Research Specialist IV

DIVISION: Criminal Prosecutions
JOB TITLE: Research Specialist IV
MONTHLY SALARY: $4,583.34-$5,416.67
POSTING DATE: September 21, 2018
LOCATION: 300 W. 15th Street, 15th Floor, Austin, TX 78701


Office of the Attorney General

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WORKING TITLE: Research Specialist


DURATION: Until Filled

Performs advanced (senior-level) research and analysis work for the Criminal Prosecutions Division, Election Fraud Unit. Work involves specialized research and analysis of organized election fraud offenses, including documentary investigation, fraud analysis, statistical and database analysis, evaluating financial transactions, and creating graphics, spreadsheets, criminal organizational charts, and summaries for demonstrative use at trial.


Collects, compiles and analyzes data of specialized research projects; plans, develops, coordinates, and administers research projects
Uses statistical methods and relational databases to analyze election-related data sets and documents
Coordinates, assembles and prepares evidence, exhibits, affidavits and documents for use in legal proceedings; determines the scope and methodologies of research projects and areas to be evaluated
Conducts statistical, documentary and investigatory research; analyze complex election data and documents to identify fraud; create support material for investigations and evidentiary product
Coordinates the preparation of reports of research findings, research data sets and documents data structure and definitions
Prepares attorneys for meetings with witnesses, expert witnesses and defense counsel
Participates in data-gathering interviews as needed; assists in formulating research objectives and programs
Prepares and provides presentations and give court testimony in prosecution of criminal cases, as needed
May be extensively cross-examined by defense counsel in criminal cases
Maintains knowledge of analyzing complex financial transactions
Assists in designing and creating computer programs for research applications; may supervise the work of others
Performs related work as assigned
Maintains relevant knowledge necessary to perform essential job functions
Attends work regularly in compliance with agreed-upon work schedule
Ensures security and confidentiality of sensitive and/or protected information
Complies with all agency policies and procedures, including those pertaining to ethics and integrity


Education: Graduation from high school or equivalent
Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; experience in the following (or closely related) fields may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis: finance, business administration, accounting, financial analysis, regulatory work
Experience: Four years of full-time experience working in the following (or closely related) fields: election fraud, financial analysis, fraud investigation, regulatory work
Knowledge of legal terminology, research methods and techniques
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel or other database software
Skill in handling multiple tasks, prioritizing, and meeting deadlines
Skill in effective oral and written communication
Skill in exercising sound judgment and effective decision making
Ability to receive and respond positively to constructive feedback
Ability to work cooperatively with others in a professional office environment
Ability to provide excellent customer service
Ability to arrange for personal transportation for business-related travel
Ability to work more than 40 hours as needed and in compliance with the FLSA
Ability to lift and relocate 30 lbs.
Ability to travel (including overnight travel) up to 20%


Certifications: Certified Public Accountant; Certified Fraud Examiner


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