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Equity Researcher

Employer
Administrative Office of the Courts
Location
Washington, United States
Salary
$78,408.00 - $102,816.00
Posted date
Jun 24, 2021

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Tenured/Tenured Track
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Washington Courts Employment Opportunity

Administrative Office of the Courts

 

EQUITY RESEARCHER

(Senior Research Associate)

For the Office of Court Innovation, Washington State Center for Court Research

 

Our Mission:  Advance the efficient and effective operation of the Washington Judicial System.  The Administrative Office of the Courts is looking for top-performing employees who embody its core values of integrity, service excellence, visionary leadership, collaboration and teamwork. It is committed to both employee growth and work-life balance.  Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace

 

Job #:              2021-40

Status:             Regular, Full-Time

Location:         Olympia, Washington

Salary:             Range 70: $78,408 — $102,816 per year (DOQ)

Opens:            June 24, 2021

Closes:            July 23, 2021

 

 

POSITION PROFILE

Make a Difference in the Justice System - Be a Part of the Change

The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is seeking an Equity Researcher to work within its Office of Court Innovation.

Washington’s courts are the foundation of its justice system, and the promise of equal justice under the law for everyone is the cornerstone of the public’s trust and confidence in the courts. Under the leadership of the Supreme Court, Washington’s judiciary is committed to measuring the extent to which our courts administer justice equally, identifying where problems exist, making improvements, and holding ourselves accountable through measures of equity.

As an Equity Researcher, the successful candidate will work as part of a dynamic group of professional researchers and policy analysts whose work informs policies, programs, and practices in Washington’s state courts. The Equity Researcher will work under the direct supervision of the manager of the Washington State Center for Court Research (WSCCR) and will receive strategic direction from the Washington Supreme Court Commissions whose work focuses on racial equity, gender equity, and language access in the courts.

The successful candidate is knowledgeable about the justice system, has experience with research dealing with the equal administration of justice. They have a successful track record of social science analysis of complex issues using a variety of designs and methods, including analysis of data collected in administrative or case management systems.

The Equity Researcher will be responsible for designing research looking at demographic characteristics of the people coming into contact with courts, how the courts respond to them, and the resulting impact of court actions. They will also be responsible for working with stakeholders to inform research questions and communicating research results to a wide variety of audiences. Because communication is an important aspect of the work, the candidate must have excellent writing and presentation skills.

With AOC’s Office of Court Innovation, you will join a tight-knit team of skilled researchers and policy analysts who work on topics that are incredibly relevant to the issues we see in the justice system today. You will be empowered to be creative and think boldly. You will join a team of leaders in applied research, produce research that matters, and be a part of making justice for all a reality in Washington state courts.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

In collaboration with Center for Court Research and Washington Supreme Court Commissions staff, the position will implement a research program that is aimed at promoting equity in Washington State courts. Research will cover: a) the assessment of court-related disparities, i.e., differences in court outcomes that appear when controlling for factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, language group, and location, and b) assessment of the causes of disparity in structural and institutional patterns.

  • Takes guidance from and reports to the Washington State Supreme Court Commissions, who work on issues related to racial equity, gender equity, and language access in the courts. 
  • Analyzes data obtained from existing court information management systems. With other Court Research staff, identifies gaps in accessible Washington Court data that are needed to analyze equity and disparities. Establishes ranked priorities for data development after consulting with the Commissions, local courts, and AOC. 
  • Assesses the impact of court and justice partner agency initiatives intended to identify and address disparities using descriptive and multivariate analysis. 
  • With court partners, designs and implements supplemental data collection for occasional studies of topics that cannot be adequately addressed using existing data. 
  • Develops sampling procedures for data collection; analyzes population-based data obtained from existing management information systems and other data using appropriate techniques. 
  • With other Court Research staff, creates an index of previous or current analyses looking at demographics like race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, language, etc. carried out by the Center for Court Research. 
  • Is active in the community of researchers in the US who are engaged in similar equity-based work. 
  • Presents research findings to diverse audiences, including court associations, the Legislature, Supreme Court, and other state and local stakeholder groups. 
  • Performs other duties as required.

Detailed information (scope of responsibility, essential activities, and key competencies, etc.) can be found by viewing the Job Description at Washington Courts Careers, under Current Openings, click on Washington Courts and the Announcement.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND CREDENTIALS

  •  A Master’s degree in criminal justice, social work, psychology or other social science field including graduate training in research methods and statistics, AND
  • Five (5) years of professional work conducting empirical field research in an applied or graduate setting pertaining to therapeutic courts, child welfare, or delivery of therapeutic interventions, AND
  • At least two (2) articles either accepted or published OR
  • At least two (2) professional project reports documenting the execution of research efforts, including formulation of conclusions & recommendations.

A combination of relevant education and experience demonstrating a working knowledge of the functions and responsibilities of Senior Research Associate may be considered in the meeting the qualifications.

The ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following education, knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Training and professional experience regarding the components and operations of the justice system, and regarding equity in the courts and broader justice system.
  • Experience working on research measuring equity within systems.

 

HOW TO APPLY / APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

The following items are REQUIRED for your application to be considered complete.  Note: ALL sections of the Application must be completed, and relevant experience meeting the qualifications must be reflected on the application.

  1. Cover Letter (no more than two pages)
  2. AOC Application for Employment
  3. Resume
  4. A publication or other material demonstrating research and subject matter expertise.

 A chronological resume may be submitted; but not a substitute for a fully completed application.

The AOC Application for Employment can be found at www.courts.wa.gov/employ, under Current Openings, click on Washington Courts; the AOC. Application for Employment is located at the bottom of the page.  Late applications will not be accepted when a deadline is expressed.

Please email all application materials to: employment@courts.wa.gov in a PDF format (Word documents are also accepted).

Application materials will also be accepted by regular mail or by fax:

Administrative Office of the Courts
Attn:  Human Resources
PO Box 41170, Olympia, WA 98504-1170

Fax number: (360) 586-4409

The initial screening will be based on the content and completeness of your application materials.  Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" will be considered incomplete.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • The workweek may fluctuate depending on workload or agency needs.
  • Overnight travel may be required based on business needs.
  • This position is not covered under the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The AOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on gender, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, physical, mental or sensory disability (actual or perceived), use of a service animal, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, age, HIV or Hepatitis C status, or any other basis protected by federal or state law.  Persons of disability needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, please contact Melody Long, AOC Human Resource Office, at (360) 704-4143, or fax (360) 586-4409, or via email to Employment@courts.wa.gov.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Before a new hire, a background check, including criminal history, will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the job.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

  • The workweek may fluctuate depending on workload or agency needs.
  • Overnight travel may be required based on business needs.
  • This position is not covered under the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

 

The AOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on gender, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, physical, mental or sensory disability (actual or perceived), use of a service animal, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, age, HIV or Hepatitis C status, or any other basis protected by federal or state law.  Persons of disability needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, please contact Melody Long, AOC Human Resource Office, at (360) 704-4143, or fax (360) 586-4409, or via email to Employment@courts.wa.gov.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Before a new hire, a background check, including criminal history, will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the job.

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