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Pacific 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.

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.

We are freedom fighters.

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.

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 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 are confident.

We know liberty will win.

Strategic Research Analyst

You: A curious and skilled social scientist seeking to leverage data to promote freedom and dismantle policies that trample individual liberties. You are determined to conduct open and transparent research with an eye toward strong methodological foundations. You will leverage your quantitative skills to answer big questions regarding separation of powers, property rights, equality, and opportunity.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources and imperfect data. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in and passionate for the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases litigated at the Court. We also have more than a hundred active cases across the nation. We are a next-generation public interest law firm. This means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

About the Strategic Research Analyst Opening:

You will be part of the strategic research team and work with PLF attorneys, the legal policy team, the communications team, and the Center for the Separation of Powers to elevate our work by developing and executing relevant social science research. In a nutshell, we’re seeking a strategic research analyst who’s passionate about liberty — someone who is confident and relentless.

Getting down to brass tacks, your specific job duties will likely include:

  • Identifying existing literature to address questions
  • Scoping and developing research projects, including finding data, testing feasibility, and thinking systematically
  • Answering research questions through robust quantitative methods
  • 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

This role is ideal for someone with:

  • A Master’s degree in economics, statistics, political science, or a related field.
  • At least 2 years of experience developing and completing research projects
  • Strong analytical skills including a proficiency with a research software (e.g., Stata, SAS, R, SPSS)
  • Experience with geospatial modeling tools such as ArcGIS
  • Demonstrated experience with data visualization tools such as Tableau, a plus
  • Excellent organizational skills to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Passion for PLF’s mission
  • Willingness to travel approximately 5-10%

About Pacific Legal Foundation:

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents 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.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has brick-and-mortar offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, although approximately half of the staff work from home offices across the country. You can work physically in any of our offices or request to work virtually.

To Apply:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file:

  • Your resume, including relevant professional experience
  • A cover letter explaining why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants
  • And one writing sample that exemplifies your methodological skills

Submit your application to Talent Market via this link:

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

Questions can be directed to Katelynn Barbosa, Director of Talent Engagement, at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]

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.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

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.