Senior Research Associate
Court Innovation - New York, NY

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The Center for Court Innovation, a project of the Fund for the City of New York, is a nonprofit think tank that explores new ideas for how the justice system can prevent crime, aid victims, change offender behavior, and strengthen communities. The Center creates demonstration projects that test new approaches to problems that have resisted conventional solutions. The Center’s problem-solving initiatives include the nation’s first community court (Midtown Community Court), as well as drug courts, domestic violence courts, violence prevention programs, alternatives to juvenile detention, and other experiments in justice. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research on topics of justice reform and provides consulting services to justice innovators.

The successful candidate will play a leading analytic role in three research and evaluation studies. Two of these studies concern experiments in pretrial diversion that allow adult or juvenile defendants to avoid a conviction and, in some cases, to avoid court involvement altogether. The third study concerns gang involvement among Native American youth. The projects involve process studies in multiple sites nationwide, including site visits, interviews with justice officials, and (in some cases) focus groups with program participants. The studies also involve the management of quantitative field interviews with defendant and/or gang involved populations. Collectively, the projects require substantial experience in one or more of: advanced quantitative methods, survey design, and ability to coordinate field interviews. Ability to travel to multiple locations nationwide is necessary.

Qualifications include:
    • Ph.D. preferred; or M.A. plus at least 5 years of research experience
    • Capacity to participate in site visits and interviews with justice professionals
    • Knowledge of advanced quantitative methods
    • A publication record and evidence of strong writing skills
    • Experience and interest in criminology, prevention, problem-solving courts, diversion programs, tribal justice, or other relevant topic areas
    • Excellent oral communication skills
    • Professional and personal maturity and confidence
    • Interest and skill in making research findings relevant and accessible to practitioners
    • Interest in working in an interdisciplinary agency with research and programmatic departments
      For additional information about the Center for Court Innovation, see our web site: www.courtinnovation.org . Please note that although we will continue accepting applications through February/March, application review will commence immediately in January of 2013.

      Credentials:
      Master's Degree

      Languages:
      English

      Salary:
      Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits are provided.

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