Ports Campaign Research and Policy Analyst

Exciting Opportunity for a Researcher with a Commitment to Economic Justice

The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) has been in the forefront of the economic justice movement in L.A. since 1994. LAANE is known for its broad-based labor/community/environmental coalitions and its combination of organizing, research, communications, and policy development. LAANE led the movement to pass a Living Wage Ordinance in the city of L.A. in 1997 and continues to advocate for policies and programs that benefit the unemployed, low-wage workers, low-income communities, and the environment. For more information about our work, visit www.laane.org.


Campaign Description: LAANE is currently seeking a full-time Policy & Research Analyst to support our campaign to win justice for workers in the port trucking industry at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. These are the largest ports in the country, responsible for nearly half of all U.S. containerized trade. This campaign seeks to achieve economic justice for the 12,000 low-wage, mostly immigrant truck drivers at the Ports —most of whom are denied legal rights by being misclassified as “independent contractors.” The resulting wage theft was documented in a USA Today Pulitzer-finalist investigative series. Over the past several years, the campaign has made great strides in bringing about change through worker action, coalition building, policy work, and a legal program.


Position Responsibilities: LAANE’s Research Department conducts research both for policy campaigns and for publications that reframe the debate on the economy and low-wage work in Los Angeles. Researchers conduct various types of research, including corporate research, research on laws and public decision-making processes to inform policy development and campaign strategy, and research on the economy and communities using government and other public data sources. Researchers present their findings through written materials and oral presentations at community meetings, government hearings, council and commission meetings, and other venues. Researchers also represent LAANE at meetings with allies, attend LAANE actions, and support the work of the organization and the Ports team as a whole. Researchers on the Ports campaign also coordinate with organizers and port truck drivers in the context of an active organizing campaign.


Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to economic justice and the labor movement. Applicant must have a graduate degree in public policy or a related field, or relevant experience, such as experience as a researcher in the labor movement or with a social justice organization. Also needed: willingness to work long hours and weekends when necessary, and ability to work independently. Skills required: excellent analytical skills, written and verbal communications skills, familiarity with database and word processing software, basic quantitative skills including familiarity with spreadsheets, interviewing skills, ability to work well in a team. Driving your own car required. Strong preference for: corporate research experience, public records experience, experience writing reports, fluency in Spanish.


Terms of employment: Starting salary is $54,000. Full health benefits; retirement plan; generous time off; parking. Friendly, team-oriented working environment.


Application Process: This position is available immediately. E-mail cover letter and resume to Jessica Durrum at portsjob@laane.org. No phone calls please. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response