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Research Associate

Center for Popular Democracy

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) is seeking a full-time Research Associate to work on economic justice, immigrants' rights and/or racial justice policy initiatives and campaigns.

The Center for Popular Democracy builds organizing power and transforms the local and state policy landscape through deep, long-term partnerships with leading community organizing groups and labor unions nationwide. CPD collaborates with partners to build their internal strength, infrastructure and capacity - and to envision and win campaigns, with a particular focus on efforts to move a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial justice agenda at the city and state level.

CPD is currently involved in over 40 active campaigns and projects. Examples of recent research can be found on our website ( and include:

• Economic Justice & Worker Rights: racial disparities in workplace safety on construction sites, projected impacts of increased minimum wage in one city
• Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice: projected savings to the social safety net of universal defense for detained immigrants facing deportation, projected administrative and program costs of state citizenship
• Organizational Infrastructure Research: progressive-movement infrastructure in 18 states

The Research Associate will join CPD’s strategic research team, and will collaborate closely with CPD’s organizing and policy staff, as well as staff and constituents from our partner organizations. The Research Associate will work on a range of projects, including exploratory campaign research, data gathering and analysis, creation of campaign materials (including reports for CPD and our partner organizations), and community education activities.

We are seeking candidates who have: ? A demonstrated commitment to social justice issues ? A master’s degree in public policy, social sciences, or another relevant field, with at least two years of experience in a related field preferred ? Excellent research, writing, and analytic skills ? Facility with quantitative analysis preferred ? An ability to juggle multiple projects at a time, and work in a fast-paced environment ? A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles Generous salary and benefits package, based on experience.

Please send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (approx. 5 pages) and three references to with “Research Associate Application" in the subject line. Cover letters should address the reasons you are interested in a Research Associate position with the Center for Popular Democracy and how this position relates to your prior experience and future career goals. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but you are encouraged to submit materials by June 15, 2014. Priority will be given to candidates who are available to start at CPD in July or August 2014.

CPD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community



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