Job Analysis

JOB ANALYSIS: RESEARCH SPECIALIST 2 (VARIOUS STUDIES)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Date of Study: August 9 – 10, 2018 and September 14, 2018

Collective Bargaining Identification: U10

Job Analysis Conducted By: Brian J. Walker, Selection Analyst, Office of Workforce Planning, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Number of Incumbents: There are 0 incumbents in this classification per the State Controller’s Office Filled/Vacant Position Report dated September 2018.

EDITED TASK LISTING

NOTE: Each position within this classification may perform some or all of these tasks.

Task Statements:

1. Design complex, in-depth, sensitive and/or technical research methods (i.e. data collection, statistics, literature search, content analysis, etc.) and/or techniques for use by internal and external stakeholders to conduct major research projects and/or studies of department programs utilizing departmental analytic software and data as directed by the Office of Research management.

2. Apply complex, sensitive, and/or technical research methods and/or techniques to major research projects and/or studies of departmental programs to improve their efficiency and performance utilizing departmental analytic software and data as directed by the Office of Research management.

3. Oversee complex, sensitive, and/or technical research projects utilizing departmental analytic software and data to produce a timely, organized, and thorough report as necessary.

4. Provide recommendations for changes to existing practices which are based on research findings and conclusions in order to improve department programs’ efficiency and performance utilizing technical reports, briefing documents and presentations as needed.

5. Design methodology for the performance of data collection and analysis of complex or sensitive assignments to support program evaluation, produce statistical reports, assist in bill analysis, population projections/estimates, program impact, etc. utilizing departmental analytic software and data as needed.

6. Conduct analyses of complex or sensitive legislative bills, ballot propositions, court decisions, policies and programs to provide information/data about potential impact on the Department, options, and/or recommendations utilizing Departmental policies and procedures, etc. as needed.

7. Review various statistical reports (i.e. population projections/estimates, bill analyses, ballot proposition analyses, court decisions, etc.) to assess the potential effect of the information/data on the department utilizing Departmental policies and procedures, manuals, etc. upon request.

8. Develop recommendations for an ongoing program evaluation system based on program outputs, outcomes, and best practices to increase program accountability and quality to comply with the department’s direction utilizing a collaborative approach as required.

9. Serve as research liaison to departmental programs to coordinate research programs and policies based on current issues and problems facing the department utilizing a structured decision making process as necessary.

10. Provide research expertise for departmental programs to assist in developing research products and services based on current issues and problems facing the department utilizing a structured decision making process as necessary.

11. Present information and data to management, control agencies, and staff to provide information/data, recommendations, and/or options, etc. utilizing presentation methods upon request.

12. Represent the Department in informal and/or formal settings to obtain and report information/data utilizing effective communication and interpersonal skills, professional knowledge, etc. as necessary.

13. Consult with external entities (Governor’s Office, State Boards and Commissions, firms doing business with the State of California, etc.) to provide guidance, data, analysis, understanding and technical support utilizing research information as directed.

14. Document the process involved in producing various statistical reports (i.e. population projections/estimates, bill analyses, ballot proposition analyses, etc.) utilizing Departmental policies and procedures, manuals, etc., as needed and/or upon request.

15. Develop and/or provide consultation on the development of complex or sensitive evaluation plans to assess the performance of programs, etc. utilizing literature and data, systematic scientific methodology, etc. as needed and/or upon request.

16. Maintain an awareness of current scientific methodologies by actively participating in communication with professional organizations, attending in-house and external classes, etc. to perform essential functions as necessary.

17. Prepare complex, sensitive and/or technical written documents to provide and/or request information from others utilizing departmental analytic software and data as requested by the Office of Research.

18. Prepare informal and/or formal presentations of research progress, barriers, and findings from research projects for management and staff to make recommendations based on research results utilizing interpersonal skills and statistical software, as needed.

19. Communicate in a professional and effective manner with others utilizing tact, interpersonal and conflict management skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships, on a continual basis.

20. Train staff to improve their skills and knowledge utilizing various methods (i.e., on the job, classroom, mentoring, etc.) as required for the performance of their job.

21. Deliver informal and/or formal oral presentations to management and staff to make recommendations based on research results utilizing various presentation methods, as needed.

22. Oversee the preparation and timely completion of reports to satisfy objectives of mandated or directed research for responsibilities of the Department using gathered/collected data, as needed.

23. Provide assistance to other research staff in their work assignments to confirm proper and efficient use of resources using available tools, equipment, aids and/or processes (e.g., knowledge, manuals, procedures etc.), as needed and/or upon request.

24. Respond to special requests to provide information/data on prison and parole populations or samples, etc. utilizing research literature, procedure manuals, databases, and personal computers on a daily basis and/or under the direction of management.

