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ABOLISHED 08/01/2018 PER PAY LETTER 18-18 - Chief of Research, Correctional Program (5450)

ABOLISHED 08/01/2018 PER PAY LETTER 18-18 - Chief of Research, Correctional Program

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: LU10
  • Class Code: 5450
  • Established: 10/05/1957
  • Revised: 03/16/1978
  • Title Changed: --


Under administrative direction, to plan, organize, and direct the research programs of the Department of Corrections in the field of adult correctional programs; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Plans, organizes, and directs research studies on the causes and treatment of delinquent and criminal behavior and the effectiveness of institutional and parole program; directly supervises the work of research field units located throughout the State; gives technical direction to institutional and field research personnel; reviews and evaluates the effectiveness of the total departmental research program; works closely with departmental planning staff; formulates and coordinates related statewide and local research programs in coperation with other institutions, universities, private research and philanthropic foundations, agencies, and associations and other interested groups; gives leadership to and parti pates with institutional and field personnel in determining areas and direction of research carried on in connection with correctional rehabilitation programs; analyzes and interprets collected data and makes recommendations based on such interpretations; examines and evaluates specific research project requests; encourages appropriate research by groups outside of the Department; directs the preparation of reports on the results of research studies; plans and assists in conducting training in research methods for institutional and field staffs and evaluates the effectiveness of such training; confers and works with an advisory research committee; prepares material for presentation to legislative committees; appears and makes presentations before legislative committees; represents the Department at meting of professional organizations and other groups; addresses various organizations and writes articles on State correctional research programs.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in social research with emphasis on correctional programs and rehabilitative techniques, two years of which shall have been in an administrative capacity with full-time responsibility for directing staff involved in research project design, small sample and control group modules and studies beyond routine statistical evaluations and compilations.


(A doctor's degree in behavioral science may be substituted for two years of the general experience.) [Experience in California state service applied toward this requirement must include two years in a class comparable in level of responsibility to Research Manager II (Social/Behavioral).] and Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with a major in behavioral science field, including or supplemented by six semester hours in research methods or statistics.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles and procedures of research; basic statistical methods and procedures and evaluating the adequacy of proposed research designs and techniques; methods of preparation of research reports; theory and practice in the prevention and treatment of delinquent and criminal behavior; problems involved in the bibliographic survey of previous related research, planning research design, determining and quantifying variables, and mechanizing compilation and analysis of data; principles of public administration and parole procedure; Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Apply professional knowledge and administrative ability to concrete situations; evaluate relative importance of various areas of research; evaluate the adequacy of proposed research designs and techniques; establish and maintain cooperative relations with heads of operating units and divisions, staffs of correctional institutions and field parole offices, and with State, local, university, and private organization officials involved in correctional research; supervise professional staff, evaluate their performance and take appropriate action; speak and write effectively and prepare articles for publication; provide imaginative and dynamic leadership in research in correctional techniques and methods; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Personal Characteristics

Demonstrated administrative and research ability; willingness to travel throughout the State; tact and emotional stability.

  Updated: 8/2/2018
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