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Research, Policy and Planning Analyst (SCA 13014)

Date Posted
January 7, 2022
Full Time

Job Details


Friday, January 7, 2022

Position Title

Research, Policy and Planning Analyst


State Court Administration
1111 E Court Ave
Des Moines, IA 50319


Pay Grade 39, $91,228.80 - $129,875.20 Annually
Eligible for State of Iowa benefits

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Deputy State Court Administrator (Deputy SCA), the Research, Policy, and Planning Analyst leads efforts to collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative information to improve judicial branch programs, policies, decision making, and the overall administration of justice. Stays abreast of research and trends related to judicial branch subject-matter areas, and keeps the SCA, Deputy SCA and other court officials apprised of the latest evidence-based practices. In cooperation with SCA directors, district court administrators, and others, assists in the development of goals, objectives, performance measures and benchmarks, strategies for achieving them, and data collection methodologies for evaluating performance in various areas of court operations. Leads efforts to provide accurate information on the caseloads, workloads, and timeliness of case processing in Iowa’s courts through preparation of annual and periodic statistical and analytical reports as directed by the Deputy SCA.


Provides research support for and coordinates judicial branch planning and evaluation efforts for various projects and initiatives as assigned.

Monitors, analyzes, and reports on emerging trends and issues related to the courts and justice system.

Develops research methodologies to evaluate court programs and policies to support continuous improvement.

Prepares and/or oversees the development of annual and periodic statistical reports, fact sheets, and other publications developed for internal and external audiences, including the creation and updating of such reports for posting on the judicial branch website.

Works with Judicial Branch Information Technology (JBIT) staff to respond to ad hoc and routine data requests, as needed, and to recommend and develop improvements to existing standard statistical reports and the creation of new standard statistical reports.

Writes newsletter articles on research and planning projects, trends, and issues of interest to judges and court personnel.

Makes presentations to various audiences at the direction of the Deputy SCA.

Writes grant applications and reviews grant applications from other judicial branch employees to ensure compliance with funding source requirements and judicial branch policies.

Administers grants awarded, as needed, and supports other judicial branch staff who administer grants.

Prepares fiscal notes on bills in the legislature that might impact the judicial branch.

Prepares reports and responds to requests for information and statistics from judicial branch offices and outside organizations, as needed.

Provides support to committees, as determined by the Deputy SCA, including the preparation of agendas, minutes, reports, and action plans to support various judicial branch initiatives.

Serves as the project leader responsible for conducting both in-house and contracted workload and time studies. 

Develops, maintains, and updates decision-making tools related to workload formulas and time studies. Annually updates the statistics in workload formulas and refines or enhances the formulas as needed.

Uses relevant metrics and data from workload formulas and time studies to draft proposals for staffing including recommendations for expansion and reductions in force, as needed.

Develops and conducts surveys of court personnel and external stakeholders and then analyzes and presents the results to a variety of internal and external audiences.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

Knowledge of the:
Responsibilities, functions, and procedures of the judicial branch.
Principles and practices of judicial and public administration, and a strong understanding of organizational development and design.
Effective planning techniques and methods including the principles and procedures involved in conducting organization analysis, systems analysis, environmental scanning, and trend analysis.
Techniques of qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistics.
Research design methods and project plan development and deployment.
Principles of data base management, the use of statistical application software, and the production of routine and specialized reports.

Ability and skills to:
Assess information needs and propose appropriate data collection and analysis methodologies.
Develop sampling, analysis, and data collection plans.
Analyze information and prepare written reports for a variety of audiences.
Communicate ideas, observations, recommendations, and complex concepts clearly, concisely and in a compelling way, both in writing and verbally with a clear and effective writing and presentation style.
Plan and prioritize work, manage multiple projects simultaneously, while considering time sensitive needs and competing deadlines.
Adapt to changes in policies and procedures caused by constantly changing mandates, directives, and amendments to laws.
Follow complex oral and written instructions.
Work cooperatively with other staff at all levels with little to no supervision.
Treat co-workers, court users/participants, and members of the public courteously and without bias regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, disability, or socio-economic status.


A Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, business management, business or administrative law, jurisprudence, social science, or related degree is required.

Minimum of eight years of relevant and progressive experience within a state or local justice system is required.

Juris Doctor, Ph.D. in criminal justice and law, or master’s degree with major course work in social science, public administration, judicial administration, court administration, business administration or related field of study is highly preferred.

A concentration in studies or previous work experience in planning and research methods within a court or judicial environment using statistical or relational data and metrics is highly preferred.

Considerable experience researching policy and operational issues, and prior demonstrated success authoring reports, publications, or other widely circulated and accepted written documents is highly preferred.

Demonstrated experience convening groups of policy makers, practitioners, stakeholders, researchers and other constituencies with a range of interests and perspectives, and supporting their efforts to develop consensus and move toward a desired outcome is highly preferred.

Final candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

The Iowa Judicial Branch is an E-Verify employer. 

Contact Information

How to Apply

Cover letter, resume, and the Iowa Judicial Branch Application for Employment may be emailed to

Posting Close Date

Application materials must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022.



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