Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Research & Development Analyst
Closing Date/Time:Fri. 02/23/18 5:05 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$5,483.00 - $6,666.00 Monthly
$65,796.00 - $79,992.00 Annually
Job Type:Regular Full-time
Location:220 4th Ave. S., Kent, Washington

Do you have experience utilizing a variety of research tools including, but not limited to, budget materials, publications, crime and corrections statistics, technical documents, or any other sources to gather information related to a specific project? Have you had to research and advise department personnel of current funding opportunities? 

As the Research & Development Analyst in the Police department, you'll be responsible for planning, preparing and assisting others in preparation of both written and on-line funding proposals. You will oversee/manage grants during award cycles as well as coordinate with contractors on grant funding projects and programs concerning the police department. You'll also serve as the Accreditation Coordinator for the Police department.  Successful candidates must have excellent communication skills (verbal and written), organizational skills, time management, and work well in a fast-paced team environment.

The following employment opportunity is now available.  This is an AFSCME position that is also covered under Civil Service.  The City will establish a ranked eligibility list for this classification that would be in effect for a period of six (6) months, but may be extended upon request of the Police Chief, up to twenty-four months.

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This is a full-time position with benefits that is covered under Civil Service.  The testing process shall include the following:  written exam (70% passing score required, final weight of 45%) and oral board interview (70% passing score required, final weight of 55%).  If there is a significant number of applicants, the top 20 applicants from the written exam will move forward to the oral board interview.

Under the direction of the Professional Standards Police Commander, performs analysis and research functions relating to the Police Department. Create written documents in a format that can be utilized at all levels of the Police Department. Submits automation reports related to budget requests as part of the annual budgeting process. Prepares and delivers oral presentations. Reviews and analyzes publications relating to police functions.
Work is performed under minimal direct supervision. Incumbent is frequently required to travel to public safety related off site locations to communicate with a variety of employees. Serve as the Accreditation Coordinator for the Police Department under the direction of the Support Services Assistant Chief.  This position plans and coordinates accreditation activities,  including those necessary for retaining Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Law Enforcement Accreditation,  or any subsequent accreditation process.
Professional Standards Police Commander

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Utilize a variety of research tools including, but not limited to, budget materials, police and other publications, crime and corrections statistics, technical documents, training seminars, library facilities, the internet, or any other sources to gather information related to a specific project in support of the police department's goals and objectives.
Research and advise department personnel of current funding opportunities.  Plan, prepare, and assist others in preparation of both written and on-line funding proposals. Oversee/manage grant during award cycle.
Coordinate with contractors on grant funding projects and programs concerning the police department.
Coordinate the development and maintenance of a timetable for department accreditation; coordinate communication with WASPC regarding the interpretation and compliance with standards for accreditation; periodically compare department policies/procedures to accreditation standards and recommend appropriate changes to the Assistant Chief and Chief of Police; review policies and practices to ensure accreditation standards are being met in agency practice.
Oversee the management of accreditation proofs/files; review proofs and files for applicability to accreditation standards; oversee the tracking and file management process of the accreditation program.      
Prepare for mock and actual on site assessments; determine agency readiness and make recommendations for compliance to the assigned Assistant Chief responsible for department accreditation; schedule and arrange on-site assessments; represent the agency at associated accreditation conferences and meetings.
Attend scheduled trainings, seminars and other events necessary for ongoing accreditation.
Communicate both orally and in writing using word processing, spreadsheets, the internet, and other tools and technology in order to develop effective research documents and presentation materials.
Present research data results and information to Citizens Groups, City Committees such as planning, facilities, budget; and police department groups; and other agencies. Complete surveys on police department structure, organization, and policies.
Develop, coordinate, and review all police department web pages.  Insure that content represents department's image. Provide updated police department information to the City's Internet Web Site.
Communicate with Police employees to gain an understanding of research goals and objectives; develop and expand research goals and objectives; providing background information on what the department needs in order to meet the goals and objectives of the strategic plan.
Analyze police department perspectives on a broad level to provide project direction for the department. Projects might include planning for additional facilities for the police department, studying proposals for police contract services, or the development of automation plan objectives for the police department.
Survey and review technology to stay abreast with trends and technology in order to make recommendations and alterations based on reviews.
Act as liaison to develop systems, such as GIS, ARC View and RMS, which are compatible with surrounding law enforcement agencies as well as other city departments.
Maintain current knowledge of, predict and make recommendations with regard to trends in law enforcement such as use of equipment, technology, and procedures.
Compile and prepare periodic and annual police department statistical reports.  Assist with planning department performance measurements.  Compile and report measurement data to managers and finance department.

Research and recommend training issues and needs to the department.
Prepare, update and maintain a variety of documents and records on a variety of issues related to law enforcement.
Actively support the vision, mission, values, and goals of department and the City. 


Perform related duties as assigned.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Applicable local, state and federal laws codes, regulations and ordinances.
  • Principles and practices of strategic planning, governmental budgeting, accounting and purchasing procedures as it applies to a law enforcement environment.
  • Current literature, trends and developments in the field of law enforcement.
  • Municipal and law enforcement structure, policies, procedures, functions, operations, and practices.
  • WASPC or similar accreditation program procedures and protocols to ensure compliance and maintain accreditation.
  • Planning and managing project budgets
  •  Technical writing.
  • Advanced use of research and analytical methods and techniques.
  • Correct usage of English Grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • Public speaking and effectively presenting information to citizen groups, council committees and police department and other city employees.
  • Effective use of interpersonal skills; using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Maintaining interrelated records and files.
  • Apply new technologies, methods and procedures to accomplish department goals and objectives.
  • Perform research and statistical analysis.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, outside agencies, general public, and other city employees.
  • Effectively communicate technical and/or complex information professionally and interpersonally with non-technical staff.
  • Train members of the Police Department as directed.
  • Respond to complex solicitations related to grants and funding.
  • Comply with oral and written directives and time lines.
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide; perform mathematical computations, draw and interpret graphs and charts; and apply these concepts to practical situations.
  • Apply common sense understanding and learned knowledge to solve practical and conceptual problems.
  • Read, analyze and interpret common, technical and professional journals, financial reports, operating and procedure manuals, general business, government regulations, and related documents.

 Education, Experience and Other Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in Communications, English, Project Management, Criminal Justice, or other closely related field; and
One (1) year of increasing responsible experience in research and technical writing. Experience in or knowledge of the accreditation process preferred.
In place of the above requirements, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience that would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities for this position.

  • Must possess a Washington State driver's license or ability to obtain one within thirty days of hire.
  • Must successfully pass the City's pre-employment driving record check and maintain an acceptable driving record
  • No felony convictions or criminal convictions in the past three (3) years.
  • Positions in this class must meet Civil Service Rules and Regulations.


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