Statistician (Social Science)
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), US Department of Justice (DOJ) (Washington, DC)
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking highly motivated statisticians to carry out statistical collections in the areas of criminal victimization, law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and corrections.
The incumbent will be part of one or more teams carrying out statistical collections in criminal victimization, law enforcement, prosecution, courts and corrections areas. Opportunities exist to work in other 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.
Consults and collaborates with criminal justice agency representatives including state and local governmental officials, consumers, and/or personnel within the Department to advise on the application of statistics and research to criminal justice policy issues. Performs 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.
Manages, leads, or performs scientific work in applying statistical theories, techniques, and methods for gathering, studying, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting on statistical information. Prepares 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.
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
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.
- 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 probationary period may be required.
The full posinng is available here.
Posted on 4/18/2016
Research Analysis Specialist Senior
Minnesota Department of Corrections (St. Paul, MN)
As a Research Analysis Specialist Senior, you will have opportunities to grow as a scholar by publishing studies in peer-reviewed journals and presenting research at professional and academic conferences. The knowledge and information generated from your advanced-level research will be used in policy and program evaluation and decision-making, which will ultimately contribute to a safer Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Corrections is highly regarded nationwide and has provided a model for other corrections systems to follow. Our mission is to contribute to a safer Minnesota by providing core correctional care, changing offender behavior, holding offenders accountable, and restoring justice for victims.
The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year. For an overview of the benefits provided to state employees, visit: http://www.mn.gov/mmb/segip/index.jsp
Conduct program evaluations and research projects that enhance agency policies and practices and generate new knowledge for the criminal justice and corrections fields. Evaluation projects may include areas such as sex offenders, prisoner reentry, cognitive-behavioral treatment, vocational programming, educational programming, use of solitary confinement, and community supervision.
Perform and interpret advanced inferential and descriptive statistical analyses of data as required by the Legislature and Department of Corrections Administration. Manage legislatively-mandated reports.
Respond to requests for information contained in data sets maintained by the Department of Corrections or the Research Unit.
Complete special projects related to data analysis, data quality, and research activities.
Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Sociology, or a similar field
- Master's Degree in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Sociology or a similar field plus 3 years of professional-level experience conducting intermediate to advanced level corrections/criminal justice research
- Knowledge of advanced multivariate statistical techniques (e.g. Cox proportional hazards, logistic regression, linear regression models, negative binomial regression, multilevel modeling) commonly used in corrections research
- Demonstrated ability to write research reports for a variety of audiences, as evidenced by the preparation of legislative reports, program evaluation reports, or publications in peer-reviewed academic journals
- Demonstrated ability to use SPSS, Stata, HLM, SQL, or Access in combining multiple data sets into one final database to conduct bivariate and multivariate statistical analyses
Human relations and strong written/oral communication skills sufficient to work with department managers and staff, research and corrections professionals in the community, and other state agency staff
- Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Sociology, or a similar field
- Experience conducting research projects related to criminal justice or corrections
- Work experience in the criminal justice system or corrections field
- Experience managing multiple research projects at once
- Demonstrated ability to design surveys and use appropriate statistical techniques to analyze and interpret survey data
- Experience using geographical information system (GIS) mapping software
- Certification and/or experience in conducting Correctional Program Checklist (CPC) assessments
How to Apply:
To view the complete job announcement and to apply, please visit: http://www.mn.gov/careers/ and refer to
Job ID 4003. The application deadline is April 27, 2016. Contact Yer Vang at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding this position.
April 27, 2016
Posted on 3/31/2016
Program manager I (Data Analyst), Grade 23
Montgomery County (Boyds, MD)
The Office of the Director provides consolidated administrative and management support to all of the Department Divisions and programs, and serves as the primary liaison to core offices of the County. The main office is located within the administrative area of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Boyds, Maryland.
The Department is seeking an individual that is self-motivated, outcome-focused, and technologically savvy. The employee will analyze data from various criminal justice information systems that pertain to program measures and issues affecting the Department to provide detailed and complex analysis and interpretation. This will involve taking business questions and translating data insights into actionable recommendations. This is an ideal opportunity for those seeking to implement a research and evaluation agenda to establish an innovative and ongoing data driven assessment of best practices in a community corrections setting.
The employee will work to continuously improve departmental operations and services through the use of data analytics and provide options to support strategic and operational decision making. The employee will work on developing efficient methods for extracting data from source systems, automating processes, developing end-user reports, and expending the use of technologies in data collection and reporting. The employee will monitor, access and discuss operations, as well as, effectively and efficiently perform to meet departmental goals and objectives. The employee must be able to apply research design, statistical analysis and program evaluation methods, and data validation; assist in improvements to reporting templates, creation of new reports and dashboards. The employee must be able to format data summaries into digital tables, charts, maps, and other graphics for presentation and discussion at meetings with the Department Director, department senior management and other stakeholders within the County.
The employee will also assist with special projects. This position requires the ability to attend meetings and/or perform work duties outside of the office (i.e. Montgomery County Detention Center, Pre-Release Center, Pre-Trial Services, CountyStat, training, conferences etc.).
Prior to appointment, all applicants must successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation, medical examination and drug/alcohol screen.
- Considerable (3 years) of professional experience in program evaluation, data management and analysis, preferably in Criminal Justice and/or conducting justice research
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree
- An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted
Resume must include information specific to the preferred criteria listed below. Make sure that your resume references your knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the preferred criteria. Ideally, the preferred criteria should be addressed in a separate section in your resume. The system only allows for one document to be submitted so your preferredcriteria must be part of the resume.
