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Now Hiring: Senior Policy Analyst

POSITION TITLE: Senior Policy Analyst

REPORTING TO: Workforce Policy Director

LOCATION: Flexible in EST & CST time zones with routine travel to our Washington, D.C. office

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Joint Center), America’s Black think tank, provides compelling and actionable policy solutions to eradicate persistent and evolving barriers to the full freedom of Black people in America. For more than 50 years, the Joint Center has been the trusted forum for leading experts and scholars to participate in major public policy debates and promote ideas that advance Black communities. The Joint Center uses evidence-based research, analysis, convenings, and strategic communications to support Black communities and a network of allies.

Founded in 1970 to support newly-elected Black officials who were moving from civil rights activism into governance, the Joint Center quickly evolved into America’s Black think tank. Currently, the Joint Center focuses on the future of Black workers, the impact of economic policies on Black communities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, technology policy and Black communities, congressional staff diversity, and Black presidential appointments.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Joint Center’s growing Workforce Policy Program develops and disseminates data and solutions to mitigate challenges and maximize opportunities for Black workers. Economic recovery debates in Washington, D.C. and across the country have sparked a greater need for workforce research and policy solutions focused on Black workers. To that end, the Joint Center has developed a robust policy research and advocacy plan to address many of the gaps that currently exist in public policy regarding the future of work, education and training, and job quality.

The senior policy analyst will help the Joint Center promote policies and partnerships that ensure all Black communities have access to high-quality, well-funded pathways to economic mobility. The analyst will examine how the changing nature of work for Black workers, including how automation, higher education, and evolving social contracts between employers and employees affect the advancement of Black workers. They will work closely with the Joint Center’s Workforce Policy director to help develop the program’s strategic agenda, author innovative policy reports, advocate for solutions in Congress and across states, and engage almost daily with state, local and national partners, philanthropy, and media.

The senior policy analyst will embody the Joint Center’s cultural principles, including a deep commitment to healthy, growing, and empowered Black communities in the United States and an unapologetic focus on and prioritizing Black people, and disseminating accurate data, research, and solutions that reflect Black interests.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Research, review, compile, and process data and information on a broad range of topics related to the future of work, job training, job quality, and supportive services for workers paid low wages and their relationship to Black communities;
  • Collect, assemble, and maintain large datasets to conduct quantitative and qualitative data analyses;
  • Provide analytical reviews and summaries of existing literature pertinent to assigned topics, including compiling abstracts and organizing material into bibliographic forms and summaries;
  • Analyze executive and legislative budget and policy proposals as it works through the appropriations and legislative process, and work with legislators and advocates to propose alternatives when needed;
  • Help disseminate Joint Center’s policy analysis and recommendations by authoring blogs, op-eds and other materials;
  • Serve as a go-to national expert on racially and economically just employment and training policy and a trusted source of nonpartisan information for partners and the media, providing technical assistance when requested;
  • Deliver presentations to partner organizations and at community events, as well as oral testimony at legislative hearings;
  • Facilitate and maintain relationships with policymakers, legislative staff, government agencies, funders, and national partner organizations; and
  • Represent the Joint Center on designated coalitions and committees and at relevant events.

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • A bachelor’s degree in public policy, public administration, government, political science or related field required, advanced degree a plus;
  • Five or more years of experience in public policy research and analysis or related field;
  • Working knowledge of key trends in poverty, labor policy, racial equity, and economic mobility;
  • Some experience working with policymakers, advocates and other constituencies to develop policy options and strategies to achieve desired change;
  • Excellent research skills, including proficiency in Excel, familiarity with relevant national and/or state and local data sets, and the ability to assess and troubleshoot analytical approaches; and
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write across a number of formats including policy reports, legislative testimony, public presentations, blogs, and op-eds.

PREFERRED QUALITIES

  • Strong desire to grow in an organization that is evolving;
  • Strong commitment to both racial equity and gender parity for Black communities;
  • Political savvy and strong interpersonal skills to build relationships with diverse audiences;
  • Familiarity with STATA, SPSS or alternative statistical analysis tools not required, but a willingness to learn is essential;
  • Able to clearly and concisely express yourself to different audiences;
  • Exceptional organization and time management skills; a demonstrated ability to design a work plan, prioritize, and meet goals;
  • Grace under pressure and a good sense of humor; and
  • Focused and flexible: no matter where it happens, the job gets done.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL ALSO BE:

Mission driven: The successful candidate will be interested in the advancement of African American communities and can collaborate closely with organizations that serve African American communities.

An inclusive and collaborative leader & colleague: The ideal candidate will be visionary and forward-thinking and will inspire team members to make an impact on the future of Black workers through research, analysis, and engagement. 

A respected researcher: We seek a candidate who is focused on evidence-based and results-oriented research and solutions. This position requires intellectual curiosity, an ability to scrutinize and question facts and theories of experts, an ability to explain and defend one’s position, humility to embrace the learning of new skills and approaches, and a desire to grow as a researcher.

A skilled writer and editor: The successful candidate will tailor writing styles to comport with the voice and style of the Joint Center for reports, policy briefs, grant reports, blogging, and press releases, etc., and provide concise, in-depth analysis and sharp, practical, and actionable policy recommendations.

An exceptional public speaker: The successful candidate will have experience with and an interest in public speaking and interacting with the media.

Committed to community & collaboration: The candidate will have an ability and willingness to collaborate closely on projects of mutual interest with other stakeholders and organizations.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should send as one PDF a 1) cover letter that describes what motivates you and how you understand and relate to the Joint Center’s mission, rather than a narrative version of your resume, 2) a resume listing relevant qualifications, and 3) a short (up to 3 pages) writing sample to the Joint Center at recruiting@jointcenter.org with “Senior Policy Analyst” in the subject line.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 10, 2021. No phone calls, please.

JOB-TYPE, SALARY & BENEFITS

This is a full-time position. The salary for this position will range from $90,000-$100,000 based on experience, and comes with an excellent benefits package that includes health, vision, dental, and life insurance. 

The Joint Center is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.

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