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.

Project Description

ISLG is hiring one or more Research Associates to work on a variety of research projects in the Institute’s criminal justice portfolio. These projects involve helping criminal justice partners build data and analytical capacity; overseeing data collection, management, and analysis; developing and implementing performance measurement systems; conducting quantitative analyses of criminal justice data at different system points; and assisting in the development of new research projects.  The position is full-time.

Position Description

Each Research Associate will report to a Senior Researcher and will work closely with other project staff on project activities. Specifically, the associate will support their supervisor and other project staff in the following activities:

  • Developing and operationalizing performance measures
  • Creating performance measures, dashboards, and other progress reports from case-level data, including analysis and data visualization
  • Analyzing, interpreting, and thinking critically about performance measurement trends, including their policy and practice implications
  • Cleaning, coding, merging, and preparing administrative data files for analysis
  • Developing data requests and data collection protocols for criminal justice agencies, community-based service providers, and other relevant organizations
  • Conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis, as needed
  • Developing codebooks, file specifications, and other resource documents
  • Working closely with government partners and other project collaborators on all aspects of the work
  • Preparing and carrying out presentations for a wide range of audiences
  • Conducting diagnostic assessments to better understand agency systems, capacity, gaps, and effective identification of solutions to fill those gaps
  • Conducting literature reviews and analysis to identify areas of opportunity in criminal justice research
  • Developing criminal justice research projects
  • Traveling to meetings, conferences, 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, nonprofit, 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: $55,000–$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-1812-002842. 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.

Project Description

The Institute is hiring a Senior Research Associate (SRA) to oversee a field research project on police practices in New York City. Specifically, the project involves conducting systematic social observations (SSOs) of New York Police Department (NYPD) shifts and police-citizen encounters; coding BWC footage of a subset of these shifts/encounters; and analyzing these and other sources of data. It will be carried out in close collaboration with the NYPD, a larger evaluation team, and other city stakeholder, and is expected to run approximately a year and a half. The project could be ideal for a post-doctoral researcher; it may also be possible to transition to another project after the conclusion of this project.

The SRA will serve as the director of this project and will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the work, including the development of research tools and protocols, the recruitment and training of CUNY students to conduct SSOs and code data, the establishment of a technical infrastructure for the project, and management of all project staff. As part of this, the Senior Research Associate will work very closely with the NYPD, the CUNY Graduate Center (GC), the evaluation team, and other city stakeholders. The SRA may also be asked to contribute to other projects at ISLG, as necessary.

Position Description

Reporting to the Research Director and working closely with project staff, the SRA will be responsible for developing and overseeing all aspects of project work. Specifically, 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, address emerging issues, and keep stakeholders up to date;
  • 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;
  • Hiring and supervising two full-time Research Associates to serve as Quality Control Managers on the project and to supervise the day-to-day work of these students;
  • Establishing an internal data management and quality control plan;
  • Working with CUNY IT and, as necessary, external vendors, to develop the technical infrastructure for the project, potentially including Qualtrix software for remote data entry;
  • Establishing a protocol for entering, verifying, and revising SSO and BWC data;
  • Cleaning, matching, and merging multiple data sources using unique identifiers; and
  • Analyzing and synthesizing these data into a final report and memoranda for the project stakeholders.

This is an exceptional opportunity to lead 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 data management and analysis skills, including experience merging and analyzing quantitative data files in SPSS, SAS, or STATA (including fluency in programming/syntax in one or more of these programs);
  • 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.

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and is located in New York City. Salary range: $85,000–$115,000 depending on research skills and level of experience. Applicants may also be considered for the Research Associate Quality Control positions.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit https://www.rfcuny.org/careers/postings?pvnID=VB-1904-003028. 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

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.

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.