About the Lab
The California Policy Lab creates data-driven insights for the public good. Our mission is to partner with California’s state and local governments to generate scientific evidence that solves California’s most urgent issues, including homelessness, poverty, criminal justice reform, and education inequality. We facilitate close partnerships between policymakers and researchers at the University of California to help evaluate and improve public programs through empirical research and technical assistance. CPL’s UCLA site sits within CCPR and is a dynamic and growing organization with 20 full-time employees, a half dozen graduate student researchers, and numerous faculty affiliates. CPL is extramurally funded by over 20 different federal and foundation grants supporting over 60 major research projects.
CPL recognizes the value of having a diverse staff at all levels of the organization. We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent and understand the diverse racial and ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, educational, socioeconomic, cultural, and disability backgrounds present in California. When you join our team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive and equity-focused community.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.
The California Policy Lab is seeking a Data Analyst with a background or interest in labor economics and experience analyzing individual-level data. The Labor Specialist will contribute to our organization’s proven track record of bridging the gap between academic researchers and government policymakers at the local level in Los Angeles, and at the state level in California. The California Policy Lab has compiled an unparalleled holding of administrative datasets with the goal of making actionable research a reality, and the Labor Specialist will have access to rarely available data to perform their project tasks.
The successful candidate will have exceptionally strong skills in data manipulation, as well as experience running, testing, and interpreting a variety of statistical models. They will be passionate about using data to find innovative solutions to labor market problems facing California policymakers and citizens. This position requires an individual who is able to work on research teams that run multiple projects concurrently. We seek highly organized individuals with superior written and verbal communications skills and excellent time management ability. The Labor Specialist also will be required to follow coding guidelines established by CPL and to contribute to the organization’s efforts to build richly detailed documentation of the data we use.
The Labor Specialist will report to CPL’s Research Director and will work collaboratively with CPL’s Faculty Director, other CPL staff, and our partner agencies. This position is based in Los Angeles, California; remote start options and flexible relocation timelines are available during the ongoing pandemic.
Education and experience required
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in economics, or a similar degree with substantial, relevant work experience. A master’s degree with at least one year of academic research or professional work experience, or two to three years of professional post-baccalaureate experience is preferred.
● Clean, merge, and match data from large and complex administrative datasets.
● Perform exploratory analysis on new datasets and identify potential research questions or projects the data could support.
● Work with CPL’s research teams to write detailed analysis plans that specify outcomes of interest, list covariates, and include power calculations.
● Fit and test a variety of statistical models and summarize the results in neatly formatted and clearly written reports.
● Provide in-person progress reports to CPL Directors and research team members.
● Prepare results in creative and visually appealing ways for memos and presentations targeting both policymakers and academic researchers.
● Create or add to existing data documentation to support CPL’s research projects.
● Write replicable code adhering to CPL’s coding guidelines.
● Contribute when appropriate to draft research papers, policy briefs, or grant proposals.
● Substantive knowledge of quantitative research methods and causal inference.
● Substantive knowledge of and interest in labor economics.
● Mastery of data analysis and data management in Stata, R, or Python.
● Attention to detail and ability to organize and document workflow.
● Strong initiative and a resourceful approach to problem-solving.
● Superior verbal and written communication skills.
● Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
● Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
● Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data.
● Experience working in an academic or think-tank environment.
● Substantive knowledge or experience in at least one of our five core research areas – homelessness, criminal justice, poverty, education, or labor.
● Project management experience.
● Understanding of relational database concepts and experience with SQL.
● Experience with business intelligence tools such as Tableau, PowerBI, or Python dashboard packages.
Salary & Benefits:
This is a full-time position. The hiring range for this position is $62,000 to $87,000 annually, depending on experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html.
All applicants must apply online at UCLA Career Opportunities using requisition number 35809.
Data Analyst, Labor Specialist
These are the steps of the candidate review:
• Candidates under consideration will be invited to complete a written assessment and potentially a short screening interview via Zoom.
• Candidates who advance from the written assessment will be asked to submit an example of written syntax/code for any project as well as be invited for Zoom interviews.
• At the end of the process, finalists will be asked to provide a list of at least two references we will contact for a phone screening.