Vice President of Policy Research
Los Angeles, California
The Campaign for College Opportunity seeks an experienced Vice President of Policy Research to lead the organizations’ research portfolio pertaining to California higher education.
The Campaign for College Opportunity is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) broad-based, bipartisan coalition, including business, education and civil rights leaders, that is dedicated to ensuring the next generation of Californians has the opportunity to go to college and succeed. Our mission is focused on substantially increasing the number of students attending two- and four-year colleges in the state and who complete their college education. The Campaign maintains offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento. The Vice President of Policy Research will be based in the Los Angeles office. The Vice President of Policy Research will report directly to the President of the Campaign and serve on the organization’s executive management team with the President, Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President. She or he will be responsible for generating research and analysis that informs the public discourse on higher education and suggests strategies for advancing policy reforms.
The Vice President of Policy Research will lead the Campaign’s research agenda, manage external research contracts, oversee the development of critical research and policy reports and represent the Campaign in leading a research and data analysis agenda designed to influence and improve access and success in public higher education for all California students. This position calls for a strategic and creative leader with a solid understanding of higher education data analysis, deep knowledge of higher education and the role of policy and practice to improve outcomes for students, especially low-income and underrepresented Black and Latino students. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, passionate about the role of research to inform and improve policy and practice in higher education, be able to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple projects at once, and have a personal style that is professional, polished, and engenders trust and fosters a collegial environment.
The Vice President of Policy Research will lead and work towards expanding the Campaign’s research agenda. The Vice President will supervise the Director of Policy Research, the Sr. Research and Policy Analyst, and any part-time fellows and interns or additional hires supporting the Campaign’s research agenda. The Vice President of Policy Research will also lead and manage existing research projects with outside contractors, analyze state policy and budget impacts, and take a leadership role in identifying new opportunities to keep the Campaign for College Opportunity on the cutting edge of higher education policy driven research.
The position involves interaction with state and national education experts and advocates, as well as state and federal executive and legislative branch policy staff. The successful candidate will be able to build and maintain relationships with key institutional research offices and practitioners.
She or he will also have experience leading a policy research portfolio in an advocacy capacity, a demonstrated track record of marrying research with an actionable policy agenda, have excellent research and data analysis skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to synthesize policy and research information for different audiences.
A strong interest in higher education policy is required and a passion for always putting student success and racial equity in higher education first. The Vice President of Policy Research must have the ability to navigate the tension of advancing sometimes controversial policy and research inquiries in service to laying the foundation for necessary systemic change that benefits students first and foremost.
The Campaign for College Opportunity’s 2018 Research Portfolio currently includes:
- The State of Latinos in Higher Education in California;
- The State of Blacks in Higher Education in California;
- The State of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education in California;
- A study on Diversity in Higher Education among Faculty, Academic Senates and College leaders;
- A series of best practices that advance college opportunity and student success, with special attention to practices at California Community Colleges;
- A blueprint for higher education;
- A California Higher Education Performance Report Card with supplemental regional analysis;
- Research updates on transfer in California higher education;
- Analysis on remedial education and innovation efforts;
- Other research analysis as needed to advance our policy agenda.
- Develop a strategic plan and goals for the Campaign’s research agenda. Serve as an advisor for the Campaign team and Board of Directors in meeting the goals outlined in the Campaign’s strategic plan;
- Write and edit research briefs, reports, and position papers;
- Gather and catalogue information on college access, completion, financial aid, and equity gaps;
- Monitor, analyze and catalogue issues and policy proposals pertaining to college access, success, equity and affordability, including both state and federal policies;
- Supervise and coordinate activities of the Director of Policy Research and the Sr. Research and Policy Analyst including setting goals, planning research projects, designing research and data analysis protocols, carrying out research, and policy analysis;
- Work closely with our graphics designer and communications team to produce strong visuals including report design and infographics to effectively share report findings;
- Manage all research contracts with outside vendors ensuring adherence to scope of work and timelines;
- Manage, and engage the Campaign’s Faculty Advisory Board ensuring appropriate peer review and feedback;
- Work with the Campaign team to develop policy recommendations, identify opportunities and strategies, and advocate for their adoption;
- Develop a strong paid research fellowship program for graduate students and leading academics to inform and contribute to the Campaign’s research agenda while gaining practical experience in conducting policy research;
- Develop and maintain relationships with external research organizations, universities, governmental entities focused on research and policy analysis in higher education;
- Maintain good funder relations through effective project management and actively seek and obtain new sources of funding; Provide limited and focused assistance with grant proposals for new and existing Campaign for College Opportunity research and analysis projects;
- Represent the Campaign at major events, capitol briefings, research and practice conferences, and in-person meetings;
- Respond to external inquiries from the press and others as appropriate.
- Ph.D. or M.A. in education research, education policy, or related fields (statistics, sociology, etc.);
- Minimum of eight years in leading research preferably in a policy capacity;
- Strong background in education research and policy analysis, including knowledge of research design and use of research in policymaking; demonstrated proficiency with statistical analysis software programming and database development;
- Demonstrated ability to clearly and accurately describe complex issues in ways that different audiences can understand;
- Strong management and leadership skills, with proven success managing teams to meet ambitious goals while also mentoring and developing staff;
- Impeccable attention to detail;
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
- Excellent project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects. Management experience preferred.
