Education Program Associate 3 (Sentencing Policy Specialist)

Penn State University

Harrisburg Area
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
College Of The Liberal Arts
Sociology and Criminology
Full/Part Time:


The Commission is a legislative agency located within the Sociology and Criminology Department at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park campus). The Commission has an office on the University Park campus and an office located within the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg. This position will be based in Harrisburg and focus on the eastern region of the state. While the Commission’s original mandate focused on sentencing guidelines, the General Assembly expanded the Commission’s responsibilities to include county and state parole guidelines, resentencing guidelines, and sentence risk assessment among other duties. The successful candidate for this position will focus on outreach and policy support activities including: plan and provide educational seminars; provide technical assistance to practitioners; build and sustain relationships in the field; develop end user support and outreach materials, guidelines, and revisions to guidelines; represent the Commission in various committees and work groups; and work with practitioners on any data quality issues. Ascertain educational needs and conduct educational seminars. Plan and coordinate all aspects of seminars, including developing schedules, finding locations, negotiating with facilities, developing agenda, creating materials, presenting and delivering training, etc. Provide assistance in response to inquiries from court practitioners and others regarding guidelines and sentence risk assessment. Independently research and interpret statute, case law, policies, and practices to respond. Cultivate and sustain a network with appropriate stakeholders including associations, groups, and practitioners, and policy makers. Remain current on practices, policies, statute, and case law in the relevant areas. Relay stakeholders’ concerns to the Commission. Represent the Commission on committees, and work groups as assigned. Assist in the development, revisions, and implementation of guidelines. Contribute to the development of materials such as implementation manuals, documentation, and end-user and policy decision maker support information. Serve as a point person for reviewing and addressing data quality issues including follow up on potential missing cases, potential conflicting information, and other issues pertinent to work of the Commission. Travel is required. Some travel may require overnight stays. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A degree in criminal justice, public administration, or a related field is preferred. Experience in working in county probation/parole or county-level courts is preferred. Knowledge of criminal justice system and county practices is preferred. Familiarity with sentencing guidelines and JNET-based SGS Web is preferred. Experience in providing training is preferred. Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively in writing and verbally is required. Ability to think critically is required. Ability to work independently and in team environment is required. Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities is required. Self-motivated and professionalism is required. Excellent people skills is required. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. Proficiency in technical skills in MS Office is required. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088