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 analyst to support work with the New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) on their Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII). The policy analyst may also be staffed on other projects, as needed.

CJII aims to reduce crime and improve fairness and efficiency in the criminal justice system. DANY established CJII to invest approximately $250 million of criminal asset forfeiture funds in projects that will improve public safety, develop broad crime prevention efforts, and promote a fair, efficient justice system in New York City. CJII focuses on investments along a continuum, from (1) building skills and supports among youth and families to strengthen communities and help prevent crime, to (2) enhancing and developing new approaches for serving victims of crime that increase access to services and meet their needs, to (3) improving and increasing diversion and reentry support to effectively address the needs and risks of justice system involved individuals, to (4) enhancing effectiveness across systems to increase public safety and promote a fair and efficient system. 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, performance measurement, and coordination of technical assistance for each of the investments. For more information about CJII, visit www.cjii.org.

Position Description

This position will provide deep support to an ISLG program director who currently leads components of the CJII project, including its portfolio of Diversion and Reentry investments (for more information about CJII’s Diversion & Reentry portfolio, please visit https://cjii.org/focus-areas/diversion-and-reentry-support/) and the CJII Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Initiative. Initially, the position will consist of a mix of coordination, administrative, and policy work that supports CJII; however, there may be an opportunity for this position to also play a key coordination/policy role in a new project(s) for the Institute. This is an excellent position for candidates who are eager for deeper understanding of government policymaking, grants management, the provision of training and technical assistance, and the social service sector and work of community-based organizations across New York City. It will serve as a growth opportunity for the right candidate who demonstrates a strong work ethic and consistent quality performance as the Institute is eager to support staff in skill building and provide opportunities for advancement from within.

Reporting to an ISLG program director, the policy analyst will be responsible for supporting the day-to-day management of CJII’s Diversion and Reentry Portfolio and Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Initiative, including the following:

  • Managing grantee reporting, timelines, and deliverables (e.g., monitor adherence to contract requirements, review quarterly reports)
  • Preparing materials for and taking accurate and detailed notes during meetings and site visits with grantees, DANY, and other key, high-level stakeholders around the city
  • Conducting background research to support provision of TTA to CJII grantees
  • Scheduling and offering key logistical and administrative support for TTA-related workshops and conferences offered to grantees, including liaising with expert consultants
  • Supporting the review and evaluation process of proposals for funding
  • Supporting the contracting process of funded applicants
  • Conducting background research to develop policy briefs and blogs
  • Editing documents, and other organizational and administrative tasks as needed

While the policy analyst will initially support the work of CJII, the position may be tasked with supporting other policy projects at ISLG coming online in 2019. As such, applicants should be willing to apply their coordination, administrative, and policy support to projects outside of CJII that are also of critical importance to the furtherance of the Institute’s mission.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of experience preferred (individuals without work experience may be considered for the position at the policy assistant level)
  • An exceptional commitment to and skillset to ensure accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing demands, priorities, and requirements as projects develop
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, discretion, and judgment
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong work ethic, sense of humor, flexibility, creativity, and a professional demeanor
  • Interest in the criminal justice system, crime prevention, social service coordination, and/or nonprofit management/capacity building preferred
  • Familiarity with grants management systems (e.g., Fluid Review, Sales Force) and presentation/graphic design tools is a plus but not required.

This is an exceptional opportunity to contribute to a potentially transformative criminal justice initiative and 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 range from $45,000 to $55,000, commensurate with experience, and excellent benefits.

How to Apply

To apply, you will need to submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and attach your curriculum vitae. Visit https://www.rfcuny.org/careers/postings?pvnID=VB-1901-002896 to apply. Questions about the position can be addressed to info@islg.cuny.edu. Application review will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Project Description

ISLG is hiring a research associate to assist in work with the New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) on its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII), which aims to reduce crime and improve fairness and efficiency in the criminal justice system. This work spans 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. In this work, ISLG provides technical assistance to DANY and oversees the CJII, including performance monitoring for all grantees.

