Research Analyst


Research Analyst

$34,176.00 – $45,540.00 Annually
Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type
Caseload Forecast Council
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The Caseload Forecast Council (CFC) was created by the Legislature in 1997 to provide state government with accurate, unbiased, and transparent caseload forecasts as a foundation to the state budget process, and to provide accurate statewide adult and juvenile sentencing data as a foundation to criminal justice policies and practices.  Council employees are led by an Executive Director, who serves at the discretion of a Council composed of four legislative members and two executive branch members appointed by the Governor.

The Research Analyst performs professional-level research and analysis of superior court data relating to adult and juvenile populations in institutions and in the community (work release and community supervision). This position compiles, codes, and analyzes data from Judgement and Sentence (J&S) forms that detail superior court sentences or dispositions of offenders convicted of crimes.

The Analyst assists senior-level staff by developing and analyzing charts, graphs, and tables from data files and performing editing, reliability, and validity checks of compiled data.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  •  Performing first-level professional work in research, statistics or data analysis primarily in the criminal justice arena;
  • Compiling, coding, and analyzing data from superior court Judgment and Sentence (J&S) forms that detail juvenile dispositions;
  • Managing, organizing, archiving, and backing up information after compilation into the system for later retrieval and record requests;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the validity of administrative data;
  • Preparing tables, charts, graphs and statistical reports;
  • Composing routine correspondence to furnish, request, or clarify information primarily related to the accuracy of J&S forms;
  • Writing summaries, histories and reports of limited scope;
  • Collaborating with programmers, systems analysts, and research analysts;
  • Participating in meetings to assist in developing methodology;
  • Following well-defined plans, methods and procedures and gathering, compiling, coding, classifying and analyzing data in accordance with these plans and procedures;
  • Working under the direction of a senior analyst who reviews work for accuracy and completeness;
  • Upholding the CFC’s mission of providing accurate and unbiased data to inform state budget writers and policy makers.

  • A Bachelor’s degree, including coursework in statistics or one year of work experience in statistics, analysis, or research OR equivalent education/experience;
  • An interest in the Washington State criminal justice system;
  • Intellectual curiosity and a proactive approach to problem-solving;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Ability to interpret data and make computations quickly and accurately;
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, Adobe Acrobat, PowerPoint, scanners, and other software;
  • Experience working with administrative databases.
Supplemental Information

Employee benefits include: vacation and sick leave; paid state holidays; health, life and other optional insurance; retirement; social security; and military leave.

The specific salary will depend on the candidate’s education and experience.


  •  A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • A current resume, detailing experience and education; and
  • A list of three (3) professional references with current telephone numbers.

Please submit application materials to  or the following address:

Caseload Forecast Council
P.O. Box 40962
Olympia, WA 98504-0962

Application Deadline:  This recruitment is open until filled. The hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time. Therefore, we encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible. First round application reviews will likely begin the week of June 25, 2018.

The Caseload Forecast Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation and gender expression/identity, age, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.

The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or that need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That’s why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.

Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems‘ web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave)
You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.


Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:

New Year’s Day
January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday
Third Monday in January
Presidents’ Day
Third Monday in February
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May
Independence Day
July 4
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Veterans’ Day
November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day
December 25
Personal Holiday
Employee’s selection each calendar year

*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.

Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.
Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.
Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.
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