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Senior Analyst Strategic Initiatives
Company: Catalyst California
Location: Los Angeles - This is a hybrid position., CA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 05/16/2024
Expire Date: 07/16/2024
Job Categories: Research & Development
Job Description
Senior Analyst Strategic Initiatives
Senior Analyst
Strategic Initiatives

Non-Exempt, Full-time, Regular Position, Los Angeles
* This is a hybrid position.

Who We Are
Catalyst California advocates for racial justice by building power and transforming public systems. We partner with communities of color, conduct innovative research, develop policies for actionable change, and shift money and power back into our communities. Rooted in the historic struggle for racial and economic equality, Catalyst California envisions a world where systems are designed for justice and support equitable access to resources and opportunities for all Californians to thrive. Our primary programs are Educational Equity, Equity in Community Investments, Political Voice, Reimagine Justice & Safety, and Strategic Initiatives.

Position Summary
Catalyst California is looking to hire someone at the Senior Analyst level to be a member of our Strategic Initiatives team. Strategic Initiatives is a program team that works on projects that cut across multiple issue areas. As a member of the Strategic Initiatives team, the Senior Analyst will report directly to the Director of Strategic Initiatives. The Senior Analyst will work in partnership with community-based organizations to support advocacy campaigns that advance racial and economic equity and reflect community priorities, with a particular focus on L.A.
The successful applicant must have a strong, demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice, documented project management skills and experience overseeing multiple streams of work at the same time, a record of involvement in racial justice/systems change campaigns, an ability to engage with local government decision-making processes, and be self-motivated, flexible, and skilled at fostering creative and collaborative spaces.

Responsibilities
Key projects within the Strategic Initiatives team that the Senior Analyst will support include:
• Race Counts: An online tool that tracks racial disparities data in California across seven issue areas (Crime & Justice, Democracy, Economic Opportunity, Education, Health Care Access, Healthy Built Environment, and Housing), and a strategic platform that centers racial equity in policy campaigns to reinvent public systems.
• Bold Vision: An L.A. county-wide policy and systems change initiative with the goal of transforming L.A. County into a community where youth of color thrive.

While the Senior Analyst will be within the Strategic Initiatives team, they will work closely with other Catalyst California programmatic teams (i.e., Political Voice, Equity in Community Investments, Reimagine Justice & Safety, and Educational Equity). As a member of the Strategic Initiatives team, the Senior Analyst will work on a variety of issue areas including, but not limited to, housing and houselessness, economic justice, mental health, budget advocacy, and criminal legal system reform.

The Senior Analyst’s work will include:
• Participating in and managing coalitions to identify political opportunities and collaboratively develop campaign strategies and tactics;
• Building relationships with key stakeholders including partner community-based organizations and government officials and staff;
• Conducting research and analysis on public policies and administrative practices that relate to racial and economic equity;
• Making a case for change by identifying persuasive facts and crafting compelling messages and delivering them to target audiences;
• A strong focus on policy and systems change campaigns.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Support strategic development and management of policy campaigns and initiatives in consultation with Catalyst California leadership team and community partners through research and advocacy;
• Serve as primary liaison and provide support for relationship development and engagement with community partners, elected officials and their staff, and other strategic allies. This would include:
o Supporting Catalyst California’s efforts to work in collaboration with community-based organizations and coalitions, convene stakeholders, analyze political opportunities, and develop winning campaign plans and strategies;
o Supporting strategic relationship development with a broad array of community-based organizations, relevant government staff, and political leadership;
o Working with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that there is a clear understanding of project expectations, deliverables, and progress toward achieving grant milestones;
• Provide support for the Strategic Initiatives team’s projects including supporting virtual and in-person meetings, webinars, convenings, and presentations; providing technical support; conducting policy presentations; preparing materials and reports for meetings; and completing post-event follow-up items;
• Draft and edit presentation and communication (both internal and external) materials including slide decks, memoranda, policy and research briefs, fact sheets, blog posts, substantive emails, and reports;
• Conducting online research and literature reviews to support the development of policy and advocacy agendas to advance racial equity;
• Support project implementation and management for current and emerging Strategic Initiatives efforts;
• Participate in organization-wide planning, development, and communications activities, as needed, and ensure adherence to Catalyst California goals and policies within the Strategic Initiatives team;
• Other duties as assigned dependent on organizational needs and employee skills.

