Data Analyst

About the California Policy 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 problems, including homelessness, poverty, crime, and
education inequality. We facilitate close working partnerships between policymakers and
researchers at UCLA and UC Berkeley to help evaluate and improve public programs through
empirical research and technical assistance.

The role

The California Policy Lab is seeking two experienced Data Analysts to contribute to our
organization’s proven track record of bridging the gap between academic researchers and
government policymakers. The Data Analyst will have the opportunity to apply
methodologies from econometrics, statistics, and data science to original research projects
in homelessness, criminal justice, poverty, education, and labor.

The successful candidate will be well versed in data manipulation, wrangling, and cleaning,
with experience running, testing, and interpreting a variety of linear models including OLS,
logit, negative binomial, Poisson, and proportional hazards. He or she will be passionate
about using data to find innovative solutions to the problems facing California policymakers
and citizens. This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of small
research teams running multiple projects concurrently. We seek highly organized individuals
with superior written and verbal communications skills and excellent time management
ability. The Data Analyst 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 Data Analysts 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.

Education and experience required
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in public policy, economics, statistics, or other
relevant field; master’s degree preferred. Applicants must also have at least one year of
relevant research experience; experience gained in school counts toward requirement. Two
to three years of professional post-baccalaureate experience preferred.

Responsibilities
• 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 Faculty Director and research managers 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 that supports CPL’s research projects.
• Write replicable code adhering to CPL’s coding guidelines.

Competencies
Required:
• Substantive knowledge of quantitative research methods and casual inference.
• Mastery of data analysis and data management in Stata, SAS, or R.
• 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.
Preferred:
• 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 or PowerBI.

To apply:
All applicants must apply online at UCLA Career Opportunities using requisition number
32259. Candidates who pass an initial resume review will be contacted for additional pre-interview screening.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Job Location
Los Angeles, CA

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