• Policy and Data Specialist (Policing)

    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. Our team brings decades of experience developing evidence-based, data-driven policies, managing complex processes with diverse stakeholders, and driving systems-level organizational change.


    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 data analysis and writing assignments; qualified candidates must have familiarity with current criminal justice research and exhibit excellent writing and critical thinking / analytic skills. 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:

    • Support the development and management of complex policing technical projects with local, state, tribal and/or federal agencies.
    • Clean, merge, and restructure complex federal, state, and local criminal justice administrative datasets for analysis.
    • Collect quantitative and qualitative data through file review, structured interviews, surveys, and other methods of data collection as needed.
    • 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.
    • Coordinate data collection, coding, entry, and analysis for research / evaluation projects.
    • Work with data staff in the coordination of data collection, coding, entry, and analysis for research / evaluation projects.
    • Produce complex evaluation reports including data analysis, graphics and narratives.
    • Write journal articles and policy reports.
    • Research new funding and project opportunities, and assist in writing and compiling grant proposals.
    • Manage projects, including client relationships, timelines, work plans, billing, budgets, and project reporting requirements.
    • Help create and maintain a culture in which staff are committed to implementing evidence- based practices and policies in the field of policing or related disciplines to improve public safety outcomes.
    • In close partnership with director and deputy directors, participate in business development activities including leading the development of relationships with potential new funders, maintaining existing relationships with current funders, generating new ideas and developing proposal concepts, leading and/or assisting in grant writing and proposal preparation.


    Knowledge / Skills / Experience Required:

    • Five-years’ experience in criminal justice research, policy and practice.
    • Knowledge of policing research literature and best practices.
    • Experience working with local police agencies and leadership.
    • Experience working with police data including, but not limited to, data on stops, field interviews, searches, and arrests.
    • Familiarity with modeling approaches of racial disparities in police contacts is preferred.
    • Demonstrated strong analytical skills and ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information.
    • Proven capacity to understand and oversee the analysis and interpretation of statistical data.
    • Highly developed 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.
    • 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 police administration or 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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