The Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) is an institute within the City University of New York. ISLG’s mission is to assist current and future leaders in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector improve the financing, delivery, and measurement of critical public services. ISLG offers research, technical assistance, and education and training to help organizations achieve these improvements.

Position Description

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer and working closely with project directors the Communications Analyst will work on a range of tasks, which may include but are not limited to:

  • Providing hands-on daily maintenance of ISLG’s Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts, including content development
  • Monitoring local, state, and national news and social conversation to inform social content and to draft responsive social media messages
  • Reviewing, monitoring, collecting, and reporting analytics data for social media accounts
  • Editing and updating content for ISLG’s website or sites it manages (including cjii.org and equalityidicators.org)
  • Assist in planning, writing, and managing email communications with subscribers
  • Collaborating with other staff on new ideas, approaches, and tools for communicating with ISLG’s audience
  • Other tasks as needed to support ISLG’s work.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of demonstrated professional experience in communications, public relations, public affairs, marketing, and/or digital and social media preferred
  • Knowledge and understanding of available social media tools and platforms
  • Familiarity with the following programs:
    • WordPress
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Adobe Illustrator
    • Adobe InDesign
  • The ability to understand and adopt ISLG’s “voice” (conversational tone, informed about the issues but able to talk about them in accessible way to others who may not know much about the topic but are interested)
  • Knowledge of NYC’s social service, criminal justice, and/or related system landscape is a plus
  • Excellent time management skills and experience working in deadline-driven environments
  • Ability to prioritize and work on a number of tasks simultaneously
  • An exceptional commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, discretion, and judgment
  • Excellent writing skills

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and is located in New York City. Salary range: $45,000–$55,000 depending on the level of experience.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit https://www.rfcuny.org/careers/postings?pvnID=VB-1904-003031. You will need to submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and attach your curriculum vitae. Questions can be addressed to info@islg.cuny.edu.

Application review will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Position Description

ISLG is hiring a Senior Research Associate to work on multiple research projects in the Institute’s criminal justice portfolio. The projects will include the Reducing Revocations Challenge, a national initiative to reduce probation revocations by supporting action research in up to 10 jurisdictions around the country; the Safety and Justice Challenge, a national initiative to reduce jail populations and racial and ethnic disparities through the planning and implementation of system-wide criminal justice reforms in 52 jurisdictions around the country; and a research consortium in which ISLG is responsible for developing, awarding, and managing research projects to advance knowledge in the field about how to effectively and fairly reduce jail populations and disparities. Broadly, the work across these projects will involve collaborating with various types of partners to build research projects and ensure that they are carried out with rigor, translating research findings into concrete policy and practice solutions, and developing performance metrics to track progress and impact as solutions are implemented. The Senior Research Associate will report to the Research Director or Associate Research Director and will work closely with other project staff on project activities.

Responsibilities

The Senior Research Associate will be responsible for the following specific tasks:

  • Developing criminal justice research projects, including design parameters
  • Overseeing proposal selection and review processes
  • Managing grantees as they carry out various types of action research—including reviewing and approving study designs, findings, report drafts and other research products
  • Helping practitioners use research findings to inform the development of policy and practice strategies
  • Planning and facilitating peer learning events, including webinars and cross-jurisdictional calls
  • Assisting in the planning and facilitation of a multi-site summit
  • Helping identify promising strategies and interventions for investment by criminal justice funders
  • Overseeing administrative contracts
  • Developing data requests and data collection protocols for criminal justice agencies, community-based service providers, and other relevant organizations providing data for Institute research projects
  • Overseeing the cleaning, coding, merging, and preparing administrative data files for analysis
  • Creating performance metrics from case-level data and using them to assess the progress and impacts of criminal justice reforms
  • Designing and creating reports, dashboards and other types of data visualization for practitioners and policy audiences
  • Building and managing relationships with government, community, and other partners; and working collaboratively with them on all aspects of the work
  • Presenting research and policy work to a wide range of audiences
  • Writing reports, memos, briefs and other materials
  • Supervising associate and analyst staff on project work
  • Traveling to meetings, conferences, and making site-visits, as needed

