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Class Code: 5410
Salary Schedule: Approved Arizona Law Enforcement Merit System Council Salary Schedule
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Summary Statement: Under limited supervision, facilitates and conducts research and statistical analysis including the preparation of various reports, statistical projections, and the department's strategic plan. Initiates, conducts, and implements administrative research studies and surveys to provide a basis for management control and decision making and applies sound research techniques and methods to the study of administration systems, policies, work methods, scheduling practices and procedures. Performs related duties as assigned. This is a competitive classification.

Essential Functions: (not intended to be all inclusive)

1. Develops, coordinates, and analyzes administrative research studies and surveys through the use of statistical analysis. May act in the capacity of team leader on projects and assignments to include the training of assigned personnel.

2. Advises management in evaluation of short and long range planning; consults with management personnel concerning agency goals, objectives, methods and policies; coordinates, records and periodically reports to management on status of projects; evaluates planning to insure operational, administrative and long range plans are compatible.

3. Provides information, technical assistance, and professional guidance to management, staff and other planning professionals as to the scope of projects and the approach to be followed.

4. Assist with the formulation, publishing, implementation and dissemination of Departmental written directives (e.g., General Orders, Bureau Orders, etc.).

5. Serves as a liaison between the Department and other agencies/associations engaged in the compilation, analysis and reporting of research data. Represents the Department in public hearings, meetings, committees or task forces to present evidence or information, to support the Department's interests, provide input and exchange information, and perform the functions of the committee (e.g., policy writing, analysis of recommendations, problem solving, etc.).

6. Keeps management informed on new concepts, theories, equipment, and programs applicable to law enforcement planning methods and administration.

7. Works to ensure a positive and productive relationship with other departments, agencies and government officials.

8. Attends conferences and conventions and other educational and professional meetings to keep updated on planning methods and administration.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required: Knowledge of:

1. planning and research principles and practices, including operational, short-range, and long-range strategic planning required for the implementation and success of programs and projects.

2. principles and practices of organization, administration, and personnel management.

3. staff study techniques emphasizing issues and solutions for effective organizational performance.

4. law enforcement organizations and terminology to interpret, provide and disseminate information and prepare written documents.

5. data collection, coding, and survey research techniques.

6. new technologies, philosophies, trends and advances in the profession.

7. operational analysis and decision-making techniques for resource allocation and organizational effectiveness.

8. the application of problem-solving techniques.

9. departmental structure and functions.

10. federal, state and local programs and resources required to develop policies and procedures for administration of department programs.

11. business English, spelling, grammar and punctuation required to produce analytical and technical reports in appropriate format.

12. state and federal statutes, laws and regulations related to the work unit.

13. business law regarding contracts to prepare agreements between the Department and other agencies.

14. public information laws regarding the dissemination of information to the public.

15. modern office practices, procedures and equipment required to perform office functions in an efficient manner.

Skill in:

1. researching, gathering, organizing and analyzing data and drawing logical conclusions.

2. identifying problems, analyzing alternatives and making viable recommendations.

3. interviewing, listening or documenting information to obtain input from diverse sources.

4. editing and proofreading written materials for accuracy and adherence to policies and procedures.

5. the use of computer software programs and keyboard devices.

Ability to:

1. interpret, analyze and evaluate available data and make decisions concerning complex and comprehensive operational problems with a high degree of accuracy.

2. monitor trends, forecast change, identify future agency needs and initiate change to ensure effective long-range planning.

3. compile, calculate, correlate, integrate, analyze and portray statistical data to prepare statistical reports.

4. read, comprehend, and interpret complex written materials.

5. determine project or plan objectives and goals.

6. accurately interpret Department policies and procedures to provide and clarify information.

7. develop and revise policies and procedures.

8. develop technical and operational specifications for programs.

9. analyze and interpret financial data to determine and project budget needs.

10. make oral and written presentations.

11. effectively communicate orally and in writing at all levels.

12. speak before groups to provide information or explain policies, procedures and programs.

13. exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment.

14. establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of assignment.

15. exercise good judgment in safeguarding confidential or sensitive information.


Work is performed in an office setting. May be required to travel. May be required to carry up to 20 pounds.


All applicants must successfully complete the examination process. Must be able to obtain a valid State of Arizona driver license.

Minimum Qualifications: Requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college in public or business administration, criminal justice, statistics or related field and four (4) years experience performing applied research and planning at a professional level in a law enforcement agency or a Bachelor's degree and six (6) years of experience performing applied research and planning at a professional level in a law enforcement agency.

Progression to the next pay level/step requires an overall performance rating of at least "Standard" in the last 12 months.

Must successfully complete the examination process.

FSLA Status: Exempt

Current as of: 7/24/2014 8:20:34 AM