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Research & Assessment Specialist - Indianapolis, Indiana

Florida State University
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Job Title: Research & Assessment Specialist - Indianapolis, Indiana
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 47955

Institute for Justice Research and Development (IJRD) in Indianapolis, Indiana

College of Social Work

Unlike traditional academic research centers, our approach is anchored in trans-sector innovation. We use this approach because it is clear that the problems in criminal justice cannot be solved solely from within - this has been tried for decades with little progress. Trans-sector innovation uses a problem solving approach that brings various disciplines together to respond to the increasingly connected and complex challenges facing our communities.

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be accessed at:


This position is responsible for coordinating and implementing data collection for criminal justice involved individuals who are participating in a research project on the effectiveness of programming and services. This team member will conduct in-person, mobile, and technology-assisted interviews and assessments with project participants. The interviews and assessments will cover trauma, behavioral health disorders, employment, community stability, and wellbeing. The position requires frequent travel within communities and to project sites and a flexible schedule.

Recruits and enrolls study participants within criminal justice and community settings. These settings include but are not limited to prisons, community partner sites, participants’ homes, and public settings. Administer computerized assisted personal interviews with participants on behavioral health, trauma, employment, community stability, and wellbeing assessments. Explains the purpose of the project and obtains informed consent from project participants.

Use motivational engagement techniques to support, encourage, and retain participants in the research project. Interacts with participant families and other formal and informal community supports that will aid in retaining participants in the project. Closely tracks and maintains contact with study participants to ensure that follow-up data collection is completed.

Contacts, schedules, and coordinates appointments with criminal justice-involved individuals that are involved in the project. Coordinates with criminal justice stakeholders and other community partners to schedule appointments and visits. Observes, identifies, and does other duties as assigned for what is needed to move the project forward in a way that best represents IJRD.

Maintains appropriate record keeping and organization of all interview and assessment data, including data entry. Ensures compliance with protocol guidelines and requirements of the Florida State University Institutional Review Board. Identifies problems and/or inconsistencies with data collection and monitors project participants progress to include documentation and reporting of adverse events.

Actively and regularly participates in team meetings and the identification of team goals. Engages other team members in reviewing participants’ progress in the project. Integrating feedback from participants and team members into project design and data collection. Fully participates in training and re-training for skill development as required by IJRD.


Bachelor's degree and two years of experience/ or a high school diploma/equivalent and six years of experience. (Note: or a posting high school education and experience equal to six years.)

Ability to adapt to various hours and be able to work evening and weekends.

Able to work independently while collaborating with a larger team.

Must be eligible to pass and maintain security clearance in order to conduct interviews in correctional facilities.

Must have a valid US driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and current auto insurance.


Prior primary data collection on other research projects.

Prior experience conducting mental health and substance use disorder clinical assessments.

Working knowledge of computer programs and systems, such as computer assisted personal interview software.

Excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal skills.

Experience working with a criminal justice population.

Ability to engage effectively with both participant and colleagues through verbal and written communication.

Skilled in writing and maintaining computer-based participants records in an accurate and timely manner.

Ability to respond to crisis situations and psychiatric emergencies utilizing appropriate crisis response techniques.

Highly organized, self-starter with good interpersonal, problem-solving, and analytical skills.

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

Learn more about our university and campuses.

Pay Plan

This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

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Soft Money Funded Position

This position is time-limited based on soft money funding, with renewal contingent upon available funds and the needs of the University.


40 hours per week.

Varied schedule.

May have to work evenings and weekends.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Tobacco Free Campus

Effective January 1, 2014, tobacco use, including simulated tobacco use, is prohibited on property, interior and exterior, owned or managed by Florida State University. This policy applies to all Florida State University students, employees, consultants, contractors, visitors, and external individuals.


This position is being re-advertised. Previous applicants need not reapply.


Working at Florida State University

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University — with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive — offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

Underlying and supporting the educational experience at Florida State University is the development of new generations of citizen leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in our seal: Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character.

Epitomized by recently named Rhodes Scholars Garrett Johnson and Myron Rolle — elite athletes and scholars committed to public service — and Joseph O'Shea — a campus and community leader as well as a top scholar — Florida State's 40,000 students are dedicated to academic excellence and providing leadership in our complex world.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

Florida State University's arts programs — dance, film, music and theatre — rank among the finest in the world, offering an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Its creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the United States. Florida State is responsible for governance of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and associated arts programs, one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.

Other programs consistently included in the top public university list include physics, chemistry, political science, psychology, criminology, public administration, library science, information, human sciences, business and law.

At the Ph.D. level, interdisciplinary programs draw on notable research faculty strengths that transcend the traditional disciplines, including neuroscience, molecular biophysics, computational science, materials science and research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory—home to the world's most powerful magnets.

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