Research and Planning Manager

  • Multnomah County DCJ
  • Portland, OR, USA
Full time Government

Job Description

Multnomah County’s Department of Community Justice is looking for a forward-thinking, dynamic Research Manager who leads collaboratively to provide direct supervision and strategic direction to the Research and Planning Team.

About the team:
  • The Research and Planning Team (RAP) is the largest research team operating in community corrections within the State of Oregon and within public safety agencies operating in Multnomah County. RAP sets the research agenda for the department and ensures the research is conducted using best practices. The RAP team conducts program evaluation, analyses administrative data, secures and implements federal grants, and disseminates findings to the criminal justice field for adults and juveniles, locally and nationally. The RAP team is also responsible for development and dissemination of data visualizations for managers and staff to help set policy and guide operations.
The ideal candidate will have a strong focus on innovative criminal justice research. They must have demonstrated experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, adherence to ethical research practices, statistical analytic techniques, and advanced methods of reporting, including data visualization. This position will oversee long-term and high impact projects, short-term research initiatives, and technology-related projects. The candidate must be able to leverage grant funding for internal resources to design, conduct and coordinate studies and analyses, implement evaluations and measure outcomes for department programs, enhancements, and reductions.
More specifically, the candidate in this role will:
  • Design, lead and implement research and evaluation of departmental and criminal justice programs.
  • Maintain and advance RAP’s dissemination portfolio, including presentations at local and national conferences, publications in peer-reviewed practice and research journals, research reports, and data visualizations for the department and public.
  • Experience leading a research or major evaluation project
  • Strong research and writing background including report preparation techniques
  • Knowledge of a variety of methods for designing studies and data analysis.
  • Collaborate with external evaluators and funders to ensure evaluation design, analysis, and reporting meets the needs and standards of the department and field.
  • Develop and advise senior management on research priorities and continuous quality improvement efforts.
  • Provide leadership on criminal justice data teams when appropriate.
  • Making policy, practice and operational recommendations based on evaluation, research, quality assurance and management report finding.
  • Supervise doctoral-level researchers, statisticians, quantitative and qualitative analysts, data visualization specialist, and graduate-level interns.
  • Develop, administer, assist, and monitor budgets; develop justifications for budgetary recommendations and/or adjustments; participate in forecasting additional funds for staffing and resources; identify, obtain, and manage funding from grants; coordinate the finalization of budget program offers to ensure timely submission of the department budget.
The County is governed by a Board of County Commissioners, consisting of four non-partisan members elected from designated districts, and the Board Chair, who is elected at large. The Chair also provides executive direction as the County's CEO.
The County provides diverse services to the community, including libraries, road maintenance, social services, health clinics, regulatory health services, supervision and custody of justice-involved youth and adults, criminal prosecution, and law enforcement for unincorporated areas.

Vision ~ Community Safety through Positive Change
The Department of Community Justice (DCJ) is recognized as a national leader in both adult and juvenile community justice. DCJ routinely consults and makes use of evidence-based practices in our program and policy development. The Department's commitment to data-informed decision-making has led DCJ to make smart investments of taxpayer dollars in supervision, sanctions, and services for the county's highest risk and highest need justice-involved individuals. DCJ makes long-term investments in its employees through the provision of education and training. The Department believes that in order to enhance public safety we must work collaboratively with the judiciary, law enforcement, schools, treatment agencies, and the community.

The Department shares information with community members, partners, and staff to keep communities safe by preventing and reducing crime and routinely evaluating which local policies support best practices. DCJ operates 24 hours a day, with nearly 650 permanent, on-call, and temporary employees. The Department supervises approximately 7,600 adult probationers and parolees and those defendants requiring pretrial services. DCJ's Juvenile Services Division operates the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility and is responsible for approximately 360 youth on formal and informal community supervision.

More general information about the Department of Community Justice including our mission, vision, and strategies can be found at:

The Department of Community Justice's Strategic Plan (Executive Summary and Full report) can be found at:

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees.
We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available for your reference. Multnomah County is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We request priority protected veteran referrals.

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