Social Science Analyst

US Department of Justice

To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States


The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is in search of a Social Science Analyst, who will serve as a senior advisor to the NIJ Director on programs and policies related to criminal and juvenile justice problems, trends, and issues.

(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

Scientific Program Evaluation (Criminal Justice): Provides technical expertise on criminal justice research and scientific programs of significance to the agency.
Conducts analyses of the National Institute of Justice’s wide-ranging science programs, proposed program modifications and reforms, demonstration program models, and policy changes to evaluate their actual or potential ability to make measurable improvements in criminal justice systems and social well-being of victims, offenders, practitioners, and other stakeholders in the criminal justice system. Provides guidance to the NIJ Director, and participates with internal and external agency stakeholders on potential solutions to complex state, local, or tribal criminal justice problems. Engages in analysis of substantive agency programs and makes recommendations on planning efforts that can be undertaken within existing resource levels and advises on the impact of efforts that require additional resources. Works closely with the NIJ Executive Science Advisor and the NIJ Office Director to ensure that NIJ’s concerns, such as specific policy and program considerations, are aligned to mission goals. Advises on the scientific review of research grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts, and as applicable, participates in the research design and technical aspects of final awards.

Criminal Justice Policy Advisement: Serves as an expert advisor and technical authority on complex and continually evolving federal, state, and local criminal justice policy and program issues. Develops policies, strategies, requirements, and plans for forensic, physical, or social science research programs/projects for agency-wide application. Researches approaches to evaluations and develops techniques suitable for evaluating the programs and processes and impact on policy. Analyzes criminal and juvenile justice problems, trends, and issues, and recommends decisions on the formulation and implementation of agency-wide policies as well as accompanying legislative or regulatory proposals. Produces reports and/or written analysis regarding DOJ OJP policies and positions on difficult or complex matters, such as the preparation of long-range strategic research goals and objectives; reviewing Federal, state, and local criminal justice policy. Collaborates with stakeholders at all levels, including agency heads, top congressional staff officials, state government executives, legislative leaders, and criminal justice academics and researchers. Consults with individuals in stakeholder organizations, and executives in state, local, and tribal governments.

Special Project Planning: Participates in the analysis of NIJ projects, programs and research agendas. Analyzes or synthesizes a cross section of criminal justice issues, with consideration of DOJ priorities and the mission and needs of OJP programs. Coordinates the work of a variety of project participants. Leads discussion and development of solutions to major criminal justice issues and works with a team to develop national policy solutions to resolve complex, controversial, or unusual matters of major consequence or importance to the NIJ and OJP. Presents findings and recommendations at national and international seminars and symposia. Identifies and collects necessary data including statutory requirements, program data and conducts interviews with senior management, program officials, employees and supervisors. Directs the capture, reporting, and analysis of statistical data relating to the organization’s mission and directs or personally performs special studies regarding this data

Program Planning and Managemen (Human Subects Protection)t: Provides management and planning guidance in one or more major forensic, physical, or social science disciplines or program areas. Reviews productivity in all areas, monitors problem areas, and oversees implementation of solutions to problems. Conducts periodic and comprehensive evaluations of ongoing functions to ensure that the organization meets its stated goals, and identifies areas where operational efficiency can be enhanced. Supports NIJ’s Human Subject and Privacy Lead to plan, organize, and effectuate all general programmatic, administrative, and organizational functions necessary to facilitate accomplishment of the human subject protection program’s scientific and public policy purposes. Advises and assists researchers, grants administrators, and program managers in understanding the exemption categories, determining whether one or more applies, and preparing appropriate documentation to support and explain an exemption.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required
Occasional travel – Travel up to 5%

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