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

The Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), a national non-profit criminal justice research organization, is seeking a senior-level Research Associate to work on a variety of criminal and juvenile projects. The Research Associate will be responsible for planning and carrying out day-to-day activities of the projects, including providing training and technical assistance, producing publications, and developing and maintaining online resources. The position requires a master's degree (Ph.D. strongly preferred) in criminal justice or a related field and extensive experience conducting research and program evaluation studies. The successful candidate will have strong quantitative and qualitative skills, as well as excellent writing, presentation, and interpersonal skills. Experience in grant writing and a successful record of securing grant funding is preferred. This is a full-time, grant-funded position with full benefits located in Washington, DC. Salary will be commensurate with experience. To apply, email a resume and cover letter, including salary history to resumes@jrsa.org. No phone calls please.

Posted on 3/18/2015




Program Assistant
Justice Research and Statistics Association (Washington, DC)

The Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), a national non-profit criminal justice research organization, is seeking a part-time Program Assistant (20 - 30 hours per week) to assist with managing and editing various organization publications; maintaining and updating the member database and the organization's clearinghouse function; enhancing the social media and communications strategy; preparing materials for conferences and meetings; and carrying out other tasks related to the association membership. The position requires a bachelor's degree in communications or English. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software is required as are excellent editing, writing, oral communication, and time management skills. To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to resumes@jrsa.org. No phone calls please.

Posted on 3/17/2015




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




Manager, Research, Public Safety Performance Project (Quantitative Data Manager)
The Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC)

Position Summary:
Pew is seeking to hire a Manager for its state data work. 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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