Position: The Brennan Center seeks a junior or mid-level Researcher to provide primary research support for an ongoing project: a major fiscal impact study of court-imposed legal financial obligations in criminal justice matters. The Brennan Center team will assess the overall costs of collecting these fees and fines, compare those costs with revenues collected, and assess predictors of payment. The project is expected to span 2 years, and will involve conducting semi-structured surveys, managing and analyzing quantitative datasets using statistical software, and analyzing budgets in multiple counties in 3-5 states across the country. The Researcher will also participate in writing a major report detailing the findings of this study. The first year of the grant will largely entail data collection via phone interviews, occasional in-person visits, follow-up surveys, as well as conducting the fiscal impact study. In the second year, the team will focus on continuing the fiscal impact analysis and drafting the report.
The position requires significant travel and creative thinking to work with jurisdictions to examine their data and practices. The candidate must possess the ability to work well with government and nonprofit partners in jurisdictions to obtain and examine datasets, as well as qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis skills. The Researcher will work on a team led by a Senior Counsel and Criminologist.
An advanced degree in public policy, criminology, sociology, economics, or finance is preferred.
Candidates with a bachelor’s degree and 2+ years of full-time experience with budget analysis or conducting primary research will also be considered and are strongly encouraged to apply.
Work experience handling budgets, preferably government budgets.
Coursework and/or experience in qualitative interviewing.
Experience demonstrating creativity and tenacity in investigating and obtaining information and data.
Experience working with criminal justice and/or court data with spreadsheets and statistical database programs, such as STATA, Excel, or R.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and experience presenting research to diverse audiences.
Knowledge of criminal justice policy, particularly related to criminal courts, is preferred.
Ability to work well in a team and receive feedback from managers and senior leadership.
Willingness to travel outside New York City for site visits.
Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and ability to meet deadlines.
As an equal opportunity affirmative action employer, the Brennan Center is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientations, and applicants who have been previously incarcerated.
Salary: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
Applications: The Application deadline is June 1st 2016., but decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. To apply, please upload (where it says “attach resume”) as one document with the following application materials: cover letter, resume, two writing samples (up to 10 pages), and contact information for three references. If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Justice Program Researcher” in the subject line.