Youth Justice Community Researcher - Adler University in Chicago Illinois

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Adler University

Chicago, Illinois

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Adler University is the leading academic institution advancing socially responsible practice, healthy communities, and a more just society.  Adler University was founded on an important idea: Our health resides in our community life and connections. This is what drives our groundbreaking curricula and commitment to social responsibility, from our campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver and through Adler Online. We work with those courageous enough to want to change the world.  Our doctoral and master's programs—many of them nationally recognized in fast-growing fields—prepare students to lead social change in the fields of psychology and mental health, criminal justice and public safety, business, public policy, and advocacy. 

We are committed to quality through continuous process improvement and personal accountability.  As a result, we seek professionals, who embrace life-long learning, present proactive solutions and drive results to support social responsibility from the classroom to the community. 


The Youth Justice Community Researcher supports organizational capacity building for community agencies by providing technical assistance, peacemaking circle training, evaluation and oversight.The Youth Justice Community Researcher will replicate restorative justice practices within community agencies by organizing a learning community through the documentation and evaluation of current data collection.  

  • Serve as a group organizer to bring all necessary parties to the table to collaborate
    • Will act as a centralizing agent for restorative justice hubs  located in Chicagoland area
    • Will serve as a quality control agent
      • Documenting practices
      • Evaluating key indicators
      • Providing feedback, course correction advice and technical assistance
  • Development and maintenance of hub sites
    • Establish, evaluate and replicate hubs in communities
    • Provide indicators of what works
    • Identify minimum standards of required aspects of the hubs to ensure effectiveness
  • Document and evaluate current data collection and metrics. 

    • Work with court system to obtain data
    • Develop, administer, and interpret metrics to ensure a sound evaluation
    • Use database to document activities, progress and generate reports
    • Comparison of juvenile court records to evaluate youth in restorative justice hubs vs. juvenile detention centers.
    • Provide suggestions for improvement of data collection and metrics
    • Support structure for organizational capacity building, by providing prospective hubs with technical assistance, link to peacemaking circle training, ACES training, and evaluation oversight
      • Establish manual and training procedures for new sites
      • Provide guidance to community organizations developing restorative justice hubs
      • Provide benchmarks, feedback and training to all hub participants
    • Coordinate a learning community
      • Include staff representatives from all new and existing hubs
      • Share best practices and resources
      • Promote consistency with hubs principles
      • Provide corrective feedback
      • Create a manual to guide replication efforts of future hubs sites
    • Identify existing stakeholders, community organizations and area schools that have interest and capacity to implement restorative justice alternatives
      • Conduct needs assessment, focus groups, and one on one interviews
      • Research potential partnerships, social networks and current restorative practices
    • Create, establish and document best hub practices to create a replicable model of restorative justice hubs


  • M.S. in criminal justice or a related field


  • 5 years of experience working with community agencies, which focus on juvenile justice issues
  • Experience with diverse populations around juvenile justice issues
  • Experience developing indicators to create database reports
  • Experience with restorative justice in a community environment is preferred
  • Exhibits resourcefulness, initiative and follow-through skills
  • Intermediate experience with Word, Excel and customized databases
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A valid driver’s license and a car is required to travel to the west, north and south and south suburban areas of Chicago

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of Adler University that all persons are entitled to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) protection. Adler University does not discriminate against any individual for employment because of age, religion, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status (including unfavorable discharge from the military), or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

Keyword Phrases

  • youth
  • master's degree
  • detention center
  • database reports
  • criminal justice
  • restorative justice
  • advocacy
  • resourcefulness
  • community agencies
  • written communication skills
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: At least 5 years
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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