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Organization TypePublic Interest
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ProfileResearcher and Quantitative Analyst Duties: Reports to the Director of OAE and assists the Director in developing and implementing strategies on how to better use research and academics, particularly in the areas of criminal justice and quantitative analysis, in its effort to advance drug policy reform. Work closely with other policy and communications staff to ensure that work is informed by the latest research and scholarship and will serve as expert on criminal justice data. Conduct literature reviews to help staff and others understand a range of drug policy issues. Analyze and respond to new studies with critiques and analysis for staff, the public, and the media. Request (with legal advice) and analyze primary data from federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies as well as other data sets. Draft materials, including data analyses, literature reviews, blog posts and op eds. Assist with developing programming and preparing speakers and materials for meetings and conferences. Assist with training academics to engage effectively with policymakers and the media. Advise elected and appointed officials on evidence-based drug policies. Cultivate relationships with researchers from a wide range of disciplines and identify and mobilize academics in service of policy campaigns. Speak publicly to a wide range of audiences, including providing public testimony. Act as a resource to movement partners on issues related to research, identifying experts, and promoting evidence-based policy, especially in regards criminal justice data.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: A terminal degree (PhD, MD, JD Degree, etc.) or a masters with substantive experience working with criminal justice data. Terminal degree in public policy/administration, public health, law, sociology, criminal justice, history, medicine, or related field required. Experienced masters level people with demonstrated expertise in criminal justice data will be considered. Broad knowledge of drug policy research preferred. A background in data visualization a plus. Must be able to synthetize research from a broad range of disciplines and have the written and verbal communication skills to translate academic information for lay or policy audiences and to form deep connections within academia. Must be versed in statistical analyses, research design and methods, and be comfortable performing data analysis with criminal justice and other data. Will serve as a resource to staff and allies, assist with academic convenings, and work with other researchers and academics to help them engage effectively in policy advocacy. Excellent interpersonal skills, an unwavering commitment to accuracy, and a passion for social and racial justice that includes a fair and equitable drug policy based in research and evidence are essential for success. Understanding of research design and ability to quickly review and critique the meaning, methodology, and quality of studies. Interest in and deep knowledge of criminal justice and drug use data. Comfort talking to policymakers, researchers, and the media. Experience with and/or knowledge of academia. Ability to plan and implement meetings and conferences. Expertise and knowledge of criminal justice data, criminology, and a background in applied statistics. Demonstrated ability to analyze, understand, and communicate complex science and research from a range of disciplines to a general audience and an audience of policymakers. Sharp academic skills and credibility with academia as demonstrated through original research and/or scholarly publications.
Send application with resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample. No phone calls, please.
Drug Policy Alliance
131 West 33rd St.
New York City, NY 10001