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Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement

Job Summary

Organization

Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement

Location

Tallahassee, FL, United States

Education Level

MA/MS

Work Experience

0-1 Year

Availability

Open

Job Category

Industry, Gov., Consulting

Measurement/Research Analyst (Government Analyst II)

About the Organization

The mission of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is to “promote public safety and strengthen domestic security” by providing services in partnership with local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies to prevent, investigate, and solve crimes while protecting Florida's citizens and visitors.  FDLE is composed of five divisions: Executive Direction and Business Support, Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Information, Criminal Justice Professionalism, and the Florida Capitol Police.

The Criminal Justice Professionalism Program (CJPP) promotes and facilitates the competency and professional conduct of Florida's criminal justice officers. It works with criminal justice agencies to provide entry-level and in-service officer training and to maintain disciplinary standards, pursuant to Florida laws. The Research & Assessment section within CJPP is responsible for the development and administration of Florida’s State Officer Certification Exams and also oversees a pre-training cognitive abilities test.  Additionally, the section develops and administers internal promotional examinations, and consults on hiring processes. The section also conducts research reviews and independent studies to support the CJPP mission. Recent and current projects include internal and state-wide job analyses, evaluation of physical fitness standards, training needs analyses, and more.  In the R&A section, we strive to make work interesting and challenging as well as family friendly.

About the Job

This position is very eclectic as our section has to respond to a wide range of needs and requests and we are often expected to produce novel solutions to complex problems. While the uncertainty of the next assignment can be challenging, it is also very rewarding and the incumbent can expect to learn a lot about the criminal justice field.

In general, the incumbent will provide subject-matter expertise in the operational planning, development, and execution of a wide variety of complex projects including employment testing, training outcomes measurement, and in-depth research of criminal justice topics.  Examples of work activities include (1) defining and updating content domains for both cognitive and skills assessments, (2) selecting and/or developing appropriate measurement constructs, (3) conducting validation studies, (4) conducting ad-hoc research studies in support of criminal justice standards and training, (5) conducting job analysis, (6) developing legally defensible and empirically supported policies and procedures for testing, hiring, training, and promoting individuals, and (6) authoring technical reports, research summaries, and white papers.  All of these activities can be summarized as translating sound but abstract theories into practical procedures.

This is a full-time, permanent position with full State of Florida benefits. The position may require some travel within the State of Florida, primarily to facilitate workshops.  This position is located at FDLE’s headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida.

Salary will be set commensurate with experience.

Job Requirements

The basic qualifications for the position are: (1) A bachelor's degree from a college or university and four years of professional experience in systems analysis, management analysis, program planning, program research, program evaluation, engineering or administrative work. (2) A master's degree from a college or university can substitute for one year of the required experience. (3) Professional or nonprofessional experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

Additionally, competitive applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Expertise in research methods applicable to criminal justice and/or social sciences
  2. Knowledge of measurement theory & applications
  3. Knowledge of statistical methods for criminal justice and/or social sciences
  4. Knowledge of validation methods for employment tests
  5. Ability to work well both autonomously and in small groups
  6. Research skills pertinent to use of test instruments in employment, training evaluation, certification, etc.

Ideal candidates will have training in I/O Psychology or a closely related field. Preference will be given to applicants with Masters degrees or higher.

Application Instructions

Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to Ms. Alicia Murphy.  Applicants will also be asked to complete and return a short questinnaire.

AliciaMurphy@fdle.state.fl.us