Jan 26, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow/Program Evaluation Research Scientist/ Program Development Specialist

  • Drexel University - Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
Postdoc Education Postdoctoral Public Policy Quantitative Research Research Methods Statistics

Job Description

Position 1: Postdoctoral Fellow/ Program Evaluation Research Scientist

Program Description. The successful candidate will have a primary role in evaluating the Philadelphia Police School Diversion Program, which was implemented city-wide in 2014 and involves cross-system collaboration among Philadelphia’s juvenile justice and child serving agencies. The Philadelphia Police School Diversion Program was designed by the Philadelphia Police Department to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline by diverting youth from school-based arrest and into prevention services. As a result of this program, the city’s annual number of school-based arrests is down 68% from the number of school-based arrests in the year prior to program implementation. More information about the Philadelphia Police School Diversion Program is available: http://www.stoneleighfoundation.org/sites/default/files/SchoolDiversionProgram-Spreads.pdf

 

Job Description. This individual will serve as a lead member of the program evaluation team. This individual will:

  • Help develop data analysis plans, run analyses, create data collection instruments;
  • Communicate with IRBs and funders;
  • Provide feedback to partner agencies about research findings to inform program enhancement;
  • Play a key role in program dissemination to and trainings for juvenile justice stakeholders in other jurisdictions seeking to replicate the program;
  • Author, co-author, and collaborate on related publications, presentations, and grant proposals.

 

Learning and Professional Development. The successful candidate will gain valuable learning and professional development opportunities. This individual will:

  • Work closely with the evaluation team, which includes Dr. Goldstein, a statistician, a data and evaluation manager, a research coordinator, the former Deputy Police Commissioner who founded the diversion program, doctoral students, and undergraduate research assistants—all of whom work in the same location at Drexel;
  • Collaborate with community partner agencies, including Philadelphia’s Police Department, Family Court, School District, Department of Human Services, Offices of the District Attorney and Public Defender, and service providers;
  • Receive mentorship in applied juvenile justice research, policy work, and grant writing.
  • If the successful candidate is a postdoctoral fellow, this individual can participate in postdoctoral seminars and professional development workshops at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Additional opportunities available to teach pending interest.

 

Qualifications. The Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab seeks a candidate with a doctoral degree in statistics, public health, criminology, public policy, psychology, or a related discipline. The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative and writing skills and the excellent interpersonal skills needed to successfully collaborate with juvenile justice stakeholders. Title dependent on experience and career track.

 

Salary. $50,000 plus benefits. Funded by NIJ grant #2017-CK-BX-0001

 

How to Apply. Please send a letter of interest and CV to Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D., Director of the Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab, Co-Director of the Law and Psychology Program, and Professor of Psychology at Drexel University: neg23@drexel.edu. Please specify in the subject line, “2018 Application for Position 1” or “2018 Application for Positions 1 and 2.” Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue on a rolling basis until both positions are filled.

 

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Position 2: Postdoctoral Fellow/ Program Development Specialist

Program Description: The successful candidate will have a primary role in developing, implementing, and disseminating trainings for school police officers as part of a larger National Institute of Justice-funded project to broaden the delivery of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS) and trauma-informed approaches within and across challenging school contexts. The primary project goals are to create, execute, and validate a replicable approach to promoting positive youth behavior and responding to youth needs in ways that systematically and meaningfully incorporate all school personnel.

 

Job Description. This individual will serve as a lead member of the program development team to adapt SW-PBIS and trauma trainings to the unique roles and experiences of school police officers. This individual will:

  • Adapt established training curricula for use with school safety officers using Goldstein and colleagues’ (2012) structured approach to intervention adaptation;
  • Conduct focus groups with students, school officers, and other school personnel;
  • Pilot trainings with an officer advisory group;
  • Facilitate train-the-trainer workshops for police trainers and SW-PBIS coaches;
  • Assist with creation of data collection tools;
  • Communicate with partner agencies to inform program development, implementation, and enhancement;
  • Author, co-author, and collaborate on related publications, presentations, and grant proposals.

 

Learning and Professional Development. The successful candidate will gain valuable learning and professional development opportunities. This individual will:

  • Work closely with the program development team, which includes Dr. Naomi Goldstein (site PI) and former Philadelphia Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel, as well as with the Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab’s members, including a data and evaluation manager, research coordinator, doctoral students, and undergraduate research assistants;
  • Work closely with the project PI, Dr. Abigail Gray, and her team at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Pennsylvania;
  • Collaborate with community partner agencies, including the School District of Philadelphia, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, and several universities;
  • Receive mentorship in adolescent behavior change strategies, intervention development and implementation, school and justice system reform, policy work, and grant writing.
  • If the successful candidate is a postdoctoral fellow, this individual can participate in postdoctoral seminars and professional development workshops at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Additional opportunities available to teach pending interest.

 

 

Qualifications. The Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab seeks a candidate with a doctoral degree in psychology, education, social work, public health, criminology, public policy, or a related discipline. The ideal candidate will have strong writing and presentation skills, meaningful understanding of behavior change principles with adolescents, and the excellent interpersonal skills needed for successful collaboration with system stakeholders. Title dependent on experience and career track.

 

Salary. $50,000 plus benefits. Funded by NIJ grant #2017-CK-BX-0016 (PI: A. Gray; Drexel Site PI: N. Goldstein)

 

How to Apply. Please send a letter of interest and CV to Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D., Director of the Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab, Co-Director of the Law and Psychology Program, and Professor of Psychology at Drexel University: neg23@drexel.edu. Please specify in the subject line, “2018 Application for Position 2” or “2018 Application for Positions 1 and 2.” Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue on a rolling basis until both positions are filled.

Hiring Company

Drexel University

Department

Psychology

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