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Policy Associate

Public Policy Institute of California | San Francisco CA 94111 USA | Full Time | Posted: 11/21/2012

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Position Summary

Policy associates contribute directly to PPIC's mission by playing key roles in the production of PPIC's independent, non-partisan policy research. Every policy associate must possess strong quantitative and analytical skills and should have a career interest in one or more of the areas related to PPIC's priorities. The open positions will provide core analytical support to PPIC policy research projects under the direct supervision of one or more policy fellows.

Assignments are made by the vice president of policy research and may vary over time according to the needs of the Institute. We currently seek applications from individuals who can contribute to PPIC's work in the core area of Improving Policy Responses, such as public safety, crime, corrections & rehabilitation, educational outcomes for at risk students (such as English Learner students), public school accountability, teacher quality, or health care reform. Current openings are located in PPIC's San Francisco office.


• Assemble, code, and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data, depending on the needs of specific policy research projects
• Conduct statistical analysis of data, including organizing and maintaining large databases and preparing analyses, charts, tables, and graphs
• Perform literature searches, preparing and annotating bibliographies and abstracting data source materials
• Contact governmental and non-governmental agencies and other organizations to request data and other information
• Provide editorial support for manuscripts and other documents
• Participate in the creative process of new project development
• Present policy research results, which may include preparing written reports as well as presenting results in seminars, meetings, and other internal and external settings
• Exercise initiative in fostering positive relationships with governmental and non-governmental leaders and organizations that relate to PPIC's mission
• Exercise sound judgment in representing PPIC's mission of independent and non-partisan policy research to all outside organizations
• Exercise initiative in providing research assistance and in fostering innovative approaches to policy research
• Perform administrative tasks as required


• B.A./B.S. degree or equivalent experience is required, in economics, criminology, public policy, public health, sociology, political science, or a related field. Master's degree preferred.
• Solid computer skills:
- SAS or STATA programming skills are required.
- Knowledge of GIS software is desirable.
• Experience working with large datasets is required.
• Experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis, along with proven analytical ability, will be important assets.
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills and attention to detail will be important factors for success.

PPIC values the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences of our research staff, and key elements in the consideration of qualified candidates include excellence; diversity of talents, backgrounds, and viewpoints; and a strong fit with our mission and goals.

To apply, visit and follow the application instructions. Applications will be considered as they are received, and the positions will remain open until filled. Please tailor your cover letter to highlight how your credentials meet the qualifications listed above, and which areas of policy research are of interest to you. Submit your cover letter as a text document in the field provided, and include your resume as an attachment to the application.

As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, PPIC is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage women and members of minority groups to apply.

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Location San Francisco, CA, 94111, United States
Categories Education, Medical Services/Health Care, Other, Public Policy, Research/Science, Public Safety/Disaster Preparedness and Relief
Function Accounting/Finance

Location Maptop

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Contact Name Anneke Gaul
How to apply Applications are no longer accepted for this job posting.
Job Code 201302