Occ. Code 2462500


chief of correctional program research, GRADE 25




New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard





Positions in this title direct a research unit in the preparation of research reports and statistical analyses, program evaluations and federal grant applications.  Incumbents of these positions supervise subordinate research staff in the statistical analysis and evaluation of program activities.  Incumbents at the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) perform various duties and functions in conjunction with the overall operation of the agency.


These positions are classified at DOCS Main Office.




CHIEF OF CORRECTIONAL PROGRAM RESEARCH: supervisory level; supervise subordinate research staff in the statistical analysis and evaluation of DOCS programs.




Program Research Specialists plan studies; collect and analyze data; prepare research reports, evaluate programs, report findings on current or proposed operating programs and on policies and legislation related to such programs in order to evaluate actual or potential effectiveness in achieving program objectives, and to provide advice and consultation to management officials on operating programs.




Design, produce, and ensure statistical accuracy of the DOCS statistical reporting systems.


-        Supervise the preparation of annual, monthly, and quarterly statistical reports on inmate population.


-        Provide technical assistance regarding complex projection methodology used by DOCS in developing forecasts of future trends in commitments, releases, and custody populations.


-        Analyze the impact of proposed and actual statutory changes and major DOCS program initiatives.


-        Design program monitoring systems in concert with DOCS operations staff, develop data collection instruments, compile and analyze data, conduct site visits, and prepare monitoring and evaluation reports.


-        Prepare federal grant applications and status reports in concert with DOCS operations staff.


-        Perform special project activities at the direction of the Executive staff in such areas as foreign born inmates.


-        Prepare the Departments annual recidivism study that tracks inmates released by the Department in a calendar year to determine what percentage of them return to DOCS custody within three years of release, as well as follow-up studies of participants in major DOCS programs.


Represent the Director and Assistant Director of Program Planning and Research in meetings with various Department management staff, other criminal justice agencies, and the Division of the Budget.



-        Maintain a liaison relationship with other criminal justice agencies research staff to ensure effective coordination with those agencies.


-        Maintain liaison relationships with Federal and State funding agencies regarding DOCS grant program.


-        Maintain liaison relationship with Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) and the Immigration Court regarding DOCS foreign born inmate population.




Direct and supervise a research unit.


-        Direct the work of the Program Research Specialists assigned to the unit, ensuring timely and accurate reports and appropriate coordination with other DOCS operating divisions.


-        Assign work, monitor completion, evaluate performance, develop work priorities, and monitor time and attendance.


-        Provide training to subordinate staff.


-        Make recommendations for staff development.




Open Competitive: a Ph.D. or all but dissertation degree in criminal justice, criminology, statistics, psychology, political science, or sociology, including fifteen credit hours in research methods, statistics, and/or computer data analysis; AND three years of experience in crime-related or delinquency-related research, at least one year of which must have been as the leader or chief of a research project.


Promotion:  one year of permanent competitive service as a Program Research Specialist 3 (Criminal Justice).




Date:  10/09




NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.