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Research Analyst 1

Full-Time Position in Oakland, CA

Who We Are

Impact Justice advances safety, justice, and opportunity through boundary-breaking work that honors and empowers people and is changing expectations about what we can accomplish together. We imagine, build, and scale innovations, leverage research and other knowledge to connect the desire for change with informed action, and work to shift the narrative so that decision-makers and the public understand what’s at stake and what’s possible. 

Specifically, we work to reduce the number of people caught up in harmful legal systems by creating alternatives that are responsive, restorative, fair, and effective; to improve living conditions and life outcomes and safeguard fundamental human rights for the millions of people still subject to mass incarceration; and to expand opportunities for formerly incarcerated and other system-involved people to heal, fully participate in community life, and reach their potential. We operate from the understanding that the struggle for justice takes place in a context of historic, systemic, and pervasive racism.

We are a diverse and allied staff of reformers, transformers, abolitionists, and dreamers who bring a wide range of knowledge, skill, and life experience to the challenging work we undertake together. We’re committed to living our values and to creating the kinds of equitable and inclusive team environments internally that we fight to help create in our broader communities. This includes providing opportunities to all job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, criminal history, disability, or genetics. The organization strongly encourages people of color, individuals who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer communities, and individuals impacted by the legal system to join the team. A majority of individuals on our current executive team identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ.

Research and Action Center 

Impact Justice’s Research & Action Centers (RAC) focuses on supporting community-based alternatives for youth and adults in the justice system, especially in understanding how successful alternatives can provide better outcomes than the traditional justice system for people who have committed serious and violent crimes. We do this by collecting and analyzing data and collaborating with public and private agencies and community based organizations. The RAC aims to develop and evaluate a range of programs that support the well-being and positive development of those impacted by the justice system. Our work specifically focuses on racial/ethnic disparities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, gender non-conforming and transgender (LGBQ/GNCT) youth, and the many intersections thereof.

Some of our current projects include:

  • Quantitative analyses of system disparities across race, sexual orientation, and gender identity
  • A mixed-method evaluation of a national restorative justice diversion program for youth
  • Evaluations of reentry services for formerly incarcerated youth and adults
  • Technical assistance for community-based organizations working with systems; and technical assistance for justice systems working with community-based organizations.

What You Will Do 

The Research Analysts 1 (RA1) supports the RAC across multiple projects and tasks. The RA1 may serve as a point person for project partners and participate in ongoing operations such as data collection, data management, and communications. RA1s report to and collaborate with a Senior Researcher. Typical duties include collecting, analyzing, and reviewing data; and assisting in writing and editing proposals, reports, infographics, fact sheets, and other content to further the work to the RAC.  

Required Qualifications

  • Understanding of quantitative &/or qualitative research methods
  • Proficient and accurate written & verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong personal time management skills – ability to manage & prioritize many tasks across multiple projects
  • Extreme reliability & ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Experience using G-suite/Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Willingness to complete administrative tasks, including making travel arrangements
  • Demonstrated interest in criminal and social justice work
  • Commitment to employing an intersectional lens during all tasks & projects

Required Experience, Training, and/or Education

  • 4 years of professional training/education and/or closely-related experience
  • Experience completing literature reviews
  • Research experience (quantitative or qualitative)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with SPSS or other statistical software
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more areas of criminal justice, juvenile justice, school discipline, or foster care reform
  • Lived experience in the criminal/juvenile justice system
  • Member of a systems-impacted community

We are committed to workplace diversity and providing equal employment opportunities. Please also note that we are going to be especially excited in candidates who understand the unique nature of a mission-driven organization and/or have direct experience with the criminal legal or juvenile justice legal systems.


The position will be paid $60,000 – $62,000. The benefits that come with working at Impact Justice include medical, dental, and FSA plans, significant vacation and wellness leave, and immediate vesting in our 401K with a generous match. This is a full-time, non-exempt position. The candidate should be located in Oakland, CA and will work under a hybrid schedule in our Oakland office.  

We ARE NOT considering remote staff for this position.

If this all sounds like a good fit for you, please send your resume and a short cover letter explaining how your qualifications and lived experience qualify you for the position and outlining any salary requirements to Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] Application for Research Analyst 1.  

We plan on making decisions on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply the better.  

Hiring Process

Elements of the Impact Justice hiring process may include phone screen interviews, candidate exercises (written or presentations), Zoom interviews, in-person interviews, and reference checks. Candidates are welcome to ask for alternative arrangements in the process if needed (for example, conducting an interview via phone rather than Zoom), Impact Justice will do our best to accommodate reasonable requests. Please communicate any alternative arrangements requested via the hiring email listed above.