About the Program
The Center’s research department is looking for several temporary research assistants to conduct surveys with defendants at the Manhattan Criminal Court. The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice has funded the Center in this exciting project to implement both behavioral and environmental changes in the courthouse that would give court users a greater sense of procedural justice – that court users feel respected, understand the process, have a voice, and are treated neutrally. Selected candidates will be working with an interdisciplinary team of Center staff who are testing elements of procedural justice in the high-volume criminal court setting. The study will be evaluating the effectiveness of the intervention by asking defendants about their experiences within the building, interactions with judges and court staff, and feelings about the criminal justice system as a whole. Research assistants will be expected to be comfortable recruiting participants to the study and interacting with research staff, court personnel and court users.
Research will take place over several months, beginning in mid-February. Qualified applicants should be able to work approximately 20 hours a week during the hours that court is in session (Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). This is an excellent opportunity to be involved in a groundbreaking study with national policy implications.
About the Position
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Recruit participants to the study;
- Conduct surveys;
- Observe court;
- Data entry of surveys.
The ideal candidate will have a High School Diploma, or Equivalency. Excellent organizational and written and oral communication skills required. Candidates must exhibit professional and personal maturity and confidence. Ability to work well with a team of researchers and interact with a diverse population required. Field research or surveying experience a plus. Demonstrated interest in, knowledge of, or experience in the court system a plus. Candidates fluent in Spanish are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to Email , with Research Assistant as the subject line of the email.
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Attn.: Elise White
Center for Court Innovation
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Note: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.
Learn more about us at courtinnovation.org.
The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.