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Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree and two years of professional research experience in the field of Criminal Justice; or a master’s degree in Criminal Justice or a related field and one year of such experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred qualifications include experience designing and conducting criminal justice research; proficiency using SPSS to merge and analyze complex datasets and validate the quality of data; experience using VBA to automate routine reports; and experience summarizing findings in narrative form. The preferred candidate will have a master’s degree or higher in criminal justice or related field.
Duties Description Under the direction of a Manager, Program Research Specialist, or Research Scientist within the Office of Justice Research and Performance, the incumbent will conduct social science research and analysis related to the investigation of system, social, and behavioral issues within the field of criminal justice and/or with justice-involved populations. The incumbent will focus on research related to adult community corrections programing using case-level data reported by grantees delivering alternative to incarceration programming, jail-based interventions, employment focused services, and re-entry services. The incumbent will be responsible for developing and implementing an outcome evaluation plan for programs in this portfolio.
Specific duties may include, but are not limited to:
• Plan, design, and execute criminal justice research projects, including developing research questions, formulating research hypotheses, identifying an appropriate research design and methodology, and interpreting findings.
• Extract and analyze criminal justice data and prepare formal statistical reports for public dissemination and publication on the DCJS website.
• Develop data visualizations showing criminal justice statistics and trends for public consumption, using software such as Tableau.
• Use a wide range of research methods and data sources to conduct research on criminal justice system activity and behavior, and the causes and correlates of adult offending behavior. Data sources may include, but are not limited to criminal arrest records, court records, probation case management records, risk and needs assessment records, treatment program records, and data from other agencies and organizations.
• Use analytic and statistical software packages such as SPSS and Structured Query Language (SQL) Developer to extract data from different Oracle and SQL-based systems and create analytic data files by matching individual records across multiple data sources.
• Prepare formal reports which describe study objectives, research methodology, data collection, and key findings.
• Prepare and present formal presentations of research findings to guide and inform program management.
Additional Comments Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. DCJS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Kimberly Carr, Equal Opportunity Specialist at (518) 457-2409.
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Alfred E. Smith Building
Notes on ApplyingPlease send a cover letter and resume to the email address above. Please reference posting # 109318 on your cover letter.
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