Sr. Research Analyst (Law Enforcement)

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Jun 28, 2022
Full Time Administrative Analysis and Research Legal Services
  • Salary: $84,032.00 - $112,985.60 Annually USD

Job Description



Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This recruitment is open to the public and will remain open on a continuous basis for a minimum of five (5) business days, or until the needs of the County are met. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

This recruitment will establish an open eligible list. This list will be used to fill current and future Sr. Research Analyst positions within the County of Orange. The current vacancy is within OC Probation. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications within the County of Orange.

OC Probation assists the criminal justice system in Orange County, California by making a safer Orange County through positive change. Under the direction of the Chief Probation Officer, the Probation Department is comprised of three bureaus: Adult Operations, Juvenile Operations and Operations Support. As a public safety agency, the Department serves the community using efficient and research supported corrections practices to reduce crime, assist the Courts in managing clients, promoting lawful and productive lifestyles, and assisting victims. You can learn more about the OC Probation Department by clicking here.

OC Probation is seeking a highly-skilled Sr. Research Analyst, who will supervise, coordinate and design research and evaluation projects. The position will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing research supported projects; designing and selecting analysis and data management methodologies; and generating reports with appropriate interpretation, findings, and recommendations for quality improvement. This position requires extensive research skills, knowledge of the unique limitations in conducting research on potentially vulnerable populations (supervised adult and juvenile offenders), and knowledge of and background in criminal justice.

The Sr. Research Analyst will be expected to:

  • Supervise, train, assign projects, and conduct performance evaluations for all Research Analysts within the Probation Department
  • Oversee Research Analyst III and Research Analyst IV research projects; write and approve evaluation plans, and develop business intelligence reports
  • Represent the Probation Department in multi-agency collaborative programs with research components
  • Conduct project management for new, high-profile and/or major research projects, in addition to managing quality assurance of deliverables such as evaluation and statistical reports prior to release
  • Act as data manager for key programs involving multiple agencies, and coordinate the collection of data for responses to Public Record Act requests (as applicable)
The ideal candidate will have at least (4) four years' experience in conducting applied research preferably in a criminal justice or social science setting, and will also possess a Bachelor's degree or higher in criminal justice, mathematics, sociology, psychology, or other related field. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of evaluation methods, research design, and statistical analysis, and the ability to organize statistical information at both the program and individual client level.

In addition, the ideal candidate will possess extensive experience and/or knowledge in the following competencies:

  • Understanding of and hands-on experience with complex statistical analysis, research design, and methods of organizing information into reports using tables, charts and graphs
  • Conduct complex professional/technical research and analysis, such as, descriptive and inferential statistics, including probability theory, sampling techniques, statistical correlation, frequency distribution, reliability and variability criteria, and regression analysis
  • Manage large quantities of data and multi-level outcomes across diverse programs with attention to detail regarding data accuracy, quality and integrity
  • Analyze, interpret, and report program/participant data for various audiences
  • Methods of data extraction, quality assurance, and management
  • OC Probation's Integrated Case Management System (ICMS) including underlying tables
  • Evidence-based practices as it relates to criminal justice
  • Utilize SPSS or other statistical software to perform complex statistical analysis
  • Utilize the following software applications: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, PowerBI, ArcGIS and Microsoft SQL Server
  • Knowledge of current Federal, State, and local legislation, policies, regulations and issues that pertain to the Probation department
  • Providing technical guidance to support staff in conducting statistical analysis and reporting
  • Holding self and staff accountable for high-quality and timely work
  • Applying a comprehensive perspective in order to achieve division goals and objectives
  • Identifying team roles and taking responsibility for appropriate staffing and staffing duties under minimal direction
  • Acting as a lead to staff, projects and/or workgroups with a high degree of self-motivation
  • Supervising, training, and evaluating the performance subordinate staff
  • Working independently with minimal supervision
  • Detecting, analyzing, and resolving issues in a timely manner, using good judgment, technical expertise, and decision-making skills, while dealing with changing priorities
  • Balancing a large number of projects and consistently delivering timely and accurate results while addressing changing priorities
  • Selecting appropriate performance measures and outcomes to track and measure results
  • Developing and proposing solutions and implementing practices that meet business needs
  • Demonstrates good judgment; accurately defines problems/issues, and evaluates and recommends solutions
  • Communicates and interacts clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing with all levels of staff
  • Builds and maintains productive relationships with various levels of management, peers, and staff
  • Disseminates information in a logical, clear and concise manner to explain research methodologies to various types of audiences

Click here to learn more about the minimum qualifications for the Sr. Research Analyst classification.

The Probation Department requires that all candidates undergo an extensive background investigation process, to the satisfaction of the Department. Candidates must successfully clear prior to the start of their employment. All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of the background investigation.

Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials to identify the most qualified applicants. After screening, qualified candidates will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process. All candidates will be notified via email of their status in the process. Completion of a background investigation to the satisfaction of the County may be required.

Application Screening (Refer/Non-Refer)
Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all applications and supplemental responses to identify candidates with qualities that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those candidates that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step. Resumes will not be accepted and/or screened in lieu of applications during the application screening step, therefore, you will need to demonstrate your qualifications on your application.

Application Appraisal Panel | Application Rating (Weighted 100%)
An Application Appraisal Panel (AAP) of job knowledge experts will thoroughly screen and evaluate all application materials for job knowledge, competencies, and related experience described above. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to be detailed and thorough in demonstrating your qualifications. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Based on the department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All applicants will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

Eligible List
Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here (Download PDF reader) to review the policy.

Please see below for important information regarding COVID-19 related requirements.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with all applicable State or County Public Health Orders, some of which require vaccination or testing as follows:

  • Workers, who provide services in certain Medical or High-Risk Settings, will be required to provide proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 or to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing .
  • Workers, who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or in a correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and boosted . (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason; however, if exempted, they will be required to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.)
The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Public Health Orders. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.

Email Notification
Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and "" If your email address should change, please update your profile at

Frequently Asked Questions
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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Espie Martinez at (714) 645-7051 or

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


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