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Minimum Qualifications Research Scientists must possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of experience in the field of Criminal Justice research. Candidates may be appointed to either Research Scientist 1, SG-18, or Research Scientist 2, SG-22, depending on their level of education and type of work experience.
Research Scientist 1, SG-18: 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.
Research Scientist 2, SG-22: Bachelor’s degree and three years of professional research experience in the field of Criminal Justice; or a master’s degree in Criminal Justice or a related field and two years of such experience; or a doctorate in Criminal Justice or a related field.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred qualifications include extensive experience designing and conducting criminal justice research; proficiency using SPSS and/or Stata programs to merge and analyze complex datasets and validate the quality of data; 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 Principal Program Research Specialist or Program Research Specialist 4, the incumbents will conduct social science research related to the investigation of social and behavioral issues within the criminal justice system and justice-involved populations. Research will include the study of youth behavior, family court decision-making, adult criminal behavior, court case processing, sentencing, the impact of programming and treatment on behavior, reoffending and desistence from crime and criminogenic factors. Research will evaluate the impact of major legislative changes, such as bail reform and raising the age of criminal responsibility. Specific duties 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;
• Conduct evaluation studies to measure the causal effect of program or policy interventions using advanced statistical analyses;
• Use a wide range of research methods and data sources to conduct research on the causes and correlates of adult and youth offending behavior. Data sources may include, but are not limited to: criminal arrest records, adult and juvenile court records, probation case management records, risk and needs assessment records, juvenile diversion records, treatment program records, and data from other agencies and organizations;
• Use analytic and statistical software packages such as SPSS, Stata, Structured Query Language (SQL) Plus, and 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 Appointment is subject to Division of Budget waiver approval.
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 Sheryl Kretzler, Associate Director of Human Resources at (518) 485-1704.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
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Notes on ApplyingPlease send a cover letter and resume to the email/address above. Please reference posting # 76824 on your cover letter.
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