Areas: Juvenile Justice, Inequality, Intervention Science, Gender and Trauma-Informed Care
General Summary Drs. Shabnam Javdani and Erin Godfrey are seeking a postdoctoral-level investigator to work as a member of their research team on multiple projects in the areas of juvenile justice, inequality, systems-level intervention, collaborative approaches to change and gender and trauma-informed care. Work has two primary foci. Targeting the contexts in which incarcerated youth reside, the first involves an effort to create and evaluate the only systematic staff-level training interventions for front-line staff. Training will be co-developed in partnership with juvenile justice partners in NYC and will incorporate hands-on skills training to foster youth safety, rights and sociopolitical development. The second will co-develop and evaluate a comprehensive systems-change initiative to End Girls Incarceration across New York City and in five other jurisdictions nationwide.
Responsibilities Across projects, responsibilities include establishing and strengthening university-community partnerships with juvenile justice sites and stakeholders, coordinating and managing multiple studies, developing and implementing qualitative needs-assessments protocols, managing data procurement and collection, developing and supervising cross-systems data collection protocols, analyzing archival and programmatic data using qualitative and quantitative methods to inform research and programmatic decisions, co-developing the content of staff training and systems-change efforts, and conceptualizing and evaluating local settings and cross-systems change efforts in collaboration with partners across the juvenile justice spectrum.
The position will allow for dynamic experience that offers both breadth and depth in the realm of juvenile justice research, intervention and policy work. The Postdoctoral Associate position offers a number of excellent training opportunities, including collaboration with senior and junior members of the research team, exposure to university-community research partnerships, and cross-institutional networking. This position also allows for the development of publications and conference presentations that support the candidate's programmatic research. Competitive post-doctoral salary and a comprehensive benefits package are offered and a rich array of NYU graduate/faculty seminars, and special training workshops in research methods and statistics, and in areas of social justice, inequality and settings-level approaches are available. One year commitment required with possible option to continue contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.
Essential Functions 30% Collaboration and partnership building
20% Data procurement and analysis
30% Project management
20% Training and intervention development
Position Details This is a full-time position beginning January 2019 or later based in New York, NY at the Institute of Human Development and Social Change, New York University. The position is benefits-eligible and reports to Shabnam Javdani, PhD and Erin Godfrey, PhD. Salary is commensurate with experience.
The candidate must have completed doctoral graduate training in applied psychology (e.g. developmental, counseling/clinical, community) intervention or prevention science, criminology, sociology, gender studies or a related field.
Demonstrated interpersonal communication and partnership building skills and ability to work with diverse stakeholders
Experience managing community-based research efforts and directing teams on complex tasks (at least 1 year of such field-based experience strongly preferred)
Ability to work well independently and in a multidisciplinary team, good organization skills, attention to detail and excellent oral and written communication skills required.
Relevant data design, collection, management and analytic skills are required, including proficiency in quantitative and qualitative methodology. Qualitative interview experience and comfort in SAS preferred.
Track record of academic publications and presentations for scholarly and policy audiences highly preferred.
To apply, submit cover letter including statement of interest, CV, graduate school transcript, lead-authored writing sample (thesis chapter or published article), and names, phone numbers and email addresses of three referees.
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