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.

The Institute is hiring a policy associate to provide strong quantitative expertise for a portfolio of work focused on improving productivity and performance in government operations. Projects within this portfolio enhance performance in government agencies through customized and easily implementable solutions that increase operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Position Description

Reporting to the senior policy associate, the policy associate will be working in a collaborative environment with an agile team within the Institute. The policy associate will be responsible for independently performing advanced quantitative analyses and model development to drive decision-making. The policy associate will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Working with and analyzing large, complex datasets to create economic and/or operational models
  • Performing qualitative and quantitative assessments of all aspects of models, including theoretical aspects, model design, and implementation, as well as data quality and integrity
  • Developing extensive, detailed, and methodological reports, recommendations, and other documentation based on quantitative and qualitative analysis that can be used by government agencies
  • Presenting complex data in a meaningful and effective way for government clients
  • Researching and providing expertise in areas of public budgeting, pension reform, state and local taxation, and operational research

Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in economics, mathematics, statistics, operations research or a related social science field with a strong quantitative concentration. Experience in lieu of an advanced degree in these fields will be considered
  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise in quantitative modeling, specifically in operational research and/or economic modeling. Proficiency required in Excel and preferred in statistical software such as STATA, SPSS, and/or other advanced modeling software
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to create and maintain excellent working relationships with ISLG’s partners, including government, foundations, and community partners
  • Strong time management skills and experience working in deadline-driven environments across multiple priority projects
  • Ability to adapt to changing demands and requirements as projects develop, and the ability to participate in collaborative project development with diverse internal team members and external stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • An exceptional commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong work ethic, sense of humor, flexibility, creativity, and a professional demeanor

This is an exceptional opportunity to work hand-in-hand with government on important strategic initiatives, and to contribute to building a portfolio of work in an Institute with a talented and multi-disciplinary team producing a scientifically rigorous and impactful body of work.

This is a full-time position with an annual salary ranging from $56,000 to $75,000, commensurate with experience. The position includes excellent benefits.

How to Apply

To apply, send a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and your curriculum vitae to info@islg.cuny.edu. Alternatively, you may apply for this position through the CUNY Research Foundation here. Questions can be addressed to info@islg.cuny.edu. Application review will commence on July 10, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

Project Description

ISLG is hiring a Senior Research Associate to work on the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC), a $100 million initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.  In 2015, the Foundation awarded 20 jurisdictions $150,000 grants and expert counsel to create plans that will lead to fairer, more effective local justice systems. From this group, in 2016 10 were selected as core sites to receive a second round of funding—between $1.5 and $3.5 million—to implement their plans for reform. The remaining 10 receive ongoing financial and technical support as partner sites, with the goal of positioning them to receive implementation funding in the summer of 2017.SJC sites have set ambitious goals for lowering their jail populations, ranging from 15 percent to 34 percent; and are working to reduce racial and ethnic disparities across the system as well. Their plans employ an array of local solutions, ranging from diversion programs to operational changes aimed at reducing case processing times to expanded community-based treatment options.ISLG is one of several organizations providing technical assistance and counsel to the 20 jurisdictions as they plan and implement reforms. Our primary role is to monitor and assess the performance of participating sites to demonstrate progress over time and help sites make adjustments in practices as needed. Specifically, using local criminal justice data from each site, we are working to create and track performance measures related to the broad goals and objectives of the initiative—reducing jail populations and disparities in those populations—and specific strategies implemented to achieve those goals and objectives. To accommodate the measurement of strategies across the criminal justice system, we have created a comprehensive performance measurement framework that includes indicators at key decision points ranging from arrest to post-disposition community supervision.In addition to overseeing performance measurement, ISLG serves as the data liaison for the initiative, collecting and managing local system-wide criminal justice data for all 20 sites in support of the Challenge’s broader research and evaluation agenda. ISLG also provides broader strategic planning and analytical support to the Foundation and other Safety and Justice Challenge partners on an ongoing basis.Position Description ISLG is looking to hire a Senior Research Associate to lead and oversee data collection, data management, and performance measurement work in several sites as the implementation work expands. The Senior Research Associate will report to the Project Director, and will work closely with other project staff on all project activities. Specifically, the Senior Research Associate will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Developing data requests and data collection protocols for multiple criminal justice agencies within each site
  • Negotiating multi-party data use agreements (DUAs) with sites
  • Helping sites prepare case-level data files for initiative work
  • Cleaning, coding, merging, and preparing administrative data files for analysis
  • Working with sites to develop and operationalize performance measures
  • Building performance measures from case-level data
  • Creating dashboards and other progress reports
  • Analyzing and interpreting performance measurement trends—including policy and practice implications of those trends
  • Conducting other quantitative analyses as needed
  • Documenting methodology, validation, and testing to facilitate replication of analyses
  • Providing technical assistance to sites on projected implementation impacts, as needed
  • Managing the dissemination of data to external project partners
  • Developing codebooks, file specifications, and other resource documents for sites and other SJC partners
  • Working closely with site data and policy partners, and other SJC technical assistance providers, on all aspects of the work
  • Preparing and carrying out presentations for a wide range of audiences
  • Traveling to initiative-wide meetings and sites as needed
  • Ensuring that all work carried out in assigned sites is coordinated with other ISLG team members’ work in other sites
  • Supervising analyst-level and associate-level staff on the above mentioned project activities

