Research Assistant

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



New York
New York
United States


The New York City Criminal Justice Agency, Inc. (CJA) is a private non-profit corporation serving the City's Criminal Justice system by providing pretrial and research services. Operating under a contract with the City of New York, CJA provides pretrial services to the New York City Court System assisting in the processing of over 300,000 persons arrested annually in New York City. Information collected about these arrestees and subsequent case processing is maintained in a computerized database. The Agency uses this database to conduct descriptive and evaluation research on arrestee characteristics, case processing and court outcomes, and on issues in criminal justice policy in New York City


Under the supervision of a project director, research assistants are responsible for:

  • Collecting and organizing data
  • Checking and solving data quality issues
  • Assisting in computerized data analysis
  • Preparing statistical tables and graphics
  • Writing memoranda and short reports


Applicants must have a BA/BS, preferably in a social science (sociology, criminal justice, political science, psychology, economics) with a strong interest in criminal justice and some relevant experience. Preference will be given to applicants with course work in research methods and statistical analysis. 

The successful applicant will be a detail-oriented person with strong problem-solving skills, excellent written and spoken communication skills, and experience with statistical (SPSS) and word processing (MS Word) software. Familiarity with additional MS Office software (e.g. Excel, Access) or other relevant computer applications, and/or an aptitude for computer programming are highly desirable. Ability to work in an open workspace is essential.

All applicants must include a cover letter describing their qualifications for and interest in the position along with a resume.


Application deadline is October 24, 2018

Note: Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.



CJA offers a diverse and friendly work environment with opportunities to utilize and improve your skills in statistical research, and to learn about the criminal justice system. This is a full-time position with excellent benefits, including health insurance, dental and vision coverage, a generous retirement savings plan, and four weeks of annual vacation time.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree