Advancement Project

Research & Policy Analyst - Political Voice

Employment type
19 days ago
Los Angeles

*This is a remote work-from home position until further notice, at which point the employee will report to work in the office

Position Summary:
The Policy & Research Analyst will report to the Director of Political Voice and will work with community-based organizations, civil rights organizations, and government offices across the state to eliminate racial and economic disparities in political participation and government responsiveness.

This work will include:

  • Advocating for public policies and administrative practices that expand opportunities for political participation and enhance government responsiveness, particularly in low-income communities of color;
  • Researching issues of political participation and government responsiveness, particularly as those issues are experienced by residents in low-income communities of color; and
  • Building coalitions to develop collaborative strategies to address disparities in political participation and government responsiveness.


Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyzing public policies and administrative practices related to political participation and government responsiveness.
  • Building partnerships with and providing technical support for a wide range of stakeholders (including staff from community and civil rights groups, government offices, community members, funders, and others) as they prepare and launch campaigns and initiatives to improve political participation, government responsiveness and/or voting and electoral systems reform.
  • Serving as primary liaison with community-based organizations and coalitions.
  • Identifying, initiating, and deepening relationships with community stakeholders, relevant government staff, and political leadership.
  • Conducting online research and literature reviews to support development of policy and advocacy agendas related to public engagement, government responsiveness, and/or voting and electoral systems reform.
  • Preparing materials and reports for meetings.
  • Scheduling and/or organizing meetings.
  • Participating in organization-wide planning, development, and communications activities, as needed, and ensuring 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 be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. 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 racial justice progress for the highest-need communities.
  • 2-4 years of experience in civil rights and social justice, public policy, 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. Equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential job duties will be considered.
  • Experience and success working in partnership with community and civil rights organizations, including experience building and working in coalitions.
  • Strong  interpersonal,  communication,  facilitation, and presentation skills  –  experience translating technical analyses into compelling advocacy messages is especially preferred.
  • Ability to conduct policy analysis,  research  (qualitative/quantitative),  and synthesizing complex information/data for policy and planning.
  • Demonstrated familiarity and confidence with reviewing and analyzing data and statistics on political participation and government responsiveness from a variety of sources preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing complex projects that are strategic in nature and scope.
  • Demonstrated experience in organizing large-scale events.
  • Proven ability to work with diverse communities, leaders and staff.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a small team setting.
  • Flexibility to adjust and contribute to continually evolving work situation 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.
  • Must be able to travel locally and statewide. Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, APCA staff are working from home and not traveling at this time. This qualification will be effective once it is safe to travel.


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

To apply

Please email with subject “PV Policy Analyst Application” and cover letter, resume and a policy-related writing sample in one PDF attachment titled last_name_first_name_pvpolicyanalyst.pdf (e.g., Jimenez_Jorge_pvdirector.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.