• Data Specialist

    Job Locations US-MA-Boston
  • Overview

    Are you passionate about criminal justice reform? Are you interested in working in a fast-paced environment with a tenacious group of big-thinking, results-focused, talented colleagues? Are you looking for a job where you can have real, system-level impact?


    If you answered “Yes!” to all of the above, read on.


    The Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) at Community Resources for Justice (CRJ) is seeking a high-performing individual with strong data analysis skills to join our team as an Associate Data Analyst.


    About CJI at CRJ

    Community Resources for Justice is a Boston-based non-profit organization working in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and social welfare systems.  In support of CRJ’s mission, its Crime and Justice Institute provides nonpartisan consulting, policy analysis, and research services to improve public safety and the delivery of justice throughout the country.


    CJI works with a diverse group of practitioners and policymakers throughout the criminal justice process, including corrections officials, police, courts, and political and community leaders. Our project teams provide technical assistance, training, consulting and evaluation services to support the development and implementation of evidence-based practices in juvenile and criminal justice, including policing, pretrial, courts, correctional institutions and probation/parole.



    This position will support, and in some cases design and oversee, the development and implementation of comprehensive criminal justice policy reform efforts.


    The ideal candidate for this position is a dynamic individual capable of working with large administrative datasets, including extensive cleaning and merging; collecting qualitative and quantitative data; conducting policy research and analysis; linking data findings to policy; creating presentations and reports using research and data for non-research focused audiences; interacting effectively with high-level stakeholders; developing high-quality deliverables written for a variety of audiences (from talking points to presentations to research reports); presenting to diverse stakeholder audiences; supporting performance measurement; and providing technical assistance to local, state, tribal and national organizations as they implement system reforms. 


    Candidates must exhibit strong analytic, project management, writing, and critical thinking skills, and the ability to work efficiently and prioritize quickly and confidently. The position requires at least a familiarity with current criminal or juvenile justice research and ideally experience working with criminal justice datasets. The ability to multi-task in a fast-paced and virtually-based work environment is critical.  Significant travel may be required.



    • Clean, merge, and restructure complex federal, state, and local criminal justice administrative datasets for analysis
    • Identify the best possible uses for data in a policy and political context, including responding to stakeholder questions and providing actionable analysis in answer to questions that have not yet been asked
    • Collect quantitative and qualitative data through file review, structured interviews, surveys, and other methods of data collection as needed
    • Forecast prison and community supervision populations based on past trends
    • Work closely with policy team and stakeholders to make assumptions for and project the impact of new policies on the prison and community supervision populations
    • Supplement original data analysis with federal, state, and local data reports and research
    • Work with clients and stakeholders to identify, collect, and track performance measures during and after implementation
    • Ensure data storage security and safeguarding for assigned projects
    • Express statistical concepts, research findings, and policy ideas clearly and concisely in a compelling way to convince or assist others, both in writing and orally
    • Help to develop policy solutions within practical and politically accountable contexts
    • Develop professional trusting relationships with clients, stakeholders, and funders
    • May supervise and coach individual staff members and is expected to supervise project team members on day-to-day work


    Education/Experience Required:                                                                                                    

    • Masters or other advanced degree in a relevant area or equivalent experience preferred
    • At least five to seven years of experience in the public policy arena, or practical experience in relevant research and data analysis. 
    • Experience working with policy makers, corrections officials, the judiciary, researchers, and other key stakeholders in the criminal or juvenile justice field is highly desired.

    Knowledge / Skills / Experience Required:

    • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
    • Experience with data management using SPSS and/or STATA
    • Experience with statistics/quantitative data analysis using SPSS and/or STATA
    • Proficient skills using Microsoft Office Products: Word, Excel, Power Point
    • Strong writing skills
    • Motivated and independent thinker
    • High standards regarding work quality
    • Familiarity with current criminal justice research and evidence-based practice
    • Ability to interact with a variety of people, both in-person and virtually, in a professional and collaborative manner
    • Ability to present data and deliver presentations to large and diverse groups of professionals
    • Ability to coordinate and respond to multiple priorities with tight deadlines
    • Ability to work collaboratively with a team
    • Ability to learn from mistakes and engage in positive change
    • Willingness and ability to travel and work flexible hours when needed
    • Topical expertise on evidence-based policy and practice any of the following areas is also desired: pretrial; sentencing; corrections; community supervision; and/or offender treatment.


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