Research Manager (7398U) 2031 - 2031

San Francisco
Oct 15, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Research Manager (7398U) 2031 - 2031 About Berkeley

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 28, 2019.

Departmental Overview

The California Policy Lab (CPL) creates data-driven insights for the public good. Our mission is to improve the lives of Californians by generating evidence that transforms public policy. We do this by forming lasting partnerships between government and California's flagship public universities to harness the power of research and administrative data. We work on California's most urgent problems, including homelessness, poverty, crime, and education inequality. We facilitate close working partnerships between policymakers and researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA to help evaluate and improve public programs through rigorous empirical research and technical assistance. CPL-Berkeley is headed by an Executive Director and a Faculty Director.


CPL Research Managers are the day-to-day leads on CPL projects, working closely with government partners and academic research leads to keep projects moving forward. They are responsible for managing all aspects of our engagement, including developing and managing relationships with government partners; representing CPL at events and to external stakeholders, coordinating with and overseeing research assistants; implementing rigorous research designs, including randomized control trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental studies; preparing reports and presentations; preparing grant applications; and developing other policy-relevant deliverables.

Working closely with one or more of CPL's faculty affiliates, the Research Manager will be the day-to-day lead on several CPL projects. The ideal candidate has a proven track record in leading project teams and maintaining relationships with diverse stakeholders. We seek applicants who are confident bridging the gap between academic researchers and government policymakers, and who would be comfortable developing and carrying out joint research agendas with CPL partners.

The Research Manager will join our growing team working on topics from criminal justice and education to employment and the social safety net.

The position will be located in Sacramento or Berkeley, and we seek candidates willing to work in both locations. If located in Berkeley, the position will be based at our UC Berkeley offices and will require some travel to Sacramento to build and maintain relationships with state government partners. If located in Sacramento, the position will be based at a shared office or a home office, and will require some travel to Berkeley to maintain the connection with our staff in the Bay.

The Research Manager will report to Executive Director Evan White, and will also work closely with Faculty Director Jesse Rothstein, Research Director Johanna Lacoe, CPL's research affiliates, and CPL's talented research staff.

The main responsibilities of the Research Manager include:
  • Manages relationships with government partners in Sacramento, including regular engagement and client management, troubleshooting issues, and being the main point of contact for those partners at CPL.
  • Coordinates and leads project teams, sets deadlines and deliverables, and ensures successful completion.
  • Works with CPL faculty affiliates to support implementation of evaluations of public programs, including randomized control trials (RCTs) and quasi-experiments.
  • Coordinates the analysis of large administrative datasets with sensitive individual-level information.
  • Co-authors reports, analyses, and other publications for partners, the public, and other audiences.
  • Prepares grant proposals in concert with leadership and principal investigators.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in related area or equivalent experience/training.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing client relationships, managing projects independently, meeting project timelines, and communicating with internal and external stakeholders in a productive and timely manner.
  • Demonstrated quantitative skills, advanced knowledge, and experience in data/statistical analysis.
  • Ability to take initiative and manage projects with minimal supervision, including strong time management skills and ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including exceptional writing skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in public policy, economics, statistics, or a related field or equivalent of training and experience.
  • Three or more years of professional experience, including two or more years of relevant post-baccalaureate research experience.
  • Strong STATA programming skills or knowledge of another, similar language (e.g., SAS, R, SPSS, Python) with commitment to learning STATA.
  • Experience managing research projects in an academic or think-tank environment.
  • Experience working with large and complex datasets.
  • Experience working on randomized controlled trials or other field experiments.

Salary & Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

Other Information

This is a two year full-time contract position.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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