Annual salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in the range of $100,000 to $115,000. The Campaign offers generous medical, dental, vision, and retirement benefits. The Campaign provides three weeks paid vacation and annual professional development opportunities as approved by your Supervisor.
All candidates selected for an interview will be required to submit work samples, and a listing of research articles and publications to which the candidate authored or contributed.
The Campaign for College Opportunity is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified persons of every background. All applicants should visit our website to learn more about the Campaign at www.collegecampaign.org before submitting a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted beginning December 13, 2017 and until a satisfactory pool is identified. No phone calls please.
Higher Education Policy Research Fellows
Part-Time, Temporary Positions
February – June 2018
Los Angeles, CA
The Campaign for College Opportunity is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) broad-based, bipartisan coalition, including business, education and civil rights leaders, that is dedicated to ensuring the next generation of Californians has the opportunity to go to college and succeed. Our mission is focused on substantially increasing the number of students attending two- and four-year colleges in the state and who complete their college education. The Campaign maintains offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento.
The Campaign for College Opportunity seeks outstanding Higher Education Policy Research Fellows to work on research and policy work specific to California higher education in Winter/Spring 2018. Students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in education, public policy, higher education or related fields are encouraged to apply. This opportunity is intended to expose promising graduate students to career opportunities in the nonprofit higher education sector while gaining experience that complements a program of study.
The Fellows will conduct research, analyze data, and prepare research briefs that will inform public discourse and advance policy reforms. The successful candidates will have excellent research and data analysis skills and related experience, as well as a demonstrated ability to synthesize policy and research information for different audiences. This position is based in Los Angeles, California and some travel may be required. The Fellow will report directly to the Director of Policy Research and work with staff across the organization.
Depending on the number of Fellows selected and your own specific areas of interest, research and secondary data analyses will primarily focus on the Campaign’s The State of Higher Education in California, which is a report released every two years to assess how AANHPI, African American and Latinx students are doing in California’s public higher education system on key metrics including access, retention and completion. The Associate Degree for Transfer report will take a more in-depth look at implementation of SB 1440 across the state’s community colleges and see where progress is being made to ensure the ADT is the pathway of choice to transfer and to see where improvements are warranted. These reports will be released in Spring/Summer 2018. In addition, Fellows may have the opportunity to contribute to the development of original research on issues focused on access, retention, completion and equity in higher education utilizing a number of research methods including individual interviews, focus groups and survey data to identify promising policies, practices and model institutions. As with all of the Campaign’s work, the research will center on expanding college opportunity and improving student success, especially for low-income and underrepresented students.
- Support original and secondary research and analysis to identify and disseminate relevant and reliable information on California public higher education and the experiences of low income and underrepresented students
- Perform quantitative and qualitative research and prepare analysis on issues including but not limited to: college access, retention, completion, financial aid, transfer, remedial education, leadership diversity, and equity
- Monitor federal, state, and local higher education policies and programs, and prepare briefing materials that convey the impact of these developments
- Conduct literature and policy scans, design and perform data analyses
- Write reports, memos, briefs, and other content to communicate findings and recommendations
- Carry out communications activities on social media to build support for the Campaign’s education priorities
- Attend meetings to provide regular, timely updates and respond to time-sensitive requests by staff
- Other duties as assigned by Campaign staff
- We seek candidates who are flexible, adaptable, detail-oriented, responsive to changing priorities, and committed to being problem-solvers.
- Demonstrated ability to clearly and accurately describe complex issues in ways that different audiences can understand.
- Must demonstrate ability to work independently and manage multiple projects with strong interpersonal skills to work effectively in a team environment.
- Knowledge and experience with quantitative and qualitative research desired.
- Experience with postsecondary datasets such as IPEDS, ACS (PUMS), BPS, survey research and working with statistical packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata) is preferred.
The fellowship will begin on February 5, 2017 and end on June 30, 2018. There may be a possible extension of the fellowship experience through August 31, 2018. Fellows are expected to work 15-20 hours a week for $20/hr and will be reimbursed for parking and/or public transportation to our office. Fellows invited to continue through the summer months will be required to work 40 hours a week and will receive a monthly stipend of $2,500.
The Campaign for College Opportunity will accept applications for the position beginning on November 21, 2017. Interested parties should forward a letter of interest, resume and 2-3 page writing sample indicating “Higher Education Policy Research Fellow” in the subject line by email to:
Leticia Bustillos, email@example.com
No phone calls please.
Those applying should preview the Campaign’s website http://www. collegecampaign.org/ to become familiar with our research and publications. Letters of interest should include why you are interested in working with the Campaign and the project(s) you are most interested in working on during the fellowship. Or, you may wish to propose new research ideas that the Campaign might consider given our focus on increasing access and improving student outcomes.
Please include all application materials in one Microsoft Word document or PDF file. Submissions with multiple email attachments will not be accepted. All candidates selected for an interview will be required to complete a short task aimed at assessing their policy research skills as they progress through the interview process. The Campaign for College Opportunity is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified persons of every background.