Education & Experience
• Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in public policy, law, or the social sciences preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential job duties will also be considered;
• 4-8 years of experience in civil rights and social justice, public policy, community-based policy advocacy, and/or organizing (beyond summer or short-term internships) – experience working on L.A. county or city policy or system change campaigns preferred;
• Experience building and managing coalitions and campaigns, including partnerships with community partners (e.g., local residents, community-based organizations), civil rights organizations, and government officials and staff;
• Experience in youth organizing and/or youth-led policy campaigns a plus;
• Demonstrated experience conducting public policy research (qualitative and/or quantitative), analysis, and writing on racial and economic justice public policy issues.

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

Salary
In the spirit of pay transparency, we are excited to share the base salary range for this opening. The salary range for the Senior Analyst is 77,500-90,000. If you are hired at Catalyst California, your final title and 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 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 in order to allow for future and continued salary growth.

Benefits, Perks, & Work Environment
• Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits with an affordable employee contribution that covers 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.
• 15 vacation days, 6 personal days, 8 sick days, and 2 weeks paid parental leave 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 well-being and encourages work-life balance.
• Opportunity to see the meaning and impact of your work at an organization actively building more equitable communities and systems across California.
• Opportunity to work in an organization dedicated to pay equity and diverse work culture.
• Yearly professional development allowance and support of personalized professional development goals.

To Apply
Please email with subject “SI Application” and cover letter, resume and a policy-related writing sample in one PDF attachment titled last_name_first_name_si.pdf (e.g., Trujillo_Matt_si.pdf) to:
Katrice McCorkle,
Human Resources Senior Manager
hr@catalystcalifornia.org

Interview Process
• Phone interview with hiring manager
• Two panel interviews (via Zoom)
• Writing prompt
• 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.

Qualifications & Requirements
Qualifications:
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 the essential functions.
Candidate profile, skills, and abilities
• Experience managing coalitions and campaigns, including partnerships with residents, community organizations and engaging with senior government leaders;
• Sincere and demonstrated commitment to advancing racial and economic justice for highest-need communities;
• Strong interpersonal, communication, facilitation, and presentation skills – experience translating technical analyses into compelling advocacy messages especially preferred;
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with ability to analyze complex information/data for policy and planning;
• Strong writing skills and experience, including for a wide variety of target audiences;
• Self-starter, analytical, and detail-oriented;
• Sound emotional intelligence with ability to work in partnership and in teams; and proven ability to work with diverse communities, leaders, and staff;
• Flexibility to adjust and contribute to continually evolving work situation and changing priorities and demonstrated ability to get up to speed in new policy and issue areas;
• Excellent organizational and time management skills with demonstrated ability to lead and manage multiple complex projects at same time and execute projects on-time;
• Ability to take on responsibilities independently with minimal supervision;
• Ability to multi-task under deadlines and work well under pressure;
• Excellent computer skills, including strong internet research skills, proficiency with MS Office applications, and Google Docs and Google Drive, and Zoom;
• Ability to travel statewide and/or locally on occasion.
Contact Information
Company Name: Catalyst California
Contact Email: zhoward@catalystcalifornia.org
Company Description:
Who We Are Catalyst California advocates for racial justice by building power and transforming public systems. We partner with communities of color, conduct innovative research, develop policies for actionable change, and shift money and power back into our communities. Rooted in the historic struggle for racial and economic equality, Catalyst California envisions a world where systems are designed for justice and support equitable access to resources and opportunities for all Californians to thrive. Our primary programs are Educational Equity, Equity in Community Investments, Political Voice, Reimagine Justice & Safety, and Strategic Initiatives.
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