Senior Research Analyst – The Campaign for College Opportunity – Los Angeles, CA

The Position
Under the direction of the Senior Director of Policy Research, the Senior Research Analyst will conduct research and analysis to inform public discourse on opportunities for advancing policy reforms specific to higher education in California. The position involves interaction with state and national education experts and advocates, as well as state and federal executive and legislative branch policy staff.
The successful candidate will have excellent research and data analysis skills as well as the demonstrated ability to synthesize policy research for different audiences. Three to five years of experience in higher education policy research or related experience is required. This position will be based in Los Angeles, California and some travel will be required. The Senior Research Analyst will report directly to the Senior Director of Policy Research and work closely with staff across the organization. Specific roles and responsibilities are detailed below.

Research and Analysis
Conduct quantitative analysis using publicly available data to examine patterns and trends in California public higher education
Monitor, analyze and catalogue data on college access, retention, completion, financial aid, and equity gaps
Mine state-specific and national datasets to identify barriers to access and success for low income and underrepresented students in higher education
Leverage data and research to inform practice and policy development
Draft literature reviews, reports, memos, briefs and fact sheets to communicate findings and recommendations
Ensure appropriate peer review and feedback from critical research and organizational partners
Provide rapid response to data and research inquiries from fellow staff to meet program needs such as media inquiries, presentations, and grant reports, as well as external inquiries as appropriate
Provide mentorship and supervision for Graduate Research Fellows
Represent the Campaign at in-person meetings and on conference calls (some travel required)

A minimum of three to five years of experience in a research capacity addressing higher education
Master’s degree in higher education, education policy, public policy, statistics, demography, or related field
Demonstrated ability to manage and manipulate data and large datasets
Strong background in education research and advanced knowledge of ALL of the following:
American Community Survey (PUMS)
System, State and National/Federal data sources
Survey research
Descriptive and inferential data analyses
Excel, SPSS and Stata
Predictive modeling, regression and other advanced statistical analyses is desired, but not required
Excellent analytical and communication skills (both oral and written) and ability to clearly and accurately describe complex issues to different audiences
Exceptional attention to detail, ability to handle multiple projects and deliver under deadline and pressure
Deep knowledge of California public higher education policy and practice

How To Apply