Research Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $55,000
Maximum: $80,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



10 East 34th Street- 5th floor
New York
United States


CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG): Overview

ISLG is an institute within the City University of New York. The Institute’s mission is to help achieve improvements in the financing, delivery, and measurement of critical public services by assisting current and future leaders in government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector, in the U.S. and internationally, by offering research, technical assistance, and education and training. The Institute’s director, Michael Jacobson, previously served as New York City’s Probation and Correction Commissioner and president of the Vera Institute of Justice.

Project Description

ISLG is hiring a Research Associate to work on various research projects in the Institute’s criminal justice portfolio. These projects involve helping criminal justice partners build data and analytical capacity; overseeing data collection, management, and analysis; developing and implementing performance measurement systems; conducting quantitative analyses of criminal justice data at different system points; and assisting in the development of new research projects.  Most immediately, the position will be split across two primary projects—one national and one local to New York City. The position is full-time.

Position Description

The RA will report to a Senior Researcher and will work closely with other project staff on project activities. Specifically, the RA will support their supervisor and other project staff in the following activities:

·        Developing data requests and data collection protocols for criminal justice agencies, community-based service

providers, and other relevant organizations providing data for various Institute-related research projects

·        Cleaning, coding, merging, and preparing administrative data files for analysis

·        Working with partners to develop and operationalize performance measures and develop reporting systems

·        Creating performance measures and dashboards and other progress reports  from case-level data, including

analysis and data visualization

·        Analyzing and interpreting performance measurement trends—including the policy and practice implications of

those trends

·        Conducting quantitative analysis, including descriptive analyses and various regression models, among other

statistical techniques, as required

·        Documenting methodology, validation, and testing to facilitate replication of analyses

·        Developing codebooks, file specifications, and other resource documents

·        Working closely with government partners and other project collaborators on all aspects of the work

·        Preparing and carrying out presentations for a wide range of audiences

·        Developing protocols for,  conducting, and analyzing data from qualitative interviews, focus groups, case file

reviews, surveys, and/or program observations

·    Conducting diagnostic assessments to better understand agency systems, capacity, gaps, and effective

identification of solutions to fill those gaps. This may include system mapping, conducting data and systems

reviews, interviews with agency stakeholders, conducting walkthroughs of IT systems, and strategizing ways to

operationalize data points into measures for analysis and evaluation.

·        Helping government partners implement improvements to data and analytical systems.

·        Assisting research team with grant reporting and development of final project deliverables

·        Traveling to meetings, conferences, and making site-visits, as needed 


·        MA or PhD in criminal justice/criminology, psychology, sociology, public policy, or other related fields

·        At least two years of experience (four or more years preferred) conducting research in an applied research


·        Experience in collecting and working with administrative data (experience with criminal justice data a plus)

·        Excellent data management and analysis skills, including extensive experience cleaning, coding, merging, and

analyzing large and complex quantitative data files in SPSS, SAS, or STATA (including fluency in

programming/syntax in one or more of these programs)

·        Experience with NVivo or other qualitative software a plus, but not a requirement

·        Strong understanding of criminal justice policy, including an ability to translate analytical and research findings

into policy and practice recommendations

·        Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to convey complex research findings to broader

audiences, and to develop clear, visually-compelling reports for government, non-profit, and private sector


·        Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to create and maintain excellent working relationships with

government and community partners

·        An exceptional commitment to accuracy and attention to detail

  • Ability to work on a team, as well as independently
  • Experience in information technology a plus, but not a requirement

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits and is located in New York City. Salary range: $55,000–$80,000 depending on research skills and level of experience.


  • Great health/vision/dental insurance
  • Generous sick and vacation time
  • Professional development program (R.E.A.P)
  • Summer Friday schedule (June to August)
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement Plan

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

How to Apply

To apply, please visit You will need to submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and interests and attach your curriculum vitae. Questions can be addressed to

 Application review will commence on September 17, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

The CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance and the Research Foundation of the City University of New York are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act/Protected Veterans Status/ E-Verify Employer.