Research Analyst - Criminal Justice
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Health, Education, and Social Programs

Education, Community & Social Programs Division

Fairfax, VA

Job Description:
The Children and Youth, Justice and Behavioral Health (CJBH) Research and Evaluation Team has a broad portfolio of projects focusing on criminal justice practices and policies. The team is seeking a



to work on multiple projects with topics ranging from victim services, juvenile diversion, pre-trial services, and forensic policies. With the supervision of more experienced researchers, the Research Analyst will be responsible for leading key tasks and assisting in the performance of social science research by gathering information and helping to prepare material for inclusion in reports. In addition, the Research Analyst may assist in contract and/or grant proposal efforts by writing key sections and assisting proposal managers as needed.

The position is located at ICF's headquarters in Fairfax, VA and will require some travel (up to 20% nationwide).

Key Responsibilities:
Lead and manage project tasks, including supervision of junior staff when relevant.

Perform background research on specified topics and synthesize material in the form of annotated bibliographies and literature reviews.

Collect primary data through conducting interviews, focus groups, or surveys. Lead and/or participate in site visits.

Manage databases and clean and validate data using statistical analysis software such as SPSS, Stata, or SAS.

Transcribe and code qualitative data.

Analyze primary and secondary data using basic statistical methods (e.g., regression).

Coordinate logistics (e.g., teleconferences and virtual meetings).

Basic :
Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, sociology, statistics, economics, or related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

2+ years of work experience in applied social science research.

Experience in report-writing and other technical writing.

Experience with data collection, administering surveys, interviews, focus groups, or structured observations.

Familiar with statistical software (i.e. SPSS, SAS, and Stata).

Proficient in MS applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Interest in criminal justice topics.

Willingness to travel up to 20% nationwide on an annual basis.

Preferred Skills/Experience:
Knowledge of statistical techniques, such as social network analysis, cost-benefit analysis, geospatial analysis/mapping, or advanced modeling (e.g., regression with diverse distributions, SEM, HLM).

Experience or knowledge related to victim services and/or other criminal justice areas.

Project and/or task management with little oversight or direction.

Experience in consulting or non-profit environments.

Professional Skills:
Superior writing skills including editing ability (writing sample is required).

Strong organizational skills, superior attention to detail, and ability to meet stringent deadlines.

Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision making capabilities.

Superior interpersonal skills including courtesy, professionalism, and a cooperative attitude.

Candidate should be able to work efficiently and effectively as part of a team and also be self-motivated.

Ability to be flexible, multi-task, prioritize, and manage multiple activities simultaneously in a fast-paced, changing environment.

Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors.

About ICF International

If you want to work on the leading issues of the day, if you want your work to reflect your passion in life, if you truly want to make the world a better place, then you want to work at ICF International.

Whether ensuring efficient use of energy resources, protecting the environment for generations to come, supporting cancer and HIV/AIDS patients and returning veterans, keeping young people in school and educators informed, delivering results in emergency preparedness, or breaking ground in any number of today's issues, ICF works in the topics that lead the news.

We have a passionate commitment to our work and to helping our clients achieve their objectives. We combine technical expertise with world-class analytics. We provide room for entrepreneurial thinking and grass-roots innovation to achieve compelling results for both our clients’ projects and our own company. All our work is done in a professional, collegial, and intellectual environment that allows individuals the latitude they need to perform work that parallels their passions. Since 1969, ICF has been serving government at all levels, major corporations, and multilateral institutions. More than 4,500 employees serve these clients worldwide. ICF's website is


ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels.

(EEO/AA – Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities)

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