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Senior Researcher

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Impact Justice
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Published 21 days ago

The Research & Action Center (RAC) at Impact Justice is seeking a Senior Researcher with significant project and staff management experience. The work and staffing of the RAC depend on the team securing contracts and grants, and all positions are dependent on funding. All work is currently conducted remotely, and when Impact Justice returns to the office (anticipated September 2021), these positions will be expected to report to our Oakland location. 

DESCRIPTION 

About Impact Justice 

Impact Justice is a national innovation and resource center committed to reducing the number of people involved in our juvenile and adult criminal justice system, improving conditions for those who remain incarcerated, providing meaningful opportunities for success for those rejoining our communities, and improving justice outcomes for crime victims. We work in a variety of program areas including violence reduction, community-based programs, restorative justice, and police/prosecution. We are looking for smart, creative, and dedicated individuals to support these program areas. Impact Justice is a new and exciting organization that is working at the leading edge of improving outcomes in our criminal justice system. 

Research & Action Center Focus Area 

Impact Justice’s Research & Action Centers (RAC) focuses on supporting community-based alternatives for youth and adults in the justice system, especially in understanding how successful alternatives can provide better outcomes than the traditional justice system for people who have committed serious and violent crimes. We do this by collecting and analyzing data and collaborating with public and private agencies and community-based organizations. The RAC aims to develop and evaluate a range of programs that support the well-being and positive development of those impacted by the justice system. Our work specifically focuses on racial/ethnic disparities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, gender non-conforming, and transgender (LGBQ/GNCT) youth, and the many intersections thereof. 

Some of our current projects include: 

  • Supporting jurisdictions in making policy and practice changes; 
  • Quantitative analyses of system disparities across race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity;
  • A mixed-method evaluation of a national restorative justice diversion program for youth; 
  • Evaluations of reentry services for formerly incarcerated youth and adults;
  • Technical assistance for community-based organizations working with systems; and technical assistance for justice systems working with community-based organizations 

Responsibilities 

Senior Researchers are expected to manage multiple projects, supervise Research Analysts, and assist with team grant writing. Senior Researchers serve as the primary point person for project partners and participate in project communications and meetings. They are responsible for ensuring that assigned projects are completed on time. Senior Researchers are expected to lead project planning, including the development of logic models, research and evaluation plans, work plans, and timelines. They are expected to supervise Research Analysts: delegating effectively, providing constructive feedback, and providing support in goal setting and problem-solving. Senior Researchers report to the Associate Director. 

Major Responsibilities Include: 

Project Management 

  • Manage multiple projects concurrently, ensuring that the team meets internal & external deadlines for deliverables; execute the work plan & evaluation plan as developed; communicate and coordinate with both internal and external partners to ensure tasks are completed in a timely fashion; serve as the senior point person for projects 

Supervise Research Analysts

  • Conduct regular & consistent team check-ins with all supervisees; conduct regular & consistent one-on-one check-ins with supervisees; provide ongoing feedback on work products & progress; support in goal-setting & problem solving; support in the development of professional & technical skills; complete Impact Justice-required quarterly and annual reviews on time; provide guidance to supervisees in developing their annual goals

Data Collection Tools & Protocols 

  • Finalize & prepare IRB submissions; develop surveys with both externally and internally validated measures; develop interview protocols; ensure that data collection tools correspond with appropriate logic models and relevant research questions; train in the administration of surveys, etc., if needed

Collect & Analyze Data (as needed) 

  • Able to support data collection of any kind for projects; conduct, interpret, and summarize more complex data analysis as needed, including multiple forms of regression; able to contribute significantly to the research design elements of projects, including matching control group samples, sample design, etc. 

Report & Grant Writing 

  • Identify relevant organizations & sources for ongoing or upcoming projects; finalize reports & report-associated posts for the Impact Justice website; write & finalize grant proposals; contribute significantly to the team “idea bank” (i.e. produces actionable ideas for LOIs, grant proposals, & concept papers) 

Required Qualifications: 

● Experience managing projects and people 

● Expertise in data collection, management, and analysis 

● Expertise in multiple forms of quantitative &/or qualitative research methods

○ High-level expertise in at least one particular method is preferred 

● Able to develop collaborative logic models/theories of change 

● Positive, solutions-oriented approach to problems 

● Excellent written & verbal communication skills 

● Excellent attention to detail 

● Excellent personal time management skills - ability to manage & prioritize many tasks across multiple projects 

● Extreme reliability & ability to maintain confidentiality 

● Expertise in one or more areas of the criminal/juvenile justice systems 

● Highly skilled in presenting data & findings visually, through charts, graphs, etc.

● Commitment to employing an intersectional lens during all tasks & projects 


Required Experience, Training, &/or Education: 

● 5-6 years of professional training/education and/or closely-related experience (includes higher education) 

● At least 5 years of experience in an advanced research role, preferably with project leadership experience 

● At least 3 years of project management experience, preferably in a non-profit or similar setting 


Preferred Qualifications: 

● Lived experience in the criminal/juvenile justice system 

● Member of a system-impacted community 

● Bilingual in Spanish

● Experience leading a team of researchers

● Successful grant writing experience 

HOW TO APPLY 

Application Process 

While we have carefully considered the qualifications that we think represent the best fit for this position, we know there are great candidates who may not fit into what we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that is you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. 


Please Note: We will not review incomplete applications. Applications must include a resume and a cover letter (can be longer than one page). Ideally, the cover letter would articulate: why you and your skills and experience are a good fit for this position; what brings you to this work (including lived experience); and elaborate on your areas of expertise in terms of field of study and methodology. Please also discuss your approach to and experience with project and people management. 

To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter to racinfo@impactjustice.org. Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] Application for Senior Researcher.” We will begin reviewing applications immediately. The position will be open until filled. 

Impact Justice provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race/ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, criminal history, or disability. We work closely with communities of color, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, gender nonconforming, and transgender communities, the formerly incarcerated, and former foster youth. 

Those with lived experience in these communities are strongly encouraged to apply

Time Commitment: 

This is a full-time position. 

Salary Range: 

The salary range for this position is $83,000 to $95,000. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The Research & Action Center (RAC) at Impact Justice is seeking a Senior Researcher with significant project and staff management experience. The work and staffing of the RAC depend on the team securing contracts and grants, and all…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$83,000 - $95,000

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Oakland, CA
Associated Location
Oakland, CA, USA

How to Apply

Application Process 

While we have carefully considered the qualifications that we think represent the best fit for this position, we know there are great candidates who may not fit into what we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that is you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. 


Please Note: We will not review incomplete applications. Applications must include a resume and a cover letter (can be longer than one page). Ideally, the cover letter would articulate: why you and your skills and experience are a good fit for this position; what brings you to this work (including lived experience); and elaborate on your areas of expertise in terms of field of study and methodology. Please also discuss your approach to and experience with project and people management. 

To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter to racinfo@impactjustice.org. Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] Application for Senior Researcher.” 

We will begin reviewing applications immediately. The position will be open until filled. 

Impact Justice provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race/ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, criminal history, or disability. We work closely with communities of color, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, gender nonconforming, and transgender communities, the formerly incarcerated, and former foster youth. 

Those with lived experience in these communities are strongly encouraged to apply

Time Commitment: 

This is a full-time position. 

Salary Range: 

The salary range for this position is $83,000 to $95,000. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Process 

While we have carefully considered the qualifications that we think represent the best fit for this position, we know there are great candidates who may not…

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