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Director of Training and Research (SAC Director)
Office of Justice Programs, Minnesota Department of Public Safety (St Paul, MN)

Position Summary:
This position exists to direct the work of the Research, Training and Communication Unit in the Office of Justice Programs. This position directs the federally supported Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) whose mission is to collect and analyze data relating to crime and the juvenile and criminal justice systems; provide accurate information and analysis on emerging and critical issues and support informed policy decisions. This position will identify legislative issues; and develop and direct the development of policy briefs for the agency, the legislature and others. This position will design and direct criminal and juvenile justice and crime victim research projects; direct the collection, compilation, analysis and presentation of complex statistical data used in planning, operating and evaluating these efforts. This position will also direct the work of the OJP training staff as they develop and implement internal and external best practices training and technical assistance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Master's degree in social science or closely related field to allow for supervision of graduate student practicum.
  2. Five years of professional work experience with a criminal, juvenile justice or crime victim agency that includes the following:
    • Performing research, data collection and analysis of complex data sets
    • Managing numerous projects including multiple research and evaluation projects
  3. Two years of supervisory experience sufficient to manage employees in a crime victim agency.
  4. Knowledge of research methodologies, planning methods, legislation, and regulations that affect the organization and constituents.
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills that include the ability to write reports, communicate complex issues and policy recommendations and present professional presentations to a diverse audience.
  6. Human relations skills sufficient to build and maintain positive relationships among professional colleagues, criminal justice professionals and community stakeholders.

Per the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Pre-Employment Background Check Policy No. 4060 all bidders must submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check will consist of the following components:

  1. criminal history
  2. reference check
  3. driver's license

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Three years of progressive management experience, with ability to work with diverse groups of people, utilize leadership skills sufficient to mobilize action to achieve programs goals and the ability to adapt to organizational and departmental change.
  2. Knowledge of statistical theory, methods and techniques sufficient to provide guidance to staff and interns engaged in these activities.
  3. Knowledge of Minnesota laws governing crime victims and related state programs.
  4. Familiarity with data systems including: Minnesota Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS)/NIBRS, Minnesota Comi Information System (MNCIS), Statewide Supervision System (S3), the Comi Services Tracking System (CSTS) and the Minnesota Department of Education data system.
  5. Fiscal n:ianagement skills sufficient to develop and administer unit budgets.

Selection Process:
The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. Resumes of all applicants to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

If you have already submitted a resume to this database within the last 12 months that clearly identifies your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience, you do not need to submit another.

How to Apply:
Submit your resume on-line through Resume Builder at http://www.careers.state.mn.us/. (job posting: 15PSAF000373) You may copy and paste your existing resume or allow the software to build a resume for you. After completing your on-line resume, apply directly to this job announcement by checking the "Apply for This Job" box found at the bottom of the announcement.

The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action and veteran-friendly employer, and is committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages individuals with disabilities, minorities, females, and veterans to apply.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637 or email careers.mmb@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance is needed.

$ 28.27- $ 40.72 hourly, $59,028 - $85,023 annually

For more information, contact Laura Sorenson, 651/201-7371 laura.sorenson@state.rnn,us

Application Period:10/12/2015 to 10/21/2015

Posted on 10/8/2015

Program Research Specialist 2 (CJ)
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Office of Justice Research and Performance (Albany, NY)

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has a range of responsibilities, including: administration of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program; collection and analysis of criminal justice data; research on critical criminal justice issues; oversight of the statewide criminal history repository; and administration of federal and state criminal justice funds that serve criminal justice populations. DCJS also advises the Governor on programs to improve the effectiveness of New York's justice system.

DCJS is filling a vacancy in the Office of Justice Research and Performance (OJRP). This office plays a major role in public safety policy and program areas, analyzing data, conducting research and evaluating program effectiveness. OJRP promotes collaboration in an active learning environment, and has developed partnerships with other state and local government agencies and university researchers.

Position Summary:
The Program Research Specialist 2 (CJ) will provide support for a range of criminal justice research functions, including the preparation of case-level research data files and summary tables. The PRS2 will assist with the review, monitoring and follow-up of research requests. The incumbent will review and summarize research studies and conduct data analysis. The PRS2 will help maintain a research database and prepare reports, tables and summaries for manager use.

The candidate must have excellent organizational, technical and communication skills and be able to work in a team setting. The preferred candidate will have experience manipulating and analyzing data and will be able to summarize findings in tabular, graphic, and narrative form.

The preferred candidate will have experience with data analysis and report preparation. Experience working with Excel and using SPSS to conduct research is strongly preferred.

Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must have a bachelor's degree and at least three years of research experience in the field of criminal justice. A bachelor's degree in criminal justice may be substituted for one year or a master''s degree in criminal justice may be substituted for two years of this experience. Candidates must also have nine (9) semester credit hours in statistics, economics, econometrics, or research methods and three years of subsequent professional research experience in the collection and evaluation of quantitative data directed toward review and analysis of program operations.

This position requires the candidate to be fingerprinted. If selected, candidate will pay a $75 fingerprinting fee which will be deducted from their first pay check.This position requires the candidate to be fingerprinted. If selected, candidate will pay a $75 fingerprinting fee which will be deducted from their first pay check.

$52,293 plus Comprehensive Benefit Package

Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and resume to Theresa Geleta, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, Human Resources, 80 South Swan Street, Albany, New York 12210, or via e-mail to Theresa.Geleta@dcjs.ny.gov.

