Research Data Specialist I

August 26, 2023
Sacramento, CA
Job Type


Job Description and Duties

Under general direction of the Research Data Supervisor (RD Sup) II, the incumbent will conduct advanced research and data analytics, with an emphasis on hate crimes research and topics that affect marginalized communities, to support the Department's various research activities and mandated reports. The incumbent will keep themselves informed of relevant extant empirical research, determine the appropriate research methodology, collect and manage data using appropriate technology and security protocols, conduct advanced statistical analyses to identify patterns, trends, and interpret the data to discover solutions and support recommendations; communicate findings to stakeholders orally and in writing and create data visualizations to facilitate comprehension; summarize and clearly/concisely communicate findings to support scientific, programmatic, and policy decisions. The incumbent will be responsible for designing, and leading research projects. The incumbent will be responsible for liaising with stakeholders, inside the Department, and will be responsible for interfacing with upper management on research issues.

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You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement .

Working Conditions

In a remote work environment, home office, or similar environment in California. At the office, an enclosed windowed office with a smoke-free environment. May be required to sit at a computer terminal while performing research and other duties up to eight hours a day. Travel to designated offices may be required.

This position is designated for telework under Government Code section 14200 for eligible applicants residing in California and may require reporting to headquarters or field offices and facilities to fulfill operational needs. All telework schedules are subject to change and may be reevaluated at any time. Telework does not change the terms and conditions of employment, the essential functions of job duties, or required compliance with the Department of Justice policies.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.


Additional Documents

  • Job Application Package Checklist
  • Duty Statement

Position Details

Job Code #:


Position #(s):


Working Title:

Research Data Specialist I


$6,061.00 - $7,587.00 A

# of Positions:


Work Location:

Sacramento County

Job Type:

Permanent, Full Time

Work Shift:

Day Shift

Work Week:

Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • This position is located in the California Justice Information Services Division, Department of Justice Research Center, Research and Policy Branch, Research Program Support Section, Hate Crimes.
  • For more information about the Department of Justice Research Center, please visit the website at .
  • Please disregard the SROA/Surplus language below as the Department of Justice requires applicants to submit their SROA/Surplus Letter if that is the basis of their eligibility.
  • For more information about the department, please visit the Attorney General's website at .

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check is required.
  • Clearly indicate JC - 388582 in the "Examination(s) or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying" section of your State Application.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.
Final Filing Date: 10/5/2023
Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Justice

Attn: Malina Velarde JC - 388582

PO Box 160608

Sacramento , CA 95816-0608

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Justice

Malina Velarde JC - 388582

4949 Broadway

Sacramento , CA 95820

08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - List of References
  • Statement of Qualifications -
    The Statement of Qualifications is a narrative discussion of how your education, training, experience, and skills meet the minimum qualifications per the California State Personnel Board Specifications and the required and desirable qualifications in the job announcement for this position. The Statement of Qualifications serves as documentation of your ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing and should be typed and no more than two pages in length.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Ability to conduct univariate and multivariate statistics

Ability to conduct statistical analyses using software such as SPSS, R, or STATA

Ability to develop, analyze, and interpret complex research findings

Knowledge of research, survey, and analytical methods and techniques

Ability to articulate information in a clear, concise, and professional manner in a public setting

Ability to prepare and present technical reports and make recommendations

Ability to gain and maintain the confidence and cooperation of others, including various levels of management

Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and work well under pressure to meet quick deadlines

Ability to work independently and in a team environment

Ability to exercise initiative, flexibility and demonstrate tact

Ability to perform literature reviews, legislation summaries, and legal research

Ability to perform public policy analysis and research


Benefit Information - Please access this link for information on benefits afforded to employees who work for the State of California -

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Human Resources Contact:
Malina Velarde
(916) 210-2513

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.
EEO Contact:
EEO Officer
(916) 210-7580

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Additional Information About Application Filing

Please note, if using the United States Postal Service for delivery, there is no guarantee that your application will be date stamped and will arrive by the final filing date. If your application does not have a postmark or date stamp and arrives after the final filing date, your application will not be accepted for that cut-off date. If your application is submitted after the most recent cut-off date, it will be applied to the next review period. Therefore, to ensure timely delivery of your application, it is recommended that you use either electronic delivery, parcel service, or certified mail. Using one of these options will provide proof of delivery prior to the final filing date.

The hiring unit has established the following cut-off dates for this job control: every Monday. Applications will be reviewed according to the date of submission. If your application is submitted after the most recent cut-off date, it will be applied to the next review period.

Assessment Information

Completion of an online multiple-choice test measuring your knowledge of research terminology, methods, and statistics is REQUIRED to proceed in the selection process for this position. This is separate from the exam available on

Following your application submission, you will receive an e-mail invitation to the test from sent to the e-mail address listed on your application STD 678. The e-mail will provide a test link, code, and instructions. The test will be open for three days, during which you can start the test at any time. Once the test is started, it must be completed within the allotted test time. Your score on this test is valid for 12 months. You will not be required to take this test again for positions that require it with the Department of Justice Research Center if you have taken the test within the last 12 months.

If you do not receive your e-mail invitation within 7 business days of submitting your application or if you have technical issues, questions, or need to reschedule your test, please contact .

Hiring tests are recommended to be completed on a personal computer and may require candidates to visually identify information and type long passages. If you need a reasonable accommodation to take this test, please contact the Research Center at by the next Monday at 10:00 AM after you submit your application and include a copy of the Accommodation form (STD. 679) linked here.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Closing Date/Time: 10/5/2023

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