University of California, Berkeley — Criminal Justice Research Manager (7398U) – 15400

Criminal Justice Research Manager (7398U) – 15400

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 2, 2021

Departmental Overview

The California Policy Lab (CPL) creates data-driven insights for the public good. Our mission is to improve the lives of Californians by generating evidence that transforms public policy. We do this by forming lasting partnerships between government and California's flagship public universities to harness the power of research and administrative data. We work on California's most urgent problems, including homelessness, poverty, crime, and education inequality. We facilitate close working partnerships between policymakers and researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA to help evaluate and improve public programs through rigorous empirical research and technical assistance. CPL recognizes the value of having a diverse staff at all levels of the organization.

This position presents an exciting opportunity to transform the criminal legal system in California. CPL is the research partner for the Committee on the Revision of the Penal Code. The Committee is a new state entity that studies and recommends changes to all aspects of California's criminal laws — from policing to sentencing to reentry and more. The Committee's recommendations, based on CPL's research, will likely serve as the basis for legislation that could dramatically revamp California's entire criminal legal system. The Research Manager will manage CPL's criminal justice research portfolio with the Committee.

This position will be based at CPL, in the institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley.



CPL Research Managers are the day-to-day leads on CPL projects, working closely with government partners and academic research leads to keep projects moving forward. They are responsible for managing all aspects of our engagement, including developing and managing relationships with government partners; representing CPL at events and to external stakeholders, coordinating with and overseeing research assistants; implementing rigorous research designs, including randomized control trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental studies; preparing reports and presentations; preparing grant applications; and developing other policy-relevant deliverables.

This position will work closely with CPL staff and the leadership of the Committee on Revision of the Penal Code to oversee partnerships between the Committee, state criminal justice agencies, and local criminal justice agencies. Though rarely the one working in the data, the Research Manager will be the day-to-day project manager for all of CPL's activities with the Committee and will coordinate communication between the Committee and the CPL research team. The ideal candidate has a proven track record in leading project teams and maintaining relationships with diverse stakeholders, including criminal justice agencies. We seek applicants who are confident bridging the gap between academic researchers and government policymakers, and who would be comfortable carrying out research projects with CPL partners, under the supervision of a principal investigator.

  • Coordinates between the Committee and research teams, develops clear communication, and organizational tools to facilitate the partnership.
  • Manages relationships with government partners, including regular engagement and client management, troubleshooting issues, and being the main point of contact for those partners at CPL.
  • Manages research projects, sets deadlines and deliverables, and ensures successful completion.
  • Works with CPL staff and faculty affiliates to support implementation of evaluations of public programs, including randomized control trials (RCTs) and quasi-experiments.
  • Coordinates the collection, cleaning, and analysis of large administrative datasets with sensitive individual-level information.
  • Co-authors reports, analyses, and other publications for partners, the public, and other audiences.
  • Prepares grant proposals in concert with leadership and principal investigators.

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and experience with criminal justice policies.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing client (or similar) relationships, managing projects independently, meeting project timelines, and communicating with internal and external stakeholders in a productive and timely manner.
  • Ability to take initiative and manage projects with minimal supervision, including strong time management skills and ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated quantitative skills, advanced knowledge, and experience in data/statistical analysis.
  • Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data.


  • Bachelor's degree, in economics, sociology, political science, public policy, public health, business, education, or other social science or vocational fields or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated quantitative skills, advanced knowledge, and experience in data/statistical analysis.
  • Strong STATA programming skills or knowledge of another, similar language (R, Python, SAS).
  • Experience managing research projects in an academic or think-tank environment.
  • Knowledge of and experience with administrative data from the criminal justice system.
  • Three or more years of professional experience, including two or more years of relevant post-baccalaureate research experience.


  • Master's degree or above in public policy, economics, criminology, statistics, sociology, or law and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $60,800.00 – $88,500.00.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a two-year, full-time, 40-hours per week, Contract (temporary) position, with a possibility of extension contingent upon performance and funding.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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