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in criminal justice/criminology, sociology, psychology, public administration, public health, social work or related fields (ABD and/or M.A. with extensive research and policy experience will also be considered)
  • Substantial experience (5 years or more) conducting high-quality research in an applied research setting
  • Experience managing research
  • Expertise in performance measurement
  • Experience in collecting and working with administrative data, particularly data from criminal justice agencies
  • Excellent data management and analysis skills, including experience cleaning, coding, merging, and analyzing large and complex quantitative data files in SPSS, R, SAS, STATA, or other statistical software
  • Strong background in criminal justice (pretrial system and/or community supervision in particular), including an ability to translate analytical and research findings into policy and practice recommendations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to convey complex research findings to broader audiences, and to develop clear, visually-compelling reports for government, non-profit, and private sector partners
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to create and maintain excellent working relationships with government and community partners
  • A strong commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work on a team, as well as independently
  • Experience supervising staff is preferred but not required
  • A promising research record, including a record for successful proposal development and/or peer-reviewed publications, is a plus
  • Experience with Tableau or other data visualization software is a plus

 

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and is located in New York City. Salary range: $75,000–$110,000, depending on research skills and level of experience.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit https://www.rfcuny.org/careers/postings?pvnID=VB-1906-003129. You will need to submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and attach your curriculum vitae. Questions can be addressed to info@islg.cuny.edu.

Application review will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance and the Research Foundation of the City University of New York are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act/Protected Veterans Status/ E-Verify Employer

Position Description

Reporting to the Research Director and working closely with project staff, the SRA will be responsible for the following:

  • Developing research instruments, including observation and coding protocols, for SSOs and BWC footage;
  • Drafting IRB proposals covering the research activities of the project;
  • Working with the NYPD to develop a sampling approach for ride-along observations;
  • Working closely with the NYPD, the evaluation team, and other city stakeholders to develop, set up, and refine the project approach and processes
  • Field testing and refining research instruments and protocols in collaboration with these stakeholders;
  • Working with the CUNY Graduate Center to recruit students to carry out the data collection and coding work;
  • Developing and delivering comprehensive, hands-on trainings to students who will be working on the project;
  • Supervising project staff in the day-to-day research activities
  • Establishing an internal data management and quality control plan;
  • Establishing a protocol for entering, verifying, and revising SSO and BWC data;
  • Working closely with data and technical staff responsible for developing the technical infrastructure for the project and cleaning, matching, and merging multiple data sources; and
  • Analyzing and synthesizing these data into a final report and memoranda for the project stakeholders.

 

This is an exceptional opportunity to contribute to a unique and important project with clear policy implications for law enforcement in New York City and across the country. The project is situated within ISLG’s larger portfolio of criminal justice work, which aims to improve efficiency and fairness in criminal justice policies and practices.

 

Qualifications

  • PhD in criminology, sociology, psychology, or other social science field;
  • Background in criminal justice—and preferably in policing—including an ability to translate analytical and research findings into policy and practice recommendations;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to both create and maintain excellent working relationships with government and community partners and navigate politically sensitive issues;
  • At least five years of experience conducting research in an applied research setting;
  • Experience collecting original data, preferably in field settings;
  • Excellent project management skills, and experience managing staff, preferably a research team;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate research findings to multiple audiences;
  • Ability to work on a team as well as independently;
  • An exceptional commitment to accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Ability to adapt to changing demands and requirements as projects evolve;
  • Excellent time management skills and experience working in deadline-driven environments; and
  • Microsoft Office proficiency, particularly in Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent data management and analysis skills, including experience merging and analyzing quantitative data files in SPSS, SAS, or STATA, are a plus

 

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and is located in New York City. Salary range: $75,000–$110,000 depending on research skills and level of experience. Applicants may also be considered for other positions at ISLG.

