Applied Policy Research/Criminal Justice Research Division
The SANDAG Applied Policy/Criminal Justice Research Division provides technical support to the region’s policymakers, agency leaders, and service providers by evaluating data and making recommendations that lead to informed decisions and increased program effectiveness. Examples of recent and upcoming projects include evaluations and cost/benefit analyses of services provided to ex-offenders that lead to lower rates of recidivism; partnering with local law enforcement agencies to document and evaluate the effectiveness of efforts aimed at reducing violent crimes in the San Diego region; and evaluating national crime prevention practices. Results of such research studies and evaluations are shared with decision-makers and stakeholders on a regular basis and lead to more informed decisions about investments in funding, resources, and programs that will have the greatest positive impact on the San Diego region.
Research Analyst Role
The Research Analyst will assist with the design, implementation, and analysis of various studies that support a broad range of regional projects, programs, and policy initiatives. Responsibilities include providing technical support for data management and analysis for large data sets, including data cleaning, data manipulation, statistical analysis, and preparing written and visual reports.
This position is ideal for an entry-level research professional with a strong interest in furthering their expertise in the application of research methods for public policy decision-making. We anticipate career development will occur while completing the types of duties and responsibilities described below and through mentoring and close collaboration with senior staff. Examples of primary responsibilities include:
Experience and Qualifications
Numerous factors contribute to an individual’s ability to be successful in any given role. For this position, we are searching for a candidate with an aptitude for analytical thinking and problem solving who is organized, flexible, and can be relied upon to meet deadlines while working on multiple projects. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively, dynamic and strong interpersonal skills, and the use of sound judgment are important.
The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in criminology, sociology, demography, computer science, mathematics, statistics, or a related field, and one to two years of recent data collection, data analysis, and/or research experience, preferably in an applied research environment.
The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position:
Salary and Benefits
SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package. Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.
This Research Analyst position will be filled at the I or II level depending on qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. Positions at the Analyst I and II level are considered entry-level with job duties primarily related to learning and supporting research activities. The annual salary ranges are:
Analyst I - $45,741 to $76,113 per year; Analyst II - $50,429 to $83,915 per year.
The benefits we offer include traditional health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. To support the need to rest and rejuvenate, employees are provided with a bank of paid time off in addition to paid holidays. Contributions to financial security are provided through a pension plan and deferred compensation program.
How to Apply
We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application form. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted in addition to the Employment Application but are not a substitute for this document.
The employment application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG website. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing email@example.com. Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via email, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See our Careers / How to Apply web page for additional information.
This position is Open until Filled. The first review of applications will begin on Friday, December 22, 2017.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SANDAG will accommodate persons who require assistance in order to apply for a position at SANDAG. Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability during any stage of the recruitment and selection process, including requesting this document and related application materials in an alternative format, should make their needs known by contacting Human Resources at (619) 699-1900, (619) 699-1904 (TTY), fax (619) 699-6905, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, applicants are asked to respond to the Supplemental Questions below. The information can be up to 500 words per question and should be submitted with the Employment Application. This is considered a required component of the application; applications received without a response will be screened out of the selection process.
1. Describe your experience with primary data collection methods. How do you ensure quality data is gathered when there are multiple data collectors?
2. You have been provided two large data files from different but partnering systems (e.g. Sheriff and Probation) and asked to create one data file that can be used to create a regression model for analysis. Please describe the steps you would take to merge the two data files. How do you ensure the validity of the results? What type of data management would you conduct to ensure the file is ready for analysis?
Candidate Selection and Notification
Following the first review date for applications, all candidates will receive written confirmation that their application was received. The hiring manager will begin reviewing and evaluating applications within a few days of the close date. The best qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. All candidates will receive written notification as to the final outcome of their application.
The SANDAG website contains a wealth of information about our various project and program areas. The Careers section of the site lists all of our current Job Openings as well as information on how to apply for positions and Frequently Asked Questions about our recruitment process.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, applicants hired by SANDAG must show acceptable proof of identity and evidence of authorization to work in the United States.
SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.