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Court Research Associate

National Center for State Courts
Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Aug 24, 2021

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SALARY:   $65,000.00 Annually

OPENING DATE:        06/16/21

CLOSING DATE:        07/23/21 05:00 PM 


The National Center for State Courts is an independent, nonprofit court improvement organization located in Williamsburg, Virginia. NCSC’s services – research, information services, education, consulting, association management, and technical assistance – are focused on helping courts implement improvements that promote efficiency and effectiveness, while ensuring access to justice, timeliness, and procedural satisfaction.
The Research Division of the NCSC is looking for a highly motivated Court Research Associate to work on projects, in multidisciplinary research including, but not limited to social science, public administration, legal studies, public health, criminology, racial and social justice, and data science, to further the administration of justice in our state courts.  We are seeking applicants who thrive in a collaborative environment and want to make a difference in the field of court administration and improvement.
The position is responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting research for improving various aspects of state court administration and disseminating research results. Work includes identifying and developing research initiatives; assisting to obtain research grant funding; conducting research and disseminating research results through various mediums (e.g., written products, presentations, online curricula, and technical on-site assistance).
 For more information about current Research Projects at the NCSC visit: National Center for State Courts.   


The Court Research Associate will be responsible for performing the duties listed below.
Conducting empirical and applied research and program evaluation: Designing qualitative and quantitative data collection instruments;

  • Conducting site visits (interviewing, focus groups, observations) with constituents, and Performing statistical analysis;
  • Designing products that effectively communicate research findings to diverse audiences (e.g., data visualization);
  • Presenting research findings (e.g., conferences, facilitated workgroups, publications); and
  • Assisting in the development of funding proposals from federal, state, and private funding sources.


To be considered for this position, candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in the social sciences, public policy, or a related field; a J.D. combined with a Master's degree in social sciences, public policy, or a J.D. and at least six years’ experience in conducting applied social science research; 
  • Experience using statistical/data management software such as Excel, SPSS, Stata, R, and Tableau;
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to competently perform quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis;
  • Ability to present research findings to diverse audiences (e.g., court-related leadership organizations, practitioners, and lay people);
  • Excellent writing skills (e.g., client reports, policy memorandums, journal articles); and
  • Availability to travel periodically.



Candidates are required to submit a cover letter and resume in addition to the completed application form.

Starting salary may vary with additional experience and qualifications.

Position is remote work eligible or may receive relocation assistance if desire to work in Williamsburg Office.
Resume review begins July 7th, 2021 

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