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  • 509132
  • Full-time


Committed to rehabilitating Arizona's youth!

The mission of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections is to rehabilitate seriously delinquent youth by providing appropriate and effective educational, treatment, pro-social and career training programs which will lead them to become productive law-abiding members of society.


Job Location:

Central Office/Continuous Improvement
100 N. 15th Ave Suite 103
Phoenix, Arizona 85007


Posting Details:

Salary: $65,545.00 - $70,000.00 

Grade: 23



Job Summary:

The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) is seeking a Research Unit Manager to work within the Continuous Improvement Bureau with direction from the Bureau Administrator. This position will be responsible for supervising the policy, research and planning analysts of the Bureau and perform work of considerable difficulty in supervising the activities of staff engaged in policy analysis, writing, planning, evaluation and research projects that support the planning, modification, coordination, and achievements of agency goals. Typical duties include setting study and project standards, allocating staff and resources, reviewing project plans and progress, providing technical and supervisory guidance, assessing and ensuring staff training needs are met, reviewing work and documentation for quality and soundness of conclusions and recommendations, working with management and project members to develop work strategies and identify options and solutions.

Job Duties:

Manage, research and policy project planning, development, review, approval, implementation, evaluation and revisions

Organize, assign/delete and review team work

Supervise, train, appraise and develop staff

Create and maintain an agency policy management framework and hierarchy, which includes maintaining a user-friendly, functional web-based policy portal

Compile and analyze statistical data as needed to develop statistical, evaluation and research reports

Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
-Policy, planning and program evaluation techniques
-Research and statistical methods
-Project management techniques
-Supervisory principles and techniques
-Data processing systems and analysis to include software such as SQL, SPSS, and MS Access
-Criminal justice and corrections theory and practice

Skill in:
-Interpersonal relations
-Developing and coaching staffing
-Oral and written communications
-Program evaluation
-Interpreting policy
-Data analysis and interpretation
-Time management
-Problem solving
-Compiling data into clear concise reports

Ability to:
-Plan, organize, supervise subordinate staff
-Plan, evaluate, and implement large-scale projects
-Advise agency management regarding unit goals, objectives and strategies
-Establish priorities and meet deadlines
-Interpret and adhere to Federal and State laws, and agency policies and procedures
-Maintain confidentiality
-Work in a correctional environment
-Drive on state business

Selective Preference(s):

The ideal candidate will possess two or more years of supervisory experience; have a bachelor’s degree or higher and three or more years of experience working in the policy and research field. Experience working in a law enforcement or corrections setting is preferred.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Requires possession of, and ability to retain a current valid Arizona-issued driver’s license. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license records checks, maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).

The successful candidate is required to complete the following:
1. Panel Interview
2. Comprehensive Background Investigation
3. Fingerprinting

Arizona residency is required for this position.

Current State of Arizona employees: In order to be considered for this position, it requires acceptable performance history as demonstrated by no formal discipline within one year preceding this job posting close date, and an overall rating of “meets expectations” or higher on the most recent employee performance evaluation.


As an employee of the Department of Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, you will be entitled to a comprehensive benefits package that includes the following:

Benefits include:
-Paid vacation leave
-10 paid holidays per year
-Paid sick leave, 12 days per year with no carryover limits
-Competitive health, dental, vision and life insurance plans

Additional benefits include:
-Available 24/7 Telemedicine
-Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for eligible medical, dental, vision, and dependent care expenses
-Long-Term Disability which pays 66⅔% of weekly pre-disability earnings
-Optional Short-Term Disability which pays up to 66⅔% of your weekly pre-disability earnings

Employee Wellness:
-Health Impact Program: Earn up to $200 annually by participating in free preventative health screenings, immunizations, lifestyle/mindfulness classes, and physical activities
-Employee Assistance Program (EAP): 12 free mental health counseling sessions per year, and available 24/7 support for work/life solutions, dependent/elder care, college planning, wills, legal guidance, financial resources, funeral planning and more

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


This position participates in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)

- New membership begins the 27th week of employment
- Immediately vested in retirement contributions
- Defined Benefit

Attention current State of Arizona employees: Please contact our Human Resources Office at employment@azdjc.gov if you are in a different retirement plan than the one indicated above.

Contact Us:

To learn more about the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, you can visit our website.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-364-1023 or email at employment@azdjc.gov . Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.