Be on Alert – Fraudulent Employment Offers. Learn More

Reston, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2301402

Senior Research Scientist, Justice & Victim Services (REMOTE LOCATION)

ICF is a mission-driven company filled with people who care deeply about improving the lives of others and making the world a better place. Our core values include Embracing Difference; we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces, and hires dimensions of difference. Diversity & Inclusion, is simply who we are and what we do.


The Justice, Workforce, Preparedness and Community Development (JWPCD) Research and Evaluation Team has a broad portfolio of projects focusing on criminal justice practices and policies, victim services, and victimization. The team is seeking a Senior Research Scientist to work on multiple projects focused on victim services, human trafficking, and juvenile justice, including engaging with victims, youth, and Indigenous communities. You will be responsible for leading key tasks, serving as a project manager, reviewing and overseeing the work of more junior staff, and assisting in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data through reports, journal articles, and presentations. In addition, you will assist in contract and/or grant proposal efforts by leading and managing individual efforts (as relevant), writing key sections and overseeing support sections. This is a mid-level position for a researcher looking to grow existing project management experience, statistical analysis, and business development skills in a fast-paced environment. You will contribute to the development of innovative, high-quality products and services in support for multiple projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support and co-manage complex projects and tasks, including oversight and mentoring of more junior staff.
  • Assist with project budgets and adherence to project timelines and deliverables.
  • Collect primary data through conducting interviews, focus groups, or surveys. Co-lead site visits.
  • Manage databases and clean/process data using statistical analysis software such as SPSS, Stata, or SAS.
  • Oversee the transcription and coding of qualitative data.
  • Analyze primary and secondary data using intermediate and advanced statistical methods.
  • Teach/oversee entry-level staff in foundational quantitative methods such as programming in statistical software and basic statistical analyses.
  • Write proposal sections or lead small proposal efforts. Contribute to writing reports, journal articles, and policy/practitioner briefs.
  • Present methods and findings to clients and represent projects at select national conferences and to key stakeholders.
  • Engage partners and potential clients to expand ICF’s network and build business relationships.
  • Supervise junior researchers on adherence to ICF policy, provided mentorship, offer insights on professional growth, and oversee technical responsibilities.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in criminal justice, sociology, statistics, economics, or related field. (unofficial transcript required with application).
  • 3+ years of work experience in applied social science research, with multiple past projects related to criminal justice topics.
  • US citizenship required by federal government contract.
  • This position requires a Public Trust security clearance. Applicants will be subject to government security investigation to obtain clearance prior to the start date.

Additional Skills:

  • Experience or knowledge related to victim services/victimology, juvenile justice, human trafficking, corrections, and/or other criminal justice areas.
  • 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.
  • 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) and recent publication of research findings (writing sample required with application).
  • Willingness to travel approximately 10% nationwide on an annual basis.
  • Proficient in MS applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • PhD preferred in criminal justice, sociology, statistics, economics, or related field. (unofficial transcript required with application).
  • Experience with advanced statistical techniques, such as social network analysis, cost-benefit analysis, geospatial analysis/mapping, or advanced modeling (e.g., regression with diverse distributions, SEM, HLM).
  • Experiencing managing mid-sized to large projects (at least $300,000).
  • Prior research experience with vulnerable populations, especially victims or youth.
  • 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.






Working at ICF

ICF is a global advisory and technology services provider, but we’re not your typical consultants. We combine unmatched expertise with cutting-edge technology to help clients solve their most complex challenges, navigate change, and shape the future. We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are committed to creating a culture where we embrace our differences in ideas and identities. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. Learn more about what we do and our commitment to inclusion

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, 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:  Know Your Rights and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Pay Range - There are multiple factors that are considered in determining final pay for a position, including, but not limited to, relevant work experience, skills, certifications and competencies that align to the specified role, geographic location, education and certifications as well as contract provisions regarding labor categories that are specific to the position. The pay range for this position is:

$68,325.00 - $116,152.00

Nationwide Remote Office (US99)

Research Science

Who is ICF?

A global consulting and technology services company with approximately 9,000 employees, but we are not your typical consultants.

More jobs you might like

Jun 1, 2023
Reston, Virginia, United States of America
May 30, 2023
Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America
May 25, 2023
Reston, Virginia, United States of America
May 23, 2023
Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America
May 16, 2023
Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America
May 3, 2023
Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America
See All Jobs

Join our talent network

ICF is growing, and we add new open roles to our site regularly. If you're waiting for that perfect opportunity at ICF or want an inside look at what it's like to do world-changing work, join our talent network to stay updated.