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Advancement Project

Senior Research and Policy Analyst

Employment type
Advancement Project CA
3 months ago
Los Angeles

Advancement Project California champions the struggle for greater equity and opportunity for all, fostering upward mobility in communities most impacted by economic and racial injustice. We build alliances and trust, use data-driven policy solutions, create innovative tools, and work alongside communities to ignite social transformation. Rooted in the historic struggle for racial and economic equality, Advancement Project California envisions a world where all communities have equitable access to public resources and opportunities to thrive. The California office’s primary programs are Educational Equity, Equity in Community Investments, and Political Voice.

Position Summary:
The primary goal of the Equity in Community Investments program is to support campaigns, led by community-based organizations, for more equitable policies and investments in high-need communities of color. We accomplish this through policy and budget analysis, advocacy, narrative development, and capacity-building efforts for our partners.

The Analyst will report to the Manager of Equity in Community Investments. The Analyst will work in partnership with community-based organizations to support local advocacy campaigns across the state that aim to provide equitable policies and investments of public resources to support community priorities.

This work will include:

  • A strong focus on the built environment;
  • Analyzing policies and budget proposals through a racial equity lens;
  • Developing campaign strategies and recognizing political opportunities;
  • Making a case for change by identifying persuasive facts and crafting compelling messages; and,
  • Developing the capacity of partners by preparing and conducting budget advocacy trainings.


The successful applicant must have a strong, demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice, documented project management skills and experience overseeing multiple streams of work at the same time, a record of involvement in racial justice/systems change campaigns, ability to engage with local government decision-making processes, and be self-motivated, flexible, and skilled at fostering creative and collaborative spaces.

Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support strategic development of policy agenda in consultation with Equity in Community Investments leadership through research and advocacy.
  • Serve as primary liaison with community-based organizations and coalitions.
  • In collaboration with partner organizations, analyze political opportunities, and develop winning campaign plans and strategies.
  • Develop and conduct rigorous and accessible training curricula for a wide range of stakeholders (including staff of community-based organizations, community members, funders, and media) on topics including the policy development and implementation processes and how to engage in effective advocacy campaigns.
  • Prepare materials and reports for advocacy campaigns.
  • Support project implementation for current and emerging AP cross-programmatic efforts.
  • Identify, initiate, and deepen relationships with a broad array of policy, research, community-based stakeholders, relevant government staff, and political leadership.
  • Perform analysis of government reports and budgets and stay apprised of local government activities and developments.
  • Post-COVID 19, travel at least twice a month to meetings in the Central Valley, Inland Empire, and/or Orange County.
  • Participate in organization-wide planning, development, and communication activities as needed and ensure adherence to Advancement Project goals and policies within the project area.
  • Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must perform each essential job function assigned to satisfaction. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sincere and demonstrated commitment to advancing social and/or racial justice progress for the highest-need communities.
  • 4-6 years of experience in civil rights and social justice, public policy, inside government, labor, community-based policy advocacy, and/or organizing (beyond summer or short-term internships).
  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in public policy, law, or the social sciences preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential job duties may be considered.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting policy analysis, research (qualitative and/or quantitative), and analyzing complex information data for policy and planning.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing numerous complex projects that are strategic in nature and scope.
  • Experience building and working in coalitions, including managing partnerships with residents and community organizations.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, facilitation, and presentation skills, with experience translating technical analyses into compelling advocacy messages especially preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in delivering high-quality work product on a consistent, reliable basis in a fast-paced work environment with ambitious goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to work with diverse communities, leaders, and staff.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision and demonstrated ability to work in small team settings.
  • Flexibility to adjust and contribute to continually evolving work situations and changing priorities.
  • Good computer skills, proficient with MS Office applications.
  • Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to execute projects on-time and on-budget.
  • Bilingual English-Spanish a plus: the ability to speak, read, and write Spanish.
  • Must be able to travel locally and statewide.


Physical Demands:
Occasionally must be able to move office supplies and equipment weighing up to 10 pounds across the office or during events.

Competitive compensation depending on experience. Includes full health, dental, and retirement benefits.

To apply

Please send an email with the subject "ECI Application" and a cover letter, resume, and work sample in one PDF attachment titled last_name_first_name_eci.pdf (e.g., Jimenez_Jorge_eci.pdf) to:

Jorge Jimenez
Director of Human Resources, Finance, and Administration
[email protected]

Advancement Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, people with disabilities, and/or formerly incarcerated people.