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 a research associate to provide technical and data management support 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. 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 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 associate may also have opportunities to work in a similar capacity on other projects at the Institute.

Position Description

ISLG is looking to hire a research associate for the SJC team that will focus specifically on providing data management and technical support across multiple sites. The research associate will report to a senior researcher and will work closely with other project staff. Specifically, the research associate will support project team members through the following activities:

  • Cleaning and preparing case-level administrative data files for analysis (i.e., importing, reshaping, recoding) in a streamlined and efficient manner
  • Writing programming and syntax
  • Creating a system for organizing and managing data files
  • Responding to data requests across sites
  • Translating conceptual/practical data needs from SJC project team members into technical programming language
  • Working closely with SJC project team members to ensure that technical work is informed by an understanding of local criminal justice processes
  • Serving as a technical consultant to sites and partners, as needed
  • Assisting in the development of data requests and file specification protocols for site partners that are providing data to ISLG
  • Conducting quantitative analysis as needed
  • Maintaining detailed documentation on all data management decisions and technical work
  • Developing codebooks, file specifications, and other resource documents
  • Conducting data and systems reviews as needed
  • Potentially traveling to sites, as needed


  • M.A. or Ph.D. in computer science, data analytics, data science, data/information management, or other related field
  • At least two years of experience (four or more years preferred) doing data management work in an applied research setting
  • Experience 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 SQL, SPSS, R, SAS, or STATA (including fluency in programming/syntax in one or more of these programs)
  • Experience in information technology and/or database administration
  • An ability to understand practical project requests and figure out what technical work is needed to meet them
  • An ability to discuss technical work with project members in an accessible manner
  • A basic understanding of the criminal justice system is a plus, but not a requirement
  • An exceptional commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
  • An 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–$80,000 depending on technical skills and level of experience.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit You will need to submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and attach your curriculum vitae. Questions can be addressed to

Application review will commence on September 28, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

The Institute is recruiting an intern for fall 2018 semester to assist in ISLG’s communications work across the Institute’s various projects. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are eager for deeper understanding of communications-related work and government policymaking in New York City and beyond in a number of areas including criminal justice, infrastructure and transportation, government operations and finance. ISLG currently works in more than 45 cities on a variety of projects, including consulting and providing data oversight on the MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge, studying the impact of fines and fees in the criminal justice system, building empirical indicator systems that measure and track inequality at the city level, performing in-depth government agency analyses that can lead to greater efficiencies and budget savings, providing oversight and grants management on the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, as well other projects. For a complete list and more information about ISLG, please visit Junior and senior undergraduate students, recent graduates, law students, and graduate students are welcome to apply.

Position Description

Reporting to and working closely with the Associate Director of Communications, the intern 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
  • Brainstorm, contribute, and edit content for ISLG’s website or sites it manages (including and
  • 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.


  • 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 of communications, public relations, public affairs, marketing, etc., especially within higher education, nonprofit, and/or government context
  • Interested in a subject matter related to one or more of ISLG’s issue areas, such as criminal and juvenile justice; infrastructure and transportation; government finance and budgeting; government operations & contracting; nonprofit governance, contracting, & spin-off; social service operations; urban design and development; higher education; and tax policy
  • Knowledge of NYC’s social service, criminal justice, and/or related system landscape is a plus
  • Good knowledge and understanding of available social media tools and platforms
  • 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)
  • Excellent time management skills and experience working in deadline-driven environments
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to prioritize and work on a number of tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner with colleagues and external contacts
  • 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 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 by the deadline listed below. Please use the subject line “Internship Program Application- Fall 2018.” Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Application review will commence on August 20, 2018, 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

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