California Immigrant Policy Center

Workforce Development Research Fellow

Employment type
10 days ago
Los Angeles



The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) is a non-partisan, non-profit statewide organization founded in response to the 1996 passage of federal immigrant and welfare laws that profoundly affected immigrants. CIPC helps to develop and support pro-immigrant public policy that aims at improving the quality of life for all Californians. CIPC also provides technical assistance, training and education on immigrant issues. Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles (Advancing Justice | LA) fiscally sponsors CIPC.



CIPC is seeking an experienced professional to conduct landscape mapping of the workforce development industry in particular areas of California. In support of our immigrant integration policy work, this is a short term (3-4 months) position and work may be conducted on a full-time or part- time basis. Depending on the applicant’s qualifications, we are flexible. 

The ideal candidate has some familiarity with workforce development systems and is highly interested in learning more. S/he is comfortable conducting research on government sites and via filed work. S/he is an excellent written and verbal communicator and has a proven track record of working independently. 


  • Provide a written assessment of workforce development structures, stakeholders, and funding in San Diego and Bay Area (San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa), who support immigrant and refugee communities. Desired details in assessment include: 
    • Regional demographics of immigrant and refugee populations, including language proficiency, income levels, and more as available. 
    • Which organizations are providing workforce development and/or adult education services, what programs they provide and details of their funding support (pubic or private). 
    • Regional or local programs and/or partnerships (public or private) that support economic development for immigrants and refugee communities, including integration/inclusion efforts involving adult education services. 
    • A review of the regional and/or local workforce board’s membership, decision making structure, and meeting schedule. 
    • A review of the regional and/or local workforce boards’ partnerships with refugee and/or immigrant serving community based organizations. 
    • An assessment of total local and/or regional public funding that is supporting services to immigrants and refugees. 
  • Provide a statewide scan of Local Plan and Regional Plan inclusion of LEP populations in services. 
  • Provide a list of California’s American Job Centers, their service area, and the contractor that runs the site. 
  • An assessment of other cities or state’s policies on collecting and reporting workforce data to improve access for communities of color. 
  • Prepare a synthesis of all the regional assessments and consolidate this into a statewide resource document on immigrant and refugee specific issues related to workforce development, adult education programs and services, and WIOA.
  • Assist CIPC in planning a statewide convening on Immigration and Workforce Development in 2018.


  • 3 – 5 years of research and policy experience, preferably related to immigrant and worker rights, workforce development and/or economic development. 
  • Able to work independently. 
  • Fluency in at least another foreign language, preferable Spanish.
To apply

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Submit a resume and cover letter via email to [email protected]. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. As you move through the selection process, you will asked to submit 3 references.