Overview

The Bell Policy Center is hiring for a full-time Senior Policy Analyst to advance equity-centered, community-engaged research, data analysis, and advocacy on state-level public policies that promote economic mobility for every Coloradan. We seek an experienced researcher with strong skills in data analysis and research methods; working knowledge of key economic mobility issues such as postsecondary education, workforce development, criminal justice, or family economic security; a strong commitment to equity-focused research and engaging community voice; and the ability to communicate information effectively.

The Senior Policy Analyst will develop a portfolio of research in 1-2 core economic mobility issue areas, conduct data analysis and research on emerging issue areas, and engage with policymakers, community groups, and other groups to advance policy priorities in their core areas. They will also work closely with the President, another senior policy analyst, and senior team members in developing an equity-centered policy agenda for the Bell and the research, plans, and projects to support that agenda. The Senior Policy Analyst reports to the President and works closely with the policy team and other key staff.

 

Responsibilities

·         Research and analyze a wide range of public policy issues important to the Bell, with a focus on one or more systems integral to upward economic mobility, such as postsecondary education, workforce development, or criminal justice. Whenever possible, research will produce new and original findings that add to the public discourse.

·         Pursue new Bell-originated research in at least one issue area related to economic mobility and equity, with a focus on elevating issues identified by marginalized communities in Colorado.

·         Conduct original data analysis on individual projects and in support of the policy team. Provide ad-hoc support and data analysis on emerging issues.

·         Develop a steady stream of public-facing work products communicating key findings and proposals that make an impact on policymakers, advocates, and the general public. These include, but are not limited to written reports and briefs, testimony, public presentations, opinion pieces, infographics, and social media content.

·         Work with senior staff and other members of the policy and research team to develop community-engaged research strategies and a lens that centers equity in the Bell’s policy research and advocacy.

·         With the other senior policy analyst, lead the policy and research team and work to ensure consistent quality, credibility, and equity focus in Bell research. Help other policy team members develop and execute data analysis and research pertaining to their own areas of focus.

·         Monitor the larger public dialogue around your issues of focus and helping the larger team anticipate emerging developments and trends.

·         Advocate for the Bell’s vision, values, and ideas on a regular basis before the legislature, coalitions, executive branch agencies, funders, community partners, the media, and the public.

·         Develop and maintain relationships with individuals and organizations involved in your areas of policy focus, and represent the Bell in strategic coalition efforts as appropriate.

·         Assist the President and senior team in developing the Bell’s policy agenda and the research, plans, and projects needed to support that agenda. With the President, provide the board with regular information regarding policy projects and emerging issues.

 

Desired Qualifications

·         4-6 years of policy research and data analysis, and an academic background in a policy-related field. An advanced degree in a policy-related field and/or relevant lived experience and expertise is preferred.

·         Experience with statistical analysis and research methods, in particular work with administrative data sets (such as state tax and budget data or US Census data). Familiarity with Stata preferred.

·         Experience conducting research on a variety of policy-related topics, such as the state budget, postsecondary education, workforce development, criminal justice, and economic security, with subject matter expertise in one or more of these areas.

·         Experience analyzing the specific requirements and impact of legislation and public policy.

·         Excellent writing, editing, public presentation, and persuasion skills in a variety of formats and contexts (e.g., policy briefs, editorials, research summaries, web posts, email blasts, social media posts, tweets or other products).

·         Experience communicating complex issues and data to diverse audiences, including legislators, community groups, nonprofits, and the public.

·         Experience in conducting research from an intentional equity lens; strong understanding of the impact of structural racism, sexism, and other systemic issues on economic mobility and policy.

·         High level of flexibility and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

·         The ability to work independently while remaining part of an overall team.

·         Commitment to the vision and goals of the Bell.

 

Compensation

Salary is $80,000 – $85,000, depending on experience. Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance; life and disability insurance; a 401k retirement program; and a flexible work schedule, in addition to paid vacation and sick leave.

 

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Hannah Arredondo, Finance and Operations Associate, arredondo@bellpolicy.org. Please include “Senior Policy Analyst” in the subject line of your email.

 

About the Bell Policy Center

Based in Denver, Colorado, the Bell Policy Center’s mission is to ensure economic mobility for every Coloradan. Through policy research, outreach, communications, and advocacy, we work to ignite a conversation that inspires communities and their leaders to transform Colorado into a state where everyone thrives. Recognizing that racism, sexism, classism, and other systemic forms of oppression have prevented generations of Coloradans from enjoying economic mobility, the Bell focuses on key systems and levers for mobility, such as public finance, the care economy, postsecondary education and workforce development, housing, and family economic security. We are nonprofit and nonpartisan. To learn more about our work, go to www.bellpolicy.org.

Well-respected within Colorado and nationally for its high-quality research, effective advocacy, and leadership in progressive policy, the Bell offers opportunities to build a strong research portfolio and networks within the progressive policy ecosystem. Past staff have gone on to senior positions in state government as well as with both state and national think tanks and advocacy organizations.

The Bell Policy Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 501(c)(4) affiliate, the Bell Action Network. The Policy Analyst works for both organizations, though the vast majority of work is for the Policy Center.

The Bell Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer. We know that Coloradans who belong to marginalized groups in society—including people of color, people from working class backgrounds, immigrants, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ people—are more likely to be left out of opportunities for economic mobility. Because we believe these communities must be centered in the work we do, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

 

To apply for this job email your details to arredondo@bellpolicy.org

About Bell Policy Center

Based in Denver, Colorado, the Bell Policy Center’s mission is to ensure economic mobility for every Coloradan. Through policy research, outreach, communications, and advocacy, we work to ignite a conversation that inspires communities and their leaders to transform Colorado into a state where everyone thrives. Recognizing that racism, sexism, classism, and other systemic forms of oppression have prevented generations of Coloradans from enjoying economic mobility, the Bell focuses on key systems and levers for mobility, such as public finance, the care economy, postsecondary education and workforce development, housing, and family economic security. We are nonprofit and nonpartisan. To learn more about our work, go to www.bellpolicy.org.

Well-respected within Colorado and nationally for its high-quality research, effective advocacy, and leadership in progressive policy, the Bell offers opportunities to build a strong research portfolio and networks within the progressive policy ecosystem. Past staff have gone on to senior positions in state government as well as with both state and national think tanks and advocacy organizations.

The Bell Policy Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 501(c)(4) affiliate, the Bell Action Network. The Policy Analyst works for both organizations, though the vast majority of work is for the Policy Center.

The Bell Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer. We know that Coloradans who belong to marginalized groups in society—including people of color, people from working class backgrounds, immigrants, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ people—are more likely to be left out of opportunities for economic mobility. Because we believe these communities must be centered in the work we do, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.