Research Associate

North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University

Posted on Friday, May 26, 2023

Research Associate

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Posting Details

Position Information
Working Title Research Associate
Position Number 612201
Appointment Type Permanent - Full Time
Tenure Track No
FTE 1 = 40 hours/week, 12 months
If time limited, duration date
Position Overview
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Juvenile Justice Institute in the Department of Criminal Justice at North Carolina Central University is an interdisciplinary hub focused on research and policy issues in the broad and ever-changing juvenile justice landscape. Juvenile Justice, Youth Development, Delinquency Prevention, and Community Engagement are key topics of interest. Guided by principles of Ecological Systems Theory, JJI aims to promote equity and social justice and to eliminate disparities in mental health for marginalized, underserved youth and young adult populations. Understanding risk and protective factors for resilience is a major theme in JJI’s work. JJI focuses on local, regional, state, and national level work through research collaborations and original scholarship. JJI strives to be a beacon of support for social science research at NC Central University and to interface with faculty, students, the community, and leadership to produce high quality and impactful research and scholarship. This full-time EHRA non-faculty position will report to the JJI Executive Director.
In addition to the production and support of research and scholarship, a goal of JJI is the promotion and exchange of information and the development of resources that will facilitate the prevention of juvenile crime in North Carolina. This includes increasing access to evidence-based interventions, prevention strategies, and collaboration with community partners. JJI’s work focuses on several populations of interest, including transition-aged youth, youth and families in rural communities, Black and other minoritized populations, and youth connected with the foster care and/or child welfare systems.
Primary Purpose of Position
The Department of Criminal Justice at North Carolina Central University invites applicants for a Research Associate in the Juvenile Justice Institute starting approximately July 1, 2023. North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is a comprehensive university located in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina.

JJI is a research and policy-focused institute that interfaces with faculty, students, scholars, leaders, and the community. This position will effectively function under the supervision of the JJI Executive Director. The Research Associate will work to foster research, scholarship, and community engagement at North Carolina Central University in the Juvenile Justice Institute (JJI), located in the Department of Criminal Justice in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASH).

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The Research Associate must have experience with community engagement, knowledge of the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems, and strong quantitative and / or qualitative research skills. Demonstration of successful research is critical, including success in conducting and publishing research. Knowledge of the grant funding landscape and experience with grant writing are preferred. Candidates must exhibit strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to collaborate with community stakeholders, political officials, practitioners, and the academic community. Candidates must have the ability to multi-task under the pressure of multiple deadlines. Must have the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with teams. Experience using SPSS, R, or other data analysis software, plus Microsoft suite products (Word, Excel, etc.) required.
Minimum Education/Experience
A Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, Psychology, or a related discipline is preferred.
A minimum of a master’s degree is required. Experience conducting population-based research is required. A strong record of obtaining external funding and grant management/writing skills preferred. Applicants that are currently pursuing completion of doctorate degree in the aforementioned areas will be considered.
Licenses or Certification required by Statute or Regulation
Equal Opportunity Employer
North Carolina Central University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
Primary Responsibilities and Duties
Function Research
Describe the specific tasks and responsibilities related to the function.
The expected responsibilities and duties for the JJI Research Associate include the following:
  • Writing, submitting, and managing externally funded grants
  • Conducting social science research projects, including individual projects, projects done in conjunction with other JJI staff and students, and collaborative projects with external partners
  • Scholarly production, including publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts, research and policy briefs, conference presentations, etc.
  • Project coordination and grants management
  • Data management and analyses
  • Collaboration on research projects with campus and community partners, including interdisciplinary collaborative projects
Function Public Service
Describe the specific tasks and responsibilities related to the function.
  • Engagement with community-based organizations, local and state leaders, and community stakeholders (technical assistance, collaboration)
  • Developing and delivering trainings and support for community organizations, non-profits, and other collaborators
  • Interfacing with various juvenile justice services, boards, and organizations, such as Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils (JCPCS), the NC Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the NC Governor’s Crime Commission (GCC)
Function Administrative
Describe the specific tasks and responsibilities related to the function.
  • Organizing institute events, including Brown Bag meetings, symposia, workshops, etc.
  • Assisting with administrative activities of the institute, day to day administrative tasks, purchasing, and organizational tasks
  • Website and social media updates on JJI news and activities
  • Direct work with graduate and undergraduate students, graduate assistants, and interns
  • Assisting JJI Faculty Fellows, as needed
Posting Detail Information
Posting Number EPA02851P
Open Date 05/24/2023
Date desired for closing or initial review
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Date Position Available 07/01/2023
Special Instructions to Applicants
Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript and submit to a background investigation. Candidates are required to upload their Letters of Recommendation prior to submitting their applications.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts (official required from selected candidate)
  4. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. DD-214 (for Veterans Only)

Supplemental Questions

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