3727 Camino del Rio South
The Center on Policy Initiatives is a research and action institute dedicated to creating economic
prosperity, sustainable communities and a healthy environment for all. CPI serves a unique role
in the San Diego region providing the analysis, policy solutions, education and alliances that
advance social and economic justice.
Founded in 1997, the Center on Policy Initiatives has been at the forefront of the economic
justice movement in San Diego. CPI works to increase access to good jobs and to improve
conditions for low-wage workers and their families. The organization envisions local government
as an effective champion for the common good, and works to enable residents of all
communities to have an informed and powerful voice in decisions affecting their quality of life.
CPI seeks a Research/Policy Analyst who is passionate about economic and social justice,
meticulous about research, able to strategically plan and implement both short- and long-term
research and issue-based campaign work and comfortable speaking to a wide variety of
audiences including community groups, elected officials and the media.
CPI’s Research & Policy Department informs policy development and campaign strategy and
educates the public and key decision makers on issues related to the economy, equity, lowwage
work, economic mobility, public services, and public investment in key areas including
infrastructure, transportation, and affordable housing. The position reports to the Deputy
• Lead campaign efforts including developing collective goals, leading strategic planning,
and connecting research and public policy with organizing.
• Conduct research on policy issues, impacts and potential solutions.
• Write op-eds, memos, policy briefs and reports.
• Create presentation and 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.
• Partner with communications and organizing staff to develop accessible education
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Experience writing and/or analyzing public policies.
• Experience conducting quantitative and/or qualitative research.
• Strong attention to detail and quality control.
• 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.
• Understanding of the critical role of the labor movement in achieving social and
• Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice.
• Willingness and flexibility to work evenings and weekends when necessary.
• 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.
• Demonstrated ability to design and execute meaningful, focused research.
• Experience working with communities of color, immigrant communities, and/or people
whose first or only language is other than English.
• Proven skills at working in a team and with partner organizations advocating for social,
economic, racial, and environmental justice.
• Familiarity with the San Diego region.
CPI’s salary and benefit standards are competitive and will depend
on qualifications and experience. Full benefits package including employer-paid health, vision,
and dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan with employer contributions, and a generous paid
time off program including sick, vacation, and holidays.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
APPLICATION PROCESS: Deadline to apply: 9 p.m. Pacific Time, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Online application is available at
www.cpisandiego.org/research_policy_analyst, where applicants will be required to submit their
contact information, qualifications, and the names and contact information of three references
and upload a resume or CV and a brief writing sample on a policy relevant topic. No phone calls
The Center on Policy Initiatives respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes,
characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe our strength
lies in the broad range of people and partners we work with and represent. Inclusion is a driver
of our institutional excellence and we seek out the participation of women, people of color,
persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and queer employees, board
members, and volunteers.