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Research Associate

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State application, resume and cover letter required. STATE APPLICATION MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED. Applicants must apply online. Only interviewed applicants will be notified of the filling of the position. No phone calls or e-mails regarding application status. The Virginia Judicial System is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. Applicants who need accommodations for an interview should request this in advance. All candidates are subject to a criminal history background check before being offered employment.

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title Research Associate
Role Title Non-Classified
Job Open Date 07/14/2017
Job Close Date 07/28/2017
Open Until Filled
Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)? No
Hiring Range Commensurate with experience.
Agency VA Crim Sentencing Commission (160)
Agency Website www.courts.state.va.us
Location Richmond (City) - 760
Sublocation
Position Number 13690
Job Posting Number 1026944
Type of Recruitment General Public - G
Does this position have telework options? No
Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference No
Job Type Full-Time (Salaried)
Job Type Detail Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1
Pay Band UG
Job Description

The Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission is seeking a highly-motivated person for the position of Research Associate. The Research Associate works as a member of a team to analyze a wide array of criminal justice data using a variety of statistical techniques.

This position offers a competitive benefits package, which includes vacation and sick leave, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, retirement, life insurance, deferred compensation and short- and long-term disability.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Research Associate analyzes criminal justice data, examines criminal justice trends, models judicial sentencing patterns, identifies risk factors associated with offender recidivism, tracks proposed legislation, and assesses the impact of proposed legislative and executive policy changes. The Research Associate provides input into project design and research methodology, analyzes data using appropriate statistical techniques, accurately interprets results, and prepares written reports or visual presentations of the findings. The Research Associate is also responsible for collecting and assembling data for projects as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have demonstrated proficiency in social science research methods and must be highly skilled in the application of descriptive statistics and multivariate statistical analysis techniques, such as regression. Prior experience working with large databases and drawing data from multiple data sources is required. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, is essential. A college degree in a social science discipline or statistics is required (advanced degree is preferred). Demonstrated proficiency with statistical analysis software, such as SPSS, is necessary. The candidate also must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point software.

Knowledge of the judicial/criminal justice system is desired. Preference will be given to candidates who have applied their research skills in criminal justice settings and those who have demonstrated experience with survival analysis. Knowledge of sampling design and sampling strategies is beneficial. Ability to utilize Microsoft Access is desired. Prior experience with policy analysis is beneficial.

Preferred Qualifications
Special Requirements
Special Instructions to Applicants

State application, resume and cover letter required.

STATE APPLICATION MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED.

Applicants must apply online. Only interviewed applicants will be notified of the filling of the position. No phone calls or e-mails regarding application status.

The Virginia Judicial System is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. Applicants who need accommodations for an interview should request this in advance. All candidates are subject to a criminal history background check before being offered employment.

Contact Information

Name Sara Bochman
Phone NO PHONE CALLS OR E-MAILS REGARDING APPLICATION STATUS.
Fax
Email We do not accept documents via mail or email; you must apply online in order to be considered. sbochman@vacourts.gov
Address

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only);
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  2. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  3. * How did you find this employment opportunity?
    • State Recruitment Management System (RMS)
    • Agency Website or Bulletin Board
    • Job Board (Indeed, Monster, Dice, etc.)
    • Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)
    • Newspaper or Professional Journal (Please specify below)
    • Career Fair or Job Event (Please specify below)
    • VEC (Virginia Employment Commission)
    • Radio/TV (Please specify below)
    • Other (Please specify below)
  4. * Please specify the actual source from your response to question #3 above (Name of newspaper, Journal Title, Job Board, Career Fair, Agency Website, Social Media Type, etc.) If unknown or none, enter: N/A.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents