Research Manager

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 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 a fulltime Research Manager to contribute to our organization’s proven track record of bridging the gap between academic researchers and government policymakers to provide high impact research on the most pressing issues facing Californians including homelessness, criminal justice, poverty, education, and labor.

The Research Manager will be the day-to-day lead on several CPL research collaborations between UCLA faculty and policymakers in Los Angeles. In this capacity, the Research Manager will be responsible for managing all aspects of our engagement, including developing and managing relationships with government partners; representing CPL at events and to external stakeholders; writing reports and presentations; preparing grant applications; and developing other policy-relevant deliverables. Additionally, he or she will work with one of CPL’s data analysts to implement rigorously designed research projects, including randomized control trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental studies. He or she may also supervise the work of a student research assistant.

The successful candidate will be an experienced project manager, capable of acting as the main point of contact between CPL and key external stakeholders, and knowledgeable about the design and analysis of research experiments. 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 Research Manager will report to CPL’s Executive and Faculty Directors and will work collaboratively with other CPL researchers, staff, and 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, sociology, or other relevant field; master’s degree preferred. Applicants must also have at least one year of relevant professional experience; two to three years preferred.


  • Coordinates and leads project teams, sets deadlines and deliverables, and ensures successful completion.
  • Manages relationships with government partners as their main point of contact at CPL, which requires establishing regular in person meetings or conference calls to troubleshoot issues, develop research agendas, and provide project updates.
  • Works with CPL faculty to support implementation of policy experiments, including randomized control trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental designs.
  • Works with CPL staff to coordinate the analysis of large administrative datasets with sensitive individual-level information.
  • Co-authors reports and other publications for partners, the public, and others.
  • Prepares grant proposals in concert with CPL leadership and faculty affiliates.


  • Knowledge of quantitative research methods required.
  • Project management experience required.
  • Attention to detail and ability to organize and document workflow required.
  • Strong initiative and a resourceful approach to problem-solving required.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required.
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes required.
  • Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data required.
  • Client management experience preferred.
  • Experience working in an academic or think-tank environment preferred.
  • Proficiency manipulating and modeling data in Stata, SAS, or R preferred.
  • Substantive knowledge or experience in at least one of our five core research areas – homelessness, criminal justice, poverty, education, or labor – preferred.

To apply

Please click the link below and then “search jobs” for requisition number 30104:


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