RTI's Division for Applied Justice Research (AJR) includes four Centers providing research and technical services to support improved victim services, enhanced law enforcement practices, innovative forensics technologies, and state of the art courts and corrections research. RTI's Center for Community Safety and Crime Prevention (CSCP) conducts innovative and rigorous research that directly aids our understanding and response to victimization and community well-being. Center experts study issues related to the prevalence, characteristics, and harms associated with criminal victimization, police and criminal justice response, provision of victim services, and efforts related to crime prevention. Over the past ten years, CSCP researchers have led a diverse portfolio of research in human trafficking, including descriptive studies of the characteristics and experiences of those experiencing human trafficking, evaluations of local and national response programs, training and technical assistance for federally-funded initiatives, and other work.
CSCP is recruiting a Senior Researcher who will lead and support high impact, innovative, and applied research projects that contribute to an evidence base in human trafficking, and the understanding of victimization and resiliency in vulnerable populations. This position will extend CSCP's human trafficking portfolio, particularly with the US Department of Health and Human Services and US Department of Justice, by informing prevention and response at the provider, agency, state, and national level. Proven ability to partner with multiple stakeholders in the human trafficking field; to design and implement rigorous research; and to translate findings to academic and practitioner audiences, are essential to this position.
The preferred location for this position is Research Triangle Park, NC, Waltham, MA, Chicago, IL, or Washington, DC. Other locations may be considered. The position is permanent and full-time.
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Responsibilities to include, but not limited to:
Developing and conducting research that demonstrates thought leadership in the field of human trafficking and in related fields.
Working effectively with public agencies, advocates, service providers, and survivors as a bridge between the practitioner and research communities.
Demonstrating expertise within the human trafficking field by attending and participating in internal meetings, conference presentations, workshops, and other training and educational forums to disseminate findings and recommendations.
Developing effective written and visual products including guides and recommendations that support effective practices.
Identifying and developing funding sources, including through reviewing and managing projects supported by US Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Justice and other government entities.
Building strong, collaborative relationships with staff and personnel across the institute, including mentoring early career staff.
PhD in Public Health, Public Policy, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, or a related field preferred, and at least eight years of related research leadership experience; OR Master's degree in Public Health, Public Policy, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, or a related field, and at least twelve years of related research leadership experience.
Experience conducting research on human trafficking and with related vulnerable populations.
Experience securing external funding for research and technical assistance-related projects.
Successful track record writing proposals and technical reports and in writing and publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts.
Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status.