Job ID: 102933

Postdoctoral Fellow/Program Evaluation Scientist

Drexel University

  • Jan. 29, 2018
  • Open until filled
  • Position start dates range from April 2018 - Summer 2018
  • Post-Doc
  • Sociology - Social Psychology
    Sociology - Crime, Justice & Law
    Research Methods/Data Analysis
    Public Policy & Administration
    Psychology - Social
    Psychology - School
    Psychology - Educational
    Psychology - General
    Government - Policy/Public Affairs
    Criminology/Criminal Justice
    Social Sciences - General

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:

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: 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.

  • Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University are committed to equality of employment opportunity and do not discriminate against applicants, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, identity and expression, disability or veteran status. Moreover, we are committed to recruiting and advancing women and minorities at all levels within the University.

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Contact Information

    Drexel University
    3201 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

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