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Senior Research Scientist (Center Justice Research and Innovation)

CNA, 3003 Washington Blvd, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America Req #50
Thursday, March 5, 2020

The CNA Center for Justice Research and Innovation (JRI) has over 20 analysts and project managers who work on research and technical assistance projects in policing and corrections with over 200 law enforcement and other justice agencies nationwide. JRI has solid practices in evaluation research, policing innovation, policing and corrections research, law enforcement-prosecution collaboration, policing technology, training, assessment and monitoring, victim's concerns, and after-action analyses of critical incidents..

The Senior Research Scientist has considerable relevant experience and operates independently.  Typically lead projects of moderate size and/or complexity, will be increasingly involved in business development efforts, and taking greater responsibility for managing client/sponsor relations.  Operate as a more experienced researcher at CNA HQ or in the field.

1 Independently develop and apply creative and innovative analytic solutions to complex problems.  Begin to play a lead role in the mentoring and training of new staff individually or as a member of a project team. 

2 Apply established credentials as an expert in a specific field/research area.  Apply deep, specific institutional knowledge & expertise of primary clients/sponsors to lead training & mentoring of new staff, to support on-going work, and to lead development and shaping of work for multiple existing clients/sponsors.  Develop expanding knowledge of other clients/sponsors.

3 Identify above core, above ceiling, and other opportunities and assist in developing new business with existing clients/sponsors.  Assume responsibility for managing relationships with existing clients/sponsors and develop relationships with potential clients/sponsors to help develop future business.  Occasionally take the lead on developing competitive proposal ideas and managing proposal development. 

4 Take the lead in engaging with clients/sponsors and related parties.  Engage in some independent interaction at the more senior levels of client organizations.  Effectively represent CNA as an organization.

5 Shape/influence how our sponsors/clients think about issues.  Play a supporting role in enhancing CNA's reputation as an organization.  Periodically deliver change.  Play a key and active role in supporting efforts to enhance CNA's reputation via publishing and outreach activities.

6 Communicate complex, technical analytic results in a clear and concise fashion to sponsors/clients.  Tailor analytic products, both briefings and reports, to suit particular audiences, and effectively adapt to unexpected situations when communicating results of analysis.  Effectively communicate with & engage colleagues at all levels of the organization.

7 Work independently under general supervision from division management.  Lead and manage multiple projects of low to medium size and/or complexity simultaneously or larger, more complex projects.  Responsible for follow-through with sponsors and synthesizing results of projects in a broader context.

8 Manage the needs of projects and project staff.  Exercise leadership in decision-making in the areas of budget planning and tracking, staffing, and delegating effectively.  Serve as a role model/mentor for less experienced staff, particularly in helping them develop their own leadership skills.  Proactively seek out opportunities to support corporate initiatives and to make CNA a better place to work.

9 Perform other duties as assigned.


1 Education: Minimum Master’s degree in Criminal Justice or a relevant field or equivalent experience, PhD preferred.

2 Experience: Typical minimum requirements 10+ years of experience in research and analysis.  

3 Skills: Demonstrated ability to apply advanced principles, theories, concepts and statistical analysis  to solve uniquely complex problems; Demonstrated ability to conceptualize and develop solutions, to formulate problem statements conducive to application of analytical methods, and to develop analysis methods and approaches; Ability to work in an structured environment; Demonstrated innovative and analytical thinking; Ability to use thoughtful attention to manage projects, project staff, contracts, funds, and resources; ability to manage execution of a portfolio of projects in support of multiple clients; Demonstrated ability to supervise program and project operations by developing procedures, planning and directing all aspects of the effort, and monitoring and reporting progress; Demonstrated ability to interact, communicate, and advise at senior levels in both client organizations and the parent corporation; Excellent communications skills, both oral and written; experience in packaging analytic results in report format as well as in development and presentation of oral briefings.

4 Other: Ability to obtain and maintain an Active Secret Security Clearance.

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  • Job Family Research
  • Job Function Career Path I - Research
  • CNA, 3003 Washington Blvd, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America