Research Analyst III (Law Enforcement), Orange, California

Created 11/20/2023
Reference 700881
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State California
City Orange
Salary $70,844.80 - $95,492.80 Annually



In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective June 28, 2024 - 4.25% increase
Effective June 27, 2025 - 4.00% increase

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 Department are met. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

FIRST ROUND OF CONSIDERATION: Sunday, November 6, 2022, at 11:59 PM (PST)

This recruitment will establish an open eligible list. This list will be used to fill current and future Research Analyst III 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 assist victims. You can learn more about the OC Probation Department by clicking here.

The Probation Department is seeking a Research Analyst III who, under the direction and guidance of a Senior Research Analyst and/or Research Analyst IV, will be responsible for the collection, entry, validation, and analysis of criminal justice data for evaluation and reporting purposes. General duties include the following: production of routine and ad hoc reports with timely deadlines; evaluation of various juvenile and adult intervention programs; preparation of information to respond to special requests from other divisions within the Probation Department as well from other county agencies. The Research Analyst III establishes and collaborates on developing effective working relationships with non-sworn staff (i.e., clerical, IT, etc.), probation officers, supervising deputy probation officers, division directors, and partner agencies regarding information and data collection (i.e. monitor quality control; interpreting & recording of key data in Probation's Integrated Case Management System (ICMS). Finally, this position may be assigned as a liaison to county and statewide agencies with regard to clarifying information/data being submitted to these agencies.

The Research Analyst III will be expected to:
  • Collaborate with staff/managers to design evaluation plans in order to determine program effectiveness
  • Interpret and record key data from the Department’s Integrated Case Management System (ICMS), OC Courts Vision, Department of Justice (DOJ) Juvenile Court and Probation Statistical System (JCPSS) and other case management systems
  • Enter data into various databases and perform quality assurance
  • Perform statistical analysis and summarize the results into charts, tables, and reports
  • Support State or grant-funded evaluation projects (i.e., Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act, SB678, AB109, etc.), collect and enter data, maintain records, prepare and submit outcome reports
  • Respond to data requests from management, operations staff, other County agencies, and external agencies

The ideal candidate will have at least (3) three years’ experience in conducting applied research, preferably in a criminal justice or social science setting, and will also possess a bachelor’s degree in statistics, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, or other related social science field. The ideal candidate will possess experience in the various methods of organizing statistical information into reports, tables, charts, graphs, and using statistical analysis software applications such as Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), as well as Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access.

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

  • Understanding of and experience with statistical analysis, research design, and methods of organizing information into reports using tables, charts and graphs
  • Methods of data extraction, quality assurance, and management
  • Ability to follow written procedures of existing projects while eventually improving processes for efficiency
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practices as it relates to criminal justice
  • Utilize SPSS or other statistical software to perform statistical analysis
  • Utilize the following software applications: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Microsoft SQL Server
  • Establishing and maintaining productive relationships with research staff, management, peers, and staff within the department and other agencies
  • Involving others as appropriate and gathering information from a variety of sources
  • Ability to work collaboratively with research staff and program operations staff while focusing on outcomes and accomplishments
  • Interacting professionally with a variety of professionals and responding in a timely manner
  • Communicating and interacting effectively with all levels of staff and managers
  • Presenting statistical information in a "non-technical" manner to an audience both verbally and in written form
  • Writing clearly and concisely; demonstrating proofreading and editing skills, composing informative memos, e-mails, formal correspondence, reports, and other documents

Click here to learn more about the minimum qualifications for the Research Analyst III 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 a background investigation.


Application Screening (Refer/Non-Refer)
Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials to identify qualified candidates. After the screening, qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the recruitment. Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications 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 rate all application materials for job knowledge, competencies, and related experience described above. (The information you provide will be used as a scoring device, so please be descriptive in your response. "See Resume" is not a qualifying response and will not be scored in lieu of the required information.) 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 to review the policy. (Download PDF reader)
Please see below for important information regarding COVID-19 related recommendations.

Effective April 3, 2023, it is strongly recommended that County employees working in health care settings and correctional facilities follow vaccination and booster guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please click here to see the latest guidance for more details.

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
Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.

For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Aerie de la Cruz at (714) 645-7051 or .

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

Non-Management Benefits
In addition to the County's standard suite of benefits, such as a variety of health plan options, annual leave and paid holidays--we also offer an excellent array of benefits such as a Health Care Reimbursement Account, 457 Defined Contribution Plan and Annual Education and Professional Reimbursement. Employees are provided a Retirement Plan through the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS).

Please go to the following link to find out more about Defined Benefit Pensions and OCERS Plan Types/Benefits.

Click here for information about benefits offered to County of Orange employees.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Employer Orange County, CA

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