Closing Date:

Posted on 9/24/2015

Senior Associate, Research & Evaluation
The Annie E, Casey Foundation (Baltimore, MD)

Position Summary:
The Foundation's Research, Evaluation and Learning unit (REAL) develops and manages a wide range of activities related to research, evaluation, performance management, development and use of data systems, knowledge management and organizational learning. Reporting to the Director of Research and Evaluation, the Senior Associate will play a lead role in the Foundation's research and evaluation activities related to human services system reform, including Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, and other public service systems. The SRA will also collaborate with other REAL Team members leading other areas of REAL's work, drawing on his/her methodological expertise to support and advance our work around performance management, data development, and organizational learning.


  • Working with program staff on evaluation prerequisites including logic model, theory of change, and evaluation plan development.
  • Planning, initiating and managing evaluability assessments of Foundation investments in programs, system reform, influence and capacity building initiatives.
  • Initiating and managing third-party comprehensive evaluations (including process, cost and outcome studies) of complex, multi-site policy reform and program initiatives.
  • Building the capacity of Foundation grantees, partners and staff to constructively participate in the evaluation process and utilize evaluation products and services.
  • Identifying key findings and lessons from Casey initiative evaluations, and promoting their dissemination and utilization within the Foundation and the broader field.
  • Collaborating with other Senior Research Associates in order to maximize opportunities for cross-Unit and cross-project learning.
  • Supporting the Vice President and Director and collaborating with other REAL Senior Research Associates to refine, develop, and improve REAL’s overall approach to evaluating the Foundation’s work, and strengthen our practice as evaluation managers.
  • Working with leading researchers and Casey colleagues to identify and assess opportunities to initiate and invest in research that contributes to the Foundation’s mission.
  • Initiating and managing relevant research grants, and promoting the dissemination of findings to the broader field as well as utilization of findings in the Foundation.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

REAL seeks candidates who have a minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible experience in research and evaluation, with particular interest in foundation, public sector, or non-profit settings, and demonstrated interest and expertise in the evaluation of human service systems reform and related activities.  An advanced degree in a field relevant to the Foundation’s work is expected.  In addition, the ideal candidate should combine:

  • Ph.D. preferred or equivalent experience in any of the following areas: Public Policy, Public Administration, Public Health, Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Sociology, Criminology, Economics, Social Work, or related fields.
  • Experience in managing complex, multi-year projects involving multiple contractors, partners and community stakeholders
  • Experience working with public systems and non-profit agencies that serve system-involved children, youth and families.
  • 10-15 years direct experience in evaluation design and implementation.

Essential Orientation, Skills, and Knowledge


  • A strong social justice orientation
  • A commitment to policy and practice reforms that address racial disparities in human service system operations and outcomes.

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, with particular expertise in communicating research findings, data, and issues to non-research audiences.
  • Strong quantitative and/or qualitative research skills and experience with mixed methods.
  • Computer skills that encompass databases designed for routine grants management, reporting and correspondence and statistical analysis.
  • Substantive knowledge and expertise in relevant areas such as juvenile justice, human service systems practice and policy.
  •  Familiarity with relevant national databases, on-going studies and technical trends.
  • Connection to robust and diverse networks of researchers and evaluators in the field of study.

Organizational Skills

  • Ability to appropriately prioritize among multiple competing demands in a manner consistent with the REAL mission of promoting data-driven, research-based decision making in the Foundation and the field.
  • Sound and seasoned judgment, including a demonstrated capacity to both support and lead effectively when working with Foundation leaders, senior researchers, policy makers, consumers and advocates.
  • Organizational, analytical and planning skills that can sustain the multi-faceted work of complicated initiatives, as well as the specific activities of individual grantees and sites.
  • Willingness and aptitude to work effectively in an environment of collective decision-making and cross-disciplinary cooperation, while taking leadership on Research and Evaluation decisions.
  • Ability to act as translator and liaison between research grantees/contractors, and colleagues in the Foundation’s program units.
  • Independence and initiative to anticipate and act upon the needs of grantees and the goals of the Foundation, in ongoing consultation with the Director.

Work Environment and Tools and Equipment Used

  • Microsoft Office Suite, smart phones, copy machine, fax machine.
  • The work is performed primarily in an office setting with approximately 20% travel required.


  • This is an exempt position, meaning pay is on a salaried rather than hourly or daily basis.  Starting salary is commensurate with experience and earnings history.  A strong benefits package will be provided as well.

How to apply:
To apply online, please visit https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=af126.

Senior Analyst-Criminal Justice
Westat (Rockville, MD)

Position Summary:
Westat has an immediate opening for an experienced senior data analyst to work in a multidisciplinary team on criminal justice studies. The work focuses on analysis activities that include the following: developing and implementing quantitative research designs, identifying and implementing appropriate analytic methods to address research questions; analyzing data collected from complex sample designs and large administrative data sets, developing conclusions; and writing publishable reports on methods and findings. Candidates should possess excellent interpersonal and communicate skills, able to work with coworkers at all levels, project teams, and clients in a contracting research environment.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A master's degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, Survey Research or other related research field with 9 years of experience or a Ph.D. with 2 years of experience is required.
  • Experience in quantitative analysis for research and evaluation studies.
  • Experience in multivariate and longitudinal analyses (e.g., multiple regression, logistic regression, survival models, hierarchical linear models, event sequence analysis) and with statistical/analytic software (e.g., SAS, SPSS, STATA, SUDAAN).
  • Experience conducting research in areas relevant to criminal justice policies and evidence-based interventions.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience analyzing data collected from complex sample designs using surveys, questionnaires, and/or large-scale data sets.
  • Experience writing about analytic methods (i.e., analysis plans for proposals and/or reports, reports on methods, and presentations of findings).
  • Experience with counterfactual analysis and quasi-experimental designs for research and evaluation studies using matching techniques such as propensity scores and distance matching.
  • Experience producing recommendations/policy implications related to research findings.

How to apply:
To apply online, click here.

Closing Date:
Open until filled

Posted on 7/14/2015

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