Research Associate - Indiana Criminal Justice Institute

State of Indiana - Indianapolis, IN

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Indiana Criminal Justice Institute

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) is the State planning agency for criminal justice, juvenile justice, traffic safety and victim services. ICJI is designated as the State Administering Agency for distribution of federal funds, and as the State Statistical Analysis Center for research.

The Program Director administers a program within a state agency and serves as a specialist in this area. The director utilizes education, consultation, cooperative programming and coordination to accomplish goals.

Essential Job Responsibilities:The essential functions of this role are as follows:
Gathers information about business process, business rules, methods of data acquisition, data application and assists in interpretation of the results;
Assists in the methodic, non-routine examinations of office specific data through the application of analysis routines, queries/scripts and prepares the results for use in customer reports, charts and maps;
Assist in the development of division priorities and funding decisions based on evaluation of funded programs and program risk assessments;
Assist in preparation and implementation of each division’s grant methodology and evaluation, including output/outcome measurements, statistical analysis of data feedback, and revision and maintenance of evaluation measures;
Directly supports the activities of the agency through the use of specialty software, data loading/uploading, mass editing of datasets, validity checks, and data interpretation
May test and evaluate new or existing technologies and business practices for practical implementation;
The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

A Master's Degree or higher in Statistics, Criminal Justice, Public Policy or similar field.
Must have knowledge of computer software including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office, SPSS or SAS, and common database language.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written.
Must be highly organized, analytical, accurate and detail oriented.
Must have knowledge of a wide variety of research methodologies and techniques; statistical analysis; quantitative and qualitative methods; and analytical and critical thinking skills.
Must have knowledge of Relational Databases/Electronic Data Manipulation and ability to interpret crime statistics
Must have knowledge of standard reference/information sources, library skills and electronic search logic skills; must be able to read, interpret and assess technical and trade documents, and journals, including peer reviewed articles, research reports and data reports.
Must be able to work under pressure to meet deadlines; must be able to analyze and prioritize assignments; also must judge the amount of time to spend for the expected outcome, according to the importance of a project and the type of information needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:
The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
Group life insurance
Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
New Parent Leave
If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer