Job Posting: 2 Research/Policy Analysts at Center on Policy Initiatives

CPI is a nonprofit research and action institute dedicated to advancing economic equity for working people and diverse communities throughout the San Diego region. CPI works to increase access to good jobs and quality healthcare, and to improve conditions for low-wage workers and families.

The Center on Policy Initiatives has been at the forefront of the economic justice movement in San Diego since 1997.  We envision local government as an effective champion for the common good, and work to enable residents of all communities to have an informed and powerful voice in decisions affecting their quality of life.


CPI seeks individuals who are passionate about economic and social justice, meticulous about research and able to strategically plan and implement both short- and long-term work to fill two Research/Policy Analyst positions.

CPI’s Research Department conducts various types of research to inform policy development and campaign strategy and to educate lawmakers and the public on issues relating to the economy, equity, low-wage work, and access to middle class careers in San Diego.

The Center on Policy Initiatives is a dynamic organization and works with a diverse set of partners on a broad range of policy issues. The Research/Policy Analyst positions require individuals who are intelligent, adaptable, creative, and possess a broad skill set. These positions involve working closely with partner organizations and policymakers.


The exact responsibilities of each Research/Policy Analyst position will be determined based on the skills and experience of the successful candidates. Responsibilities to include:

  • Lead campaign efforts to improve policies that affect the lives of low-wage workers and their families.
  • Carry out research on policies and their impacts.
  • Write policy briefs and reports.
  • Present research findings orally at community meetings, government hearings, and other venues.
  • Coordinate with partner organizations and government officials.
  • Collaborate with CPI communication and organizing staff to meet campaign goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Graduate degree in public policy, law, social sciences or a related field; or comparable public policy experience.
  • Experience conducting quantitative or qualitative research. Strong attention to detail and quality control.  Excellent analytical skills.  Demonstrated ability to design and execute meaningful, focused research.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.  Ability to write and organize engaging, clear and precise reports and articles.  Verbal communications skills sufficient to convey information in a clear, concise way, synthesizing information as appropriate for the audience.
  • Experience working with government officials (elected, appointed, staff) on policy issues, with a preference for experience in the San Diego region.
  • Proven project management and organization skills, including using workplans effectively, managing a team to complete projects successfully, working independently, troubleshooting, prioritizing and meeting deadlines.
  • Proven skills at working in a team and with diverse partners. Demonstrated commitment to economic justice and understanding of the critical role of the labor movement.
  • Willingness and flexibility to work “campaign hours” when necessary.


  • Experience analyzing public budgets.
  • Experience with GIS software and mapping.
  • Experience working on ballot initiatives.
  • Knowledge of the construction industry and building trades.
  • Experience or knowledge of living wage campaigns and/or ordinances.
  • Experience with corporate research and power analysis.
  • Experience developing popular education methods to translate complex concepts and research findings into easily understandable materials or curricula.
  • Experience with Participatory Action Research and other community-based, action oriented research practices.
  • Experience working with communities of color, immigrant communities, and/or people whose first or only language is other than English.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:  CPI’s salary and benefit standards are competitive and will depend on qualifications and experience.  The full benefits include family healthcare, a matching 401(k) and generous vacation and holiday time.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  E-mail cover letter, resume and three references to the attention of the Research/Policy Search Committee Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to send a brief writing sample on a topic relating to public policy. Review of applications will begin August 15 and continue until the position is filled. No phone calls please.


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