Research Director for Criminal Justice Legitimacy and Evaluations

Posted by: City of New York

New York, NY, US

Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice |MOCJ

Position:Research Director for Criminal Justice Legitimacy and Evaluations
Location: New York, New York
Job ID Number: 17246

About the Office: The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) advises the Mayor of the City of New York on criminal justice policy. MOCJ develops and implements strategies to reduce crime and incarceration and to promote fairness and legitimacy. MOCJ works with law enforcement, city agencies, non-profits, foundations and others to implement data-driven strategies that address current crime conditions, prevent offending, and build the strong neighborhoods that ensure enduring safety. The office draws on various disciplines, such as, behavioral economics to “nudge” conduct and machine learning to develop reliable predictive analytics, to ensure effective results.

About the Role: MOCJ is seeking a Research Director to provide research and operational support on a variety of legitimacy and evaluation projects, including projects with external partners. As our senior research expert on criminal justice legitimacy themes and evaluations, the ideal candidate will be responsible for planning and conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses and working with large datasets from law enforcement agencies and possibly other public-serving institutions. The ideal candidate will also assist with evaluative and methodological work conducted by other members of the MOCJ research team. The Research Director’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide research and operational support and assistance in the design, and implementation of criminal justice legitimacy projects;
  • Provide analytic and methodological support to develop systematic evaluations across different fields of the criminal justice system
  • Design data-driven presentations and create documents to explain policy proposals and launch new programs;
  • Design data dashboard for ongoing criminal justice system analysis and performance measurement.

Qualifications and Skills:

The successful candidate must have a broad range of skills, but above all, they must be curious, flexible thinkers who love learning new things and tackling challenges on a daily basis. In addition, the preferred candidate should possess the following:

  • A Master’s degree in a social science discipline or relevant discipline required; PhD preferred.
  • Two or three years of experience with relevant research methodologies and a demonstrated interest in criminal justice. Experience with evaluations, multi-level modeling, and/or network analysis preferred.
  • Ability to balance competing priorities, complex situations and tight deadlines; ability to think outside of the box and develop novel strategies for analysis; ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data and research projects
  • Prior experience with administrative datasets and surveys preferred.

TO APPLY: Please send a copy of your resume, a cover letter, and three references to Candidate Application :

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New York City Residency Is Required Within 90 Days Of Appointment The City Of New York And The Office Of The Mayor Are Equal Opportunity Employers

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