Research Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $52,524
Maximum: $60,403




1 Centre Street
Room 2213
New York
United States


The Board seeks an enthusiastic, high-energy researcher with a passion for evidenced-based approaches, data-driven decision making, and justice, fairness and excellence in corrections. This is an opportunity to join an emerging research and analytics unit within a nationally unique institution with extensive and broad powers of access and oversight. The Board’s research team conducts primary and secondary research and analysis, using its unbridled access to the DOC’s data, policies and jails as its rich data sources. The Board’s research agenda and production will catalyze and inform new regulations, play a critical role in encouraging compliance with existing regulations, and support other innovations within the jails and criminal justice system.

The Research Associate will report to the Board’s Deputy Executive Director of Research. 


Responsibilities include:

  • supporting the Board’s research agenda and research team;
  • researching national trends and best practices in corrections;
  • working collaboratively with BOC’s monitoring staff who work in the jails on a variety of research and evaluation projects;
  • assisting in the production of public reports; 
  • brainstorming project ideas to build upon past and current work; and
  • assisting on other tasks as assignments including data entry, developing data collection instruments, conducting interviews and focus groups, data analysis, and synthesis of findings.


Minimum Qualification Requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or
  2. High school graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or

3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in “1” above.

Experience/Qualities/Skills Strongly Preferred:

  • Master’s degree in a social science discipline, public policy or related field
  • At least three years of government, nonprofit, or comparable experience
  • Service as an inmate in a correctional or related facility may be substituted for a portion of the full-time, paid, preferred experience up to a maximum of two years on a year-for-year basis
  • Knowledge and interest in the criminal justice system a plus
  • Excellent inter-personal, communication, and writing skills
  • Professional and personal maturity and confidence
  • Experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative research and expressing findings in report form
  • Organized with an ability to work independently to complete projects
  • Experience in use of statistical software packages and experience cleaning, coding, merging, and analyzing quantitative data files in such packages (SQL, R, or SPSS)
  • Knowledge and experience with statistical analysis
  • Working knowledge of New York City jails and corrections
  • Commitment to the mission of the NYC Board of Correction
  • Commitment to a collegial and respectful workplace


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

For City employees: Go to Employee Self-Service (ESS) at and search for Job ID # 365074

For all other applicants: Go to and search for Job ID# 365074

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