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Policy Research Fellow - Debt-Free Justice Campaign - School of Law
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 20, 2022
Title Policy Research Fellow - Debt-Free Justice Campaign - School of Law
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 08/21/2022
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Law - General
    Family/Juvenile/Child Law

Policy Research Fellow - Debt-Free Justice Campaign - School of Law

Position overview Position title: Policy Research Fellow Salary range: The anticipated salary range is $67,400-$110,000, though the successful candidate could be hired above or below this range depending on qualifications. Percent time: 100% Anticipated start: September 1, 2022 Position duration: Initial one-year term, with the possibility of renewal. Application Window
Open date: July 14th, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Jul 28, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Aug 21, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Berkeley Law Policy Advocacy Clinic (PAC) seeks applications for a Policy Research Fellow to support the national Debt-Free Justice (DFJ) campaign, a multi-state advocacy effort to end fees, fines, and other monetary sanctions imposed on youth and their families in the juvenile legal system.

The campaign is managed by the Juvenile Law Center, National Center for Youth Law, and Policy Advocacy Clinic (PAC). The position will be housed at PAC, a Berkeley Law clinic in which interdisciplinary teams of JD and MPP students support high-impact, non-litigation campaigns on behalf of historically marginalized communities to address systemic racial and economic injustice, including campaigns to abolish racialized wealth extraction.

Since 2016, the campaign has achieved significant juvenile fee and fine reforms in state and local jurisdictions. DFJ partners and funders agree on the need for a dedicated research strategy to document outcomes and lessons learned and to accelerate and deepen reform.

In close collaboration with national partners and PAC staff and students, the Policy Research Fellow will leverage existing campaign data, resources, and expertise to develop, implement, and monitor a national research plan.

Under the supervision of the PAC Faculty Director, the Policy Research Fellow will be responsible for:

Policy Research (80%)

  • Strategy: Create a research strategy, agenda, and work plan in consultation with DFJ partners to support the national campaign;
  • Methodology: Develop a methodology for and provide support to national and state partners undertaking descriptive and outcome research in active state campaigns;
  • Literature review: Prepare and keep updated a literature review and associated fact sheets and other summaries for use by national, state, and local partners;
  • Data collection: Collect data in states where reform has passed to calculate the extent of financial relief to youth and families in dollar amounts prospectively and retroactively;
  • Work product: Draft, edit, and finalize written work product, including but not limited to reports, briefs, fact sheets, blogs, testimony, and talking points
  • Evaluability assessments: Conduct "evaluability assessments" in states where reform has passed to determine whether it can be rigorously evaluated; and
  • Research subcommittee: Facilitate a DFJ research subcommittee to solicit and review proposals for academic research that advances knowledge to inform the campaign.

    Administrative Duties (15%)

  • Coordinate policy research duties with the Faculty Director and clinic leadership
  • Develop and maintain clinic and project files related to policy research
  • Engage in media activities as appropriate in support of the campaign
  • Participate in professional networking, training, and development activities, including webinars, conferences and other convenings
  • Provide technical and other research assistance to campaign partners, staff, and students
  • Participate in PAC internal meetings, including those related to program planning and administration

    Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

  • Perform other duties as assigned by clinic leadership related to the mission of PAC and the DFJ campaign, campaign partners, funders, and other stakeholders

    Additional materials may be required of applicants.

    Debt Free Justice Campaign:

    Public Advocacy Clinic:

    Union Contract:

    Health and Retirement Benefits:
    Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Candidates must hold an advanced degree at time of application, such as an M.A., J.D., M.B.A., Ph.D. or equivalent international degree
    Preferred qualifications
  • Three (3) years of post-graduate policy research experience focused on criminal, economic, and/or racial justice
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical, oral communication, organizational, planning, problem-solving, and time management skills
  • Experience with Excel, Tableau, Qualtrics, R, data visualization, and public records act requests
  • Strong active listening and collaboration
  • Ability to manage complex projects independently, juggling shifting timelines, and being a committed team player, including knowing when to ask for help
  • Ability to develop constructive and respectful relationships with community members, policymakers, media, academics, advocates, and activists
  • Ability to contribute to an equitable, inclusive, and antiracist workplace, including sensitivity and empathy in interactions with people from all backgrounds
  • Sense of humor, positive attitude, and self-awareness
    Application Requirements Document requirements

    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

    • Cover Letter

    • Writing Sample - Such as a policy brief, comment letter, white paper, or equivalent of no more than 10 pages

    • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
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    Campus Information

    Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

    The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

    In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letter.

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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