimation procedures, and analytic plans for a major data collection project.

Salary:
$108,887.00 to $160,300.00

How to Apply:
Please visit the USA Jobs site to apply.

Closing Date:
10/17/2016

Posted on 9/19/2016




Statistician (Social Science) (4 positions)
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) (Washington, DC)

Overview:
BJS Statisticians normally are part of one or more teams carrying out statistical collections in criminal victimization, law enforcement, prosecution, courts and corrections areas. Opportunities exist to work across substantive areas as well. These national criminal justice statistical programs are used to guide management, planning, and policy formulation related to Federal, state, and local justice operations. At the Federal level, the statistics are used by the Department of Justice, Congress, and the U.S. Courts to establish and evaluate justice policies. BJS is seeking two Statistician position to work primarily on statistical collections in the areas of institutional and community corrections including those associated with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

A third position will primarily work on collections in the area of prosecution and adjudication. The fourth Statistician position is sought to perform assignments for OJP's Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The position will develop problem-solving approaches to understand the presence of discrimination in a variety of arenas using statistical methods and analytical techniques.

Duties:
BJS Statisticians are expected to: consult and collaborate with criminal justice agency representatives including state and local governmental officials, consumers, and/or personnel within the Department to provide advice on the application of statistics and research to criminal justice policy issues.

In addition, they perform various statistical collection activities, such as preparing, processing, and coordinating periodic and core collection requirements; ensures the effective collection of statistical data and the use of appropriate collection systems to satisfy immediate, mid-range, and long-term statistical data collection requirements; design, test, and evaluate questionnaires, including development and testing of questions; layout, design, and format of questionnaires for paper, web, and mobile design, analyze, and evaluate methodological studies to improve the quality of response, increase response rates, reduce non-response bias, and ensure consistency across and within BJS surveys; prepare a variety of mathematical models, sample surveys, statistical measurements, sample designs, management control data, quantitative materials, memoranda, letters, opinions, transmittals, reports, position papers, and other written documentation that support research findings and recommendations in the regulatory area, for audiences including the criminal justice community, Congress, Department officials, and others.

The Statistician receiving assignments from OCR will work as part of a team to investigate, analyze, and resolve allegations of discrimination and to conduct civil rights compliance reviews, including but not limited to matters handled by OCR involving disparate impact and pattern-or-practice employment and services discrimination issues.

Among other duties, this Statistician working assignments from OCR will: determine the nature and scope of statistical analyses required, including appropriate time, geographic, and population parameters; perform complex statistical analyses to determine whether representation of groups affected by a justice system, school district, or social service policy or practice significantly differs from expected representation based on census, education, or other comparative data; consult with OCR attorneys and other staff regarding statistical analyses and issues arising in investigations and other matters, assist attorneys in preparing data requests, written findings and reports; and produce written and oral reports of results of statistical analyses in formats and language understandable to individuals having varying degrees of understanding (managers, attorneys, and program analysts).

Key Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination
  • Submit all required documents and Online Assessment Questionnaire
  • Federal payments are required to be made by Direct Deposit
  • Requires registration for the Selective Service. Visit www.sss.gov
  • Pre-employment drug testing required
  • 1-year supervisory probationary period may be required

Minimum Requirements:
A. Applicants must show successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included 15 semester/22 quarter hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester/9 quarter hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester (13 quarter) hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements is given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content includes statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data, such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing

OR

B. Combination of education and experience----courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

GS 13 Additional Experience Requirements:
In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-12. Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples include: Developed statistical models using the computer and applied models to a wide variety of situations to solve novel problems or collected complex data using advanced sampling techniques and conducted statistical analysis that encompassed related studies or segments of a mass data collection project.

GS 14 Additional Experience Requirements:
In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-13. Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples include: developed computer programs to resolve a range of statistical problems of national significance or served as agency expert and top level consultant and represented the agency regarding broad statistical research and/or specialized statistical methods.

Salary:
$92,145.00 to $141,555.00

How to Apply:
Please visit the USA Jobs site to apply.

Closing Date:
9/29/2016

Posted on 9/21/2016




Research Specialist 1
Office of Research and Strategic Planning (ORSP) (Various locations, WV)

The Office of Research and Strategic Planning (ORSP) in the WV Division of Justice and Community Services (DJCS) is recruiting candidates for 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

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 including statewide justice reinvestment efforts. 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: adult and juvenile justice reinvestment efforts, institutional and community-based corrections and population forecasting, 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, law enforcement/community policing, and sexual assault forensic examination policies and procedures.

