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Associate Policy Analyst/Policy Analyst – U.S. Immigration Policy Program Migration Policy Institute (MPI)

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What if the next step in your career was to join a dynamic team of migration experts who focus on U.S. policies that shape immigration to the United States? We are a group of researchers and policy analysts who value supporting and learning from each other and generating research directly relevant to key policy issues relating to improving the U.S. immigration system so that it works most effectively in the national interest. We are a tight-knit, collegial team looking for a new member who is a social scientist to contribute to MPI’s mission.

As an Associate Policy Analyst/Policy Analyst (depending on level of experience), you will quickly become proficient in the wide range of topics that fall within MPI’s U.S. immigration policy work. You will contribute to the Institute through strong research, analytical, and dissemination skills that bring reliable information, policy ideas, and commentary to current public policy debates. The work will also involve regularly speaking with the media and organizing and participating in private and public events that build understanding of critical policy problems and solutions.

About MPI and the U.S. Immigration Policy Program

MPI is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that is focused on international migration. We seek to improve immigration and integration policies through authoritative research and analysis, opportunities for learning and dialogue, and the development of new ideas to address complex policy questions. MPI is committed to recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining staff at all levels who reflect the breadth of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives in the countries where we work. This breadth of experience encourages diversity of thought that enriches and adds greater credibility to our work. MPI is committed to making sure that staff members of all backgrounds work in an inclusive, equitable environment.  

The U.S. Immigration Policy Program addresses a broad range of immigration issues. Our work is strongly policy focused and draws on both research and relationships with decisionmakers, other experts, and stakeholders across the immigration spectrum, especially—though not exclusively—at the federal level.

Duties and Responsibilities

At either the Associate Policy Analyst or Policy Analyst level, candidates should have an advanced degree in sociology, political science, economics, or another relevant social science. Candidates who have similar skills through experience are welcome to apply. Candidates must demonstrate strong research, writing, analytical, and communications skills. Typically, an Associate Policy Analyst will have three or more years of relevant work experience. A Policy Analyst will have five or more years of experience with a relevant work history that includes conceptualizing, developing, and implementing projects, reports, and dissemination activities.  

Responsibilities that will be assumed by both positions include:

Research and Project Coordination

  • Systematically track current migration and immigration policy developments.
  • Conduct literature reviews; assist with quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, including key interviews, site visits, and other fieldwork; and contribute to or take the lead on analytical research products, ensuring timeliness and accuracy.
  • Contribute to, co-author, or author explanatory and analytical reports, policy briefs, and other research materials, under the guidance of senior staff.
  • Regularly compile needed information from a variety of resources (e.g., meetings, news sources, academic journals, and webinars) to share with the team and other stakeholders.
  • Assist in the organization of public and private roundtables and events (e.g., developing event agendas, drafting invitations, and coordinating with speakers) under the supervision of senior staff and coordinating with MPI’s Senior Events Manager.
  • Support and work with MPI’s intern program and interns, the data team, and MPI’s Communications program.
  • Assist in conceptualizing and writing funding proposals and reports to key donors and partners in support of MPI’s projects.
  • Participate actively as a member of MPI’s staff in institutional planning, internal meetings and discussions, and outside panel and speaking appearances.

Required Skills                                                                                                                

  • Strong knowledge of key immigration programs and policies, U.S. governmental and nongovernmental institutions, and relevant legislation.  
  • Academic or professional experience designing and leading a qualitative (interview or focus-group based) or quantitative research project, or a major component of a research project.
  • Academic or professional background involving analyzing and writing research reports that are public policy relevant and developing evidence-based policy ideas and proposals.
  • Excellent English writing skills in varying formats and speaking fluency.
  • Proactive, motivated, curious, collegial. Ability to handle multiple assignments, prioritize, and meet deadlines in an often fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Proven research, organization, and project management skills.
  • Ability to understand and succinctly synthesize the details of complex policy questions and actions.
  • Comfort with collecting, compiling, cleaning, and carefully checking data in Excel.

Preferred Skills

  • Prior experience conducting policy analysis, qualitative field research, and/or quantitative research.
  • Research and writing on issues at the intersections of immigration with other key public policy fields, e.g. the criminal justice system, humanitarian protection regimes, poverty studies, public benefits, labor market dynamics, or fiscal policy.
  • Prior publications as a co- or sole author.
  • Demonstrated ability to convey complex issues to specialist and nonspecialist audiences, verbally and in writing.
  • Strong relationships with immigration professionals and experts and an ability to strengthen personal contacts and outreach with key immigration actors and networks.
  • Spanish proficiency with demonstrated ability to read, write, and speak in professional settings.

What if the next step in your career was to join a dynamic team of migration experts who focus on U.S. policies that shape immigration to the United States? We are a group of researchers and policy analysts who value supporting and learning from…

Detalles a Simple Vista

  • Flexibilidad
    A Tiempo Completo
  • Fecha de inicio
    7 de febrero de 2022
  • Fecha límite de postulación
    17 de enero de 2022
  • Nivel Profesional
    Profesional

Compensación

This position comes with a competitive salary commensurate with skills and experience and generous benefits package, including health and retirement benefits.

This position comes with a competitive salary commensurate with skills and experience and generous benefits package, including health and retirement benefits.

Ubicación

Temporalmente A Distancia
El trabajo se puede realizar en o cerca de Washington, DC
Ubicación Asociada
Washington, DC, USA

Cómo aplicar

The Associate Policy Analyst/Policy Analyst will be part of MPI’s U.S. Immigration Policy Program and report to its Director. The job is based in Washington, DC, but qualified candidates requesting to work from another location may be considered.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and an unedited, sole-authored writing sample to hr@migrationpolicy.org. Please reference “APA/PA U.S. Program – Social Science” in the subject line and include a sentence telling us how you heard about this position. When attaching your resume, the saved title should be “[Name] U.S. Program Application.”

The Associate Policy Analyst/Policy Analyst will be part of MPI’s U.S. Immigration Policy Program and report to its Director. The job is based in Washington, DC, but qualified…

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