Research Fellow (Contractual)

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Date:  Jul 10, 2024

Chicago, IL, US, 60605

Job Requisition ID:  39696

Agency: Criminal Justice Information Authority

Closing Date/Time:

Salary: $65,000 - $75,000

Job Type: Hourly 

County: Cook

Number of Vacancies: 1




Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document that is not a Resume or CV.


This is a remote work position, but candidate may choose to work at ICJIA’s downtown Chicago office during the agency’s regular business hours Monday thru Friday (8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.) pending availability.


This is a full-time position. The selected candidate must work 37.5 hours per week. The selected candidate will start as soon as possible.


This position is TEMPORARY and does NOT include state benefits.


Information in this statement is NOT intended to be all-encompassing or to address all responsibilities of the position.


We are seeking a passionate social science researcher to provide evaluation support for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) funded Safe from the Start (SFS) program, an intervention for young children exposed to violence and for their caregivers. The candidate will use their research skills to analyze program data gathered by nine Illinois SFS sites to identify implementation barriers and demonstrate program effectiveness. Project tasks include analyzing quantitative data, drafting reports and presentations, providing training and technical assistance to sites, assisting with revising evaluation procedures to better meet sites’ needs, and actively participating in team meetings.

Essential Function 1

1.  Developing and implementing research methods.

Essential Function 2

2.  Compiling, cleaning, and analyzing quantitative data using statistical software.

Essential Function 3

3.  Summarizing research into practitioner and technical reports and making presentations to various audiences.

Essential Function 4

4.  Providing training and technical assistance to community-based organizations.

Essential Function 5

5.  Assisting with database rewrite by helping to identify database requirements and testing database functionality.

Essential Function 6

6.  Performing other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, social work, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications 1

1.  Prefers knowledge of scientific research methods equivalent to one year of experience conducting social science research.

Preferred Qualifications 2

2.  Prefers ability to use analytic software (e.g., SPSS, R, Nvivo) equivalent to one year of experience using analytic software.

Preferred Qualifications 3

3.  Prefers excellent verbal and written communication skills as demonstrated by six months experience drafting articles, reports, or presentations.

Preferred Qualifications 4

4.  Prefers ability to deliver presentations to various professional and lay groups as demonstrated by experience giving at least one presentation at local, regional, or national conferences, workshops, or trainings.

Preferred Qualifications 5

5.  Prefers knowledge of program evaluation as demonstrated by six months of experience assisting with or conducting a program evaluation OR completion of two graduate level courses on program evaluation.

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Work Hours:  37.5 Standard Work Hours 
Work Location: 60 E Van Buren, 6th Floor, Chicago, Illinois, 60605  Agency Contact: CJA.HRDEPARTMENT@ILLINOIS.GOV
Job Function:
 Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics 


Agency Statement

ICJIA responds to community needs with research and federal and state grants administration. ICJIA administers over 100 million dollars in grants, including the R3 (restore, reinvest, renew) grants (funded through the tax on legalized cannabis), state violence prevention grants, and federal grants including under the Violence Against Women Act and the Victims of Crime Act. ICJIA convenes groups and collaborates on efforts to reform the criminal justice system. ICJIA leads criminal justice reform efforts by supporting policy makers through research.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago