Junior Research Analyst

Posted: 9/23/2019

Deadline: 10/14/2019


CJA's work seeks to reduce jail overcrowding and unnecessary detention in New York City.

Are you a talented researcher interested in analyzing data to make a difference?

Are you eager to design and implement research projects in criminal justice settings?

Join our team of multi-disciplined professionals!




The New York City Criminal Justice Agency (CJA) is a not-for-profit service and research organization that operates in partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. CJA is the City’s main pretrial services agency, combining operations, pilot projects, and research under one roof. CJA utilizes procedural justice practices to provide pretrial services to over 200,000 persons arrested annually in New York City. Information collected about these arrestees and subsequent case processing is maintained in the agency’s internal and externally shared database systems, which are used to conduct descriptive and evaluation research on arrestee characteristics, case processing and court outcomes, and on issues and potential reforms to criminal justice policy in New York City. CJA’s programs operate in the criminal courts and detention facilities 24 hours a day seven days a week within the 5 boroughs of NYC, employing over 230 employees, citywide.



  • We are committed to being active partners in criminal justice reform through initiatives and creative problem-solving that evaluates different methods and strategies for alternatives to detention.
  • We are guided by fairness and the presumption of innocence for those who are detained and work with integrity and without bias to protect the privacy and interest of court-involved people and their families.
  • We value curiosity as a driving force to lead the way in pretrial services. We use innovative techniques in research, pilot programs, and engaging justice-involved communities to execute our mission of reducing unnecessary pretrial detention.



Working under the supervision of a project director, the Junior Research Analyst will collect and analyze datasets for quantitative and qualitative research projects. This individual will help oversee the implementation of research projects in the field, as well assist in the tracking and reporting of key statistical metrics related to court processing and pretrial services.



  • Collect, organize, and merge data from relational datasets for research projects
  • Create and manage data-cleaning routines
  • Help oversee the design and implementation of research studies in the field
  • Perform descriptive and multivariate statistical analysis of data using SPSS
  • Prepare statistical tables and graphics
  • Participate in writing and editing research study reports


  • The ideal candidate will be ABD in a social science with doctoral-level coursework in research methods and statistics. Candidates with a master's degree in public policy, criminal justice, data science, sociology, economics, political science, education, or related field will also be considered.
  • Knowledge and interest in research methods, and a proven track record of applying data analysis skills in an academic or professional setting


  • The ability to design, implement, and manage empirical research projects, including the collection of data in the field
  • Experience with SPSS and Excel
  • Experience with any of the following – Python, R, Stata, NVivo, or ATLAS.ti – is a plus
  • Strong quantitative data analysis skills are required. Experience with qualitative data or mixed methods research is also helpful
  • A willingness to work collaboratively with cross-departmental teams
  • The ability to handle a variety of tasks and assignments concurrently while adhering to specific instructions, technical direction and deadlines
  • A willingness to take initiative and see complex tasks through to completion
  • Keen attention to detail

SALARY: Commensurate with experience


APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 14, 2019. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive. Please submit resume/CV, cover letter, and a writing sample that features research or data analysis.



CJA offers a very generous benefit plan including health, dental and vision insurance, a comprehensive mental health and wellness (EAP) plan, four weeks’ vacation, paid holidays and a retirement plan with employer matching contributions.  CJA is also strongly committed to professional learning and development for its staff members and offers staff varied opportunities for learning and development through partnerships and vendor services for web based, in-person professional development training, as well as in-house job training and development.

 The New York City Criminal Justice Agency (CJA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Note: Only those candidates being considered will be contacted


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