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POLICY & RESEARCH ANALYST II - Political Voice

Company: Advancement Project
Date Posted: April 27, 2015

Position Summary:
The Policy & Research Analyst will report to the Associate Director of Political Voice and will work with community-based organizations, civil rights organizations, and government offices across the state to eliminate racial and economic disparities in political participation and government responsiveness.

This work will include:

  • Advocating for public policies and administrative practices that expand opportunities for political participation and enhance government responsiveness, particularly in low-income communities of color;
  • Researching issues of political participation and government responsiveness, particularly as those issues are experienced by residents in low-income communities of color; and Building coalitions to develop collaborative strategies to address disparities in political participation and government responsiveness.

Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyzing public policies and administrative practices related to political participation and government responsiveness;
  • Developing and conducting rigorous training curricula for a wide range of stakeholders (including staff from community based organizations, community members, funders, and others), particularly on the decennial census;
  • Building partnerships with and providing technical support to community and civil rights groups as they prepare and launch campaigns to improve political participation or government responsiveness;
  • Building partnerships with and providing technical support to government offices as they prepare and launch initiatives to make government more participatory;
  • Conducting online research and literature reviews to support development of policy and advocacy agendas related to public engagement, the decennial census, redistricting, and/or voting and election systems.
  • Tracking national, state and local developments in policy forums including legislative activity around democracy issues.
  • Representing Advancement Project in key policy and advocacy stakeholder networks.
  • Developing policy briefs, reports and quantitative analyses.
  • Preparing materials and reports for meetings.
  • Scheduling and/or organizing meetings.
  • Serving as primary liaison with community-based organizations and coalitions;
  • Identifying, initiating, and deepening relationships with community stakeholders, relevant government staff, and political leadership;
  • Participating in organization-wide planning, development, and communications activities, as needed, and ensuring adherence to Advancement Project goals and policies within the project area; and
  • Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills.

Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sincere and demonstrated commitment to advancing social and/or racial justice progress for the highest-need communities.
  • 2-4 years of experience in civil rights and social justice, public policy, community-based policy advocacy and/or organizing (beyond summer or short-term internships).
  • Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree in public policy, law, or the social sciences preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential job duties may be considered.
  • Experience and success working in partnership with community and civil rights organizations, including experience building and working in coalitions.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, facilitation and presentation skills–experience translating technical analyses into compelling advocacy messages is especially preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting policy analysis and research (qualitative/quantitative), as well as synthesizing complex information/data for policy and planning.
  • Demonstrated familiarity and confidence with reviewing and analyzing data and statistics on political participation and government responsiveness from a variety of sources preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing complex projects that are strategic in nature& scope.
  • Demonstrated experience in organizing large-scale events.
  • Proven ability to work with diverse communities, leaders and staff.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a small team setting.
  • Flexibility to adjust and contribute to continually evolving work situation and changing priorities.
  • Good computer skills, proficient with MS Office applications.
  • Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to execute projects on-time and on-budget.
  • Bilingual English-Spanish a plus.
  • Must be able to travel locally and statewide.

Physical demands:

  • Occasionally must be able to move office supplies and equipment weighing up to 15 pounds across the office.

Salary:
Competitive compensation depending on experience. Includes full health, dental and retirement
benefits.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to:


Jorge Jimenez
Director of Human Resources, Finance and Administration
hr@advanceproj.org
1910 West Sunset Blvd., Suite 500 Los Angeles, CA 90026 

www.AdvancementProjectCA.org


Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.