Institute for Intergovernmental Research
  • 12-Feb-2021 to 14-Mar-2021 (EST)
  • Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Competitive
  • Salary
  • Full Time


The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) is a Florida-based, nonprofit corporation specializing in criminal justice (law enforcement focus) and homeland security issues. IIR established the Office of Applied Research (OAR) to provide direct, specific, and practical research to support our client and programs' goals, objectives, and deliverables. Assignments given to OAR can range from simple to complex. Examples would include collecting and analyzing recent news articles on a criminal justice topic as guidance or an in-depth literature review of a subject that looks at the body of work to inform and support a curriculum. Research is integral to each program at IIR, and the OAR provides cross-functional assistance to ensure that each program integrates evidence-based research into practice. OAR strives for creative research, analysis, and reporting on contemporary issues related to current and potential IIR projects.

FLSA Status: Nonexempt

Position Description

The Applied Research Specialist for the Office of Applied Research possesses extensive knowledge and experience in data collection, analysis, and summarization supporting the activities, efforts, and work of critical national-level criminal justice programs and associated nationally and internationally recognized subject-matter experts.


  • Conduct advanced research, issue identification, analysis, and resolution on justice and other national topics
  • Provide briefings on research findings and results
  • Conduct literature reviews, issue papers, and data evaluation
  • Develop project plans and serve as lead to oversee task teams or short- and long-term specialized research-based projects
  • Effectively communicate, orally and in writing, with IIR executives, senior leadership, coworkers, and others
  • Support grant proposal development efforts, researching relevant issues, best practices, and national perspectives
  • Other duties, as assigned

Knowledge and Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field required
  • Master's degree or doctoral degree in criminal justice or related field preferred
  • Minimum six years of directly related experience or a combination of education and professional experience
  • Knowledge of the criminal and juvenile justice systems, law enforcement background, and/or experience in law enforcement preferred
  • Ability to analyze complex issues from various stakeholder perspectives at both the macro and micro levels and develop strategies to ensure successful outcomes
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (including Teams)
  • Strong interpersonal skills and business acumen to interact with many different departments and decision makers within and outside the organization
  • Strong analytical and customer-support skills
  • Strong personal and professional values
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and tasks
  • Ability to clearly, professionally, and effectively convey information and concepts, orally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently and in a team-oriented environment
  • Familiarity with tools such as SPSS, NVivo, and mapping software preferred

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Most work is performed in a highly productive and fast-paced virtual office environment. Some assignments may require travel.

Background Requirements

Candidates who have accepted an offer will be required to submit to a background investigation, including criminal history, employment history, educational history, and personal and professional references.

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