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Scholar of Public Policy, Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles

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Scholar of Public Policy, Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at UCLA School of Law
University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: JPF09194

The Williams Institute seeks a strategic, passionate, and experienced scholar focused on LGBTQIA+ people and issues to join our team as a Scholar of Public Policy. The Scholar of Public Policy will conduct policy-relevant research on LGBTQIA+ communities and the issues that impact them.

The Scholar of Public Policy will conduct original research; supervise and support early career staff; field and prioritize external requests for policy-relevant research; and engage with the media, lawmakers, the public, and other stakeholders. Working collaboratively with others at the Williams Institute, they will also help to plan and execute programs, conferences, meetings, and events and help to secure research funding. The Scholar will report to the Research Director of the Williams Institute and will work closely with other scholars and data analysts, the Institute's Legal Director and team, and the International Programs Director and team.

Based at the UCLA School of Law, the Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, interdisciplinary research that informs laws and policies that impact the lives of LGBTQIA+ people. The Institute disseminates its research to policymakers, judges, the media, and other stakeholders through self-published reports, fact sheets and infographics, academic publications, amicus briefs, conferences, and educational events.

The Williams Institute has a broad research portfolio focused on informing current local, state, national, and international LGBTQIA+ law and policy issues. Our current research priorities include issues impacting the rights and well-being of transgender, non-binary, and intersex people; socio-economic disparities, discrimination, and violence impacting LGBTQIA+ people; system involvement and/or utilization of government programs; the criminalization of LGBTQIA+ people; the demographics of LGBTQIA+ communities; advancing SOGI data collection; parenting and family formation; and LGBTQIA+ people with multiple marginalized identities.

The Williams Institute has a broad vision for the policy impact and relevance of our work. We aim to inform court decisions; legislation and government policy; public debate through the media; and government, education, and non-profit programs and services. Our research also impacts and supports the work of non-profit organizations, businesses, professional associations, and other scholars; and improves and advances data collection on LGBTQIA+ populations. We are seeking applicants who have conducted research that has had one or more of these types of impacts and are committed to continuing to pursue research that impacts law and policy in these ways.

Applicants whose research incorporates intersectional and community-based approaches are encouraged to apply, including those whose research focuses on people of color; people living with low incomes; transgender, nonbinary, and intersex people; incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people; migrants and immigrants; indigenous people; women; people with disabilities; youth; and the elderly.

We encourage applicants with a Ph.D. or equivalent to apply, who have strong quantitative and/or qualitative skills in any relevant discipline, including public policy, economics, demography, public health, political science, epidemiology, sociology, psychology, ethnic and/or cultural studies, gender and women's studies, LGBTQIA+ studies, criminal justice, education, statistics and/or data science.

The Scholar of Public Policy will have a strong track record of conducting and disseminating policy-relevant research related to LGBTQIA+ people and issues. The ideal candidate will be comfortable engaging with policymakers, the media, other scholars, the public, foundations, and donors.

Minimum academic requirements include a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree and an excellent academic record. Other qualifications include:

  • Eight or more years of research related to LGBTQIA+ people or other marginalized communities;
  • Significant experience with conducting and disseminating policy-related research;
  • Passionate about advancing the Institute's mission focused on policy-relevant research;
  • Knowledge of current LGBTQIA+-related law and policy issues in areas of expertise;
  • Committed to fostering a collaborative, engaged, and supportive workplace;
  • Prior management or supervisory experience preferred;
  • Powerful communicator and careful listener who effectively engages and inspires stakeholders and colleagues;
  • A track record of securing research contracts and/or grants, including drafting grant proposals and reports preferred;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to communicate research and its policy-relevance to a variety of audiences, including community groups, the public, and policymakers;
  • Skill in negotiating, exchanging ideas, information, and opinions with others to arrive jointly at decisions, conclusions, and solutions;
  • Ability to work independently on large and complex research projects, to negotiate and meet multiple deadlines, and to assist Williams Institute staff in preparing materials for publication;
  • Commitment to the Williams Institute's mission and passion for improving the lives of LGBT people through independent and rigorous research.

    This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenure track, academic position. This appointment is subject to the rules and regulations of the Regents of the University of California, which are mostly embodied in The UCLA CALL and the University of California Academic Personnel Manual. (See;

    See UC Salary Table 13B at for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $120,000 to $160,000. The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2024.

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    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy,

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    UCLA features the College of Letters and Science, seven general campus professional schools, and four professional schools for the health sciences. The UCLA College of Letters and Science has 34 academic departments and 900 faculty, and houses the majority of UCLA's 129 undergraduate majors as well as the students in the Graduate Division of Letters and Sciences. The UCLA College Honors Program is also housed in the College. The College of Letters and Science's programs are divided into five academic divisions: humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and the International Institute. UCLA also offers certificate programs, undergraduate degree-credit and continuing education credits for non-full-time students through its UCLA Extension education program.

    The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA as the 24th best university in the nation and 32nd best in the world. In the 2007 edition of U.S. News and World Report, UCLA Medical Center was ranked best in the West, as well as one of the top 3 hospitals in the United States alongside Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 15 of the 16 medical specialty areas examined, UCLA Medical Center ranked in the top 20.

    The campus' location in Los Angeles makes excursions to local museums, theaters, or other entertainment venues relatively quick and easy.

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