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The Hawai`i State Judiciary invites qualified persons to apply for a full-time Research Analyst position for the Criminal Justice Research Institute located in Honolulu, Hawai`i.


The Criminal Justice Research Institute (CJRI) is administratively attached to the Office of the Chief Justice. The Institute’s focus is to examine all aspects of the criminal justice system for the purpose of assisting the State in understanding the system in a more comprehensive way and ensuring the protection of individual rights, increasing efficiencies and controlling costs.


This position assists the Director of the Institute in conducting research, analysis, and program development projects to examine all areas of the criminal justice system, including projects to evaluate the effectiveness of the State’s criminal pretrial system and identify improvements.

1) Assists the Institute Director to maintain and administer a centralized statewide criminal pretrial justice data reporting and collection system and by performing research, evaluations, and analysis of the overall functioning of the criminal justice system. The position’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

a. Assists with collecting data to monitor the overall functioning of the criminal justice system. Identifies all current databases utilized by various departments and agencies to track criminal pretrial information. Determines the administrative and technological feasibility of aggregating and sharing current data and identifies critical gaps in data and information collection that are required for a solid assessment of criminal pretrial justice matters.

b. Assists in the implementation, evaluation and monitoring of evidence-based practices and reports on the effectiveness of practices and policies implemented. Reviews research literature on relevant criminal justice topics to stay current on the evidence-base.

c. Assists with the design and development of outcome measures to determine if various programs are making positive contributions to the criminal justice system.

d. Assists in conducting cost-benefit analysis on various areas of operation to measure the State’s return on its financial investment in the criminal justice system.

e. Monitors national trends in criminal justice and reviews, analyzes, evaluates and makes recommendations on criminal justice strategies, protocols, technology, changes in the law and standards, etc.

f. Assists in planning, developing, tracking and updating performance indicators that accurately reflect the effectiveness of the State’s criminal justice system. Communicates data on performance indicators in written and verbal formats to a range of stakeholders and audiences.

g. Assists in compiling reports to the CJRI Board of Directors and to the Legislature, which includes the review and analysis of data from the system to evaluate the effectiveness of the State’s criminal justice system and to identify possible improvements. Monitors state and local criminal justice policy issues, and identifies ways to provide research support for current issues.

h. Maintains effective and timely contact with other organizations for the purpose of exchanging or obtaining current information and developing collaborative relationships.

i. Attends, coordinates, and conducts meetings related to data reporting and collection.

j. Develops and maintains data folders and records as needed.

2) Performs other duties and functions as assigned by the Director or as needed to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Institute.


  • College degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible work experience in areas of research and writing.
  • Ability to plan and organize research projects; collect and analyze data; and prepare clear and concise written reports.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with various individuals and organizations.
  • Ability to maintain objectivity and collaborate with different stakeholders in a respectful manner.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; flexible and willing to adapt to deadlines.
  • Interest in using data and research to inform criminal justice policy and practice.
  • Values equity and inclusion, and working in diverse settings.
  • Advanced graduate degree in criminal justice, public policy, or related social science field.
  • Experience using data analysis software (i.e., SPSS, Stata, or other equivalent).
  • Data visualization experience.
  • Substantive knowledge of criminal justice issues and research.
  • Prior experience conducting cost-benefit analysis.
  • Ability to author technical reports and write in plain language for non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging with stakeholders, community organizations, and/or justice-involved individuals.
  • Prior experience conducting policy analysis and/or reviewing administrative and legal policies.


The incumbent in this position may be required to work a variable work schedule and to work beyond a normal work schedule, including evenings, days off, and holidays.


Applicants must be citizens, permanent resident aliens or nationals of the United States, or non-citizens with unrestricted employment authorization from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

All applicants shall become residents of the State within thirty (30) days after beginning their employment and as a condition of eligibility for continued employment.


The selected candidate will serve in an exempt (non-civil service) at-will appointment which is excluded from the requirements of selection by merit competition and from civil service status. Exempt (non-civil service) appointments are considered at-will, which means that the hiring authority may terminate the employment relationship at any time.


The salary starts from $5,178 monthly / $62,136 annually and will be determined by the hiring authority based on qualifications.

Exempt (non-civil service) employees are eligible for a range of benefits, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • up to 13 paid holidays each year
  • up to 21 vacation leave days per year
  • up to 21 sick leave days per year
  • Reasonable time off with pay for jury duty, bereavement leave, and certain military duty
  • Membership in the state retirement system
  • Employer/Employee shared premium contributions for enrollment in the state sponsored health coverage
  • Free life insurance policy for employees
  • Deferred compensation supplemental retirement savings plan


Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and curriculum vita/resume to the attention of the CJRI Director; curriculum vitae/resume which includes statements on record of achievement conducting research and design and implementation of complex projects; copies of academic qualifications; and the names and contact information of three (3) references, including current employer.

Documents may be sent by electronic mail to or by mail addressed to: Hawai`i State Judiciary, Human Resources Department, 426 Queen Street, 1st Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813. First consideration will be given to resumes received by Friday, October 22, 2021.

In order to expedite the hiring process, only qualified candidates that are short listed will be selected for an interview and contacted. In order to effectively execute and complete the duties described above, the incumbent must demonstrate a high degree of research and writing skills. Therefore, if you are scheduled for an interview, a writing sample or example of your research may be requested.


The appointment of the selected candidate will be pending a background check and other pre-employment clearances.

Vaccination and Testing Program: Please be informed that the Hawaii State Judiciary values the safety of our employees, our residents, and the people we serve. In support of these values, the Judiciary has implemented a Vaccination and Testing Program where all employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing in order to be allowed entry into our facilities. Prior to the first day of work, new employees must either provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test result taken within the past seven days. New employees will be provided with a questionnaire pertaining to their vaccination status prior to their start date and should discuss with their supervisor whether they will be required to undergo weekly testing.