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Associate Specialist - Goldman School of Public Policy

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The Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley is recruiting a part-time, one-year Associate Specialist (3310), with the possibility of an extension. The expected start date is February 2018 and the recruitment will be open until filled.

The Goldman School of Public Policy is a graduate school that prepares students for careers in public leadership.

The majority of the students at GSPP are enrolled in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, which emphasizes the applied and quantitative dimensions of policy making. The MPP may also be earned concurrently with degrees from several other UC Berkeley schools: law, public health, engineering, social welfare, international and area studies and the Energy Resources Group.
GSPP also offers a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program which focuses on policy management and leadership as well as a doctoral program for students interested in policy research. While the Goldman School does not offer a bachelors-level degree, the public policy minor is available to undergraduates enrolled at UC Berkeley.

Goldman School faculty represent the top researchers in their respective fields, which include economics, political science, law, social psychology and engineering. Their expertise ranges from education policy to racial profiling to clean energy. As teachers, they are dedicated to training tomorrow's policy leaders. As researchers, their work is shaping public policy today.


The Policy Analysis Assoc Specialist will carefully review large amounts of policy documents (duty manuals, general orders, etc.) from dozens of police departments around the U.S. participating in the National Justice Database. Six of these departments are also participating in the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice and have already provided their policy documentation. The specialist will write narrative summaries of the documents and score the policies with regard to clarity, prescriptiveness, and robustness in addressing key problem areas relating to biased policing and use of force. The specialist will also rate the departments in the degree to which the policy priorities (e.g., reduced bias) saturate their policy domains.
Specialist will also communicate directly with staff at the Center for Policing Equity (primary holder of the funding) and representatives of participating police departments to obtain additional documents and conduct follow-up interviews to understand how policies play out in practice.

QUALIFICATIONS (at time of application):
The minimum basic qualification to be considered an applicant for this position is a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five years of experience conducting research.

Candidates should have experience working collaboratively and experience with research. Candidates must demonstrate the following: organizational abilities and communication skills, both verbal and written.

Candidates with experience conducting research and are comfortable working with quantitative data. Prior work in justice system and policy development and implementation.

Based upon experience and qualifications. UC Berkeley offers excellent benefits packages as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.

All interested applicants should apply at For information about the position or application process, please contact Emily Martinez at A complete application will include 1) Your most recently updated resume or C.V. 2) Cover letter, 3) Writing sample, and 4) Contact information for two references.

Two references are required. Applicants will be responsible for entering their references’ contact information through the online application system. Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists.

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 letters.

The University of California 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:

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Your most recently updated resume or C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Writing sample

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)