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Research Analyst (District of Columbia Sentencing Commission)



This Excepted Service position is located in the District of Columbia Sentencing Commission (SCDC).  This position functions as Research Analyst, responsible for conducting  statistical data analysis and empirical research; developing and reporting research finding; and conducting research studies that involve both qualitative and quantitative analysis to enable the Commission to monitor and measure judicial compliance and felony sentencing trends under the District of Columbia’s Voluntary Sentencing Guidelines.  

Major Duties

Performs moderately complex research analysis studies, and documents developed and distributed, including research design, statistical analysis, qualitative studies, evaluation studies and development of trend and  longitudinal analysis and the development, generation, and distribution of standards, regulatory, and ad hoc research and statistical reports.

Implements established and necessary procedures to support and facilitate statistically sound research methods, research design and identifies appropriate data to be utilized. Obtains, reviews, and revises information relative to assigned research and data analysis practices and identifies the need for additional research methods and statistical procedures when warranted. 

Conducts research and statistical analysis of felony sentencing related issues.  Initiates, formulates plans, executes, and coordinates sophisticated research and statistical analysis on sentencing related policy issues using SPSS statistical software.

Ensures the accuracy and completeness of assigned research studies, including research design, research methods and statistical analysis utilized, as well as data validity and reliability. Interacts with appropriate points of contact (POCs), subject-matter experts (SMEs), and other personnel to investigate unclear, conflicting, incomplete, or invalid data and research findings.

Ensures that a proper research protocol is implemented including the protection of sensitive data and follows required procedures for human subjects studies set forth by the National Institute for Health.  Ensures that all research related documents are stored, organized, and maintained to facilitate effective retrieval and in accordance with best-practice and protocols and project objectives.

Provides subject-matter expertise in the areas of statistical procedures, criminal justice policies, evaluation processes, and research design.  As assigned, conducts discrete research focused on specific sentencing issues, as well as comprehensive projects that involve multiple data sets and comparative analysis over multiple time periods.

Under the supervision of the Statistician and/or Executive Director is responsible for assisting in the management, completion and review of agency data requests.

Prepares written narrative, analytical reports, research work plans, literature reviews, memos summarizing research findings, data tables and graphs, PowerPoint presentations and sections of the SCCRC annual report.

Reviews and interprets new and established directives, instructions, regulations, etc.  relating to the Commission’s objectives and data needs. Assists in the preparation of new instructions, written work products, etc.

Coordinates and attends research and data related meetings. 
Performs other related duties as assigned.

Ranking Factors

All applicants must respond specifically to the ranking factors shown below. Applications and/or resumes submitted without ranking factor responses will not be considered.

  • Please indicate your knowledge of the laws, policies, and relationships governing the District of Columbia juvenile and criminal justice systems.
  • Please indicate your knowledge of research methods to assist in designing and implementing research of technical competence.
  • Please indicate your experience in applying administrative concepts, practices, principles and processes of moderately complex data analysis management to gather, analyze, research and evaluate sentencing information/data in order to prepare research reports and findings.
  • Please indicate your experience with statistical software and manipulating large data sets and complex research designs that involve both problem identification and problem solving skills based on a strong statistical basis.
  • Please indicate your experience in writing memoranda, data request findings, reports, and other required correspondence in a clear, concise and timely fashion, with minimal editing required.

Special Requirement

Education and Experience:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, plus a minimum of four (4) years of work-related skill and knowledge; OR an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.  

Domicile Requirement

There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.

Salary Range for the Position: $62,285 - $93,428

Interested individuals should remit a cover letter, a resume, ranking factor responses and salary history to:
Office of the Director- Staffing Division
DC Department of Human Resources
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 300 South
Washington, DC  20001
Or by email. ([email protected])
The District of Columbia is an equal opportunity employer.
In accordance with the DC Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, DC Official Code § 2-1401.01

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