Research Specialist - Criminal Justice Reform

Working Title: Research Specialist - Criminal Justice Reform

Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff

Department: School of Law

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 08-07-2017

Posting Summary:
The School of Law in conjunction with the Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy seeks a Research Specialist to coordinate research efforts on mental health law and mental health-criminal justice reform in Virginia. The Research Specialist will be actively involved in all aspects of research, implementation, and writing bearing on reforms to the intersection of mental health-criminal justice in Virginia. The incumbent will have the opportunity to develop expertise in designing and studying the implementation of policy and practice innovations involving persons with serious mental illness in the criminal justice system. The incumbent will assist the PI in coordinating research and collaborating with stakeholders outside UVa to further policy and practice reform. The incumbent will conduct literature reviews, research interviews, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and study management, as well. In addition, a small portion of the incumbent's work will include assisting with training facilitators of advance directives with mental health care instructions.

Requirements include a Master's degree with coursework in statistics and analysis, both qualitative and quantitative.

This is a 32hr./week restricted, grant-funded position with an end date of June 30, 2018. The compensation is $36,000.

The position will remain open until filled.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Ability to resolve problems
2. Ability to work accurately with attention to detail
3. Project management skills
4. Ability to network with relevant stakeholders
5. Ability to perform detailed research, develop and coordinate data collection
6. Excellent writing and research skills
7. Knowledge of statistics (qualitative and quantitative), including proficiency in statistical programming software
8. Ability to clean and maintain data
9. Ability to accurately interpret and report findings

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