DCJ Social Scientist/Researcher

State of Colorado Job Opportunities - Jefferson County, CO3.5

Department Information

Our Mission - Engaged employees working together to safeguard lives and to provide diverse public safety services to local communities.

Our Vision - Creating safer and more resilient communities across Colorado.

Our Core Values – Unity, Honor, Service

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The Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS) consists of five Divisions: Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Colorado State Patrol (CSP), Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ), Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC), and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM). The Executive Director's Office (EDO) provides administrative and management services to the operating divisions of the department.

The Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) provides services to crime victims, conducts criminal justice research and analysis, and supports the management of offenders. The DCJ's range of statutory charges includes technical assistance, grants management, data collection and reporting, victim assistance, the creation of standards for community corrections, sex offender management, and domestic violence offender management. The Offices described below carry-out DCJ's multi-faceted responsibilities:

Office of Community Corrections - allocates state funding for community corrections facilities to local boards, audits providers to ensure compliance with standards, and provides technical assistance on the implementation of evidence-based practices in community corrections.

Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance - administers several major federal funding programs, including Justice Assistance Grants, the Juvenile Justice Formula Grant, and the John R. Justice Program, and operates the State Juvenile Diversion Program in conjunction with local prosecutors.

Office of Research and Statistics - serves as Colorado's Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) and, as such, collects and disseminates crime-related data for planning and enhancing the quality of Colorado's criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Office of Victims Programs - administers four separate federal grant programs and the State Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement grant program, develops and implements public policy and standards, reviews and resolves victim complaints about non-compliance with the Victim Rights Act, and provides staff support to the state Human Trafficking Council.

Office of Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Management - administers the Sex Offender Management Board and the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board, which develop and implement standards for the treatment of offenders and provide training for service providers.

Office of Evidence Based Practices Implementation for Capacity Resource Center - increases the efficacy of professionals who work with offender and at-risk populations by providing education, skill-building, and implementation science consultation about evidence-based practices, policies and decision-making to justice and human serving agencies.

Our employees are proud of their work and believe their work is important and valued by the public.

Our supervisors do a great job managing employees, providing clear expectations, treating employees with respect and providing timely feedback.

We value a high work-life balance.

CDPS is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity of backgrounds and ideas.

In addition to rewarding meaningful work, we offer a competitive benefits package that includes:

Excellent work-life programs, training, and professional development opportunities;

Retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans;

Medical and dental options (for permanent employees and their dependents).

Short and optional long-term disability coverage

10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave.

Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP) available in every region of the state.

Subsidized RTD FlexPass and free parking at most work locations.

Reduced college tuition (CSU Global, DeVry University, University of the Rockies)

CDPS Tuition Reimbursement Program.

Life insurance that includes legal resources and discounts.

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Description of Job
Office of EPIC offers a rapidly growing service offering for agencies serving justice involved individuals and those at-risk of justice involvement. It provides continuous support using scientific implementation principles to our clients to ensure they achieve and sustain the full benefits of their initiatives/organizational investments. Our implementation consultants are involved from strategy through execution with a disciplined eye on impact and sustainability at every stage of the project lifecycle.

Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding career in the justice and/or human service fields?
Would you like to be a part of a successful growing team, motivating each other to reach far beyond our goals?
Do you enjoy promoting the actualization of human potential?
Would you like to be a part of an exceptional multidisciplinary effort working to evolve the justice and human service systems?
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated employees of the Colorado Department of Public Safety and the EPIC team. We have developed a strong team in the Denver metro area and are looking for an exceptional social scientist/data analyst to join us.


This position responsibilities fall into three primary areas:
Data Support and Project Evaluation: The position consults with EPIC sites on strategies for measuring implementation efforts. This position will use both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis to determine project success and be versed in designing and administering tools for collection of information including surveys, focus groups, and interviews. They will utilize statistical approaches and software packages for data management, analysis, and reporting such as SPSS, Microsoft Excel, R, and/or Access. The position will provide data support and consultation to implementation team members. They will develop data collection systems to track project site progress and integrate site's existing data into formats that allow for analysis and reporting. They will need to be or become proficient in process improvement cycles and approaches to provide immediate input for site consumption. They will collaborate with partners internal and external to EPIC, DCJ, and CDPS in order to contribute to the field of implementation measurement as well as incorporate best practices internally.
Data Development, Synthesis, and Reporting: The position develops, implements and maintains a decision support system that creates, synthesizes, documents, and reports on the feasibility of implementation from both the perspective of the technical assistance agency as well as the agency that is housing the implementation. EPIC strives to align itself with best practices in data-informed decision making. This position would be responsible for guiding the development and utility of a data infrastructure to include cost-benefit approaches to implementation, project goal-setting and performance data tracking and reporting, internal resource allocation and associated expenses, return on investment for specific initiatives and activities, etc.
Research and Development: The position ensures relevance between current practices and research by routinely conducting reviews of research and professional publications, summarizing and keeping the team apprised of current trends and best practices in implementation and justice related topics. They write and submit articles for publication in trade journals as appropriate based on implementation work and findings of EPIC. They develop new approaches through research and findings to inform current practice and test approaches in the field.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a statistical analysis, mathematics, economics, research design and methodology, criminal justice, social sciences, public health, and/or human service field. A master's or doctoral degree is preferred.

At least four years full-time experience using data-based decision frameworks is essential.
The applicant must already possess the necessary skills and knowledge to provide immediate benefit to the project. Understanding of evidence-based research and evaluation strategies, the foundation of the work of this position. Previous work with at-risk populations is desirable to understand how services are provided, documented, managed and funded.

A master's or doctoral degree relating the specific scope of this position is preferred.

Conditions of Employment:
Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted, successfully pass a polygraph and extensive background investigation. If you have used any illegal drugs in the past three years, or have been convicted of a felony or have a history of criminal activity, you may be disqualified.
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb. A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact CDPS Human Resources at 303-239-4427 or CDPS_HR@state.co.us at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

Supplemental Information

Complete Applications must include the following documents:
Application, completed supplemental questions, resume, a cover letter and please attach a one (1) page sample of something you authored as it pertains to this job. Applications are considered complete and accurate at the time of submission. Therefore, additional information may not be solicited or accepted after your application has been received. Deadline for submission is June 24, 2019 @ 5PM.
If you are a military veteran you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Member 4 Copy, and VA disability letter if available/applicable at the time of application so we can determine if you are eligible for veteran's preference points. Military personnel who are stationed outside of Colorado may be eligible for this position by submitting the completed DD-2058 "State of Legal Residence" form.
All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will proceed to the next step, which is a structured application review based on your application and supplemental questions. Be sure to clearly demonstrate your experience as it pertains to this job.