The Safer Foundation is a social service provider to individuals with arrest and conviction records. Through a full range of services, including case management, educational instruction and advocacy, we focus on preparing individuals for the world of work by helping them find and keep productive and meaningful employment.
The research analyst is primarily responsible for carrying out a case study and evaluative research effort focusing on the development and execution of the Economic Mobility through 2nd Chance Hiring project. The purpose of the Economic Mobility through 2nd Chance Hiring project is to seek to utilize focused employment strategies to assist the banking industry to be more inclusive when considering hiring people with arrest and correction records in the financial services labor market. The project will result in development of a 2nd Chance Hiring Toolkit and change management materials designed to facilitate sourcing and hiring effectiveness for the banking industry when targeting people with arrest and conviction records.
*This is an 18-month position to be continued based on further funding.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Performance of an evaluative review and case study of the 2nd Chance Hiring Pilot
Produce process mapping and documentation of hiring and legal service practices
Collaborate in the creation of performance management and data analysis reports
Assist in the design and development of a best practice 2nd Chance Hiring toolkit
Assist in the development of technical assistance/change management materials and/or webinar based on the pilot and best practices
Assist in roll-out of 2nd Chance Hiring protocol for interested banking or workforce service organizations
Provide support in the implementation of project tasks, assist in forwarding key project components and coordinate with team members, appropriate personnel, and/or consultants
Collaborates with Program Administrator and directors to define project goals, research design and deliverables
Manages data set repositories and ensures data integrity and use upon request for data use
Work with Program Administrator and Directors on data analytic activities with a range of data to provide data collection and support, cleaning, and quality control
Develop data analysis protocols and conduct in-depth data analytic analyses with quantitative and/or qualitative methods, as appropriate, and provide analyses of the data findings, from both original research and secondary sources
Use gathered data to create data visualizations, executive summaries, and other deliverables that interpret and disseminate outcomes and key findings towards the development of the pilot program and 2nd Chance Hiring toolkit and beyond
Review and provide summaries of the literature on key research topics and best practice indicators of success
Provide research and data analysis-related technical assistance to partner organizations, assisting in understanding and developing best hiring practices for the financial sector.
Other duties as assigned
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Bachelor’s degree or higher in public policy, public administration, or social sciences with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in research and analysis. Preference for candidates knowledgeable in the fields of criminal justice and applied research
Works well in a team environment. A high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential information. Position continually requires demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy
At least two years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research design, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Experience in participatory research is preferred
At least one year experience with monitoring, evaluation and research efforts. Experience with and/or sound understanding of development and management of organization-wide monitoring and evaluation systems preferred
Strong quantitative or mixed-method and analytical skills and ability to concisely articulate information effectively to both non-technical and technical audiences
Outstanding analytical and strategic thinking capacity and skills
MS Office, word processing, spreadsheets, Internet software, E-mail, Salesforce, Database software, proficiency in statistical software (SPSS, SAS), and training others in its use
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands
Ability to interact and communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization
Ability to be thorough, detailed follow-through, and excellent organization
Must display a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently
About Safer Foundation
Safer Foundation is a national leader in prisoner re-entry and employment programs. A nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Safer was founded more than 45 years to help people leaving prison find jobs so they could successfully transition back into their communities. But people with criminal records faced a stigma that made securing employment difficult.The situation is even more dire today, especially in the United States. Despite accounting for only 5 percent of the world population, the U.S. leads the world with its incarceration rate. And an overwhelming majority of individuals returning from prison face more complex challenges to getting and keeping a job. This means the services Safer Foundation provides are even more important. In fact, we know, and an abundance of research has shown, that the most difficult barrier—and the single-most crucial factor—to successful reintegration is a job. When our clients find jobs, they become valuable contributors to their families and their communities, while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.Re-entry is now recognized as an important issue that has captured our nation's attention and support, and Safer Foundation is proud to be a leader in the discussion and advocacy efforts occurring on the local, state and national levels.