Data Analyst > USC Equity Research Institute (ERI) > USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

The USC Equity Research Institute is hiring a Project Specialist (Data Analyst) to support the research and day-to-day activities of the National Equity Atlas ( and related projects in partnership with PolicyLink. Through this partnership, we maintain the National Equity Atlas – America’s most comprehensive newsletter on racial and economic equity – and provide movement leaders and policy makers with actionable data and strategies to advance equity race and shared prosperity. National Equity Atlas products and research inform policy campaigns led by PolicyLink and its allies, elevate equity issues in policy debate, and provide local leaders with relevant data and policy solutions.

About the IRA

The USC Equity Research Institute (ERI) is a research unit led by Professor Manuel Pastor and located within USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. Founded in 2007, ERI offers forward-looking, actionable research to support community organizations, funders, and other stakeholders working for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice. ERI produces data-driven analysis and rigorous research to inform movements and policies; leads meetings and communications that deepen and broaden our reach with key audiences; engages in strategic collaborations that leverage our strengths for broader impact; and models an effective, sustainable, and racially just research facility. For more information about us and our projects, visit:

About the position

The Data Analyst will play a critical role in analyzing, preparing and disseminating information that advances justice and equity across the country. At ERI, the Data Analyst will not only produce rigorous quantitative and qualitative research, but will also help shape the messaging and strategic frameworks that influence public policy, grantmaking, coalition building and campaigning on the ground. Through conference planning, public presentations and professional development opportunities, the Data Analyst will also become part of a network of leading local researchers, policy makers and organizers dedicated to the use of data. data to advance racial, economic and social justice. The position requires someone who is comfortable working in a team, while being able to work independently and take initiative.

Missions and skills required

  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research
    • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research strategies
    • Ability to use statistical and GIS software
    • Experience in statistical analysis and testing
    • Familiarity with public datasets, especially census data
    • Ability to create charts, maps and other materials for messaging and communications
    • Ability to participate in qualitative interviews and coordinate with community research partners

  • Contribute to the writing of dissertations, analyses, methodology, equity profiles, etc.
    • Excellent writing skills
    • Ability to make research relevant to communities and organizations

  • Organize presentations, trainings and help disseminate results
    • Ability to lead presentations, organize and facilitate meetings and other forms of outreach

  • May also engage in strategic planning/organizational development and other activities as they arise


  • Master’s degree in urban planning, economics, public policy or related social sciences (e.g. sociology, social work)
  • Three years of relevant work experience conducting research to support policy development, advocacy or organizing
  • A commitment to racial, economic and social justice

Required documents and additional information:

  • CV and cover letter required (can be uploaded in one file) Please do not submit your application without these documents.
  • Job postings are posted for a minimum of five (5) business days. This position may be removed from the bulletin boards and filled at any time after the end of the minimum posting period. So please apply on the same working day if you are interested.
  • USC offers excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their families with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for pension plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition fees for staff and their families; free professional development courses; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses, and free trolley pick-up services; discounts on sporting events and other campus events.

The University of Southern California is an equal opportunity employer that values ​​diversity.



Sean N. Ayres