Mass incarceration continues to be a significant public health and public safety issue in the United States. At the beginning of the 21st century, there was growing excitement and energy surrounding programs designed to aid the transition from prison to the community. Now well over a decade later, innovations in prisoner reentry programs have fallen into a rut as most are found to only have a negligible impact on recidivism and mass incarceration because the programs simply cannot meet the growing demands on reentry services.
In order to disrupt the current state of poor outcomes for prisoner reentry, a team lead by Institute for Justice Research and Development (IJRD) researchers identified and are refining a program that addresses the 5-Key ingredients to successful reentry entitled the 5 Key Model for Reentry Program. This manual was built on a review of over 100,000 program evaluations. Using the most cutting-edge research available, we selected the most potent interventions and combined them into one reentry program manual. The 5-Key Model for Reentry Program focuses on the social mobility and well-being of formerly incarcerated individuals to ensure individuals will remain crime-free and contribute positively to society. Research indicates that a focus on mobility and well-being best maximizes public health and public safety.
The IJRD team is currently researching and refining the 5-Key Model for Reentry Program using a demonstration project in 6 states (Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Kentucky, Ohio and South Carolina). We are conducting this research in collaboration with the Safe Streets and Second Chances (S3C) Initiative. The research entails a randomized controlled trial and involves researchers and practitioners in its implementation and refinement process. We are hiring local teams in each state and this position is a part of one of those local teams.
Each state will have a project manager that will oversee the research and clinical teams. IJRD is currently looking to hire program managers for Greenville, South Carolina and Columbus, Ohio.
The program manager is responsible for ensuring that the study and practice protocol are strictly adhered to in the state. The program manager will closely supervise the state-based research and practice team. The program manager will ensure that the state level team is carrying out all phases of study protocol as required by the Florida State University Institutional Review Board to ensure compliance with protection of human subjects.
Lead in the implementation of study and practice protocol at the state research site.
Supervise a team of masters’ level professionals (e.g., Research & Assessment Specialists, Reentry Program Specialists, and Clinical Research Associates) and a Program Support Specialist.
Establish and maintain relationships with prisons, probation and parole offices, service providers, and other entities critical to the implementation of the model and study.
Collaborate with corrections staff pre- and post-release as needed for the development and implementation of the model and study.
Develop and ensure high quality masters level student internships and directly supervise students when needed.
Participate in all research and intervention training.
Closely track and maintain contact with study participants once they are released from prison, to ensure that follow-up interviews can be completed.
Ensure compliance with protocol guidelines and requirements of the Florida State University Institutional Review Board; identify problems and/or inconsistencies with data collection; and monitor study participant’s progress to include documentation and reporting of adverse events.
Maintain appropriate record keeping and organization of all interview data, including data entry.
Assist with preparation of other clinical and administrative reports as needed.
Perform other duties incidental to the work described herein.
Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or related counseling field.
Prior research related program/project management experience.
Must have and maintain valid U.S. driver’s license, flexible hours, and be available to work some evenings and weekends.
Must be able to work independently while collaborating with a larger team.
Must maintain ability to pass security clearance in order to conduct interviews in prisons.
High levels of familiarity and/or experience working with criminal justice-involved populations.
At least one year post-masters experience.
Prior experience supervising masters level professionals and students.
HIRING LOCATIONS: Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina and Columbus, Ohio
APPLY: To apply for this position, you must submit your application through Florida State University, Office of Human Resources at https://hr.fsu.edu/index.cfm?page=ers/ers_home You can search the job opening using the following Job ID South Carolina (Greenville/Spartanburg) Job ID 44915and Ohio (Columbus) Job ID 45083
CONTACTS: For inquiries about this position, please contact Kerensa P. Lockwood at firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Salary Information: Salary contingent on experience.
Internal Number: South Carolina and Ohio
About Institute for Justice Research and Development, Florida State University
Unlike traditional academic research centers, the Institute for Justice Research and Development's (IJRD) approach is anchored in trans-sector innovation. We use this approach because it is clear that the problems in criminal justice cannot be solved solely from within - this has been tried for decades with little progress. Trans-sector innovation uses a problem solving approach that brings various disciplines together to respond to the increasingly connected and complex challenges facing our communities. We are dedicated to catalyzing the rapid translation of research findings into practice to bridge the 17-year implementation gap between scientific discovery and changes to policy and practice. You can access all of our cutting-edge research and tools for professionals in the field here.