Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst, Equitable Resources and Access

Who We Are

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) is a national organization that conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to shape education policies and improve learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, LPI connects policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels with the evidence, ideas, and actions needed to strengthen the pre-k to grade 12 education system and address the complex realities facing public schools and their communities. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others who care about improving public schools, the Institute advances evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for all children.

The Position

LPI seeks a full-time senior staff member to join its team of research, policy, and communication staff in advancing the organization’s efforts in the areas of resource equity and school finance, especially in ensuring equitable access to high-quality educational options for all students. The position has the option to be based in either the Palo Alto, CA, office or the Washington, DC, office. The position is the Co-Lead of the growing Equitable Resources and Access team and will play a critical role in expanding the team’s resource equity portfolio.

The Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst will (1) serve a key role, in collaboration with the Policy, Research, and Communications teams, in the development and execution of LPI’s policy outreach and engagement strategy; (2) design, support, and advance efforts to inform policy communities in the development and implementation of evidence-based education policies and practices, with a focus on issues related to equitable access to high-quality education, including resource equity and school finance; and (3) cultivate and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders in the state and federal policymaking arenas.

The successful candidate will bring deep policy advocacy, research, or legislative experience and expertise in one or more of the following education policy areas:

  • School Finance
  • Quality and Equity Issues Associated with Educational Choice Options
  • School Integration

Major Responsibilities

  • Co-lead LPI’s Equitable Resources and Access Team, which includes project management; cultivating relationships with funders; and identifying new opportunities for research, communication, policy development, and partnership.
  • Conduct, manage, oversee, and translate research on key issues associated with equitable resources and access.
    • Perform policy analysis and develop policy recommendations that are well-grounded in educational research. This includes developing written policy briefs, statements, and letters that summarize, interpret, and apply research for a range of audiences to inform, monitor, and report policy and research conversation across government, media, think tanks, academia, and advocates.
  • Conceptualize and develop tools and resources that make complex research accessible to a broad array of stakeholders in order to inform the development of policy.
  • Advise on, develop, and implement strategies for outreach and education among policymakers and education stakeholder organizations, including responding to and generating requests for information.
  • Understand legislative and executive process and procedures and establish, maintain, and cultivate strategic and bipartisan relationships with state and, where appropriate, federal, legislative, and administrative staff, and with education stakeholder organizations.
  • Convene partners and relevant groups, including organizing briefings related to content areas of expertise.
  • Attend and represent LPI at relevant meetings, symposia, and conferences, which includes making public presentations on behalf of the organization related to content areas of expertise.
  • Identify, design, and advance opportunities for partnership with education organizations.
  • Review, analyze, and draft bill, report, regulatory, and guidance language, as well as the supporting translational materials related to content areas of expertise.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • At least 10 years professional experience (research/policy, legislative, government, and/or nonprofit).
  • Prior experience in developing and advancing legislative, executive, or educational advocacy and policy, and the demonstrated ability to effectively conduct, analyze, synthesize, translate, and communicate education research to policymakers, including developing and providing technical assistance on education policy development.
  • Exceptional writing and oral communication skills.
  • Well-established relationships with key individuals in government and at LPI’s partner organizations as related to content areas of expertise.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in collecting, synthesizing, and evaluating information to support policymakers and policy influencers in using research to develop policy—often in time-sensitive situations.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage and coordinate several projects simultaneously, support team members, and track complex tasks across multiple stakeholders.
  • Prior experience serving as a lead on team-based projects or other supervisorial experience, and a commitment to supporting the learning of team members.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan effectively and the flexibility to handle the unexpected.

Dispositions

  • Passion for ensuring that all children receive empowering and equitable learning, especially historically underserved students.
  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to both work independently and foster collaborative working relationships, and to work well in a team-setting.
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence and equity.
  • Ability to execute and exhibit good judgment.
  • The intellectual strength and curiosity to understand and appreciate the varied and complex educational policy landscape, and the ability to translate that understanding to policymaker and lay audiences.
  • An optimistic outlook and a flexible, innovative nature.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and three professional references to careers@learningpolicyinstitute.org, with the job title in the subject line. Application review begins on February 16, 2018. Candidates invited to continue through the interview process will be asked to complete a job-related task/performance assessment at that time. 

The Learning Policy Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.