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Criminal Justice Research Assistant

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Close Date: Open Until Filled

* This is not a regular SANDAG position. The selected candidate will be hired as a Temporary, Intern, Part-Time, or Seasonal (TIPS) employee. Benefits are not included.

Application Instructions:
Details about the SANDAG Employment Application and cover letter required for this position can be found below.

Overview of our Applied/Criminal Justice Research Program

The Applied/Criminal Justice Research Division is the clearinghouse for crime data throughout the region and is well known for producing high quality research that has policy implications. Projects include evaluations of local juvenile justice programs, adult
re-entry programs, substance abuse treatment services, and several quality of life projects. Research assistants play an important role in the data collection process.

Research Assistant Responsibilities

With the guidance and supervision of senior staff, these positions will provide a “hands-on” learning experience in the applied/criminal justice research profession. Examples of responsibilities include:

  • Conduct interviews and surveys with study participants either in person or by telephone.
  • Participate in the collection of data from numerous primary and secondary sources which may include surveys, database searches, or reviews of hard copy records.
  • Code, enter, compile, clean, and process regional crime data and other program evaluation data; ensure data are accurate and reliable; assist with maintaining comprehensive project databases and documentation.
  • Maintain and organize project files, records, and data collection instruments.
  • Assist with reviewing and proof-reading reports and publications.


SANDAG employees are known for their commitment to excellence and passion for the work they do. We look for the same qualities in entry-level Research Assistants. To be most successful in these positions, our ideal candidates will have the following education, experience, and attributes:

  • Graduate or undergraduate level coursework in criminal justice, sociology, psychology, mathematics, statistics, or a related social science field.
  • Knowledge and some experience with primary and secondary research principles and methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately collect, compile, and document data from a variety of sources; ability to identify and resolve data inconsistencies and other problems.
  • Experience preparing tables, graphs, and charts used for presenting and analyzing information.
  • Intermediate computer skills with MS Word, MS Excel, and Internet research; proficiency with SPSS and R is desirable.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive data.
  • Ability to communicate with various audiences using interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to maintain a high level of accuracy.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and willingness to perform a variety of tasks typical of an entry-level research position.
  • Proficiency with both oral and written Spanish language skills is desirable.

Program, Pay, and Perks

Research Assistants are paid $13.50 per hour, and are eligible to receive pro-rated holiday pay, paid sick leave, and a regional transit pass. These positions are offered as one-year opportunities, working one of two schedules, or a combination of both. The first schedule involves working in the SANDAG office during normal business hours, approximately 15 to 25 hours per week and, from time to time, may involve evenings and weekends. The second schedule involves collecting data during non-traditional business hours at off-site locations at specific times throughout the year. Work schedules, duties, and location may vary throughout the duration of these positions.

Employees working in the Applied/Criminal Justice Research Division are required to pass an annual criminal history background and driving record check and, depending on other responsibilities, may be required to pass an annual tuberculosis (TB) test.

How to Apply

We encourage all interested candidates to apply by sending us a completed employment application along with a cover letter describing how the position would contribute to your career goals in the Applied/Criminal Justice Research field.

The application form can be downloaded from the Careers section of the SANDAG website. Once completed, your application and cover letter can be emailed to or sent to SANDAG, Attn: Human Resources, 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101.

Apply immediately. We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled. The first review date of applications will begin on October 4th, 2017. These positions are expected to start in November 2017. Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability should state their needs in writing when submitting an application.

Any questions regarding the positions or application procedures can be referred to Cristen Powell, Human Resources Analyst, at or (619) 595-5379.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer