Research Associate

University at Albany, New York State Youth Justice Institute
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 11, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Research Associate

The New York State Youth Justice Institute (hereafter the Institute) is seeking to hire a Research  Associate. The Institute is a collaborative initiative between the University at Albany, the New York State  Division of Criminal Justice Services, and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.  Housed at the University, the Institute's purpose is to ensure that at-risk youth in New York receive the  best and most effective services. Key responsibilities of the Institute include the following activities: 

  • evaluation of youth justice initiatives within New York State; 
  • accumulation and dissemination of information on national evidence-based and evidence informed practices; 
  • grant writing and administration to support the Institute’s growth and impact; and  
  • providing technical assistance and trainings to youth justice practitioners to enhance the  outcomes for youth, families and overall public safety throughout New York State. 

This is a full-time position beginning summer 2021 or later based in Albany, NY at the NYS Youth Justice  Institute. The position will allow for dynamic experience that offers both breadth and depth in the realm  of youth justice research, intervention and policy work. The Research Associate position offers a number  of excellent training opportunities, including collaboration with senior and junior members of the team,  exposure to university-community research partnerships, and cross-institutional networking. 

Position summary:
Under supervision of the Executive Director, the responsibilities of the Research Associate include: 

  • Planning, organizing, and conducting quantitative and/or qualitative research and evaluation to  inform programmatic decisions;  
  • Designing, testing, and evaluating methods and protocol for research projects;  
  • Analyzing, summarizing, and organizing collected data; 
  • Preparing systematic literature reviews;  
  • Translating scientific findings to general audience;  
  • Preparing reports and other manuscripts for publication and/or presentation;  
  • Identifying extramural funding opportunities and participating in grant writing; 
  • Coordinating and managing multiple research projects; 
  • Participating in meetings with State and local-level partners and stakeholders; and 
  • Assisting in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. 

Minimum qualifications:
PhD in Criminal Justice, Social Welfare, Sociology, Public Policy, or a related field, plus two years of  relevant experience; or Master’s degree in any of the aforementioned fields of specialization plus 5 years of full-time professional experience. 

Substantive knowledge of juvenile justice and emerging adulthood research and policy in the United  States. 

Substantive knowledge of best practice literature, evidence-based programming, and implementation  science.

Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to multiple assignments and priorities supporting multiple  projects and activities. 

Strong organizational and time management skills, oral and written communication skills, and advanced  interpersonal and relationship building skills working in a team environment. 

Experience working with web-based survey tools (e.g., Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey), virtual conference  applications (e.g., Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams), and data analysis and/or visualization software (e.g.,  Stata, Tableau). 

Must address ability to work with a culturally diverse population. 

Preferred qualifications:
Experience conducting evaluation research, particularly in New York State. 

Strong commitment to social justice and demonstrated research record focuses on equity in the areas of  race, gender, and/or SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression). 

Demonstrated experience in grant writing. 

Data visualization experience. 

Experience working in government and/or the non-profit sector is preferred. 

One-year commitment required with possible option to continue contingent on satisfactory  performance and availability of funding. 

Applications only accepted on‐line at

Documents Required: 

  • Resume/CV 
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable  preferred qualifications 
  • Writing sample 
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references