About the Program
The research department provides support to the Center’s technical assistance and operating projects, but also oversees an independent portfolio of research exploring, documenting, and evaluating a variety of promising reform strategies nationwide.
The department seeks a Senior Research Associate to play a leading role on projects related to system-level reform efforts in the criminal justice system, with a focus on: (1) pretrial justice and (2) justice and safety for victims of intimate partner violence. Specific projects include a national, mixed-method study of court system responses to intimate partner violence and a national research and technical assistance partnership to develop evidence-based pretrial reform models nationwide. Both projects require experience with research project management, fieldwork and the rigorous use of both qualitative and quantitative methods. Additional projects may be added based on the successful candidate’s skills and experience.
About the Position
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Design and execution of research and program evaluation efforts related to pretrial reform, intimate partner violence, and other priority areas for the Center.
- Fieldwork, including quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, and interpretation of findings.
- Project management and direct oversight of junior research staff in the context of specific projects.
- Quality assurance with respect to tracking timelines and deliverables on multiple projects and monitoring and reporting to funding agencies on milestones.
- Dissemination of research findings and policy implications to policymaker and practitioner audiences, as well as researchers.
- Drafting, revision and editing of progress reports, grant proposals and policy-oriented products (white papers, presentations, web content, fact sheets).
- Providing data-driven technical assistance (e.g., development of performance indicators and data-driven reform strategies) to Center staff and partner jurisdictions.
- Collaboration with a variety of stakeholders (e.g., police, defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, etc.) in partner jurisdictions across the country.
- Collaboration with other senior staff on the Research team in the planning and implementation of new and ongoing department initiatives.
The ideal candidate will be required to have a Master’s degree or PhD in criminal justice or social sciences. A minimum of 3-5 years of experience conducting criminal justice research in an academic, governmental or nonprofit context is preferred. Candidate will have knowledge of local and/or national justice systems as well as an interest and commitment in criminal justice reform, systems change work, and social justice. Candidate will also have specific knowledge of the justice system’s response to intimate partner violence. Strong research and analytic skills are a must (e.g. research and evaluation design, developing fieldwork protocols, conducting interviews and focus groups, management of complex datasets, data coding, descriptive and inferential statistics). Experience using syntax-based statistical software, (e.g. SPSS, SAS, Stata, R) and/or qualitative analysis software (Atlas.ti, DeDoose). Candidate is highly organized, has excellent time management skills, and strong oral and written communication skills. Must be willing to travel. Prior proposal development and grant writing experience preferred. Experience working directly with crime victims or victim advocacy agencies a plus. Sense of humor, critical thinking skills, and ability to manage a fast-paced work environment are a huge plus.
How to Apply
Send resume and cover letter with Senior Research Associate in the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to Apply: 3/31/19 (Until filled, although application review will take place on a rolling basis).
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Center for Court Innovation
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Note: The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.
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 www.courtinnovation.org.
The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.