Research Associate - Criminal Justice at Public Policy Institute of California

Public Policy Institute of California


Mid Level

San Francisco, CA, USA

$57.000 - $80.000

29 Sep → 29 Oct

Job Description

This position provides foundational research support to advance PPIC’s Criminal Justice research agenda. Research associates work as part of research teams and under the direction of a senior research colleague, who provides guidance, review, and mentorship. Key responsibilities include assisting the Criminal Justice team in coding and analyzing large and complex quantitative data, conducting literature searches, abstracting source materials, and presenting research in progress at project and research group meetings. The ideal candidate will have experience cleaning, assembling, and preparing large data sets for research purposes and a demonstrated interest in criminal justice policy.

This position is based in PPIC’s San Francisco office.

The PPIC Criminal Justice research group works to create a common understanding about challenges and opportunities in the criminal justice system, criminal behavior and the nature of crime in California, and policies and strategies that lead to safe and thriving communities across the state.

In the Criminal Justice group our work addresses three overarching areas:

Improving community re-entry: To address the state’s stubbornly high recidivism rates and thereby promote safer communities across the state, we evaluate policy and programs aimed at improving programming, health and well-being, and recidivism during and/or after prison

Addressing racial disparity in the criminal justice system: We establish facts regarding where and how disparities arise at each stage of justice system involvement—and even prior to “official” justice system involvement, such as with police stops

Understanding criminal justice outcomes and analyzing impacts of state-level policy reforms: We provide independent information on crime and public safety, including crime, arrest, and recidivism to support constructive decision-making

Research associates are integral members of PPIC’s research team. As their expertise develops, so do the opportunities to expand their level of responsibility regarding the stewardship of project-related work, the intellectual contribution to projects, or both.

PPIC values the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences of our research staff, and key elements in the consideration of qualified candidates include excellence; diversity of talents, backgrounds, and viewpoints; and a strong fit with the institute’s mission, values, and goals.

Job Responsibilities

  • Construct and manage large, complex data sets
  • Clean and analyze quantitative data
  • Contribute to regular project and research group meetings
  • Perform literature searches, prepare and annotate bibliographies, and abstract data source materials
  • Assist in drafting research reports, including producing data visualizations and writing parts of technical appendices
  • Contact government agencies and other organizations to request data and other program information
  • Interact with external stakeholders
  • Perform administrative tasks as required

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in criminology, economics, health, political science, public policy, sociology or a related field, or equivalent experience

  • Experience working with large data sets, preferably in Stata, R or SAS, along with outstanding analytical ability

  • Strong programming skills: knowledge of Stata, SAS, R, Python or another statistical package is required

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • Must be comfortable working on teams, taking initiative, paying attention to detail, delivering high quality output in a timely manner, and working in an ever-evolving policy environment

  • Demonstrated interest in applied policy research and criminal justice policy is required, experience or interest in other policy areas is a plus

Benefits/What We offer

  • Health insurance

How To Apply

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