Research Manager

About the California Policy Lab

The California Policy Lab (CPL) creates data-driven insights for the public good. Our mission is to improve the lives of Californians by generating evidence that transforms public policy. We do this by forming lasting partnerships between government and California’s flagship public universities to harness the power of research and administrative data. We work on California’s most urgent problems, including homelessness, poverty, crime, and education inequality. We facilitate close working partnerships between policymakers and researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA to help evaluate and improve public programs through rigorous empirical research and technical assistance.

The Position

The ideal candidate for Research Manager has a proven track record in leading project teams and maintaining relationships with diverse stakeholders. We seek applicants who are confident bridging the gap between academic researchers and government policymakers, and who would be comfortable developing and carrying out joint research agendas with CPL partners.

The Research Manager will join our growing team at a critical juncture in our development. CPL has several projects in flight, ranging on topics from criminal justice and education to employment and the social safety net. Working closely with one or more of CPL’s faculty affiliates, the Research Manager will be the day-to-day lead on several CPL projects, with particular focuses on criminal justice and public sector employees. In this capacity, he or she 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, coordinating with and overseeing research assistants; implementing rigorous research designs, including randomized control trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental studies; preparing reports and presentations; preparing grant applications; and developing other policy-relevant deliverables. The Research Manager will contribute to a growing practice of advanced analytical solutions to provide data-driven research and technical assistance to governmental partners. The position will require occasional travel to Sacramento, Los Angeles, or elsewhere in California. The Research Manager will report to CPL-Berkeley’s Executive Director, but will also work closely with CPL faculty affiliates.

Some of the main responsibilities of the Research Manager:

  • Coordinates and leads project teams, sets deadlines and deliverables, and ensures successful completion.
  • Manages relationships with government partners, including regular engagement and client management, troubleshooting issues, and being the main point of contact for those partners at CPL.
  • Works with CPL faculty affiliates to support implementation of evaluations of public programs, including randomized control trials (RCTs) and quasi-experiments.
  • Coordinates the analysis of large administrative datasets with sensitive individual-level information.
  • Co-authors reports, analyses, and other publications for partners, the public, and other audiences.
  • Prepares grant proposals in concert with leadership and principal investigators.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related area or equivalent experience/training is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing client relationships, managing projects independently, meeting project timelines, and communicating with internal and external stakeholders in a productive and timely manner.
  • Demonstrated quantitative skills, advanced knowledge, and experience in data/statistical analysis, including analyzing large governmental data sets.
  • Strong STATA programming skills or knowledge of another, similar language (e.g., SAS, R, SPSS, Python) with commitment to learning STATA.
  • Ability to take initiative and manage projects with minimal supervision, including strong time management skills and ability to meet tight deadlines required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills, including exceptional writing skills required.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes required.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member required.
  • Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in public policy, economics, statistics, or a related field is preferred.
  • Two plus years of relevant post-baccalaureate research experience preferred.
  • Three plus years of professional experience preferred.
  • Experience managing research projects in an academic or think-tank environment preferred.
  • Experience working on criminal justice issues, especially in California, preferred.
  • Experience working with large and complex datasets strongly preferred.
  • Experience working on randomized controlled trials or other field experiments preferred.

Salary & Benefits

This position is full-time, and will start as a two-year contract. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Go to and click “External Applicants” (or “Internal” if you’re a current UC Berkeley employee) and then search for keyword “24858”, which is the job ID. Use the system to submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment.

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