25. Serve as an advisor on established and proposed research designs and governmental research policies to remain in compliance with standards of research, Department Operations Manual (DOM) and Federal and State laws using approved protocols and procedures on a daily basis.

26. Provide research ethics advice about the protection of human subject’s regarding public inquiries and media events involving the executive staff relating to research studies conducted and/or administered by the department using knowledge, experience, and background information as necessary.

27. Collaborate with other state agency research executives and academic researchers in the use of research study results to frame policy-making discussions or guide policy development and decisions using knowledge and experience as needed.

28. Maintain a current inventory of all research and evaluation projects both internal and external to comply with legislative reporting requirements using automated databases on a continuing basis as needed and requested by CDCR Executive staff.

29. Attend departmental training classes (sexual harassment, use of force, EEO, etc.) to maintain compliance with departmental rules and regulations utilizing essential and teachable job skills as mandated by departmental policies and procedures when announced.

30. Maintain cooperative relations with the general public, all levels of staff, and Control Agencies utilizing the most efficient technology to successfully complete assignments on a regular basis.

Tasks highlighted in bold text are not currently on the SPB classification specification

EDITED KSAPC LISTING

NOTE: Each position within this classification may perform some or all of these KSAPCs.

Research and Evaluation

1. Knowledge  of  social  research  methods  and/or  techniques  to  conduct  major research projects and statistical studies of criminal justice issues.

2. Knowledge of evaluation methods and/or techniques (including but not limited to sampling, reliability and validity, and inferential statistics) to collect and analyze data to make certain that the mission and goals of the Office of Research are accomplished.

3. Knowledge of research methods and/or techniques to access information and resources, collect and analyze data for statistical reports, bill analyses, and population projections.

4. Knowledge of research ethics and protection of human subjects in the specialized areas of inmates/youthful offenders to satisfy the requirements of state and federal law.

5. Knowledge of research methods to serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for various divisions of the Department.

6. Knowledge of common problems involved in previous documented and related research to understand variances.

7. Ability to assist in the evaluation of the relative importance of areas of research to provide the Office of Research accurate information/data.

8. Ability to lead a complex research, evaluation and/or projection function to maintain operational efficiency and effectiveness of the departmental process.

9. Ability to creatively use a variety of analytical research techniques to solve complex problems and to assess the validity and quality of the products.

Data Analysis

10. Knowledge of the methods available to determine the qualification of differing variables involved in data collection to process pertinent information.

11. Knowledge of descriptive statistics methods and/or techniques to collect and analyze data for statistical reports, bill analyses, and population projections.

12. Knowledge of data and publications to establish a foundation for future evaluation and research projects.

13. Knowledge of survey methods (data exploration, information processing, descriptive and inferential statistical analyses, etc.) to assist in the development of reports.

14. Knowledge of the principles and practices of effective consultation to provide accurate and current information.

15. Knowledge of the techniques and methodologies for measuring psychological or sociological dimensions.

16. Ability to apply professional knowledge to concrete situations to understand information.

Department Functions

17. Knowledge of governmental functions, Legislative process, and organization at the State and local level as they affect departmental research functions to oversee assigned projects.

18. Knowledge of the purpose, mission, and goals of the Department to certify that the progress and completion of work assignments and tasks conform to the overall objectives of the department.

19. Knowledge of the criminal justice and correctional system to provide recommendations regarding the department’s evaluation and research questions and concerns.

20. Knowledge of government functions and organization, and legislative process to successfully make recommendations of departmental evaluation and research activities.

21. Knowledge of strategic and long range planning to support goals, benchmarks, and performance criteria necessary for the success of the Department’s programs.

22. Ability to effectively contribute to the department’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

Individual Capability

23. Knowledge of practices and principles of project management to successfully make recommendations of departmental evaluation and research activities.

24. Maintain an understanding of the perspectives of evaluation and research stakeholders to provide pertinent information obtained from research.

25. Ability to reason logically to solve complex problems and assess the validity and quality of the products.

26. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relations with others to obtain pertinent information.

27. Ability to communicate effectively (written and verbal) to provide information, direction, and maintain cooperative relationships with others.

28. Ability to prepare, review and edit written products to ensure accuracy and completeness of the specific assignment, and to provide critical information/data.

29. Ability to coordinate and/or lead inter-disciplinary teams/task forces in the conduct of projects and studies to provide information/data through scientific research.

30. Ability to assist in the training of staff to create a knowledgeable work force.

31. Ability to analyze situations accurately to draw logical conclusions and implement an effective course of action.

KSAPCs highlighted in bold text are not currently on the SPB classification specification