Research & Data Analyst


Catalyst California




$65,000 to $83,000

/ Yearly


Apr 25, 2024

This is a hybrid position.

Position Summary:

The Research & Data Analyst will report to the Director of Research & Data Analysis and collaborate with a team engaged in innovative research designed to reveal racial inequities and shift narratives of power. The analyst will focus on providing relevant, rigorous, and actionable data for campaign development, policy formation, and initiative building. The position will highlight issues most impacted by systemic racial injustices within our primary program areas as well as strategic initiatives. They will also work in deep partnership with communities of color to create meaningful data.


  • Coordinate with staff and external partners to design the most effective research and data analysis to move policy for more equitable outcomes.
  • Conduct research and data analysis for Catalyst California and strategic partner initiatives.
  • Communicate findings – through written reports, data visualizations, and presentations – so they are clear and impactful for policymakers and the layperson alike.
  • Participate in organization-wide planning, development, and communication activities.
  • Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required.
  • Master’s degree in a related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform essential job duties.
  • Two years’ experience conducting research through identifying measures through literature review and other means and creating research products.
  • Experience with community-based research is highly desired.
  • Two years’ experience collecting and wrangling data into a database or other software.
  • Experience with statistical software, especially R, required. Experience with other programming languages to analyze quantitative data desired.
  • Experience with PostgreSQL and SQL, highly desired.
  • Experience doing spatial analysis in R is highly desired.

Candidate Profile, Skills, and Abilities

  • Awareness of inequities and their causes, and a sincere and demonstrated commitment to advancing social and/or racial justice for low-income communities of color in alignment with the values of Catalyst California.
  • Knowledge of the principles, procedures, and tools of database systems to manage the organization, storage, retrieval, security, and integrity of data.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and competency in statistics.
  • Demonstrated skill in data visualization in static and interactive form, including knowledge of visual design principles, best practices, and proven standards for creating data visuals.
  • Ability to create maps and knowledge of how to work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Knowledge of data storytelling practices, including how to describe key data findings while integrating narrative from the community being represented, respecting their preferred way of representation and telling their stories.
  • A strong attention to detail and ability to assure the quality of data in an analysis, is required. Includes understanding of how methodological decisions affect data quality and findings.
  • A high degree of diplomacy, professionalism, sensitivity, and respect for the confidentiality of certain data and projects are required.
  • Strong communication skills in written and verbal English. Strong communication skills in written and verbal Spanish highly desired.
  • Must be able to travel locally and statewide.

Physical Requirements 

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times 


In the spirit of pay transparency, the base salary range for this position is $65,000 – $83,000. When hired by Catalyst California, the selected candidate’s final salary compensation will be determined based on factors such as skills, education, and/or experience. In addition to those factors, we believe in the importance of pay equity and consider the internal equity of our current team members as a part of any final offer. Please keep in mind that the range mentioned above is the full salary range for the role. Hiring at the maximum of the range would not be typical to allow for future and continued salary growth.


  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits for eligible employees and their spouses and/or dependents, including registered Domestic Partners.
  • 403B retirement plan with employer matching benefits after 90 days.
  • Flexible Spending Account for eligible employees to allocate pre-tax money throughout the year.
  • Fifteen vacation days, three personal days, eight sick days, along with national and office holidays.
  • Organizational and team Wellness Days to help build team cohesion and camaraderie.
  • Opportunity to work in a flexible work culture that is sensitive to employee wellbeing and encourages work-life balance.
  • Opportunity to see the meaning and impact of your work at an organization that is actively building more equitable communities and systems across California.
  • Opportunity to work in a company dedicated to pay equity and a diverse work culture.
  • Yearly professional development allowance and personalized professional development goals.

To Apply

Please send an email with the subject “RDA Application” and a cover letter, resume, and work sample in one PDF attachment titled last_name_first_name_rda.pdf (e.g., McCorkle_Katrice_rda.pdf) to:

Katrice McCorkle

Senior Manager of Human Resources


Interview Process

  • Phone interview with hiring manager
  • Two panel interviews (via Zoom)
  • Reference Checks

Catalyst California is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, people with disabilities, and/or formerly incarcerated people.

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