Research Specialist VII
Juvenile Justice Services
FIRST REVIEW DATE:
January 24, 2020
All positions are open until filled.
The Juvenile Justice Services Division (JJSD) is responsible for the effective administration of programs and services for delinquent and incorrigible youth who are processed through the juvenile courts system. The Research Specialist is a key member of the Division responsible for oversight of various research projects including the design and implementation of complex research projects concerning critically important issues in Arizona’s juvenile justice system and provides support for statewide initiatives. This individual is responsible for the production of statistical reporting including reporting for operational reviews, annual performance measures, and various outcome measures. This individual conducts program evaluation, consultation, and analysis on various juvenile court processes, assessment tools, and juvenile behavior. Lastly, responsibilities also include serving as staff resource to committees and initiatives aimed at improving juvenile justice services statewide, as well as representing the JJSD in interagency and national research efforts. The ideal candidate is an excellent team player with an understanding of juvenile probation services and experienced utilizing statistics software to review and analyze data from multiple data tracking systems.
The successful candidate will hold a Bachelor's degree in juvenile justice studies, criminal justice, criminology, social science, or a related field and seven years’ experience with appropriate research methodology and statistics course work. Experience must include proficiency in writing complex programs to produce statistical data, including working knowledge of SPSS or other appropriate statistical software such as SAS and Power BI, experience with SQL and SSRS or other report writing tool and the ability to interpret and present research findings. The candidate must also demonstrate the following: excellent communication and customer service skills; knowledge of research methods and statistical analysis, and a general understanding of the juvenile justice system, including evidence-based practices in the juvenile justice system. The candidate must also be self-motivated and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and independently. Lastly, this position requires some project management skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks, document work and coordinate with team members.
The preferred candidate will have an advanced degree in criminal justice, psychology, sociology or related science and three years of related experience. Familiarity with Arizona’s juvenile tracking systems (JOLTSaz, iCIS, and AZYAS), Dependent Children’s Services, a general knowledge of juvenile court business practices, administrative rules, code, juvenile statutes and criminal code and experience training or leading workgroups is desired.
Travel level: 15%.
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Some positions may take 4-6 weeks to fill. Only applicants who most closely meet the requirements may be selected to interview. Requests for a special accommodation to participate in the interview process should be made at the time you are contacted to schedule an interview. The Selection Process will include computer testing and two rounds of panel interviews. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position.
The Arizona Supreme Court is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.