Quantitative Researcher (WMS B...

wsdot State of Washington

Quantitative Researcher (WMS Band 3)

Office of the Deputy Secretary – Research & Data Analytics

Headquarters – Tumwater, WA
NOTE : This position is open until filled. The initial review date will be held on November 18, 2016; therefore, it is in the applicant's best interest to submit application materials as soon as possible. The employer reserves the right to make a hiring action at any time.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) is seeking an exemplary and qualified individual for the agency. This is a full-time, permanent Washington Management Service (WMS) position located at DOC Headquarters in Tumwater, Washington.

The City of Tumwater is located a few miles outside of Olympia, WA, the capitol of Washington State. Olympia, WA serves as the central location for state government operations and offers a rich variety of recreational, cultural, and educational activities along with the magnificent views of mountains, evergreen forests, saltwater beaches, and much more. Tumwater, WA is located approximately 60 miles south of Seattle, WA and 100 miles north of Portland, OR.

Application Process:

If you are interested in applying and would like to be considered, please apply directly at careers.wa.gov and attach the following documents:

  • Current Resume, (chronological, with relevant experience listed).
  • Minimum of three (3) professional references, (including name, phone number, and email address).
  • Letter of Interest, (no more than two (2) pages), indicating how you meet the qualifications and why you believe you are the ideal candidate for this position.

We are looking for evidence in your application materials that you have the experience, skills, and abilities indicated in this job posting. Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the requirements of this position may be invited to interview. Carefully review your application before submitting. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the application materials submitted.

Agency Profile:

Whether the work is inside a prison, in community corrections, or in an administrative office, the Washington State DOC professional staff experience a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing they are creating environments in which all offenders can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.

The DOC, as a partner in the criminal justice system, enhances public safety, administers criminal sanctions and programs in accordance with the law, and provides leadership for the future of corrections in Washington State. The DOC consists of the Office of the Secretary, the Office of the Deputy Secretary, Prisons Division, Offender Change Division, Community Corrections Division, Administrative Operations Division, Health Services Division, Correctional Industries Division, Reentry Division and the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board. The DOC employs over 8,300 staff and has a biennial budget of approximately $1.9 billion.

DOC Offers:

  • Comprehensive compensation packages;
  • Training and development opportunities;
  • Flexible Schedules; and
  • The fulfillment of public service.

DUTIES:

The Quantitative Researcher position directly contributes to staff, offender, and public safety through the development and administration of practices which reflect the values of the Department. Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is nationally recognized as an innovative and progressive agency committed to evidence-based programming and practices. This position is responsible for conceptualizing, designing, and implementing rigorous research and evaluation studies to assess the impact of policies and practices. This position is accountable for providing reliable and professionally sound guidance, consultation, and advice at an advanced level of expertise in quantitative methods and statistics. This individual also assesses current information systems relative to the research and business/operational needs of DOC and recommends modifications to data systems or the collection of new data to better meet these needs. The position also requires supervising and mentoring staff to support the work objectives detailed above.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting advanced in-depth data analyses, producing reports and fact sheets on a variety of topics of interest to DOC operations and mission (including correctional population trends, health services, and offender change, to name a few), and mentoring and consulting with research and data management analysts to assist with these efforts.
  • Working with Department leadership to prioritize research needs and facilitating partnerships to meet those needs through grant opportunities, data share agreements, and other research collaborations.
  • Informing the development of analytical databases and datasets for internal and external use.
  • Presenting findings to a variety of program and policy audiences, including Department leadership, DOC field staff, policymakers, academics, and practitioners across the nation.
  • Providing consultation and senior-level analytical support to the Performance Management Unit responsible for Results Washington and Results DOC.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required :

  • A Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, or other Social/Behavioral Science from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). (See Note 1 below)
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience conducting policy-relevant data analysis in a public sector setting.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience supervising employees.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience managing programs and projects.
  • Expertise in SAS, SPSS, or other advanced statistical analysis software.
  • Advanced training in multivariate quantitative statistical methods.

Note 1 : All but Dissertation (ABDs) considered if dissertation is scheduled for completion no later than spring 2017. All classes, comprehensive exams, and approved dissertation proposal must be completed at time of application.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities :

  • Demonstrated ability to define measurable problems/research questions, analyze information, formulate logical and objective conclusions, and translate findings to policy recommendations and presentations for a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication, and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to present complex ideas and information with detail appropriate to target audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and mentor staff members in research methods and analyses, fostering an environment of supportive learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with external stakeholders and internal staff at all levels across the Department, including leadership.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work effectively and efficiently in a dynamic environment.

Desired :

  • Prior experience with corrections and correctional research.
  • Authorship of at least three (3) published reports or peer-reviewed articles detailing policy-relevant research findings based on sophisticated designs.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.

For additional information about the agency, please visit www.doc.wa.gov .

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • All DOC employees are fingerprinted for a criminal history background check.
  • Employees may work with offenders in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.
  • We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, including marijuana, will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the

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