 

How to Apply

To apply, please visit https://www.rfcuny.org/careers/postings?pvnID=VB-1907-003164. You will need to submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and attach your curriculum vitae. Questions can be addressed to info@islg.cuny.edu.

Application review will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

ISLG is hiring multiple Research Associates to work on criminal justice projects in the Institute’s research portfolio, many of which focus on reducing jail populations through criminal justice reform. Broadly, the projects involve some combination of collecting and analyzing criminal justice data to better understand drivers of key outcomes; assessing the implementation of reform efforts; tracking progress and impacts related to criminal justice reform efforts through performance metrics; developing reports, dashboards, and other types of data visualizations to communicate analytical findings to policy and practice audiences; and identifying fair and effective strategies for reducing jail populations and racial and ethnic disparities. The positions are full-time and will likely involve work on more than one project.

 

Position Description

Each Research Associate will report to a Senior Research Associate and will work closely with other staff on project activities. Specifically, the associate will support their supervisor and other project staff in some subset of the following activities (specific activities will depend on the projects to which the Research Associate is assigned, but data management skills will be critical across projects):

Data management

  • Developing data requests and data collection protocols for criminal justice agencies, community-based service providers, and other relevant organizations
  • Cleaning, coding, merging, and preparing administrative data files for analysis
  • Developing codebooks, file specifications, and other resource documents

Research and analysis

  • Carrying out policy and practice reviews
  • Conducting interviews, focus groups, and observations
  • Developing, tracking, and interpreting performance metrics, including their policy and practice implications
  • Conducting quantitative analysis, including descriptive analysis, multivariate analysis, and propensity score matching
  • Conducting qualitative analysis, including content analysis and development of themes

Using analysis to inform policy and practice

  • Designing and creating reports, dashboards and other types of data visualization for practitioners and policy audiences
  • Providing technical assistance to government and community partners, as needed, to build data and analytical capacity
  • Working closely with government partners and other project collaborators on all aspects of the work

Research development

  • Conducting literature reviews and analysis to identify areas of opportunity in criminal justice research
  • Developing criminal justice research projects

 

*Please note that some projects may also involve travel to meetings, conference, and/or sites.

Qualifications

  • MA or PhD in criminal justice/criminology, psychology, sociology, public policy, or other related fields
  • At least two years of experience (four or more years preferred) conducting research in an applied research setting
  • Experience in collecting and working with administrative data, particularly data from government agencies (experience with criminal justice data a plus)
  • Excellent data management and analysis skills, including extensive experience cleaning, coding, merging, and analyzing large and complex quantitative data files in SPSS, R, SAS, STATA, or other statistical software (including fluency in programming/syntax in one or more of these programs)
  • Strong understanding of criminal justice policy, including an ability to translate analytical and research findings into policy and practice recommendations; background in behavioral health may also be helpful for some projects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to convey complex research findings to broader audiences, and to develop clear, visually-compelling reports for government, non-profit, and private sector partners
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to create and maintain excellent working relationships with government and community partners
  • An exceptional commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work on a team, as well as independently
  • Background/experience in any of the following is a plus, but not a requirement:
    • Information technology
  • NVivo or other qualitative software
  • Tableau or other data visualization software

 

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and is located in New York City. Salary range: $60,000–$80,000 depending on research skills and level of experience.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit https://www.rfcuny.org/careers/postings?pvnID=VB-1906-003130. You will need to submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and attach your curriculum vitae. Questions can be addressed to info@islg.cuny.edu.

Application review will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance and the Research Foundation of the City University of New York are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act/Protected Veterans Status/ E-Verify Employer.

The CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance and the Research Foundation of the City University of New York are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act/Protected Veterans Status/ E-Verify Employer

For more information about any of these positions, please contact Monica.SanJuan@islg.cuny.edu.