ICF Consulting Group, Inc. Senior Research Associate in Criminal Justice in Fairfax, Virginia


Senior Research Associate in Criminal Justice Social & Analytic Solutions Group Education, Community & Social Programs Division Fairfax, VA

Job Description

The Children and Youth, Justice and Behavioral Health (CJBH) Research and Evaluation Team has a broad portfolio of projects focusing on criminal justice practices and policies. The team is seeking a Senior Research Associate to work on multiple projects with topics ranging from victim services, juvenile justice, human trafficking, corrections, and law enforcement. The Senior Research Associate will be responsible for leading key tasks, serving as a project manager, reviewing and overseeing the work of more junior staff, and assisting in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data through reports, journal articles, and presentations. In addition, the Senior Research Associate will assist in contract and/or grant proposal efforts by leading and managing individual efforts (as relevant), writing key sections and overseeing support sections. This is a mid-level position for a criminal justice researcher looking to grow existing project management experience, statistical analysis, and business development skills in a fast-paced environment. Senior Research Associates contribute to the development of innovative, high quality products and services in support for multiple projects. The position is located at ICF's headquarters in Fairfax, VA and will require some travel (approximately 20% nationwide).

_Key Responsibilities:_

Lead and manage large, complex projects, including oversight and mentoring of junior staff. Oversee project budgets and adherence to project timelines and deliverables. Collect primary data through conducting interviews, focus groups, or surveys. Lead site visits. Manage databases and clean/process data using statistical analysis software such as SPSS, Stata, or SAS. Oversee the transcription and coding of qualitative data. Analyze primary and secondary data using intermediate and advanced statistical methods. Teach/oversee entry-level staff in foundational quantitative methods such as programming in statistical software and basic statistical analyses. Write proposal sections or lead small proposal efforts. Contribute to writing reports, journal articles, and policy/practitioner briefs. Present methods and findings to clients and represent projects at select national conferences and to key stakeholders. Engage partners and potential clients to expand ICF s network and build business relationships.


_Basic Qualifications:_

Master s degree in criminal justice, sociology, statistics, economics, or related field; transcript required. 5 years of work experience in applied social science research, with multiple past projects related to criminal justice topics. Experience or knowledge related to victim services/victimology, juvenile justice, human trafficking, corrections, and/or other criminal justice areas. Experience managing complex tasks with little oversight. Demonstrated mastery and work experience (outside the classroom) related to statistical analyses and software (i.e., SPSS, SAS, and Stata) with strong skills in programming/syntax. Experience with data collection, administering surveys, interviews, focus groups, or structured observations in multiple settings. Superior technical writing skills including editing ability (writing sample is required) and recent publication of research findings. Willingness to travel approximately 20% nationwide on an annual basis. Proficient in MS applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

_Preferred Skills/Experience:_

PhD in criminal justice, sociology, statistics, economics, or related field Experience with advanced statistical techniques, such as social network analysis, cost-benefit analysis, geospatial analysis/mapping, or advanced modeling (e.g., regression with diverse distributions, SEM, HLM). Experiencing managing mid-sized to large projects (at least $300,000). Prior research experience with vulnerable populations, especially victims or youth. Experience and ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and partners.

_Professional Skills:_

Strong organizational skills, superior attention to detail, and ability to meet stringent deadlines. Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision making capabilities. Superior interpersonal skills including professionalism and a collaborative attitude. Candidate should enjoy and be able to work effectively as part of a team. Ability to be flexible, multi-task, prioritize, work independently, and manage multiple activities simultaneously in a fast-paced, demanding environment. Self-motivated, proactive, and eager to learn.

ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

Working at ICF Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. ICFtogether for tomorrow.

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Location: /Virginia-Fairfax/

Requisition ID: /1700003529/