Research Data Analyst 2

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
02 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of the Liberal Arts
PA Commission on Sentencing
Full/Part Time:


The Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing (PCS) seeks applicants for a Research Data Analyst. This position assists with the primary data quality, data planning, and data management tasks in support of the goals of the Commission. The Commission is a legislative agency located within the Sociology and Crime, Law and Justice Department at the Pennsylvania State University (University Park Campus). The Commission collects sentencing data from courts in Pennsylvania’s 67 counties via an on-line application named SGS Web. Data quality and management tasks include: processing, verifying, organizing, and maintaining the Commission's database; documenting practices and procedures for cleaning and transforming of the sentencing data for use by internal and external users; creating new fields and procedures to assist users in common analysis processes and ensure consistency across users. Data planning includes: assisting in planning for adding new fields to the existing application, planning to expand the types of data collected (to include parole and recommitment), and eventual assistance in developing requirements for building the next generation of the application. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of the Commonwealth’s criminal justice system is a plus. The ideal candidate must be detail-oriented; have strong data analysis skills; be able to identify and solve problems independently, and handle sensitive data professionally. Also needed are excellent written and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team. Candidate will demonstrate competencies in the following areas: basic statistical skills, experience managing large datasets, and knowledge of SAS. Experience with SPSS, Stata, and the Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. MS Excel) are encouraged. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with good 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