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.

ISLG is hiring an Associate Research Director to oversee a portfolio of projects and work with the Research Director to build the Institute’s broader research agenda. The projects will be concentrated in criminal justice, though they may include work in other policy areas as well. With respect to the nature of the work, it will involve some combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis, performance measurement, data visualization, program and policy evaluation, grants management, and technical assistance around data capacity-building. The Associate Research Director will be responsible for developing and managing research activities in these different areas, as well as managing project staff who are carrying them out. The Associate Research Director will also be responsible for developing and fundraising for new research work that aligns with the Institute’s mission and focus.

The Associate Research Director will report to the Research Director and will work closely with other project staff on project activities.

Responsibilities

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

  • Working with the Research Director and other Associate Director to develop and manage research work and staff across the Institute, including:
    • Identifying and building new areas of work and funding sources
    • Building a research department agenda and strategic plan
    • Managing staff workloads
    • Planning professional development activities
    • Developing research protocols and policies
    • Strategizing ways to communicate and disseminate ISLG’s research work
  • Developing research projects and/or initiatives, including design and data collection parameters, and engagement of government, community, and other partners
  • Overseeing and managing the substantive, methodological, and administrative aspects of research projects, including:
    • Oversight of contracts and grant agreements
  • Development of work plans and processes
  • Management of timelines
  • Ensuring the integrity and quality of research activities and deliverables
  • Supervision of project staff
  • Coordination and collaboration with external partners
  • Budget management
  • Ensuring that research is carried out in accordance with Human Subjects protocols
  • Building and managing relationships with research, policy, government, community, philanthropy, and/or other partners
  • Planning and facilitating meetings with partners
  • Writing research and policy reports, memos, and briefs
  • Developing other research and policy resources
  • Translating research findings into policy, practice, and operational implications
  • Presenting research and/or policy findings to a variety of audiences, including researchers, practitioners, and funders, in a manner that is accessible

 

This position will involve some—though not extensive—travel. It is critical that this person be based at ISLG’s New York City office.

 

Qualifications

  • 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)
  • Extensive experience (7 years or more) developing and managing rigorous research projects in a policy setting—preferably research projects of a significant scale/scope
  • Extensive experience supervising staff
  • Substantial experience carrying out or managing projects involving some combination of the following:
    • Performance measurement
    • Collecting and working with administrative data, particularly data from criminal justice agencies
    • Quantitative data management and analysis, including cleaning, coding, merging, and analyzing large and complex quantitative data files
    • Policy or program evaluation
    • Qualitative data collection (focus groups, observations) and coding analysis
    • The development and administration of surveys
    • Systematic social observations
    • Data visualization
    • Technical assistance
  • Strong background in criminal justice or another related public policy area (public health, education, fiscal policy)
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • An ability to translate policy and practice questions into research and analysis needs; and 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, community, and other non-research partners
  • A strong commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work on a team, as well as independently
  • A promising research record, including a record for successful proposal development and/or peer-reviewed publications, is a plus
  • Experience managing research and/or policy work at a broader scale (e.g. a research department or center) is a plus

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and is located in New York City. Salary range: $110,000–$130,000, depending on research skills and level of experience.

How to Apply

To apply, please go to https://www.rfcuny.org/careers/postings?pvnID=VB-1908-003212.  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 Counsel to the Executive Director, the Associate Counsel provides legal advice and services to ISLG leadership and staff.  The ideal applicant will have a strong interest in the operations of government and the nonprofit sector, and a broad-based curiosity about potentially unfamiliar legal matters.  Interest and experience in the substantive areas in which ISLG works (including criminal justice, policing, corrections, health care, and education) is a plus. The attorney will work with the Counsel to the Executive Director, the legal staff at the CUNY Research Foundation and CUNY’s General Counsel’s Office to provide legal advice and assistance to ISLG. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Drafting contracts, MOUs, data use agreements, and other documents
  • Providing legal research and drafting memos on the broad range of topics that arise in the course of ISLG’s work in areas including intellectual property, procurement, FOIL and FERPA
  • Working with the executive staff to assess the Institute’s needs, perform risk management, research legal issues and draft legal documents
  • Working closely with ISLG’s partners in government and in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors to negotiate grants, contracts and other documents
  • Drafting policies for projects and ISLG as a whole
  • Reviewing contracts and grant agreements
  • Providing strategic advice and counsel to all facets of the organization.

This is an exceptional opportunity to work on potentially transformative initiatives and to assist in building a portfolio of work in an institute with a talented and multi-disciplinary team producing an impactful body of work.

 

Qualifications:

  • JD from an accredited law school, and admission to NYS bar
  • Minimum three to five years’ legal experience in nonprofit, government, or private sector
  • Ability to manage time and work independently in a fast-paced environment, while paying close attention to details
  • Strong work ethic, sense of humor, flexibility, creativity, and a professional demeanor;
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Solid foundation in fundamental legal theories, ability to identify problems and legal issues, strong research skills, good negotiating skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and is located in New York City. The salary is commensurate with experience.

 

How to Apply

To apply, please go to https://www.rfcuny.org/careers/postings?pvnID=VB-1908-003240. 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

Project Description

The Institute is hiring a Senior Research Associate (SRA) to provide management for a 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 body worn camera (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 stakeholders, and is expected to run approximately two years. The successful applicant may be able to transition to another project after the conclusion of this project.

The SRA will be responsible for developing and managing the research components of this project, including the development of research tools and protocols, the recruitment and training of CUNY students to conduct SSOs and code data, and day-to-day management of research staff and tasks. The SRA will also work closely with a project director who is responsible for the broader oversight and strategy for the project, including managing relationships with the various stakeholders involved; and will liaise with the NYPD, the CUNY Graduate Center, the evaluation team, and other city stakeholders. The SRA may also be asked to contribute to other projects at ISLG.

The position is full-time. For more information about ISLG, please visit www.islg.cuny.edu.


Position Description

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

  • Developing, field testing, and refining 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • At least five years of experience conducting research in an applied research setting;
  • Excellent project management skills, and experience managing staff, preferably a research team;
  • Background in criminal justice—and preferably in policing—including an ability to translate analytical and research findings into policy and practice recommendations;
  • Experience collecting original data, preferably in field settings; and
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to both create and maintain excellent working relationships with government and community partners and navigate politically sensitive issues.
  • 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: $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-1908-003245. 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.

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.