- Reports to: Director, Early Childhood Policy
- Staff reporting to this position: None
- Department: Early Childhood Policy
- Position classification: Exempt, full time
The Policy Analyst for Early Childhood Policy will design and conduct original quantitative analysis using statistical software, contribute to policy analyses and policy recommendations, and craft rapid-response commentary including written reports and talking points. The position requires strong writing skills, including translating complex research into easily digestible materials. The Policy Analyst will work closely with a collegial team and engage with other organizations, researchers, and advocates to conduct timely research to advance progressive early childhood policy priorities.
- Build policy and research expertise on a range of early childhood topics, including child care, preschool, Head Start, and home visiting, and analyze how children and families are affected by policies on health, immigration, and the environment.
- Author a variety of written products that meet the needs of the Early Childhood Policy team. This work may include composing rapid-response messages for immediate policy questions; writing issue briefs, columns, and op-eds; and supporting or leading longer-term reports.
- Lead quantitative analyses using public and original datasets, including cleaning, merging, and using statistical software to produce original analyses.
- Conduct qualitative research, including personal interviews and analyses of statutory, regulatory, and other policy documents.
- Manage projects—including developing drafts of project plans that identify timelines, roles, and responsibilities—with regular feedback and oversight from the Director of Early Childhood Policy.
- Delegate tasks to other team members and work collaboratively to ensure adherence to project deadlines.
- Ability to reliably meet deadlines, effectively communicate updates, and spot potential challenges to raise with the team Director.
- Provide research support for members of the Early Childhood Policy team.
- Develop and maintain relationships with a range of key leaders outside of the organization.
- Present American Progress’ research to a range of audiences in formal and informal settings.
Requirements and qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.
- Three to four years of relevant work experience is required.
- Commitment to racial, gender, and disability justice and economic equity, including the intersectionality of these issues.
- Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex ideas and findings in oral and written communication and bring succinct, accessible ideas to nonexperts.
- Collaborative team player with a willingness and curiosity to delve deeply into various early childhood education policy topics.
- Ability to manipulate, probe, and clean datasets to ask interesting questions, create responsible analysis, and share findings clearly and convincingly.
- Demonstrated competence using statistical software such as STATA, SPSS, SAS, R, or similar programs to conduct responsible data analysis.
- Creativity and an ability to generate multiple solutions to problems.
- Self-directed self-starter with a willingness to own high-priority tasks.
- Ability to identify equity and opportunity gaps in datasets and build clear arguments rooted in equity principles.
- Ability to multitask in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment under the pressure of deadlines.
- Responsive to feedback with the capacity to learn quickly and continuously.
- Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.
- Spanish language skills are preferred.
This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. The minimum salary for this role is $56,000. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.