Qualifications

  • PhD in criminal justice/criminology, sociology, psychology, public administration, public health or social work (ABDs with exceptional research record will also be considered)
  • Substantial experience (5 years or more) conducting high-quality research in an applied research setting
  • Expertise in performance measurement
  • Experience in collecting and working with administrative data (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, SAS, or STATA (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
  • A promising research record, including a record for successful proposal development and/or peer-reviewed publications
  • 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 a plus

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and is located in New York City. Salary range: $$75,000-$100,000, depending on research skills and level of experience.

How to Apply

To apply, To apply, please go to the job description on rfcuny.org and click apply. 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 on June 12, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

Project Description

ISLG is hiring a Research Associate to work on the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC), a $100 million initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. In 2015, the Foundation awarded 20 jurisdictions $150,000 grants and expert counsel to create plans that will lead to fairer, more effective local justice systems. From this group, in 2016 10 were selected as core sites to receive a second round of funding—between $1.5 and $3.5 million—to implement their plans for reform. The remaining 10 receive ongoing financial and technical support as partner sites, with the goal of positioning them to receive implementation funding in the summer of 2017.

SJC sites have set ambitious goals for lowering their jail populations, ranging from 15 percent to 34 percent; and are working to reduce racial and ethnic disparities across the system as well. Their plans employ an array of local solutions, ranging from diversion programs to operational changes aimed at reducing case processing times to expanded community-based treatment options.

ISLG is one of several organizations providing technical assistance and counsel to the 20 jurisdictions as they plan and implement reforms. Our primary role is to monitor and assess the performance of participating sites to demonstrate progress over time and help sites make adjustments in practices as needed. Specifically, using local criminal justice data from each site, we are working to create and track performance measures related to the broad goals and objectives of the initiative—reducing jail populations and disparities in those populations—and specific strategies implemented to achieve those goals and objectives. To accommodate the measurement of strategies across the criminal justice system, we have created a comprehensive performance measurement framework that includes indicators at key decision points ranging from arrest to post-disposition community supervision.

In addition to overseeing performance measurement, ISLG serves as the data liaison for the initiative, collecting and managing local system-wide criminal justice data for all 20 sites in support of the Challenge’s broader research and evaluation agenda. ISLG also provides broader strategic planning and analytical support to the Foundation and other Safety and Justice Challenge partners on an ongoing basis.

