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The Bell Policy Center seeks a full-time policy and research professional to join a team of expert analysts who focus on state-level public policies promoting economic mobility for every Coloradan. The position reports to the director of policy and research and plays a central role in policy development for the entire organization.
The ideal candidate is an experienced policy researcher and analyst. You are a generalist but have the knowledge and experience to take the lead on workforce development, postsecondary education, and lifelong learning systems from a two-generation perspective and with an explicit equity lens. You are excited by the Bell’s progressive mission and values, and you understand the role that facts play in public policy debates.
You are familiar with state government and have experience working throughout the policy-making process — from the idea stage through enactment and implementation. You are able to work with all players in that process, including legislators, coalition partners, national allied groups, executive branch staff, funders, and members of the general public. You are an excellent writer and an effective public speaker and communicator. You are comfortable working both independently and as part of a team. You demonstrate sound judgment under pressure and the ability to work on multiple priorities at one time.
About the Position
The Policy Analyst reports to the Director of Policy and Research and works closely with the policy team and other key staff.
· Policy research and analysis, with a focus on systems most integral to helping Coloradans prepare for and access jobs throughout their lives that support their upward economic mobility. These systems include, but are not limited to, postsecondary education and workforce training, adult education, early childcare and education, and various forms of work supports. Depending on time and current priorities, this position may be asked to research public policy issues beyond this initial scope as well. Whenever possible, research will produce new and original findings that add to the public discourse.
· Developing a steady stream of public-facing work products communicating key findings and proposals that make an impact on policymakers, advocates and the general public. These include, but are not limited to, written reports and briefs, testimony, public presentations, opinion pieces, infographics, and social media content.
· Monitoring the larger public dialogue around these issues and helping the larger team anticipate emerging developments and trends.
· Advocating for the Bell’s vision, values and ideas on a regular basis before the legislature, coalitions, executive branch agencies, funders, community partners, the media, and the public.
· Leading staff teams on Bell-originated research projects in assigned areas.
· Creating and maintaining relationships with individuals and organizations involved in your areas of policy focus.
· Representing the Bell in strategic coalition efforts as appropriate.
· Pursuing new Bell-originated research in at least one issue area related to economic mobility and rebuilding a diverse and thriving middle class in Colorado.
Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance; life and disability insurance; a 401k retirement program; and a flexible work schedule, in addition to paid vacation and sick leave.
Level of Language Proficiency
· A graduate degree in a policy-related field (preferred) and at least 2 years of experience in policy research and analysis, or a combination of a bachelor’s degree in a policy-related field and at least 4 years of experience in policy research and analysis.
· Experience analyzing the specific requirements and impact of legislation and public policy.
· Experience conducting research on a variety of policy-related topics, such as postsecondary education, workforce development and training, early childhood education, the state budget, health, labor, and economic security. Familiarity with policies and programs employing a two-generation approach is a plus.
· Experience working with large data sets and conducting basic statistical analysis (familiarity with Stata data analysis and statistical software a plus).
· Excellent writing, editing, public presentation, and persuasion skills in a variety of formats and contexts (e.g., policy briefs, editorials, research summaries, web posts, email blasts, social media posts, tweets or other products).
· Experience interpreting and presenting data and analysis in graphic form (infographics, charts, brief informational pieces).
· Experience in approaching policy issues from an equity lens.
· High level of flexibility and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
· The ability to work independently while remaining part of an overall team.
· Commitment to the vision and goals of the Bell.
Salary is $55,000-$60,000 annually, depending on experience. Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance; life and disability insurance; a 401k retirement program; and a flexible work schedule, in addition to paid vacation and sick leave.
About the Bell Policy Center
Based in Denver, Colorado, the Bell Policy Center provides policymakers, advocates, and the public with reliable resources to create a practical policy agenda promoting economic mobility for every Coloradan. Based in progressive values, our research and advocacy cover a range of issues, including education, health care, the state budget, and issues affecting working families. We are nonprofit and nonpartisan. To learn more about our work, go to www.bellpolicy.org.
The Bell Policy Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 501(c)(4) affiliate - the Bell Action Network. The Senior Policy Analyst works for both organizations, though the vast majority of work is for the Policy Center.
The Bell Policy Center recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, religion, veteran status, military obligations, or marital status. We are committed to igniting a conversation that inspires communities and their leaders to transform Colorado into a state where everyone thrives, and we strive to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people can contribute their best work to this mission.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and relevant writing sample to Julie Pecaut, Director of Strategy and Operations, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Policy Analyst – Work and Learning” in the subject line of your email. (If you applied for the Senior Policy Analyst position posted previously, please review this position’s key responsibilities, role, and level to confirm your fit prior to applying.)