Preference:

Applicants with a Masters 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college or university in mathematics, statistics, sociology, psychology, political science, evaluation research, behavioral science, criminology, or related social science. (Masters degree applicants are preferred for level 1 positions.)

Disireable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of research methodology, survey instrumentation, and sampling.
  • Knowledge of statistical methods, including forecasting and simulation techniques.
  • Knowledge of database management and statistical software programs.
  • Knowledge of the sources of data and methods of obtaining data.
  • Ability to present data and research findings in written reports and oral presentations.
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews to support research.
  • Ability to express ideas effectively orally and in writing.

If you would like more information about this job opportunity, contact Erica Turley at (304) 558-8814, Ext. 53319. You can learn more about the Office of Research and Strategic Planning, Statistical Analysis at http://www.djcs.wv.gov/orsp/sac and the Division of Justice and Community Services at http://www.djcs.wv.gov

The full posting is available here.

Closing Date:
Open until filled

Posted on 8/29/2016




Public Health/Criminal Justice Statistician & Research Analyst
Department of Corrections Research and Policy Unit (Madison, WI)

Under the general supervision of the Director, Research and Policy Unit, Office of the Secretary, this advanced level position performs complex research for the Department of Corrections (DOC). The Research and Policy Unit works with cross-divisional Program and Policy Chiefs and Program and Policy Analysts at the agency to provide statistical information on offender populations, program performance indicators, and policy impact analysis. This type of information may be requested or used by internal management staff, as it is fundamental to planning, evaluating and implementing operations that are effective and efficient.

The position is a technical expert responsible for independently designing, conducting and coordinating research and evaluation of department-wide policies, correctional programs, and initiatives. To carry out the responsibilities of the position, the incumbent applies advanced statistical analysis to large, complex datasets; uses statistical software packages for data manipulation; applies advanced research and evaluation theory, design and methodology; interprets results and prepares written and oral reports. The position performs statistical research that supports department-wide policy analysis, planning, and program evaluation in the context of promoting ongoing data-driven decision making at an organizational level. The position spends time researching or otherwise maintaining an awareness of best and emerging practices in the corrections and the criminal justice field in order to inform decision makers and facilitate adopting new or improving current policies, and practices throughout the department.

Typical analysis includes, but is not limited to: determining drivers of the prison population; assessing trends and patterns in admissions and releases to prison and community corrections supervision; analyzing rates of technical violations of supervision; assessing sentencing patterns as they relate to length of stay; and reporting recidivism rates.

The position provides high level consultation to executive management and policy makers, as well as serves as a department liaison with state or national academic or policy research institutes. While functioning independently as part of the DOC Research and Policy Unit, the position also works collaboratively with division-level program and policy analysts, budget staff, and information technology staff to complete shared or non-routine tasks. This position shall comply with the Departments administrative rules and the agencys policies and procedures including those related to the Departments overall Reentry philosophy of using evidence-based strategies, practices and programs which target an offenders individual criminogenic needs and risk level.

Minimum Qualifications:

Masters Degree or PhD, or equivalent experience in a related field with at least 3 years of experience in the implementation and/or evaluation of research projects, which includes experience with advanced data analysis, and preparation and dissemination of research reports. Experience in public health or in criminal justice or corrections strongly preferred.

Disireable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of conducting research and using advanced statistical analysis, and advanced knowledge of research theory, evaluation design and methodology, and using quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Knowledge of methods to conduct interviews to gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze facts, draw conclusions, devise solutions to assigned problems and make recommendations.
  • Knowledge in the use of information systems; data extraction, preparation and analysis; and report generation.
  • Knowledge of Business Objects or other tool sets used to access data warehouses.
  • Knowledge of Department of Corrections policies, rules, directives and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system.
  • Skill in developing deliverables for executives, program managers and policy makers, including demonstrated experience in publishing written research or evaluation reports.
  • Skill in effective project management including the coordination and implementation of complex research and evaluation projects.
  • Skill in using statistical and database applications, such as SPSS or SAS.
  • Skill in effective written and oral communication to a wide range of diverse audiences including executives and managers, policy makers, researchers and practitioners, and the general public.
  • Ability to work independently and make complex decisions within the scope of their responsibility.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working and professional relationships.

Other

Upon hire, all new employees are subject to fingerprinting at the DOC.

The full posinng is available here.

Posted on 8/29/2016








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