Research Manager

County of Orange
Full Time $107,224 - $148,512 Per year CA Orange County District Attorney, 300 N Flower St, Santa Ana, CA 92703, United States




In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:
Effective June 28, 2024 – 4.25% increase
Effective June 27, 2025 – 4.00% increase
Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.


The eligible list established through this recruitment will be used to fill a current vacancy in the Orange County District Attorney's Office and may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange. 

Online applications will be accepted
for a minimum of five (5) business days, and will remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 P.M. PST on the day the County's needs are met.
All applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this bulletin can close at any time without notice.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY-PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR:The represents the People of the State of California in criminal and civil proceedings, serves the court and criminal justice system, and the Orange County Grand Jury. The mission of the Office of the Orange County District Attorney is to enhance public safety and welfare and to protect and respect crime victims and to create security in the community through the vigorous enforcement of criminal and civil laws in a just, honest, efficient and ethical manner. The Office consists of three major divisions: Legal, Investigative Bureau, and Administration.

The Research Manager will be responsible for:
  • Leading research projects, programs, and units as directed by management by drafting proposals, selecting research methods, supervising teams, including other project managers, and presenting findings;
  • Identifying areas for department improvement and developing research methodologies and data to meet those needs;  
  • Staying abreast with latest developments in research methodologies, technologies and changes in the law that will necessitate data collection, analysis and presentation;
  • Collecting, analyzing and developing statistical reports and information to provide valid measurements of crime, criminal justice process, and office operations;
  • Establishing and maintaining processes to ensure data integrity;
  • Providing oversight on research projects and ongoing program evaluations from conceptualization to final outcome.
  • Collaborating with other criminal justice entities and stakeholders in the exchange of information and data for the performance and assessment of criminal justice function; and
  • Collaborating key information to internal and external stakeholders in planning strategic initiatives and in implementing new programs
NOTE: This is a data research and working manager position, not a policy driving/writing position.

In addition to the minimum experience and education requirements, the ideal candidate will possess experience working in a legal/law enforcement setting as well as demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and experience listed in all the competencies below


Research Experience:

• Possession of bachelor's degree or higher in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Research, Psychology or other Social Sciences or Administration field with documented statistical research focus
• Extensive experience in conducting applied research in a criminal justice or social science
• Experience in preparing concise written and oral reports summarizing complex data and
information for non-technical personnel
• Experience supervising and/or providing guidance to other staff carrying out research and
evaluation activities

Technical Knowledge:
• Principles and methods of research design, including sampling and testing of hypotheses
• Principles and methods of descriptive and inferential statistics including probability theory,
sampling techniques, statistical correlation, frequency distribution, reliability and validity
criteria and regression analysis
• Methods of organizing statistical information into reports, tabulations, charts and graphs
• Principles and theories of a scientific, technical or professional field as they apply to criminal justice
• Knowledge of current Federal, State, and local legislation, policies, regulations and issues that pertain to the Office of the Orange County District Attorney

• Uses creativity and innovation in achieving business objectives by planning and developing projects to be safe, efficient and effective
• Works collaboratively with staff to align personal development and goal achievement with
business objectives
• Builds effective working relationships inside and outside the organization
• Employment experience performing data compilation, analysis and leading research projects with teams of more than one

Effective Communication:
• Promotes open, candid information sharing across organizational boundaries in working
with other law enforcement agencies, County, State and Federal agencies
• Presents ideas and material clearly, concisely, logically and persuasively both orally and in
• Effectively communicates in individual interviews and group discussions requiring
persuasion, counseling and instruction
• Advises supervisor and other management staff regarding the mission of the research unit
and the objectives, methodology, time requirements and feasibility of major research
• Recommends new projects and explains their contributions to operational objectives

Planning and Organization: 
• Manages time wisely and effectively prioritizes multiple, competing tasks
• Plans, organizes and directs research projects to determine the effect of, and need for,
various County programs
• Directs the design of research models, development and selection of statistical and
analytical methods, collection and interpretation of field data and development of findings
and recommendations
• Makes efficient use of the organization's resources and promotes flexibility by planning for
the effects of organizational change internally, and develops projects that recognize
potential change in legislation and/or regulation impacting law enforcement

Problem Solving & Decision-Making:
Individual can detect problems and take effective corrective action; demonstrates excellent judgment when working with department standards and the public; shows the ability to make effective decisions when completing projects and assignments.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Click to learn more about the minimum qualifications for the Research, Policy and QA Managerclassification as well as the physical and mental requirements and the environmental and working conditions.

District Attorney Human Resources will screen all applications in order to identify the candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for this position based on the skills required to meet the needs of the Department. After the initial screening, qualified applicants will be referred to the next step of the selection process. 

Application Screening (Refer/Non-Refer): Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those applicants that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step. 

Structured Oral Interview | SOI (Weighted 100%): Applicants will be interviewed and rated by a panel of job knowledge experts. Each applicant's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the applicant's qualifications for the job.

Eligible List: Once the assessment has been completed, District Attorney Human Resources will establish an eligible list of candidates.  Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.

Based on the Department's needs, the recruitment process above may be modified. Candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedures.