Director, National Equity Atlas

Program · Oakland, California
Department Program
Employment Type Full-Time (100% FTE)
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation 110,000 - 150,000

Director, National Equity Atlas (Oakland, CA)


This professional-level position, available immediately, is an exciting opportunity to join the staff at PolicyLink. PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity by Lifting Up What Works®. Please visit our website at: We are currently working remotely – we prefer Oakland as the home base, but will consider other options for the right candidate. 


Position Overview

Putting the power of reliable, accurate, and deeply disaggregated data into the hands of movement leaders and policymakers is a key strategy that PolicyLink is using to win on equity and achieve transformative policy changes that improve the lives of the 100 million people in America living in or near poverty. Through a research partnership with the University of Southern California Equity Research Institute (ERI) led by Dr. Manuel Pastor, we produce the National Equity Atlas: America’s most detailed report card on racial and economic equity and a first-of-its-kind data and policy tool to design high-impact equity solutions. National Equity Atlas products and research inform policy campaigns led by PolicyLink and our allies, elevate equity issues in the policy debate, and equip local leaders with relevant data and policy solutions.

PolicyLink is seeking a Director to lead the National Equity Atlas research partnership. The Director will have principal responsibility for the day-to-day management of the National Equity Atlas, lead the development of high-impact quantitative and mixed-methods analyses and data tools, and oversee the Bay Area Equity Atlas. The Director will report to the Vice President of Research. They will supervise four associates who produce data analyses and lead projects, and will manage the work of consultants as needed.


The ideal candidate is passionate about producing data and research that is relevant and actionable for those working on the front lines to advance racial and economic equity. They are skilled at analyzing data, producing compelling data displays and maps, and writing data analyses in an engaging and accessible way — and looking for an opportunity to further grow leadership by joining our dynamic team.


Position Responsibilities

  • Manage the development and maintenance of the National Equity Atlas and Bay Area Equity Atlas, produced in partnership with the USC Equity Research Institute.
  • Oversee the development of the Racial Equity Data Lab and Equity Data Fellowship.
  • Lead the data team in designing and executing high-impact, innovative, policy-relevant data analyses and tools.
  • Lead research and author, co-author, and contribute writing and research to policy briefs, analyses, and articles, including comparative analyses and equity profiles/research reports focused on particular communities.
  • Develop creative solutions to communicate complex data and research findings, including through data visualizations (graphs, charts, and maps), presentations, and websites.
  • Coordinate with the design and communications teams to produce high-quality products.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of outreach and dissemination strategies, including webinars.
  • Serve as the key spokesperson for the Atlas, representing PolicyLink in internal and external meetings, and before movement leaders, congressional staff, policymakers, experts, and funders.
  • Manage grants and project budgets.
  • Stay current with pertinent literature, developments, and data visualizations around issues of demographic change, inequality, mobility, and equitable growth.
  • Occasionally oversee or produce data and mapping analyses for other teams at PolicyLink.
  • We anticipate that this position will eventually involve travel (one to two trips per month).



  • Master’s degree in urban planning, economics, public policy, public health, or related social science (e.g., political science, sociology).
  • At least 10 years of experience conducting data analysis and research to support policy development, advocacy, or organizing.
  • Experience managing a team.
  • Experience managing the development of data and research products.
  • Excellent writing and research skills, experience with data analysis and quantitative research, including statistical analysis (SPSS or another statistical package) and spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and attention to detail in producing research for publication.
  • Ability to translate complex data and analyses for mainstream audiences, including facility with using Excel for data analysis and the generation of graphs and charts.
  • Strong communications skills, including public speaking and the ability to work collaboratively with local and national partners.
  • Self-starter with good time management skills and ability to effectively work on multiple projects.
  • Experience working with low-income communities of color and familiarity with public policy and the legislative process are desirable.




The salary range for this position is $110,000 - $150,000, dependent upon experience. Additionally, PolicyLink provides an excellent and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, 401k match, ancillary benefits, access to Flexible Spending Accounts, commuter expenses, and generous leave benefits.


How to Apply

We accept online applications only.

Please note: No phone calls please. Only those selected to participate in our hiring process will be contacted.


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PolicyLink strongly values equity and believes in a just and fair society where all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. We work towards a more inclusive world and as such we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. PolicyLink is committed to maintaining a diverse and multicultural working environment.


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  • Location
    Oakland, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time (100% FTE)
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
  • Compensation
    110,000 - 150,000