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Statistician (Social Science)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Introduction

This position is located in the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), an independent agency within the District of Columbia government. The mission of CJCC is to foster systemic change in the justice system, serve as a forum to identify issues and their solutions, propose actions and facilitate cooperation that will improve public safety and related criminal and juvenile justice services for District of Columbia residents, victims, and offenders.

This position functions as senior Statistician responsible for leading key criminal and juvenile justice research and analysis within the CJCC Statistical Analysis Center. The work involves leading relevant and methodologically rigorous analyses and authoring original research in furtherance of CJCC initiatives. The incumbent provides expertise and professional consultation by applying statistical and other methodological techniques to gather, analyze, interpret, and/or report quantitative and qualitative information.

MAJOR DUTIES

Annually conducts an analysis of the root causes that led to the incarceration of current committed youth, including a voluntary survey of all current committed youth and any self-reported adverse childhood experiences. The results will be reported to the DC Council.

Evaluates the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs by collecting available information from other District agencies on the education, employment, and criminal justice outcomes for currently or previously committed youth who are under twenty-four years of age.

Serves as an expert consultant on statistical and research matters relevant to the criminal and juvenile justice system and provides authoritative counsel.

Plans, develops, and provides technical direction for statistical research programs, where the investigations involve citywide and national data collection problems that have a bearing on public policy and/or affect the administrative operational policies of a department or agency of the District or Federal government.

Designs and implements evaluations, studies and surveys, including the development and dissemination of survey instruments; analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data; and preparing reports on findings for publication or presentation. Determines the best and most efficient ways to collect quantitative and qualitative information. Utilizes advanced quantitative methods from the fields of statistics and data mining to support CJCC initiatives and priorities.

Analyzes findings, evaluates the statistical limitations of available data, and specifies the range of logically possible explanations of the findings; discovers the meaning of facts; and presents original or derived data in their most pertinent form, which may include text, graphs, charts, tables and models.

Oversees the work of research assistants and interns; lends statistical, methodological, and analytical expertise to shape and direct justice-related research within CJCC; coordinates major research projects with staff; reviews their work; and provides direction as needed.

Oversees data collection activities, conducts analysis, and prepares statistical reports for CJCC and/or public dissemination. Conducts in-depth analysis of data and disseminates the results of that analysis. Establishes procedures for data storage and retrieval.

Develops and maintains relationships with executives, both within and outside the District and Federal government, on broad statistical programs to avoid overlap of objectives and to ensure integration of coordinated statistical programming.

Provides final budget recommendations for statistical activities in support of agency programs. Responds to requests for statistical information from partner agencies.

Collaborates with CJCC programmatic staff to determine deliverables for grant applications, white papers, conferences, forums and summits.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED FOR THE POSITION

Extensive knowledge of the laws, policies, and relationships governing the District of Columbia juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Mastery of and skill sufficient to visualize statistical methodology in relationship to the broad research, investigative or philosophical problem involved in order to advise on the optimum use of statistical theory and the possible expected contribution of statistics, as well as the limitations of statistical methods in the solution of the basic problems involved.

Ability to recognize and provide advice about the optimal use of statistical theory, and the possible expected contribution of statistics, as well as the limitations of statistical methods in the solution of the basic problems involved.

Mastery of advanced statistical theories, principles, concepts and practices, and skill in applying statistical methods and procedures, data or quantitative analysis, data collection techniques, and reduction of data from multiple sources. Mastery of advanced statistical methods to include data experimental design, analysis of variance/regression, logistic regression as well as cost-benefit analyses.

Mastery of and skill in problem solving, negotiation strategies and project management to conduct in-depth research and analysis to successfully author and publish research findings, and mastery of management principles, procedures and techniques of analysis and evaluation.

Mastery of management skills and experience in planning, organizing, and directing team study work, and negotiating effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations.

Ability to handle multiple concurrent projects with varying priorities while working independently and in teams.

Proficient in data management and statistical modeling utilizing SPSS, SAS, ACCESS and Excel.

Superior skill in oral and written communication to prepare and present recommendations and solutions regarding complex issues based on analysis and evaluation, including the preparation and presentation of reports, proposals, etc.

Ability to interact well with and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS

The supervisor makes assignments in terms of broadly defined missions and functions, and relies on the incumbent's expertise for independent performance and judgment of work to be accomplished. The incumbent defines objectives; exercises a wide degree of independent professional discretion and judgment; and independently plans, designs, and carries out the work to be done. Results of the work are considered as technically authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change. If the work should be reviewed, the review concerns such matters as accomplishment of goals within broad guidelines established by the supervisor, and compliance with internal operating and administrative policies and procedures. Overall performance is evaluated in terms of fulfillment of stated goals and objectives.

GUIDELINES

Guidelines, as such, are lacking, and statisticians at this level are expected to apply a very high degree of technical knowledge, imagination, and creativity in the solution of statistical problems of critical importance. The incumbent uses considerable judgment and ingenuity, and exercises broad latitude, to develop policy and guidelines for specific areas of work and to interpret obscure guidelines that exist. Frequently, the incumbent is recognized as a technical authority in development and interpretation of guidelines.

COMPLEXITY

The work consists of various duties of marked complexity, significance, and importance performed in areas where precedents are inadequate, inappropriate or nonexistent. The incumbent decides the most effective approach or methodology by identifying, developing, and integrating pertinent information through various data collection/analysis procedures and technologies; anticipating major problems; and recognizing future needs. The incumbent develops innovative approaches to complex situations or problems that are unique; assesses the feasibility, effectiveness, and necessity of unusual approaches; makes decision and/or recommendations.

SCOPE AND EFFECT

The purpose of the work is to lead relevant and methodologically rigorous analyses and authorize original research in furtherance of CJCC initiatives. The work involves formulating and exploring new theories and phenomena, and providing expertise and advice on program planning and policy making functions covering a broad range of statistical programs. Work results affect the success and continuation of key programs essential to the agency's mission.

PERSONAL CONTACTS

Personal contacts are with ranking statistical executives, both within and outside of the District and Federal governments, management officials or senior technical staff, state and local officials, and leaders of national stakeholder and/or interest groups.

PURPOSE OF CONTACTS

The purpose of contact is to influence and persuade persons or groups to comply with established policies or to accept established methods, and to negotiate or establish rapport to gain information. Contacted personnel may be skeptical or uncooperative.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The work is sedentary in nature.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work is performed in an adequately lighted, heated and ventilated environment. The work area involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting, and training rooms.

OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS

Education/Experience

Degree: that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing; and at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to grade 13 level.

Specialized experience is an experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position including but are not limited to, serving as an expert consultant on statistical and research matters relevant to the criminal and juvenile justice system and provides authoritative counsel to the agency, other stakeholders and makes reports and recommendations to the lawmakers (DC Council);

OR

A combination of professional education and experience.

Ph.D. in Statistics, Criminal Justice Studies, Public Policy and Management or a related field, and a minimum of five (5) years of work experience in statistics/analytics preferred.

MISCELLANEOUS

Salary Range: $95,791.00 - $123,403.00

DCHR Job ID #: Interested individuals should apply for Job ID #1096 by clicking the following link: www.careers.dc.gov

The District of Columbia is an equal opportunity employer.

In accordance with the DC Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, DC Official Code § 2-1401.01

ONLY INDIVIDUALS WHO THE MEET MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS WILL BE CONTACTED BY DCHR.