Current Opportunities

Research Associate – Settlement Agreement Data Team

The Research Associate will work as part of a Data Team consisting of representatives from the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University (Begun), the City of Cleveland (City) and the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP). The person who fills this position will be responsible for a wide array of data management activities including data collection, data cleaning, analysis and dissemination as they relate to the CDP requirements in their Settlement Agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

These activities will include compiling and analyzing large databases of secondary data supplied by the City and CDP related to areas including officer use of force, stop, search and arrest data, community and problem-oriented policing, recruitment and training. A second core requirement will be working closely with the Data Team including the City’s Data Collection & Analysis Coordinator, Crime Analysts, City IT staff, CDP command staff, and the Begun Center team. The ideal candidate will possess experience necessary to engage all phases of research with an emphasis on law enforcement data workflow, quality control, statistical analysis and dissemination to multiple internal and external audiences including CDP command staff and officers, City officials, the DOJ Monitoring team, and the public.

The individual who fills this position will:

  • build and maintain relational databases
  • run queries and create tables and populate existing tables with new data
  • develop databases/spreadsheets
  • carry-out on-going and new statistical analyses using SPSS or similar statistical analysis software.
  • be responsible for additional analyses as needed by the Begun Center, Data Collection & Analysis Coordinator, CDP command staff, DOJ, and other key stakeholders
  • develop GIS databases and maps
  • prepare internal data briefs and reports, comprehensive topical reports required by the Settlement Agreement, external data briefs for public consumption, and other reports as requested by the Begun Center, the Data Collection & Analysis Coordinator, CDP, the City and the DOJ
  • collect and manage data using online survey technology and paper-based data collection tools
  • may also provide support on other assigned Begun Center projects

The ideal candidate will:

  • have a Master’s Degree in social sciences such as criminology, sociology, social work, psychology or relevant field
  • have three or more years of relevant experience including managing large datasets and project management with diverse teams
  • be highly organized with strong quantitative, data management and data cleaning skills
  • be able to work collaboratively in a team environment with City information technology staff, CDP, other analysts, and Begun Center team members
  • have experience in Microsoft Suite (Word, Access, Excel), email and internet applications
  • have familiarity with applications or analytic supports such as SPSS, STATA and Data Query Languages
  • be able to work with limited supervision while being highly self-motivated and self-directed
  • have excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • demonstrate excellent presentation skills including development of charts and figures in PowerPoint presentations
  • be able to maintain detailed records of time and work product for invoicing.
  • candidates with prior experience working with law enforcement and/or prior mapping experience, preferred

General working conditions. May be required to occasionally attend an evening or weekend meeting. May be required to work several days a week stationed at the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center, located in the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.

Please submit a cover letter and resume/CV to Kristen Boyer,

Fidelity Specialist - Center for Evidence-Based Practices

The Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) is a technical assistance center with a mission to promote recovery among people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders through the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBP’s) and emerging best practices in behavioral healthcare. The CEBP promotes knowledge development and implementation of EBP’s through programmatic and clinical consultation, training, and evaluation services and quality improvement consultation to organizations interested in implementing EBP’s. These practice models include but are not limited to Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Supported Employment/Individual Placement and Support (SE/IPS), Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), Dual Disorder Capability (DDC).

Working under general supervision, the Consultant and Fidelity Specialist will be primarily responsible for coordinating and conducting evaluation of EBP’s utilizing standardized fidelity tools for programs and systems that receive services from the CEBP. Evaluation efforts also include: consultation with programs and systems regarding implementation of EBP’s. This position will assist with reports to Ohio Department of Medicaid and other funding sources, EBP consultation and training as determined by the needs of the CEBP.

Functions include:

  • Participate in onsite fidelity evaluations, data collection and management including; review of program policy and procedures, staff interviews, staff meeting observation, front-line staff shadowing, consumer interviews and records reviews.
  • Write evaluation reports; assist CEBP staff with writing evaluation reports, conduct review and editing of CEBP staff evaluation reports.
  • Provide consultation and training at community mental health and substance abuse treatment organizations and in conjunction with local and State health authorities.
  • Provide information about the evidence and emerging best practice models and the requisite steps associated with their implementation.
  • Deliver program and clinical consultation with program managers, team leaders, and direct service staff to develop and sustain the model.

Seeking a candidate with a masters-level degree in a relevant field, and at least three years of experience. We require demonstrated evaluation and project management skills, excellent written and oral communication skills and knowledge of behavioral healthcare systems and evidence-based practices for individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Must be highly organized, self-directed, results-oriented, innovative and flexible. Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Crystal Smith -

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

In line with the values of Case Western Reserve University and the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences, the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education is committed to developing, fostering, and celebrating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect for our employees and partners. These values are critical to everything we do, including conducting and disseminating research to help find, promote, and support solutions that make our communities healthier and safer. We aspire to be a team representative of a variety of backgrounds and perspectives and free of discrimination.