• Manager, Criminal Justice Research, Public Safety Performance Project

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 1 week ago(6/14/2018 11:21 AM)
    Job ID
    Program-Government Performance-State & Local
    The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Overview

    The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.


    We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.


    Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.


    With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


    Project Description
    The public safety performance project (PSPP), launched in 2006, helps states advance fiscally sound, data-driven policies and practices in sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable and control corrections costs. For more information about the project, visit www.pewpublicsafety.org.


    Position Overview
    Pew seeks to hire a manager for its criminal justice research while supporting the entire spectrum of activity under the project. The ideal candidate will have an educational and employment background in social science research, knowledge of the criminal justice system, familiarity with state criminal justice data, demonstrated writing skills, and experience undertaking projects involving many partners, complex issues and tight deadlines. The position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office, reports to a senior manager and has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.


    Reporting to a senior manager and in consultation with colleagues across PSPP and Pew, the newly created position will:
    • Manage original and contracted criminal justice research projects, with a particular focus on sentencing and prisons; jails and pretrial; and community corrections. Research projects will include everything from basic collection and reporting of descriptive statistics to more sophisticated policy evaluations with control groups or other counterfactuals.
    • Serve as a methodological advisor to staff that analyze state court and correctional data on all aspects of data work from collection and cleaning to quality control and presentation. As above, this covers analysis from descriptive statistics to higher level simulation and projection.
    • Supervise research staff, fostering team cohesion and providing opportunities for skill building and professional development.
    • Ensure effective staging of research projects to maintain a steady flow of new ideas, contracted research, data collection, analysis, report writing, and idea dissemination.
    • Cultivate productive relationships and communications with a wide range of constituencies interested in criminal justice research and seek out opportunities to inject facts and research into ongoing policy dialogue at the state and federal level.
    • Ensure compliance with all rules and regulations regarding personally identifiable information, and all quality control procedures. Review documents for PSPP staff for content and accuracy. Ensure that all data, reports, presentations, and other materials adhere to the highest level of methodological rigor and have been verified in consultation with state officials, peer reviewers, and others, as appropriate.



    • A bachelor’s degree is required; advance degree preferred. Experience with statistical software packages such as SPSS, SAS, Simul8, and/or STATA also preferred.
    • At least eight years’ experience in criminal justice research and policy analysis, with demonstrated knowledge of at least one of the following areas: sentencing, community corrections, prisons, courts, law enforcement, prosecution, or criminal defense. Experience working with state policy makers, corrections officials, researchers, and other justice system stakeholders is strongly preferred.
    • Minimum of two years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
    • Strong quantitative skills with experience in statistical and econometric modeling.
    • Experience using data and analysis to develop legislative or administrative policy initiatives.
    • Experience working with adult court and correctional data (courts, pretrial, jail, probation, prison and parole).
    • Experience developing rigorous, timely, and policy-relevant research, experience commissioning and managing such research, and disseminating it effectively to policymakers, the media and the public.
    • Strong presentation skills, including construction of clean and compelling graphics and dynamic and engaging delivery style.
    • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including an ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, remain attentive to details, and identify resources for projects. Ability to establish a systematic course of action to ensure project completion.
    • Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach. Demonstrated ability to build relationships among individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives.


    Approximately once per month for conferences and meetings.


    Compensation and Benefits
    As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to help you maintain a good balance.



    The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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