High-Tech Crime Research Specialist

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Job Overview

The High-Tech Crime Research Specialist conducts research, writes white papers, develops and executes project plans, reviews requests for and provides on-site and remote assistance, and provides instructional services to justice, public safety, and homeland security agencies across the country. This position also supports agencies, courts, and jurisdictions in creating and implementing effective procedures, practices, and technology applications associated with investigating high-tech crime and recovering digital evidence. This includes assistance with researching and incorporating legal, policy, and regulatory issues. The duties of this position include:

  • Provides assistance on-site throughout the United States, as well as in-house with consultation via phone, e-mail, and fax.
  • Makes presentations at a wide range of conferences, trainings, and events throughout the country and participates on advisory committees and task forces.
  • Contributes to developing national strategies, standards, guidelines, and other initiatives to improve strategies to combat high-tech crime and recover digital evidence by participating as a resource to state and national governance and advisory bodies.

Projects can range from small to medium county and local projects to very large statewide, regional, and national initiatives. This position reports to the Director of SEARCH's High-Tech Crime Training Services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Conceptualizes topics, researches, and writes white papers, issues briefs, technical bulletins and guides, Web content, in-depth reports, and other documents for national and online publication.
  • Analyzes organizational needs, develops project plans, and schedules site visits to Federal, state, local, and tribal justice organizations to assist with plan execution.
  • Conducts research and provides guidance to support state, local, and tribal justice organizations, SEARCH Members, and Federal granting agencies with policy development as it relates to high-tech crime investigations.
  • Manages, coordinates, integrates, and facilitates the efforts of individuals and Committees and other resources associated with ongoing high-tech crime training projects.
  • Provides assistance to practitioners in Federal, state, and local government, including but not limited to courts, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, probation agencies, social services providers, and others.
  • Independently reviews incoming requests for technical assistance, develops a strategy, and executes a plan to provide services to the requesting agencies.
  • Organizes, develops curriculum, recruits speakers, and/or presents at major national conferences, training and educational workshops, and seminars.
  • Develops and delivers presentations and facilitates meetings. Effectively communicates complex policies, concepts, tools, technologies, and standards topics to executives and operational managers and staff.
  • Plans goals and objectives for the SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services team in specific grants and contracts; coordinates and implements activities to carry out these goals and objectives; and develops schedules and sets deadlines to ensure the team meets its deliverables.
  • Analyzes and comments on proposed, drafted, and enacted state and Federal legislation involving high-tech crime, digital evidence recovery, and other areas of interest.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with other national associations and industry working groups to develop tools and resources.
  • Serves on national task forces and/or advisory groups as appropriate, contributing expertise and assessments to group deliberations and activities.
  • Monitors social trends, technological developments, legislative activities and other events with the potential to affect the high-tech crime environment and to take these factors into account when designing program activities.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of High-Tech Crime Training.

Work Environment and Travel

This is a full-time non-exempt position, which requires extensive national travel. The position may require overtime. The corporate office is located in Sacramento, California. Off-site employment is also offered.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, computer science, and/or related field with considerable and recent experience with high-tech crime investigations and digital evidence recovery.
  • Graduate degree or comparable experience desirable.
  • Law degree preferred.
  • Key candidate capabilities and experience include:
    • Experience working with policy-level stakeholders and working groups in relation to high-tech crime policy.
    • Experience developing and making public presentations.
    • Experience writing analytical or evaluative reports.
    • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice process.
    • Operational and/or technology experience in the criminal justice system, particularly in the area of high-tech crime.
    • Ability to work effectively with committees and groups to facilitate exchange of ideas, build consensus, and provide leadership in the committee structure.
    • Exceptional written and oral communications skills.
    • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience with the collection, storage, and processing of digital evidence using software including, but not limited to, EnCase, FTK, Cellebrite, Susteen, etc. is preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities:


Required Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

A current driver's license and proof of auto insurance are required.


Compensation depending on experience. SEARCH offers an excellent benefits package including retirement, health, dental, disability, vacation, and sick leave. Successful completion of a background check is required.

Interested applicants must submit a resume and cover letter describing concisely how their experience and skills align with the identified job responsibilities. Submit to: jobs@search.org.

Application closing date: Sept. 26, 2012.

SEARCH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.