Position Description

ISLG is looking to hire a Research Associate to carry out data collection, data management, and performance measurement work in several sites as the implementation work expands. The Research Associate will report to a Senior Research Associate working on the project, and will work closely with the Project Director and other project staff on all project activities. Specifically, the Research Associate will support the Senior Research Associate and other project staff in the following activities:

  • Developing data requests and data collection protocols for multiple criminal justice agencies within each site
  • Negotiating multi-party data use agreements (DUAs) with sites
  • Helping sites prepare case-level data files for initiative work
  • Cleaning, coding, merging, and preparing administrative data files for analysis
  • Working with sites to develop and operationalize performance measures
  • Building performance measures from case-level data
  • Creating dashboards and other progress reports
  • Analyzing and interpreting performance measurement trends—including policy and practice implications of those trends
  • Conducting other quantitative analyses as needed
  • Documenting methodology, validation, and testing to facilitate replication of analyses
  • Providing technical assistance to sites on projected implementation impacts, as needed
  • Disseminating data to external project partners
  • Developing codebooks, file specifications, and other resource documents for sites and other SJC partners
  • Working closely with site data and policy partners, and other SJC technical assistance providers, on all aspects of the work
  • Preparing and carrying out presentations for a wide range of audiences
  • Traveling to initiative-wide meetings and sites as needed

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 (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, SAS, or STATA (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
  • 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

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and is located in New York City. Salary range: $55,000–$75,000, depending on research skills and level of experience.

How to Apply

To apply, please go to the job description on rfcuny.org and click apply. 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 on June 12, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

ISLG is hiring a senior policy associate to manage a portfolio of family- and youth-focused investments within the Manhattan District Attorney Office’s (DANY) Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII). One of CJII’s goals is to prevent interaction with the criminal justice system by improving services and opportunities for young people and families in high-poverty communities. As the technical assistance consultant on this project, ISLG is providing guidance to DANY and grantees throughout the lifetime of the initiative and performing oversight and performance measurement for each of the investments. For more information about CJII, visit www.cjii.org.

Position Description

Reporting to the associate policy director, the senior policy associate will manage CJII’s investments in family and youth development (FYD) programs and programs/approaches for foster youth transitioning to adulthood (FYTA). CJII’s FYD investment supports a range of family and youth development programs, including mental health-focused interventions, school-based work, and early childhood programs (to name a few), for populations at elevated risk of poor life outcomes, including eventual justice system involvement. CJII’s FYTA investment supports a variety of programs for foster youth who are close to transitioning to adulthood or who have recently transitioned to adulthood from the child welfare system. Both investments are part of CJII’s prevention portfolio, which is aimed at building skills and supports among young people, families, and communities in order to enhance opportunity and prevent crime.

The senior policy associate will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Monitoring and supporting up to ten FYD grantees and three FYTA grantees over the lifetime of the initiatives, identifying and addressing technical assistance needs, facilitating a learning community of providers (including events, webinars, and written deliverables), and ensuring the timely completion of tasks and deliverables;
  • Working closely with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on all aspects of portfolio management;
  • Coordinating the review and evaluation of proposals, and the contracting process of funded applicants;
  • Working closely with the research team on the development of performance measures and evaluation design for grantees and helping to monitor grantee performance;
  • Managing relationships and facilitating meetings with CJII stakeholders, including researchers, government partners, and community-based organizations;
  • Identifying and securing government, private, and foundation partners to support ISLG’s work overall;
  • Participating in frequent formal and informal cross-organizational collaboration to generate new ideas and grow  ISLG’s body of work; and
  • Potentially supervising one or more policy analysts/associates (or parts of their time).

Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in public administration, social work, education, health policy or related social science field
  • Substantial experience (at least 10 years or more) working in a foundation, and/or private, government, and/or non-profit organization, managing large projects with many stakeholders. Previous foundation and grantmaking experience strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise in the areas of family and youth/young adult development, and child welfare systems
  • Strong familiarity, experience and appreciation for research, program evaluation, and performance measurement
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to create and maintain excellent working relationships with grantees and ISLG’s partners, including government, foundations and community partners
  • Ability to adapt to changing demands and requirements as projects develop, and the ability to participate in collaborative project development with diverse internal team members and external stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • An exceptional commitment to accuracy and attention to detail

This is an exceptional opportunity to help lead a potentially transformative prevention-focused criminal justice initiative and to contribute to building a portfolio of work in an institute with a talented and multi-disciplinary team producing a scientifically rigorous and impactful body of work. This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

How to Apply

To apply, send a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and your curriculum vitae to info@islg.cuny.edu. Alternatively, you may apply for this position through the CUNY Research Foundation here. Application review will commence on January 13, 2017, 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

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