• Data Specialist

    Job Locations US-MA-Boston
  • Overview

    The Crime and Justice Institute (CJI), a division of Community Resources for Justice (CRJ), is a non-profit organization working at the local, state, and national level to improve public safety and the delivery of justice. CJI provides technical assistance, research and other services to improve outcomes in the corrections system, policing, pre-trial, re-entry, community supervision, juvenile justice, and more. CJI provides direct technical assistance, assessment, implementation, research, data analysis, training, facilitation, and more. With staff who have worked as practitioners across the sector and understand and serve as a bridge between research and practice, our team brings decades of experience developing evidence-based, data-driven policies, managing complex processes with diverse stakeholders, and driving systems-level organizational change.



    This position will support, and in some cases oversee, the development and implementation of initiatives related to pretrial, criminal and/or juvenile justice policy and practice.


    Candidates be capable of working with large data sets, administrative performance measures, and providing assistance to local, state, tribal and national organizations. Candidates must demonstrate strong organizational skills, and the maturity, superior interpersonal skills, and keen judgment needed to facilitate productive interactions with a variety of professional audiences. The ideal candidate for this position is able to work efficiently, is well-organized and detail-oriented, and can prioritize quickly and confidently. The position requires extensive writing assignments; qualified candidates will have familiarity with current pretrial, criminal and/or juvenile justice research, organizational development and change theory, and exhibit excellent writing and critical thinking / analytic skills as well as comfort with an intensive editing process. Candidates must be able to work independently as well as part of multiple teams. The ability to multi-task in a fast-paced and virtually-based work environment is critical. Some travel is required.


    Duties / Responsibilities:


    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Coordinate data collection, coding, entry, and analysis for research / evaluation projects.
    • Develop and deliver presentations regarding evidence-based corrections practices to varied audiences, including line staff, mid-managers, executives, and policy makers.


    Knowledge / Skills / Experience Required:

    • Five-years’ experience in criminal justice and/or juvenile justice research, policy and practice.
    • Experience with statistics/quantitative data analysis using SPSS, STATA or other software.
    • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
    • Strong writing skills.
    • Motivated and independent thinker.
    • Possess high standards regarding work quality.
    • Ability to interact with a variety of people, both in-person and virtually, in a professional and collaborative manner.
    • Ability to coordinate and respond to multiple priorities with tight deadlines.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with a team.
    • Proficient skills using Microsoft Office Products: Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, Publisher.
    • Willingness and ability to travel, and work flexible hours when needed.



    Relevant bachelor degree required. Advanced degree preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with work experience in pretrial or corrections policy, administration, and research.



    Community Resources for Justice offers a full benefits package. For more information visit our website.


    CRJ provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


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