Research & Policy Analyst

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


Position responsibilities: We are seeking a researcher interested in economic justice and the labor movement for the LAANE Research Department. The researcher will work on several of our campaigns. As an example, these could include but are not limited to retail worker policy in Los Angeles, the skilled nursing facility sector in Los Angeles County, and climate policies focused on equity and good union jobs. They will conduct research and policy analysis to help identify opportunities for policy development and help shape campaign strategies.


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, 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 as a whole.


Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to economic justice and the labor movement. Applicants must either have a graduate degree in a related field, or have 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. Reliable transportation is required. Strong preference for: corporate research experience, public records experience, experience writing reports, fluency in Spanish.


Terms of employment: Starting salary is $62,400. Full health benefits; retirement plan; generous time off; parking. Friendly, team-oriented working environment.


Application Process: This position is available immediately. Email cover letter and resume to No phone calls please. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.