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Research Analyst: District of Columbia Sentencing Commission

Position: Research Analyst
Salary Range: $72,935.00 - $109,403.00
Opening Date: October 26, 2021
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Area of Consideration: All Sources
Organization Location: District of Columbia Sentencing Commission
441 4th St., NW, Suite 430 South,
Washington, DC  20001
Phone: 202.727.8822
[email protected]

The District of Columbia Sentencing Commission is an independent agency of District of Columbia government consisting of 17 members. The agency staff presently consists of 7 employees. The Commission developed, implemented, and oversees the sentencing guidelines used by judges in felony cases sentenced in the Superior Court in the District of Columbia. The Commission monitors compliance with the guidelines and evaluates the use of departures, provides training to judges and practitioners on the application of the sentencing guidelines application, conducts research on felony sentencing trends and patterns for the District of Columbia, and provides sentencing data to a wide range of district, federal, and academic partners   

The Commission is also responsible for developing, operating, and maintaining an extensive data system, GRID, which integrates data from the DC Superior Court, Court Services Offender Supervision Agency, and the Metropolitan Police Departure.  This integrated data system enables the agency to analyze arrest, conviction, and sentencing information throughout the complete criminal justice life cycle of a felony case and provides data for policy changes.

Conditions of Employment

The Research Analyst reports directly to the Executive Director and serves at their pleasure. This is an excepted service appointment, and the Research Analyst will be required to become a resident of the District of Columbia no later than 180 days after his or her appointment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Research Analyst include: (1). 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. (2). Implements established and necessary procedures to support and facilitate statistically sound research methods, research design and identifies appropriate data to be utilized. (3). 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. (4). 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 Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software. (5). 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.

Mandatory Education and Qualification Requirements

Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. or

Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. or

Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

In addition, this position requires Specialized Experience which equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  To be creditable, one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression.

Working Conditions/Environment

The work is performed in an office setting, where there is adequate light, heat and ventilation.

Other Significant Factors

Ranking Factors:

  1. Explain your experience working with analytical software/databases and converting the data into a comprehensive report (e.g., SPSS, STATA, R, SQL…)
  2. What is your proficiency analyzing large data sets?
  3. Explain your experience presenting analysis to stakeholders/relevant parties.

How to Apply: To be considered, applicants must submit by mail or e-mail (1) a resume, and a cover letter.

Applicant should submit a cover letter, resume and the ranking factor responses directly to our agency at use [email protected]   Attn: Mia Hebb
Only individuals who meet the minimum qualifications will be contacted.

Note: The incumbent of this position will be subject to enhanced suitability screening pursuant to Chapter 4 of DC Personnel Regulations, Suitability – Security Sensitive.

Tour of Duty: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

Duration of Appointment:  Excepted Service - Employees serving in Excepted Service positions serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.  

Domicile Requirement: Excepted Service appointees must either be a District resident at the time of their appointment or become a District resident within 180 days of their appointment date.

Promotion Potential:  No known Promotion Potential

Pay Plan, Series and Grade:   ES-0101-06

Vaccination Requirement: The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Applications will be screened as they are received, and interviews may be conducted before the closing date. Application and enclosure(s) will not be returned. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the United States as mandated by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.