Survey Analyst

Location: San Francisco
Job #: 202104
# of openings: 1


The Public Policy Institute of California is dedicated to informing and improving policy in the state. By providing essential information and framing policy debates, we help shape a better future for California.

This Survey Analyst position contributes to the work of the PPIC Statewide Survey team which produces nonpartisan, independent, high quality research and information about Californians’ attitudes toward political, social, and economic issues and ballot choices. This position reports to the associate survey director.

PPIC is currently working virtually. When PPIC’s offices reopen, this position will be based in PPIC’s San Francisco location.


  • Assist in the design, implementation, and presentation of statewide surveys
  • Assist in preparing fact sheets on elections, voters, and survey findings
  • Track state and national survey questions, topics, and trends
  • Track news about California public policy and politics
  • Follow state legislation and proposed initiatives
  • Respond to inquiries about the survey and survey data
  • Contact agencies and organizations to request data and information
  • Prepare grant proposals and grant reports to foundation staff
  • Develop survey briefings for policy audiences
  • Perform administrative responsibilities as required

Survey Analysts are integral members of the PPIC Survey team, which includes a survey director and associate survey director. As their expertise develops, so do the opportunities to expand their level of responsibility regarding their management of projects and relations with funding partners and contributions to related publications.


  • B.A./B.S. or Master’s degree in social science (economics, environmental studies, political science, public policy, sociology, urban planning, or a related field), or equivalent experience and related coursework in survey research and advanced statistics
  • Ability to meet commitments in a deadline-driven environment is essential to success in this position
  • At least one year of public opinion or survey research experience
  • Quantitative and qualitative analytical ability
  • Experience with statistical package SPSS
  • Knowledge of survey sampling, questionnaire design, and sample weighting is required 
  • Knowledge of survey methods including live telephone interviews and on-line panels
  • Knowledge of focus group methods and multivariate statistics is a plus
  • Knowledge of Python, R, and data visualization software
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to show exacting attention to detail
  • Strong interest in politics, government, and public opinion research
  • High proficiency in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access and Internet
  • Ability to work independently while functioning effectively as part of a team
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus, as is familiarity with policy issues of importance to California

PPIC values the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences of our research staff, and key elements in the consideration of qualified candidates include excellence; diversity of talents, backgrounds, and viewpoints; and a strong fit with PPIC’s mission of informing and improving public policy through independent, nonpartisan research.

To Apply

Applications will be considered as they are received, and the position will remain posted until filled. Please tailor your cover letter to highlight how your credentials meet the qualifications listed above.

PPIC is committed to excellence through diversity. Our work is rooted in objective, data-driven policy analysis. We welcome and encourage applicants who reflect the full diversity of California. The expertise of our staff members is essential to the success of PPIC’s mission, and we assist career and personal growth through robust support of skill development at all levels of the organization. We also provide a competitive package of benefits and financial compensation.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer.

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