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Senior Research Analyst


Our work seeks to reduce jail overcrowding and unnecessary detention in New York City.  


Posted: December 6, 2018​​​​​​​

Join our team of Professionals working to support criminal justice reform 

The New York City Criminal Justice Agency (CJA) is a not-for-profit service and research organization. Operating under a contract with the City of New York, CJA provides pretrial services to about 200,000 persons arrested annually in New York City. Information collected about these arrestees and subsequent case processing is maintained in a computerized database. The Agency uses this database to conduct descriptive and evaluation research on arrestee characteristics, case processing and court outcomes, and on issues in criminal justice policy in New York City. 

CJA seeks one or more Senior Research Analysts with experience using quantitative and qualitative methods to join the Research Department. Individuals with demonstrated experience leading successful mixed methods research projects are particularly encouraged to apply. Multiple positions may be available, depending on funding.

Senior Research Analysts work closely with research staff to design, develop, and deploy data-driven approaches to enhance the Agency’s pretrial services and to address important policy questions.  Using CJA’s large database of arrest and case processing information, Senior Research Analysts will enhance CJA’s work in risk assessment, court date notification, bail expediting, and other projects.


  • Senior Research Analysts serve as project directors and are responsible for:
  • Designing and leading research projects
  • Cleaning data and managing complex datasets
  • Producing high-quality analyses of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Writing research reports
  • Supervising and training project staff
  • Delivering presentations at conferences and other professional meetings
  • Participating in Departmental and Agency activities through ongoing discussion and collaboration with colleagues


Each Senior Research Analyst will direct large-scale research and evaluation projects using CJA data. To accomplish this, the Senior Research Analyst will develop research proposals; prepare, clean, and analyze data; and communicate results orally and in writing. The Senior Research Analyst will become familiar with relevant literature, case processing policies and practices in New York City, and CJA’s case processing data to effectively perform the stated duties.


The position requires a Ph.D. in criminal justice, sociology, political science, psychology, data science or related field with experience in criminal justice.  Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of work experience conducting applied research, strong methodological and statistical abilities, project management skills, and excellent oral communication and writing skills. Strong SPSS programming and statistical analysis skills are essential. Must be adept at data cleaning, solving data anomalies, and managing large datasets. Good interpersonal and supervisory skills are also required. Additionally, experience with R, Stata, and at least one CAQDAS program is preferred.  

CJA offers a diverse and supportive work environment with opportunities to apply your research skills and to learn about the criminal justice system.

SALARY: Competitive Salary, Commensurate with Experience

BENEFITS: CJA offers a very generous benefit plan including health, dental and vision insurance, 4 weeks' vacation, paid holidays and a retirement plan with employer matching contributions


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