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Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R1901754

Research Scientist, Criminal Justice

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Research Scientist, Criminal Justice

Health, Environment, Analytics, Resilience, & Social Group

SEEDS Division

Fairfax, VA Headquarters

Job Description

The Justice, Workforce and Community Development (JWCD) Research and Evaluation Team has a broad portfolio of projects focusing on criminal justice practices and policies. The team is seeking a Research Scientist to work on multiple projects with topics ranging from victim services, juvenile justice, human trafficking, and other related fields. Under the supervision of senior researchers, you will be responsible for leading key tasks, assisting in the evaluation of and training and technical assistance center activities, serving as a project manager, reviewing and overseeing the work of more junior staff. This is a mid-level position for a criminal justice researcher looking to build project management, statistical analysis, and business development skills in a fast-paced environment. Research Associates contribute to the development of innovative, high quality products and services in support for multiple projects.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage project tasks, including oversight of junior staff when relevant.
  • Perform background research on specified topics and synthesize material in the form of literature and systematic reviews.
  • Collect primary data through conducting interviews, focus groups, or surveys.
  • Manage databases and clean/process data using statistical analysis software such as SPSS, Stata, or SAS.
  • Analyze primary and secondary data using basic and advanced statistical methods (e.g., regression and other statistical modeling).
  • Teach/oversee entry-level staff in foundational quantitative methods such as programming in statistical software and basic statistical analyses.
  • Write evaluation report and policy/practitioner briefs.
  • Present findings to clients, experts in the field, and at national conferences.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, sociology, statistics, economics, or related field
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 and additional work experience beyond the basic qualifications below (unofficial transcript required with application).
  • Experience or knowledge related to victim services/victimology, juvenile justice, and/or other criminal justice areas.
  • 3+ years of work experience in applied social science research, with multiple past projects related to criminal justice topics.
  • Previous experience managing complex tasks with little oversight.
  • Demonstrated mastery and work experience (outside the classroom) related to statistical analyses and software (i.e., SPSS, SAS, and Stata) with strong skills in programming/syntax.
  • Prior experience with data collection, administering surveys, interviews, focus groups, or structured observations in multiple settings.
  • Superior technical writing skills including editing ability (writing sample is required with application).
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Requires some travel (approximately 5% nationwide).

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Master’s degree in criminal justice, sociology, statistics, economics, or related field preferred
  • Experiencing managing small or mid-sized projects (less than $500,000).
  • Prior research experience with vulnerable populations, especially victims and youth.
  • Experience in consulting or other similarly fast-paced, demanding environments.
  • Experience and ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and partners.

Professional Skills:

  • Strong organizational skills, superior attention to detail, and ability to meet stringent deadlines.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision making capabilities.
  • Superior interpersonal skills including professionalism and a collaborative attitude. Candidate should enjoy and be able to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to be flexible, multi-task, prioritize, work independently, and manage multiple activities simultaneously in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
  • Self-motivated, proactive, and eager to learn.

ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce. 

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination: EEO is the law and Pay Transparency Statement.

About ICF

ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI) is a global consulting services company with over 5,000 specialized experts, but we are not your typical consultants. At ICF, business analysts and policy specialists work together with digital strategists, data scientists and creatives. We combine unmatched industry expertise with cutting-edge engagement capabilities to help organizations solve their most complex challenges. Since 1969, public and private sector clients have worked with ICF to navigate change and shape the future. Learn more at

Fairfax, VA (VA01)

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