Research Director

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’s UCLA site is seeking a full-time Research Director to contribute to our organization’s scientific and intellectual leadership. The Research Director will supervise a portfolio of applied research and technical assistance projects in CPL’s five research areas for our government partners in Los Angeles and the state of California. CPL’s UCLA site is currently engaged in research projects on reducing homelessness in Los Angeles, criminal justice reform, and improving employment outcomes for the poor and unemployed, but we also welcome expertise in education, health, and social safety nets.

The Research Director will lead all phases of the research process, including writing the scientific and methodological content of research proposals, conducting or overseeing quantitative analyses, writing papers for submission to top academic journals, and assisting in dissemination and outreach efforts. The Research Director will also contribute to strategic conversations about new project development and will manage research and project staff. Finally, the Research Director will assist in writing grant proposals.

The Research Director will report to the Faculty Director and Executive Director and work collaboratively with other CPL faculty affiliates, researchers, staff, and partner agencies.

This position is based in Los Angeles, California.

Education and experience required

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent training in public policy, economics, statistics, computer science, or other relevant field with substantial policy and research experience.

To apply

Please apply using the link below:


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