Research Project Manager 3 (Research and Data Analysis Manager)

Penn State University

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


The Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, an agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly affiliated with the Department of Sociology and Criminology, is seeking applicants for a Research and Data Analysis Manager to be responsible for meeting the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing’s statutory mandates related to serving as a clearinghouse and information center for the preparation and dissemination of information on the Commonwealth’s sentencing, resentencing and parole practices, and to study the effectiveness of sentencing and parole processes and decisions and to conduct legislatively-mandated evaluations of programs. Due to an increasing number of Legislative mandates, numerous research projects operate concurrently, with several long-term projects extending for nearing a decade while recurring evaluations alternate in two-year cycles. To fulfill the research mandates, the Unit collaborates with faculty and students from Penn State through a research partnership with the Department of Criminology, and with other colleges and universities (e.g., Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University). Specific duties include the following: developing research designs and timelines for research projects and complying with IRB requirements regarding human subjects research; providing public user access to sentencing data through the public data portal, in addition to providing analyses and reports to practitioners, media, researchers, etc.; providing legislative impact analysis through ad hoc reports, and using a correctional population simulation model to determine impact of legislation and guidelines; data management tasks to create, maintain and improve data quality, including the initial analysis of data and preparation of statistical tables for the Commission’s Annual Report and the documentation of data for use by internal and external users. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A successful candidate should have relevant experience with project management, supervision and public administration; have a strong interest in applied research and in communicating statistical results (via presentations, written reports, and visual display strategies) to a diverse set of justice system stakeholders; experience working with large datasets; and have excellent written and verbal communications skills. The candidate must be highly organized and able to establish effective relationships with others, including members and staff of the General Assembly, state and local government officials, and other criminal justice professionals, and to manage numerous assignments with minimal supervision. 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