Research Analyst

Remote - New York, NY

Position Title: Research Analyst 

Location: CPD/A has offices in DC and NYC, but for this role, we will consider candidates outside those areas but within the US. 

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action is seeking a full-time 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 53 affiliates in 34 states and Puerto Rico, 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 Research Analyst will join CPD/A’s strategic research team and collaborate closely with our campaign staff, as well members of our affiliates. This position will initially primarily work to support our Education and Justice Transformation teams, and conduct research and budget analyses that advance campaigns to Defund the Police and achieve Police Free Schools in geographies across the country. 

The Research Analyst will define and pursue the research questions that advance our campaigns, create research products that convey our arguments to key audiences, present research findings to both internal and external audiences, and be an communicator and project manager. This role will have a heavy focus on municipal and school district budget analysis, but will also include strategic campaign research, other data gathering and analysis, and the development of campaign materials. 

This position will report to a Senior Research Analyst. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with CPD’s research team, campaign staff, and affiliates to develop research plans  that advance our work, with an initial focus on Defund the Police and Police Free Schools campaigns.

  • Identify the best sources of information to address research questions; synthesize and analyze that information to produce audience-appropriate materials, which could include budget analyses, reports, toolkits, briefs, and strategic campaign research.

  • Effectively project manage research deliverables from start to finish, engaging relevant CPD staff, affiliates, and allied organizations when necessary.

  • Participate in communicating out research findings and policy recommendations. 

The Ideal Candidate Will Have

  • Around six years experience, ideally including about four years experience conducting research for organizing or policy campaigns, with two to three years of experience with public budget analysis;

  • A demonstrated ability to produce high-quality, accessible budget analyses, reports, and other documents on short timelines;

  • Excellent project management skills and a demonstrated ability to juggle multiple complex projects at the same time; 

  • Facility with quantitative analysis;

  • Excellent research, writing, and analytic skills and a very strong attention to detail.

  • A demonstrated commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice.

Salary and Benefits

This is a union position. Salary will be determined according to a salary scale that takes into account years’ experience, location, job category, and other factors, but is expected to be $63,000-$73,000 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 and/or sample budget analysis of which you are either the sole or primary author (approx. 5 pages) to our HiringThing Portal: cpd.hiringthing.com/job/270086/research-analyst


CPD/A is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, womxn, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTIQAA+ community.