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Quantitative Researcher (WMS Band 3)
Washington Department of Corrections (Tumwater, WA)

The Department of Corrections (DOC) is seeking an exemplary and qualified individual for the agency. This is a full-time, permanent Washington Management Service (WMS) position located at DOC Headquarters in Tumwater, Washington.

The City of Tumwater is located a few miles outside of Olympia, WA, the capitol of Washington State. Olympia, WA serves as the central location for state government operations and offers a rich variety of recreational, cultural, and educational activities along with the magnificent views of mountains, evergreen forests, saltwater beaches, and much more. Tumwater, WA is located approximately 60 miles south of Seattle, WA and 100 miles north of Portland, OR.

If you are interested in applying and would like to be considered, please apply directly at careers.wa.gov and attach the following documents:

  • Current Resume, (chronological, with relevant experience listed)
  • Minimum of three (3) professional references, (including name, phone number, and email address)
  • Letter of Interest, (no more than two (2) pages), indicating how you meet the qualifications and why you believe you are the ideal candidate for this position

We are looking for evidence in your application materials that you have the experience, skills, and abilities indicated in this job posting. Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the requirements of this position may be invited to interview. Carefully review your application before submitting. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the application materials submitted.

Agency Profile:

Whether the work is inside a prison, in community corrections, or in an administrative office, the Washington State DOC professional staff experience a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing they are creating environments in which all offenders can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.

The DOC, as a partner in the criminal justice system, enhances public safety, administers criminal sanctions and programs in accordance with the law, and provides leadership for the future of corrections in Washington State. The DOC consists of the Office of the Secretary, the Office of the Deputy Secretary, Prisons Division, Offender Change Division, Community Corrections Division, Administrative Operations Division, Health Services Division, Correctional Industries Division, Reentry Division and the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board. The DOC employs over 8,300 staff and has a biennial budget of approximately $1.9 billion.

Duties:

This position is responsible for conceptualizing, designing, and implementing rigorous research and evaluation studies (to include both quantitative and qualitative methods) to assess the impact of policies and practices. Additionally, this position is accountable for providing reliable and professionally sound guidance, consultation, and advice at an advanced-level of expertise in quantitative methods and statistics. The incumbent to this position would also assess current information systems relative to the research and business/operational needs of the Department and recommend modifications to data systems or the collection of new data to better meet agency needs.

Qualifications:

Required

  • A Ph.D. in Quantitative Methods, Criminal Justice, or other Social/Behavioral Science from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or foreign equivalent.
  • A minimum of two (2) years' experience conducting policy-relevant data analysis, preferably in public sector setting.
  • Expertise in SAS, SPSS, or other advanced statistical analysis software.
  • Advanced training in multi-variate quantitative statistical methods.
  • Authorship of at least three (3) published reports or peer-reviewed articles detailing policy-relevant research findings based on sophisticated designs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to define measurable problems/research questions, analyze information, formulate logical and objective conclusions, and translate findings to policy recommendations and presentations for a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to present complex ideas and information with detail appropriate to target audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and mentor staff members in research methods and analyses, fostering an environment of supportive learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with external stakeholders and internal staff at all levels across the Department, including leadership.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work effectively and efficiently in a dynamic environment.

Desired

  • Prior experience with corrections and correctional research.

Important Notes:

  • All DOC employees are fingerprinted for a criminal history background check.
  • Employees work with offenders in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.
  • We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, including marijuana, will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
  • Tuberculosis is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire. When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.

For additional information about the agency, please visit www.doc.wa.gov.

For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email eric.sund@doc.wa.gov or call us at (360) 407-5744. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

The full posinng is available here.

Closing Date:
Open until filled with an initial review date of June 24, 2016. It is in the applicant's best interest to submit all materials prior to the initial review date to ensure consideration

Posted on 6/21/2016



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

Project Overview:
The Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP) was launched in 2006 as an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project helps states advance fiscally sound, data-driven policies and practices in sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable and control costs. In 2012, PSPP expanded its portfolio to include work in the juvenile corrections system. For more information about this project, visit www.pewpublicsafety.org.