The research associate will monitor the performance of grantees under the Diversion and Reentry portfolio primarily, which includes the College-in-Prison Reentry Initiative, Early Diversion (Project Reset and Adult Project Reset), Social Enterprises, Reentry Challenge, and Reentry Services and Supports initiatives. In addition, the research associate will work on a team currently conducting a process evaluation of the College-in-Prison Reentry Initiative. The research associate may also be asked to contribute to other portfolios of CJII or on other projects at ISLG, as necessary.

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

Position Description

Reporting to senior research staff and working closely with research, policy, and communications staff, the research associate will oversee performance measurement for the Diversion and Reentry portfolio. DANY and ISLG see performance monitoring as a critical component of the CJII, helping to adjust the implementation of individual initiatives, ensure initiatives’ success, and inform relevant work in other jurisdictions (in or outside of NYC). To these ends, the research associate will be responsible for the following:

  • Developing and operationalizing performance metrics for future grantees and initiatives
  • Working with existing and future grantees to adapt performance metrics according to the specific program components for each grantee
  • Receiving and managing performance data from grantees
  • Interpreting and summarizing data, which are typically aggregate and non-identifiable, into digestible reports and memoranda for DANY and other stakeholders
  • Analyzing, interpreting, and thinking critically about performance measurement trends, including their policy and practice implications
  • Reporting back to grantees about their ongoing performance, including visualizing data to depict grantees’ performance over time
  • Assessing the suitability of CJII grantees for evaluation and making recommendations to DANY about appropriate evaluation designs
  • Liaising with and managing external evaluators selected to conduct process and/or outcome evaluations of designated CJII grantees
  • Engaging key project stakeholders, including personnel from city agencies in meetings, emails, and phone calls
  • Preparing and carrying out presentations for a wide range of audiences
  • Traveling to meetings, conferences, and sites, as needed
  • Working closely with research and policy teams to oversee the implementation of the Diversion and Reentry portfolio and other CJII initiatives
  • Participating in cross-organizational collaboration to generate new ideas and grow the Institute’s body of work

In addition, in partnership with the associate research director and senior research associate, the research associate will manage an ongoing process evaluation of the College-in-Prison Reentry Initiative, a multi-site correctional education initiative in New York State. The research associate will:

  • Liaise with education providers, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), and other stakeholders to schedule site visits to DOCCS facilities
  • Conduct observations, interviews, and focus groups with initiative stakeholders, including occasional travel to New York State correctional facilities (approximate travel: 2-4 trips per year; 1-3 days per trip)
  • Review program documents
  • Develop and process data requests and data collection protocols from education providers, governmental agencies, and other relevant organizations
  • Clean, code, merge, and prepare administrative data files for analysis
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis, as needed
  • Assist in interpreting and disseminating process evaluation findings (writing interim and final reports)
  • Assist in managing the grant award for the external evaluator selected for the outcome evaluation of the College-in-Prison Reentry Initiative

This is an exceptional opportunity to work on transformative criminal justice initiatives and to assist in building a portfolio of work in a recently-established institute with a talented and ambitious team producing a scientifically rigorous and impactful body of work.

Qualifications

  • M.A. or Ph.D. in education, human development, sociology, psychology, public health, social work, or related social science field
  • Demonstrated understanding of criminal justice policy, including an ability to translate analytical and research findings into policy and practice recommendations
  • At least two years of experience 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 quantitative data files in SPSS, SAS, or STATA (including fluency in programming/syntax in one or more of these programs)
  • Experience working in a foundation, government, or nonprofit organization, managing large projects with many stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to present research findings to multiple audience 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
  • 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 develop
  • Excellent time management skills and experience working in deadline-driven environments
  • 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: $55,000–$80,000 depending on research skills and level of experience. Applicants may also be considered at the research analyst level.

How to Apply

To apply, visit https://www.rfcuny.org/careers/postings?pvnID=VB-1901-002881. You will need to submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and attach your curriculum vitae. Questions about the position or ISLG can be addressed to info@islg.cuny.edu.

Application review will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Project Description

ISLG is hiring a research associate to work on one or more 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

The 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

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

Qualifications

  • 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 https://www.rfcuny.org/careers/postings?pvnID=VB-1809-002739. 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 September 28, 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

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