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CareersPacific Legal Foundation is only as good as the talent we employ. Knowing this, our hiring philosophy is simple: we seek to hire the best talent available.

We’re constantly and aggressively on the lookout for employees who embody our core values:

  • We are freedom fighters. Liberty is our obsession—we live and breathe it. When it’s threatened, we act decisively to protect it.
  • We are relentless. Our pioneering spirit spurs us to take big, bold swings. We never rest on past success. Our eyes are aimed squarely on the future.
  • We elevate others. We trust and invest in our clients, allies, and each other. We believe that—together—we can change the world.
  • We are confident. We know liberty will win.

If you’re passionate about one or more of our job opportunities, and you’re enthusiastic about working alongside colleagues who share these values, then we encourage you to apply to be a part of the PLF team.

Research Analyst

Arlington, VA, Sacramento, CA, Palm Beach Gardens, FL or Virtual Office

About the Organization

Pacific Legal Foundation, the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty, identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedent that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion. Our attorneys have twelve victories before the U.S. Supreme Court—a record unmatched by anyone in the liberty movement. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court and we know how to win.

About the Role

PLF seeks an inquisitive social science and policy researcher to join its Strategic Research team. The research analyst will conduct original social science research.

PLF’s research team produces high-quality social science research to support PLF’s litigation, legal policy, and other mission-driven goals. This position provides an opportunity to play an important role that will increase PLF’s national prominence and advance liberty both inside and outside the courts. This position reports to the Strategic Research Director, Angela C. Erickson. As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has offices in Sacramento, CA; Arlington, VA; and Palm Beach Gardens, FL. We prefer that the Research Analyst work from the Arlington, VA, office, but outstanding candidates may also work in other offices or, for the exceptional candidate, remotely.

Core Duties include:

  • Formulating original research plans in coordination with the Strategic Research Director, PLF litigators, and other team members
  • Identifying data, literature, and methodology to address our research questions
  • Collecting, organizing, and analyzing datasets
  • Submitting public records requests to gather data
  • Writing clear, accessible reports aimed at journalists, policymakers, and the public
  • Eloquently and persuasively presenting PLF research in media interviews, op-eds, and a variety of other settings


  • 2-5 years of experience developing and completing research projects
  • Know the principles of liberty and seek to advance them
  • Inquisitive and self-motivated
  • Like to solve problems, work with data, and collaborate with others
  • Strong analytical skills including a proficiency with a research software (e.g., Stata, SAS, R, SPSS)
  • Excellent organizational skills to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Hold a relevant BA degree; master’s degree is a plus

This is a full-time, permanent position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, and employer-paid retirement savings. We take work-life balance seriously through our generous paid leave and flextime policies. We have a flexible, collaborative, positive, and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in your future and encourage internal advancement. PLF is the place for someone principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power. Join us.

TO APPLY Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing your qualifications, your sincere interest in this position and PLF’s mission, and your salary requirements
  • 2 writing samples; writing samples relevant to PLF’s work preferred, any two writing samples are acceptable

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link

Questions can be directed to Katy Gambella, Network Engagement Manager at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.