• Research Specialist Series

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Office of the Commissioner of Probation
    Posting Date
    Closing Date
    09/27/2018 11:59 PM EST
    USD $55,740.91/Yr.

    This position is designated as a union position and is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement with O.P.E.I.U., Local 6.


    The Trial Court is committed to:

    • the fair and impartial administration of justice;
    • protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties; 
    • equal access to justice for all in a safe and dignified environment;
    • efficient, effective and accountable resolution of disputes;
    • prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professionals utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.


    The Massachusetts Probation Service’s mission is to increase community safety, support victims and survivors, and assist individuals and families in achieving long term positive change.





    This series is responsible for the development, implementation, and supervision of criminal justice research and statistical projects concerning the Massachusetts Probation System.  The position title above the entry level requires the performance of increasingly responsible and varied work which requires more knowledge and experience.  Employees are appointed at the entry level position title and are eligible for reclassification to the higher level position title within this series consistent with the specifications for the higher level position title.  The position title reverts to the entry level when there is a vacancy.




    Research Specialist I - This is the entry level position title within this series.  Employees at this level are expected to perform research projects under the supervision of the Research Manager and to train for the next higher level.


    Research Specialist II - This is the second level position title within this series.  Employees at this level are expected to develop, conduct and supervise research projects with minimal supervision requiring more knowledge of the court system and probation and the ability to exercise more independent judgment.




    The Research Specialist works under the general direction of the Commissioner of Probation.  Work is supervised by the Research Manager and is evaluated for professional soundness, conformity to policy, and achievement of objectives. 



    Research Specialist I Duties:


    Conducts and reports on research projects;


    Reviews and edits the accuracy of statistical information;


    Develops and utilizes automated databases and spreadsheets for research purposes;


    Prepares publications using automated desktop publishing packages;


    Serves as liaison between the Office of the Commissioner of Probation and other Trial Court offices and outside agencies for distribution, collection and evaluation of information; and


    Performs other duties as required.


    Research Specialist II Additional Duties:


    Develops, conduct, and supervise more advanced and complicated research projects, including the design of projects, the compilation of data, and the preparation of related memoranda and reports;


    Prepares research reports on specialized topics, including the presentation and justification of findings;


    Recommends new topics and areas in which to develop research projects;


    Supervises less senior staff in the absence of the manager;


    Perform the duties of the lower level within this series as required; and


    Performs all other duties as may be assigned by the Commissioner of Probation or his/her designee in accordance with the guidelines, policies and standards of the Massachusetts Probation Service and the Trial Court.


    Ethics and Values

    Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Trial Court.


    Understands, upholds, and communicates the both the Trial Court and Probation Service missions.

    Applied Knowledge

    Ability to prepare and present data and research findings such as graphs, tables, and technical briefs.

    Problem Solving

    Ability to successfully address research issues, draw conclusions, and make recommendations based on the research and policy analysis results.

    Continuous Learning

    Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improve himself or herself through professional development.

    Performance Measurement

    Understands the value and importance of performance measures as a basis for both individual and departmental assessments.

    Continuous Learning

    Is actively committed to and actively works to continuously improve one self.


    Works with others cooperatively, and promotes teamwork, contributing to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.


    These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the position of Research Specialist:


    Research Specialist I Requirements:


    Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice, a social science or related field of study from an accredited college or university;


    Three (3) years of full time professional work experience in the area of criminal justice or social science research.  A graduate degree from a recognized, accredited college or university may be substituted for a maximum of two (2) of the required three (3) years of professional experience;


    Knowledge of and experience using social science research methodologies;


    Considerable knowledge of computers and related software, including the ability to use MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, and MS PowerPoint;


    Knowledge of and experience working with SPSS;


    Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate findings and recommendations;


    Ability to prepare detailed reports of findings and recommendations and to maintain accurate records of all such reports;


    Considerable interpersonal skills, including the ability to work and communicate professionally with persons at all levels within the Trial Court, as well as with organizations outside the Trial Court;


    Ability to travel to court locations throughout the Commonwealth;


    Ability to work independently; and


    Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.


    Research Specialist II Additional Requirements:


    A minimum of three years of experience as Research Coordinator I;


    Demonstrated ability to perform duties with minimal supervision and to exercise independent judgment;


    Demonstrated ability to successfully develop, implement and supervise research projects;


    Demonstrated ability to identify problems and to recommend improvements to research projects.





    Applicants must apply by completing a Trial Court online application by clicking "Apply for this job online" button at the top of this page.


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