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Position Location: Brooklyn, NY or Washington, DC

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action is seeking a full-time Senior Research Analyst. 

About CPD + CPDA

The Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action (together, CPD/A) work to promote equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We currently work with more than 45 partner organizations in more than 38 states, Puerto Rico, and D.C., and build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. We are a rapidly-expanding, changing organization that partners with organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.

About the Position

The Senior Research Analyst will join CPD’s strategic research team and collaborate closely with CPD’s organizing and policy staff, as well as staff and members of our affiliates. The Senior Research Analyst will define and pursue the research questions that advance our campaigns, create research products that convey our arguments to key audiences, and be an excellent communicator and project manager. This role will develop a range of high-quality research projects, including exploratory campaign research, data gathering and analysis, and campaign materials (including reports and briefs for CPD and our affiliates). The Senior Research Analyst will work closely with the Director of Strategic Research to support fundraising opportunities and to develop and execute a plan to build the capacity of the research department and the research capacity of affiliates.

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: examined how racial disparities are caused by national monetary policy; examined issues facing low-wage service sector workers including erratic schedules and volatile incomes, forced arbitration clauses, wage theft, and arbitrary firings;  and explored predatory Wall Street practices in housing, the retail sector, and climate. 

  • Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice:  made the case for universal defense programs for detained immigrants facing deportation; revealed the role of Wall Street banks in supporting the private prison companies detaining and imprisoning Black and Brown communities; exposed the racial disparities in foreclosures; and developed research and data to support divestment from the criminal legal system and investment in resources that truly keep communities safe.

  • CPD Affiliate Research Support: conducted research to advance local organizing and policy campaigns across the country for housing justice, education justice, workers’ rights, and racial and immigrant justice.

In addition, the CPD Research team supports researchers based at our partner organizations and runs a program to support the development of research capacity across our network.

Job Requirements

  • A demonstrated commitment to racial, economic, and social justice issues

  • Excellent research, writing, and analytic skills

  • A demonstrated ability to learn new issue areas and produce high-quality, accessible reports and other documents on short timelines

  • An ability to juggle multiple projects at a time and work in a fast-paced campaign environment

  • A demonstrated commitment to meeting high standards and a history of getting things done 

  • At least four years of experience leading research projects for strategic organizing campaigns or policy campaigns preferred

  • A master’s degree in public policy, social sciences, or another relevant field preferred

  • Facility with quantitative analysis preferred

Salary and Benefits

This is a union position. Salary will be determined according to a salary scale which takes into account years’ experience, location, job category, and other factors, but is expected to be $60,000-$75,000 and category 2. The CBA is available here.

We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 15 vacation days per year, 10 sick days per year, 13 paid holidays per year, and contributions to individuals’ 401K plans.

How To Apply 

Please send a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (approx. 5 pages) to pur HiringThing Portal: [INSERT LINK] 

Cover letters should address the reasons you are interested in the Senior Research Analyst position with the Center for Popular Democracy and how this position relates to your prior experience and future career goals.

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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