Hiring: Senior Policy Analyst

Reports to:       Director of Policy and Advocacy, Carrie Welton-[link to Carrie’s page on the team page]

Position Type:  Full-time

Salary Grade:   T26 (see the relevant salary range here)

Benefits:            See full list of benefits here

Location:           Philadelphia, PA, remote working from other locations can be considered

Other:                This is a grant-funded position.

Summary of Position

The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is seeking a Senior Policy Analyst (SPA) to join our growing team. As a mission-driven organization we take seriously the importance of rigorous research, engagement, communication activities, and advocacy. Our diverse team is committed to communities that demand affordable, accessible, high-quality education from high school through higher education and beyond. Our teammates demonstrate why #RealCollege matters: we have collectively lived the challenges of navigating government bureaucracy and cash-strapped colleges, experienced the trauma and perils of living without financial stability, and experienced marginalization along nearly every possible line.

The Hope Center seeks a Senior Policy Analyst who is passionate about addressing structural inequality and racial disparities and committed to joining a team that gets into what John Lewis called “good trouble” on a regular basis.

We are looking for an individual with strong strategic, policy and writing skills to join our Policy and Advocacy team. The SPA will report to the Director of Policy and Advocacy to support the Hope Center through policy analysis and writing to promote a comprehensive understanding of the higher education policy and legislative landscape. They will also work with the Director of Policy and advocacy on the development, management, and advancement of the Hope Center’s policy initiatives and agenda. They will conduct in depth research and policy development around challenges affecting students and contribute to the growth of networks and partnerships. The position will involve a mix of research, analysis, writing, and management.

It is an exciting and difficult time to be working on creating significant social change. We seek teammates who are committed to our mission, committed to creating and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment, and are capable and comfortable with working effectively in a fast-paced environment.

Essential Functions:

In coordination with the Director of Policy & Advocacy the SPA will;

  • Identify relevant policy priorities and write position papers, policy proposals, memoranda, and other education materials on higher education policy issues.
  • Draft editorials, press releases, articles and other policy-relevant statements.
  • Prepare and coordinate responses to policy issues including and requests for comments and support from external partners
  • Assist the Director of Policy and Advocacy in managing, growing, and fostering networks and partnerships
  • Attend meetings, briefings, Hill days, and other higher education policy events of interest as needed

Education and Experience:

A Master’s degree or Juris Doctorate from an accredited college or university in public policy, public administration, or a related field is required. The candidate must also have a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant work experience.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • A desire to reduce structural inequality and racial disparities
  • Experience working with federal and/or state legislative staff
  • Experience with legal or policy writing and drafting
  • Proficiency in reading and distilling federal and state level legislative policy for public audiences
  • Strong project management, analytical, problem solving, strategic, and organizational skills
  • Ability to coordinate and be accountable for multiple tasks
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment and multi-task
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills