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 various research projects in the Institute’s criminal justice portfolio. Primary among them is 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. To date, the Foundation has awarded 20 jurisdictions grants to implement strategies across the criminal justice system that will reduce jail populations and racial and ethnic disparities. 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. ISLG also 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.

The research associates may also have opportunities to work on other projects currently in development at ISLG. These projects could involve helping criminal justice partners build data and analytical capacity, developing performance measures, conducting quantitative analyses of criminal justice data at different system points, and/or assisting in the development of research projects.

Position Description

ISLG is looking to hire one or more research associates to carry out data collection, management, analysis, and/or performance measurement work; and to provide technical assistance to government and other partners, on the SJC and potentially other research projects within ISLG’s portfolio. Each research associate will report to a senior researcher and will work closely with other project staff on project activities. Specifically, each research associate will support their supervisor and other project staff in the following activities:

  • Developing data requests and data collection protocols for criminal justice agencies, community-based service providers, and other relevant organizations providing data for various ISLG-related research projects
  • Cleaning, coding, merging, and preparing administrative data files for analysis
  • Working with partners to develop and operationalize performance measures and develop reporting systems
  • Creating performance measures and dashboards and other progress reports from case-level data
  • Analyzing and interpreting performance measurement trends—including policy and practice implications of those trends
  • Conducting quantitative analysis
  • Documenting methodology, validation, and testing to facilitate replication of analyses
  • 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
  • Developing protocols for, conducting, and analyzing data from qualitative interviews, focus groups, and/or program observations
  • Conducting data and systems reviews
  • Assisting research team with grant reporting and development of final project deliverables
  • Traveling to meetings, conferences, and making site-visits, as needed

Qualifications

  • M.A. or Ph.D. 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)
  • Experience with NVivo or other qualitative software a plus, but not a requirement
  • 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
  • Experience in information technology a plus, but not a requirement

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 go to https://www.rfcuny.org/careers/postings?pvnID=VB-1803-002416. Alternatively, you may go to rfcuny.org and click on About RF, then Careers. 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 April 9, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

Project Description

ISLG is hiring one or more senior research associates to work on various research projects in the Institute’s criminal justice portfolio. Primary among them is 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. To date, the Foundation has awarded 20 jurisdictions grants to implement strategies across the criminal justice system that will reduce jail populations and racial and ethnic disparities. 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. ISLG also 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.

The senior research associates may also have opportunities to work on other projects currently in development at ISLG. These projects could involve helping criminal justice partners build data and analytical capacity, developing performance measures, conducting quantitative analyses of criminal justice data at different system points, and/or assisting in the development of research projects.

Position Description

ISLG is looking to hire one or more senior research associates to plan and/or oversee data collection, management, analysis, and/or performance measurement work; and to provide technical assistance to government and other partners, on the SJC and potentially other research projects within ISLG’s portfolio. Each senior research associate will report to the research director or associate research director and will work closely with other project staff on project activities. Specifically, each senior research associate will be responsible for some subset of the following:

  • Developing data requests and data collection protocols for criminal justice agencies, community-based service providers, and other relevant organizations providing data for various ISLG-related research projects
  • Cleaning, coding, merging, and preparing administrative data files for analysis
  • Working with partners to develop and operationalize performance measures and develop reporting systems
  • Creating performance measures and dashboards and other progress reports from case-level data
  • Analyzing and interpreting performance measurement trends—including policy and practice implications of those trends
  • Conducting and/or overseeing quantitative analysis
  • Documenting methodology, validation, and testing to facilitate replication of analyses
  • Developing codebooks, file specifications, and other resource documents
  • 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.
  • Conducting data and systems reviews
  • Supervising associate and analyst staff on project work
  • Traveling to meetings, conferences, and making site-visits, as needed

Senior research associates will also contribute to developing the ISLG’s broader research agenda, together with the ISLG’s research director and other senior research staff.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in criminal justice/criminology, sociology, psychology, public administration, public health or social work (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
  • 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 experience cleaning, coding, merging, and analyzing large and complex quantitative data files in SPSS, SAS, or STATA
  • 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
  • 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
  • A promising research record, including a record for successful proposal development and/or peer-reviewed publications, 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, go to https://www.rfcuny.org/careers/postings?pvnID=VB-1803-002420. Alternatively, you may go to rfcuny.org and click on About RF, then Careers. 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 April 9, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

ISLG is recruiting junior and senior undergraduate students, recent graduates, law students, and graduate students to serve as interns for summer 2018. These interns will assist in ISLG’s work with the New York County District Attorney’s Office (“DANY”) on DANY’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII), which aims to reduce crime and improve fairness and efficiency in the criminal justice system. This work includes many projects distributed among four portfolios: a) Youth, Families, and Communities, b) Victims of Crime, c) Diversion and Reentry Support, and d) Enhancing Effectiveness Across Systems. ISLG provides technical assistance to DANY and oversees the CJII on behalf of DANY. Each intern will be matched with one or more CJII portfolios based on their interests and previous experience, as well as on CJII needs throughout the internship. For more information about ISLG and CJII, please visit www.islg.cuny.edu and www.cjii.org.

Position Description

Reporting to a senior policy associate, the intern will work on a range of tasks within selected CJII portfolio(s). Tasks that the interns may be responsible for include but are not limited to:

  • Work closely with the senior policy associate(s) to support grantees, including conducting site visits, reviewing reports from grantees, identifying technical assistance needs, maintaining regular communication with grantees, and ensuring grantees’ timely completion of tasks and deliverables;
  • Assist CJII team in developing relationships with and collaborating with government and community stakeholders to support grantees;
  • Assist in the preparation of materials for conferences, external presentations, and other public-facing platforms (e.g. the CJII website);
  • Assist in the planning and provision of logistical support of a CJII Learning Community, which supports grantees’ ongoing technical assistance needs through in-person convenings, webinars, and trainings; and
  • Other tasks as needed to support CJII’s work.

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in a degree program at a CUNY school or graduated from such a program within the last year
  • Demonstrated professional and/or academic experience or knowledge in a subject matter related to one or more of the aforementioned CJII portfolios, which may include youth development; education; peer support; victimization; workforce development; criminal justice; trauma-informed care; neighborhood-based strategies; and/or other related subject matters
  • Knowledge of NYC’s social service, criminal justice, and/or related system landscape is preferred
  • Excellent time management skills and experience working in deadline-driven environments
  • Ability to write and present in an articulate, structured, and compelling manner
  • Ability to prioritize and work on a number of tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to commit to a consistent schedule of approximately 35 hours per week for the internship period (i.e., summer or the spring or fall semester)

How to Apply

To apply for an internship please visit https://www.rfcuny.org/careers/postings?pvnID=VB-1803-002410. You will need to submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and attach your curriculum vitae. Additionally, we ask that candidates submit the following materials:

  1. ISLG’s Internship Program application form (which will be emailed separately to all candidates once applicants submit their cover letter and curriculum vitae via the Research Foundation website)
  2. A cover letter that includes their area(s) of interest, how they hope to contribute to ISLG’s mission, and their proposed start and end dates and work schedule (1 page limit)
  3. A resume or curriculum vitae (1 page limit)
  4. The contact information for 2 references (preferably professors or former supervisors of employment relating to the work of ISLG)
  5. An academic or professional writing sample (3 page limit)
  6. Unofficial transcripts

All application materials must be in English and submitted in a single PDF to info@islg.cuny.edu by the deadline listed below. Please use the subject line “Internship Program Application.” Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Application review will commence on March 30, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

ISLG is currently developing its internship program and is looking to partner with students in college and university programs that offer internship opportunities for stipend or credit. ISLG is seeking graduate students who are funded or awarded course credit to engage in a broad cross-section of ISLG’s work, gaining direct experience in research and evaluation, program implementation and oversight, policy, and philanthropy. Interns work collaboratively with staff in multiple content areas and build relationships within NYC’s nonprofits and government agencies. ISLG will work with interns and their sponsoring college or university program to determine schedules and full- or part-time status over the summer months—approximately May/June-August, 2018. In addition to the work activities described below, interns will participate in regular professional development opportunities organized by ISLG.

ISLG is currently accepting applications for a research internship focused on the New York County District Attorney Office’s (“DANY”) Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII), which aims to reduce crime and improve fairness and efficiency in the criminal justice system. This work includes many projects distributed among four portfolios: a) Youth, Families, and Communities, b) Victims of Crime, c) Diversion and Reentry Support, and d) Enhancing Effectiveness Across Systems. ISLG provides technical assistance to DANY and oversees the CJII on behalf of DANY. One of ISLG’s primary responsibilities is to oversee the performance measurement and evaluation of the investments within each of the four portfolios. To that end, the research intern will assist ISLG staff with performance measurement and evaluation of several of the investments funded under CJII. For more information about ISLG and CJII, please visit www.islg.cuny.edu and www.cjii.org.

Position Description

Reporting to a senior research associate or associate research director, and working alongside research analysts and associates, the research intern will work on performance measurement and evaluation of a number of investments within the four portfolios. Tasks that the interns may be responsible for are included but not limited to:

  • Assist in carrying out research activities and data analysis for a process evaluation of the College-in-Prison (CIP) Reentry Initiative, which funds seven education providers to expand programming in 17 prison facilities across NYS; and also funds an education and reentry coordinator to oversee statewide reforms and the development of statewide standards pertaining to instruction, transfer, and articulation of credits;
  • Support the performance measurement of CJII programs, including drafting and tailoring of performance metrics, analysis of performance data, and synthesis of data into memos and reports;
  • Assist in the preparation of materials for conferences, external presentations, and other public-facing platforms (e.g., the CJII website); and
  • Other tasks as needed to support CJII’s work.

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • Knowledge of quantitative methods and analysis, including descriptive and bivariate analysis
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, and preferably with SPSS, Stata, R, SAS, or other software used for quantitative analysis
  • Knowledge of qualitative methods and analysis, including coding of qualitative data (e.g., grounded theory approaches)
  • Experience with NVivo or other software used for coding qualitative data
  • Demonstrated professional and/or academic experience in a subject matter related to one or more of the aforementioned CJII portfolios, which may include youth development; education; peer support; victimization; workforce development; criminal justice; trauma-informed care; neighborhood-based strategies; and/or other related subject matters
  • Excellent time management skills and experience working in deadline-driven environments
  • Ability to write and present in an articulate, structured, and compelling manner
  • Ability to prioritize and work on a number of tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work on a team as well as independently
  • Ability to commit to a consistent schedule for the internship period

How to Apply

To apply, visit rfcuny.org and click on About RF, then Careers, or visit https://www.rfcuny.org/careers/postings?pvnID=VB-1803-002411, to upload a cover letter describing qualifications and areas of interest within the CJII, your curriculum vitae (as a PDF), and a brief 2-3-page writing sample. For further information on the CJII portfolios please review the Strategic Plan along with our current and previous funding opportunities. If your college or university program coordinates the application process directly, please reference their submission process and we will work with them to review submitted applications.

Additionally, we ask that candidates submit the following materials:

  1. ISLG’s Internship Program application form (which will be emailed separately to all candidates once
    applicants submit their cover letter and curriculum vitae via the Research Foundation website)
  2. A cover letter that includes their area(s) of interest, how they hope to contribute to ISLG’s mission,
    and their proposed start and end dates and work schedule. (1 page limit)
  3. A resume or curriculum vitae. (1 page limit)
  4. The contact information for 2 references (preferably professors or former supervisors of employment
    relating to the work of ISLG).
  5. An academic or professional writing sample. (3 page limit)
  6. Unofficial transcripts.

All application materials must be in English and submitted in a single PDF to info@islg.cuny.edu by the deadline listed below. Please use the subject line “Internship Program Application.” Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

*Please note, candidates must come with funding from their respective schools.

Application review will commence on March 30 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.