CANY seeks an Associate Director of Research to fuel the organization’s monitoring and advocacy work. The Associate Director of Research will join a small, talented team of staff who are currently engaged in redesigning CANY’s prison oversight model; developing new policy goals and objectives; and harnessing the organization’s considerable access to data and information to bring about needed reform. This is an exciting opportunity to conduct applied research in a dynamic, multidisciplinary setting.
The Associate Director of Research will fuel and inform the organization’s activities related to providing meaningful oversight of New York’s state prisons and advancing criminal justice reform more broadly through the implementation of innovative research practice. Specific areas of responsibility will include:
Working with CANY colleagues to identify, prioritize, and implement key indicators for oversight of prisons.
Leading all research activities, including the design of survey instruments, data collection and analysis, implementing a research agenda, and convening a research advisory council.
Overseeing staff conducting data entry, cleaning, and analysis working with large, complex datasets.
Transitioning from legacy systems for collecting, storing, and analyzing data to sustainable solutions.
Interpreting and summarizing data, including producing data visualizations and drafting analysis for use in public testimony, presentations, and white papers.
Supporting CANY’s organizational development by developing tools in support of funding applications and communications materials.
Supporting CANY’s day-to-day operations through design and oversight of information management systems.
Other responsibilities as assigned.
Experience And Qualifications
CANY is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic candidate comfortable working across a variety of functions as part of a small, hard-working team. Desirable attributes include:
Ability to articulate a clear and compelling connection to and knowledge of criminal justice reform, with a strong preference for prior experience working on issues related to New York State prisons.
Five years of relevant prior professional experience, which may be substituted for a relevant combination of education and/or life experience. Advanced degree in the social sciences preferred.
Prior experience conducting applied research and comfort with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies required. Data management and analysis skills, including survey design, development of research questions, and conducting analyses with statistical software (e.g., R, SPSS) are required.
Superior written and oral communication skills.
Strong administrative skills, including confidence using Microsoft Office, database programs (e.g., Access, Salesforce), and other relevant industry software.
Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people in a variety of professional settings and situations.