Senior Research and Data Associate, Pre-Trial Services

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The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms by guiding justice innovators, nationally and internationally. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities.

The Center’s Data Analytics and Applied Research Team (DAAR) is seeking a Senior Research and Data Associate to design, carry out, and supervise the data management practices and analytics for our pretrial Supervised Release Program (SRP) work in New York City (the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island), and conduct related research. This position offers an opportunity to develop and implement data collection protocols, reporting metrics, analysis methods, and research projects that will inform internal operations, and pretrial justice policies, citywide. Successful candidates must bring a real interest in this work, along with preexisting knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodology. The role requires a strong technical analytic skillset for querying relational databases and using statistical software to manipulate, analyze, and visualize data. For more information about the Center’s operating programs, please visit

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Directly supervise one or more Research and Data Associate(s) on a small, collaborative team within the larger department;
  • Ensure all data cleaning and reporting deliverables are met;
  • Extract, clean, and analyze data from large databases;
  • Work closely with team management and CCI’s operations and technology departments to streamline, document, and standardize data management, reporting, and analytic practices;
  • Design and produce recurring statistical reports, dashboards, fact sheets, and other data products/visualizations to identify trends and critically assess project progress against benchmarks; 
  • Collaborate with team management, project leadership, and on-the-ground program staff to establish site-specific research and analysis priorities and promote data-driven program operations;
  • Conduct ad hoc data analyses to respond to requests for information, both internally and externally;
  • Synthesize, present, and disseminate analytic findings to a range of stakeholder audiences, including, but not limited to court actors, policymakers, practitioners, and criminal justice researchers, etc.;
  • Work closely with team management and the technology department in our upcoming transition from a legacy case management system (proprietary Oracle database) to Salesforce, and provide ongoing support to end-users;
  • Oversee the creation of and future amendments to data collection and reporting tools, as well as the development and maintenance of data-related protocol documentation and training materials;
  • Communicate regularly with on-the-ground program staff about data entry processes and protocols, providing data trainings and support, as needed;
  • Coordinate and work with team management, project leadership, and other CCI departments to write data-related sections of funding proposals, and plan and implement new programs;
  • Provide support and/or oversight throughout all stages of larger scale research projects, as needed – including potential coordination with external research partners;
  • Oversee fieldwork, as needed – including potential hiring, training, and supervision of research assistants; and
  • Additional relevant tasks, as needed.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Master’s Degree or a Bachelor’s Degree plus 3-5 years’ relevant research and data experience, preferably as a criminal justice researcher. The candidate should have prior supervisory/management experience. Candidate must be a skilled communicator (written and oral) and able to interact effectively and maintain relationships with members of the judiciary, court staff, community-based organizations, criminal justice personnel, and members of the public. Experience using statistical software syntax (R, SAS, Python, Stata, SPSS etc.) is required (experience with R is preferred). Experience using advanced quantitative and qualitative methods and querying large databases using SQL (or other programming languages used to extract and manipulate data) is required. Experience using data visualization software (e.g., Tableau) and familiarity with Salesforce is a plus. Knowledge of and strong interest in the justice system is a must.

Position Location: Midtown, NY with regular travel to the Center’s Brooklyn sites operating the Supervised Release Program.

Compensation: Salary range starts at $73,000 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, TransitChek, Flexible Spending Account plans for health and dependent care, a 403(b) retirement plan and a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match.

The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms by guiding justice innovators, nationally and…

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