- Experience in independent data gathering, interpretation, and analysis methods and approaches to large volumes of data
- Experience using technology to gather, manipulate, produce, interpret, critically analyze and accurately and/or objectively present data in a succinct form (e.g. graphs, charts, or tables) to a diverse set of targeted audiences and in making presentations
- Experience and proficiency with a broad set of technologies such as Oracle ERP system, Business Intelligence (BI) reports and MS Access, Excel, and PowerPoint at a proficient level
- Experience communicating ideas and positions, both orally and in writing, and persuading individuals and groups to support recommendations made from findings and/or projections
- Experience utilizing criminal justice data sources and experience using research/evaluation methods
If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.
How to Apply:
Please visit the Montgomery County website.
Posted on 2/29/2016
Director of Criminal Justice Services
Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, NC)
The Director of Criminal Justice Services (CJS) reports directly to the Senior Assistant to the County Manager, who in turn reports to the Deputy County Manager/Chief of Staff. Direct reports include the Managers of the following Programs: Criminal Justice Planning, Drug Treatment Court; Forensic Evaluations; Pretrial Services; and Reentry Services. The Director of CJS will lead a department with 56 employees and an annual budget of approximately $10 million.
The Department of Criminal Justice Services was formed in 2010 by the Mecklenburg County Manager's Office in response to findings from a Justice & Public Safety Task Force. The department's mission is: We lead data-driven decision making, effective programming, and interagency collaboration to reduce criminal justice involvement and strengthen the well-being of our community. Therefore, CJS is responsible for promoting improvements in the criminal justice system through interagency cooperation, coordination, and planning.
CJS has a record of excellence and innovation. Programs within CJS are becoming nationally recognized centers of excellence in their fields. In just the past year, Pretrial Services was a pilot site for the Arnold Foundation Public Safety Assessment tool. Drug Treatment Court celebrated its 20th anniversary and received the Cultural Proficiency Award from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Criminal Justice Planning is leading the County's participation in the MacArthur Foundation's Safety + Justice Challenge and has recently launched the Criminal Justice Data Warehouse, which will serve as a platform for criminal justice system analysis. The Forensic Evaluation Unit began a post-doctoral internship program that drew nationwide interest. Through grant funding, Reentry Services is integrating an array of services for individuals transitioning back into the community from prisons. In addition, Mecklenburg County has strong strategic partnerships with law enforcement and state justice agencies as evidenced by the Mecklenburg County Criminal Justice Advisory Group, the local criminal justice coordinating council.
CJS provides the following County services to enhance the effectiveness of the criminal justice system:
- Criminal Justice Advisory Group convenes criminal justice leaders for coordination and collaboration.
- Criminal Justice Planning produces performance data and research analysis on the criminal justice system.
- Forensic Evaluations conducts psychological evaluations of court-involved individuals.
- Fine Collection collects outstanding fines and fees from convicted offenders.
- Pretrial Services provides objective risk assessments to judicial officers making bail decisions, and supervises defendants awaiting trial to mitigate risk of failure to appear or new criminal activity.
- Reentry Services provides case management services for formerly incarcerated individuals.
- Juvenile Crime Prevention Council uses state funding to assist at-risk and court-involved youth.
- Drug Treatment Court oversees evidence-based treatment to chemically-dependent offenders.
Within its budget, CJS also oversees two contracts totaling $3.8 million that fund 66 state positions in the 26th Judicial District. CJS also manages a portion of the state mandated funding for court facilities.
Mecklenburg County is seeking a forward thinking, experienced criminal justice professional to take CJS to the next level. This leader and manager will also represent the County's interests, oversee the County services, and continue to build collaborative partnerships. Specific responsibilities include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
- Plan, direct, manage, and evaluate department services and collaborative initiatives.
- Advise executive management on policy, strategy, and funding considerations related to criminal justice.
- Support and participate in the Mecklenburg County Criminal Justice Advisory Group.
- Support and participate in the Mecklenburg County Criminal Justice Advisory Group.
- Support and serve as the County Manager's designee on the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.
- Represent the department during the County's budget, evaluation, and strategic planning processes.
- Attend all meetings of the Board of County Commissioners and County Manager's Cabinet.
- Proven leadership abilities and interest in developing a unified department of core services.
- Ability to cultivate productive relationships with criminal justice partners based on trust and mutual goals.
- Thorough knowledge of the criminal justice system, partners, processes, and evidence-based practices.
- Experience and demonstrated success organizing inter-agency or system-wide partnerships and initiatives.
- Dedication to improving the criminal justice system to both improve lives and effectively manage resources.
- Skill in evaluating potential criminal justice innovations and their appropriateness for the County.
- Analytical ability to review data, apply research, and explain benefits to advance data-driven decision making.
- Understanding of the connections between criminal justice, behavioral health, and human services.
- Skill and experience in service delivery, budgeting, finance, human resources, and performance management.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills; with the ability to build trust with and inspire CJS employees.
- Commitment and ability to represent the County among criminal justice partners and the community.
- Understanding of the value of services that CJS provides and the diverse populations that CJS serves.
- Bachelor's degree in criminal justice or a related field; minimum of six years of progressively responsible management experience and proven success in criminal justice; graduate degree preferred.
How to Apply:
For additional information or to submit a resume, contact:
Coleman Lew + Associates, Inc.
326 West 10th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Ken Carrick, President
Janny DeLoache, Consultant
(704) 377-0362 or (800) 533-9523 or fax (704) 377-0424
Posted on 2/23/2016
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