Social Science Research Analyst

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 17, 2020
Closes
Sep 24, 2020
Function
Analyst, Research
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, Office of Research, Evaluation, and Technology. The incumbent will develop, implement, analyze, and disseminate a range of extramural and intramural social science research and evaluation projects that aim to improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems and their responses to crime, delinquency, and crime victimization at the federal, state, and local levels.
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Responsibilities

(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

Serves as a Technical Resource for Criminal Justice Research Programs: Oversees and guides projects in one or more specialized justice focus areas, such as crime victimization and crime victim services, juvenile justice, violent crime, or crime prevention. Provides advice, guidance, and assistance to NIJ and OJP staff and relevant stakeholders in developing and modifying research programs, conducting data analysis, writing and reviewing scientific papers and articles, and resolving problems related to the scientific and technical aspects of developing an effective and rigorous research agenda. Manages the review of proposals for research grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts and as required, negotiates the research design and technical aspects of final awards.

Conducts Scientific Review of Research Grant Proposals:Solicits, establishes, and monitors the scientific content of cooperative agreements and grants with colleges and universities, research organizations, think tanks, other federal agencies, national committees, and other stakeholders to perform justice related research and studies addressing a variety of issues impacting criminal and juvenile justice policy and practice in the United States. Develops competitive solicitations; identifies and organizes potential peer reviewers; leads peer review panels; formulates recommendations for funding; and prepares memoranda and other required paperwork to fully document award decision processes. Reviews research proposals for clarity, and completeness, and the quality of methodological designs and quantitative strategies.

Scientific Evaluation of Research Grant Results: Performs continuous analysis and evaluation of the utilization of organizational resources in accomplishing program objectives and goals. Oversees and evaluates studies requiring application of advanced analytical and quantitative methods and techniques to obtain data. Conducts reviews of reporting, as well as on-site visits to awardees, to ensure compliance with the scientific requirements of the grant and implementation of scientific rigor to the research goals. Performs evaluation and analysis of awardee reports and progress to propose continuation of research efforts and develop potential new avenues of inquiry. Performs analysis and evaluation to ensure current and future program effectiveness and compliance with established scientific requirements and goals.

Research and Analysis Work: Researches and analyzes the scientific research needs of the grantees and state and local justice communities to ensure that justice research program planning, implementation, and review are well grounded in the needs of the field. Evaluates data from diverse fields and databases, and correlates and integrates findings into concepts applicable to the social science body of cumulative knowledge. Information derived from research, review, analysis and evaluation is used to assess the feasibility of establishing new research programs or modifying existing programs to incorporate new research and evaluation methods. Maintains familiarity with relevant federal data collection activities, analyses, and reports. Keeps up to date with developments in policy, social, and criminal and juvenile justice-related issues, as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Program Evaluation: Conducts analyses of social science programs, proposed program modifications and reforms, demonstration program models, and policy changes to evaluate their actual or potential ability to make measurable improvements in criminal and juvenile justice systems and social well-being of victims, offenders, practitioners, and other stakeholders in the criminal and juvenile justice system. Prepares descriptive and analytical reports, memoranda, and other types of written responses, as well as professional presentations that are disseminated internally and externally to stakeholders, practitioner groups, and other researchers that encourage the use and guide implementation of findings and successful programs of research.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for meetings, conferences, and/or training.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.
  • Federal payments are required to be made by Direct Deposit.
  • Requires registration for the Selective Service. Visit www.sss.gov.
  • Pre-employment drug testing required.
  • 1-year probationary period may be required.

See Other Information for further requirements.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GS-12 AND GS-13 GRADE LEVELS:
You must meet one of the basic requirements (option A, B, or C below, in order to be considered for the position).

A. Successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in the behavioral or social sciences, or in a related discipline that included at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in the behavioral or social sciences.

OR
B. Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

OR
C. Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

GS-12: ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Examples of specialized experience to qualify for the GS-12 include:
- Assisting in the design, implementation, and evaluation of social science research programs and projects that included policy of issues related to violence, victimization, and/or crime prevention;
- Recommending the provision of technical input on programmatic and technical aspects of social science research program activities addressing violence, victimization and/or crime prevention, such as project needs, scopes of work, levels of effort, available resources, and major constraints;
- Participating with counterparts in other agencies and/or organizations to develop policies, strategies, performance indicators, assessments, and/or evaluations of programs addressing violence, victimization and/or crime prevention;
- Collecting data and completing quantitative and qualitative analysis as a part of a social science research project (e.g., administering
surveys, conducting interviews, or securing secondary data) on topics related to violence, victimization, and/or crime prevention.


GS-13 ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS


In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-12. Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Examples of Specialized Experience to qualify for the GS-13 include:
- Independently designing, implementing, and evaluating social science research programs and projects that included policy and communication issues related to violence, victimization, and/or crime prevention;
- Providing technical input on programmatic and technical aspects of social science research program activities, addressing criminal justice violence topics, including violence, victimization and/or crime prevention;
- Identifying priorities for research and evaluation projects and studies, developed analytic questions, and designing project specifications and solicitation or application materials addressing violence, victimization and/or crime prevention issues.
- Monitoring work performed by research assistants, contractors, and/or other partners and analyzing research/evaluation project findings, including their relevance to agency policies and programs;
- Leading the data collection and completing qualitative and quantitative analysis for a social science research project (e.g., administering surveys, conducting interviews, or securing secondary data) on topics related to violence, victimization, and/or crime prevention; and
- Developing and implementing policies, strategies, performance indicators, assessments, and/or evaluations of research programs.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

All Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications as described above will be further evaluated based upon the following technical qualifications:

Ability to plan and execute work.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
Knowledge of a criminal justice scientific field.
Ability to plan, conduct, and evaluate criminal justice research studies.
Ability to communicate in writing.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Click here to see the full Qualifications Statement.

Education

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)
Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Additional information

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position may be eligible for telework per agency policy.

Relocation expenses may be authorized.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be considered under all categories for which you are eligible.

For All U.S. Citizens: Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

For Status/Merit Promotion/VEOA candidates: Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on the announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume and application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

For Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) applicants: The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, or if your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Under merit promotion procedures, to be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. Under category rating procedures, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

REMINDER: ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (ALL APPLICANTS):

1. Resume and/or work history profile,
2. Responses to the online questions,
3. Veterans' Preference Documentation (if applicable; see below for more information).

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (FEDERAL EMPLOYEES):
4. SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (for current and former federal employees; see below for more information), and
5. Performance Appraisal (for current federal employees) Note: if not provided, will be required at time of interview.

Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Veterans Preference
In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

If you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under How You Will Be Evaluated, veterans' preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e., Best Qualified).

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act
To be eligible for a Veteran Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required document

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(u) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the Agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action for Competitive Appointment.

Non-competitive Eligibility

You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30% or more; returning volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment, etc. Appropriate documentation to support your claim must be included in your application, along with the type of special appointment you are seeking.

Current/Former Federal Employees

If you are a current Federal employee in a permanent, competitive service position, you must submit document to confirm your status. Failure to submit an appropriate SF-50 will automatically disqualify you from further consideration.

- Submit an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or other official agency documentation that shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".).

- Submit your most recent Performance Appraisal (dated within the last 18 months) or a separate statement explaining why you are unable to submit your appraisal. If not provided at time of application, it will be required at time of interview.

If you are a former Federal employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior federal permanent competitive service, you must submit documents to confirm your eligibility.

- Submit an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or other official agency documentation that shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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