Position Overview:
Pew is seeking to hire a Senior Associate whose focus will be on creating, tracking, communicating, and learning from measures of performance in state criminal and juvenile justice systems. The ideal candidate will have an educational and employment background in public policy or journalism, knowledge of the criminal justice system, experience working with state sentencing and corrections data, and work experience undertaking projects involving many partners, complex issues, extensive writing and data visualization.

The Senior Associate will be based in Washington, DC and report to a PSPP policy manager. It is expected that this position is for a term period through March 31, 2018, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.

Responsibilities:
In consultation with colleagues across PSPP and Pew, the candidate for this position will:

  • Refine and collect key performance measures for states engaged in adult and juvenile sentencing and corrections policy reforms, including measures related to correctional populations, costs, and recidivism.
  • In selected states, work with policy makers, corrections officials, oversight committees, project partners and others to tailor measures to individual state circumstances, and help develop state capacity to routinely collect, report, and review the measures as part of a state's effort to sustain policy reforms.
  • Work closely with policy, research, and communications staff to develop appropriate summaries of the findings as well as policy reform narratives based on state performance measures and research for varying audiences, including state policymakers and corrections system practitioners.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of effective information dissemination techniques, including written products, earned media, online communications strategies, and convenings.
  •  Propose and execute efforts to aggregate impacts of reform across states, illustrating the impacts of efforts occurring at different times and places.
  • Support the production of research, and the design and execution of national studies that analyze criminal and juvenile justice trends across the states.
  • Support the development of briefs, factsheets, infographics, and other documents that are 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.
  • Maintain knowledge of criminal justice policy research and practice, including participating in conferences, seminars and professional development activities.

Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree is required and advanced degree preferred.
  • At least 'four years' experience in criminal justice reporting, research or quantitatively-oriented policy analysis.
  • Experience with statistical software packages such as SPSS, SAS and/or STATA also preferred.
  • 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 or justice stakeholders is strongly preferred.
  • Experience presenting complex data analysis or research to groups of policymakers, researchers, and other professionals, and supporting their efforts to reach consensus and move toward a desired outcome.
  • 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.
  • Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach.

The full posinng is available here.

Posted on 6/27/2016



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

Project Overview:
The Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP) was launched in 2006 as an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project helps states advance fiscally sound, data-driven policies and practices in sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable and control costs. In 2012, PSPP expanded its portfolio to include work in the juvenile corrections system. For more information about this project, visit www.pewpublicsafety.org.

Position Overview:
The Senior Associate, based in Pew's Washington DC office, will support the project's criminal and juvenile justice research agenda with a focus on community corrections, pre-trial/bail issues, and electronic monitoring technologies. The ideal candidate will have an educational and employment background in public policy or a related field, knowledge of the justice system, experience working with federal data collections, state administrative data, and work experience undertaking projects involving many partners, complex issues and extensive writing.

The Senior Associate will report to PSPP's research manager. It is expected that this position is for a term period through March 31, 2018, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.

Responsibilities:

  • 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 project staff and external partners.
  • Support the design and execution of evaluations of the use and efficacy of selected policies, programs and practices, including community corrections, pretrial release and supervision systems, and electronic monitoring technologies.
  • Support the design and execution of policy and program evaluations in selected states.
  • Support the design and execution of national studies that analyze criminal and juvenile justice trends across the 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 research products meet the highest standards of rigor and accuracy.
  • Work closely with communications staff to implement effective dissemination techniques, including written products, data visualizations, online communications strategies, and convenings.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of criminal justice policy research and practice, including participating in conferences, seminars and professional development activities.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred. The ideal candidate will possess strong quantitative skills and experience with statistical software packages such as SPSS, SAS, and/or STATA.
  • At least four years of relevant experience in criminal or juvenile justice research and policy analysis, with a demonstrated knowledge of at least one of the following areas: sentencing/courts, community supervision, or corrections.
  • Experience with state sentencing and corrections data (e.g., courts, probation, prison and parole) and experience working directly with state policy makers, corrections officials, researchers and other criminal justice stakeholders is strongly preferred.
  • Experience convening groups of policy makers, researchers, and other professionals, and supporting their efforts to reach consensus and move toward a desired outcome.
  • Ability to express ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and concisely in a compelling way, in writing, data visualizations 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.
  • Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach.

The full posinng is available here.

Posted on 6/27/2016





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