Research Professional III

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Classification:Research Professional 3
Grade:Grade 80
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:College of Health
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) is housed with the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center. The mission of AJiC is to compile, analyze, and report justice data for policymakers and practitioners in order to improve public safety, increase justice system accountability, and reduce recidivism.

Duties:

100Acquire/access data from Alaska justice and health agencies and organizations. Design and maintain data storage/archiving architecture and technical documentation in support of AJiC’s integrated justice data platform. Develop data security protocols, procedures, and policies. Develop data collection methods/modalities/models for use by AJiC personnel. Develop data sets, data set documentation/ meta-data, and analysis plans in support of AJiC research projects/studies/initiatives. Data infrastructure and files will be compiled/formatted according to accepted scientific/disciplinary data archiving, security, and publishing standards. In consultation with the AJiC Director, monitor budget expenditures. Must be able to solve problems requiring considerable analysis of multiple components or conflicting issues; identify opportunities for new services and process improvement; independently evaluate and meet complex organizational, program, or system needs. Create reports for use in publications - develop and create data tables, graphs/charts, and other visual summaries of analytic results for use in scholarly papers and project reports; draft written summaries of empirical findings, substantive conclusions, and implications of research; create/develop research products/deliverables; present research findings to internal and external audiences. Combine own work with work of other research professionals to produce complete projects, construct detailed project process/technical documentation to include methodological overviews, database dictionaries/architecture diagrams, code books and variable descriptions.Essential

Position:  Research Professional III / Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC)

The UAA Justice Center houses an organized research unit, academic programs in Justice and Legal Studies, the Alaska Justice Information Center, the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center, the Crime Mapping Research Center, and the Survey Research Center. As an organized research unit, the Justice Center conducts basic and applied research related to justice issues in both urban and rural areas of the state, disseminates the findings from that research widely and in diverse formats, and provides students with the opportunity to participate in research endeavors. The Justice Center's academic programs include a Bachelor of Arts in Justice, a Minor in Justice, Justice Honors, a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, a Minor in Legal Studies, an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies, a PostBaccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies, and a Certificate in Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) Paralegal. All Legal Studies and Paralegal programs are approved by the American Bar Association.

The Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) is housed with the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center. The mission of AJiC is to compile, analyze, and report justice data for policymakers and practitioners in order to improve public safety, increase justice system accountability, and reduce recidivism.

This position works under the general direction of the AJiC Director to (1) conceptualize, develop, and implement new/innovative data storage and integration strategies and initiatives, (2) solve complex research questions/problems using analytical skills, (3) create reports for use in publications, and (4) combine own work with work of other research professionals to produce complete projects. In addition to assisting the AJiC Director, this position may provide day-to-day guidance and supervision, training, and direction to other research professionals and technicians, and oversee/direct data collections, data cleaning/validation activities, implementation of data archiving and security protocols, data analyses, and data dissemination efforts as required for research projects/programs.

Duties / Responsibilities

Acquire/access data from Alaska justice and health agencies and organizations. Design and maintain data storage/archiving architecture and technical documentation in support of AJiC’s integrated justice data platform. Develop data security protocols, procedures, and policies. Develop data collection methods/modalities/models for use by AJiC personnel. Develop data sets, data set documentation/ meta-data, and analysis plans in support of AJiC research projects/studies/initiatives. Data infrastructure and files will be compiled/formatted according to accepted scientific/disciplinary data archiving, security, and publishing standards. In consultation with the AJiC Director, monitor budget expenditures.

Must be able to solve problems requiring considerable analysis of multiple components or conflicting issues; identify opportunities for new services and process improvement; independently evaluate and meet complex organizational, program, or system needs.

Create reports for use in publications - develop and create data tables, graphs/charts, and other visual summaries of analytic results for use in scholarly papers and project reports; draft written summaries of empirical findings, substantive conclusions, and implications of research; create/develop research products/deliverables; present research findings to internal and external audiences.

Combine own work with work of other research professionals to produce complete projects, construct detailed project process/technical documentation to include methodological overviews, database dictionaries/architecture diagrams, code books and variable descriptions.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Comprehensive knowledge of social science research methods and analytical procedures; knowledge of standard reporting procedures; advanced knowledge of the development, maintenance, and manipulation complex data structures/architectures; proven ability to develop analytic data sets (and data documentation/meta-data) for statistical analysis by others; ability to use computerized tools to organize and analyze information and communicate findings; ability to conduct descriptive and inferential statistical analyses; knowledge of scholarly publishing standards/requirements; knowledge of fiscal restrictions associated with research monies; advanced personal organization and time management skills; ability to successfully lead the work of others; strong written and oral communication skills; and, knowledge of crime and justice issues, particularly knowledge of Alaska­specific crime and justice issues. Knowledge of social science research methods and analytical procedures/processes; ability to develop data sets (and data documentation/meta­data) for statistical analysis by others; ability to use  computerized tools/software applications to organize and analyze information; knowledge of complex data structures and their manipulation; knowledge of data documentation standards and procedures; knowledge of scholarly publishing standards/requirements; personal organization and time management skills; strong written and oral communication skills; knowledge of crime and justice issues, particularly knowledge of Alaska­ specific crime and justice issues.

Required Experience:

Master's degree and two years research experience at the postgraduate level in criminal justice/criminology (or other relevant field), or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Typical Education or Training:

Master’s degree, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Miscellaneous:

A background check is a requirement of employment for this position.

A professional writing sample is required to be submitted with your application for this position.

Salary:  $27.94/hour minimum (Exempt)

 

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to non-discrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment.  Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of non-discrimination available at www.alaska.edu/titleIXcompliance/nondiscrimination

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