We're Hiring: Senior Associate, Equitable Economy/National Equity Atlas

Senior Associate, Equitable Economy/National Equity Atlas (Oakland, CA)

100% FTE
Salary commensurate with experience

This professional-level position, available immediately, is an exciting opportunity to join the staff at PolicyLink. PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity by Lifting Up What Works®. Please visit our website at: www.policylink.org.

Position Overview

PolicyLink is working to create an equitable economy by building a shared narrative about the economic imperative of equity, equipping local leaders with relevant data and policy ideas, and advancing policy solutions for racial and economic equity. In 2010, we formed a formal research partnership with the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California to provide equity advocates, practitioners, and policymakers with clear, convincing data and cutting-edge analyses to make the case that equity is both a moral imperative and the key to economic prosperity in their own communities and nationwide. In October 2014, we released the National Equity Atlas, a unique online resource to track, measure, and make the case for equitable growth. The Atlas democratizes data, providing those working to build stronger and more inclusive local economies with essential information on demographic change, racial inclusion, and the economic benefits of equity through a user-friendly interface. Tens of thousands of people are now using this tool and our team is working to continue to evolve this living resource to make it an even more useful and powerful tool. In addition to maintaining this tool, the team produces high-impact research on racial economic equity and works in partnership with advocacy networks and local community coalitions and collaborations to develop relevant analyses and data tools to drive policy campaigns and community action for racial economic inclusion.

PolicyLink is seeking a Senior Associate to join our team and partnership. The associate will lead a project to work with five community partners in the states of Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, and New Mexico to develop local equity data tools; contribute research and data analyses to other National Equity Atlas projects; and contribute to the further development of the Atlas tool.

The ideal candidate is passionate about producing data and research that is relevant and actionable for those working on the frontlines to advance racial economic equity. They are skilled at analyzing data, producing compelling data displays and maps, and writing data analyses in an engaging and accessible way — and looking for an opportunity to further grow skills and leadership by joining our dynamic team.

Position Responsibilities

  • Manage five community partnerships to produce community-owned data products or tools that draw upon the National Equity Atlas database, coordinating community visioning and design sessions and liaising with the data, design, and communications teams to produce high-quality products that support community action and build community capacity.
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research and author, co-author, and contribute writing and research to policy briefs, analyses, and articles, including comparative analyses and equity profiles/research reports focused on particular communities.
  • Develop creative solutions to communicate complex data and research findings, including through data visualizations (graphs, charts, and maps), presentations, and websites.
  • As a core member of the National Equity Atlas team, participate in the development of new research and analyses and the selection of new indicators to incorporate into the Atlas.
  • Participate in developing and implementing outreach and dissemination strategies, including webinars.
  • Conduct trainings and presentations on the National Equity Atlas.
  • Manage grants and project budgets.
  • Stay current with pertinent literature, developments, and data visualizations around issues of demographic change, inequality, mobility, and equitable growth.
  • Occasionally conduct short-term data and mapping analyses for other teams at PolicyLink.
  • The position will involve frequent travel (we estimate one to four trips per month).


  • Master's degree in urban planning, economics, public policy, or related social science (e.g., political science, sociology).
  • Four years of relevant work experience conducting research to support policy development, advocacy, or organizing.
  • Excellent writing and research skills, experience with data analysis and quantitative research, including statistical analysis (SPSS or another statistical package) and spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and attention to detail in producing research for publication.
  • Ability to translate complex data and analyses for mainstream audiences, including facility with using Excel for data analysis and the generation of graphs and charts.
  • Strong communications skills, including public speaking and the ability to work collaboratively with local and national partners.
  • Experience with project management, including managing the development of research products.
  • Self-starter with good time management skills and ability to effectively work on multiple projects.
  • Experience working with low-income communities of color and familiarity with public policy and the legislative process are desirable.

How to Apply

Email Résumé and Cover Letter to: jobs@policylink.org (include subject line: "[Your Name] (Senior Associate-Equitable Economy/National Equity Atlas)

OR fax to (510) 663-4323

OR mail to:

PolicyLink –Search Committee (Senior Associate-Equitable Economy/National Equity Atlas)

1438 Webster Street, Suite 303

Oakland, CA 94612

Position open until filled.

Please note: No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Excellent benefits including paid vacation, health, vision and dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.

PolicyLink is committed to maintaining a diverse, multicultural working environment.