- Policy Analyst, Education – Rolling
- Independent Fellows – Rolling
Policy Analyst, Education
The D.C. Policy Center is looking for a self-motivated and well-organized analyst to work on education policy in the District of Columbia. The ideal candidate will have a deep interest in the District and a broad background in education issues, and will be adept with a variety of data sources and fluent in evaluating and applying high-quality policy research.
The work will focus on supply and demand factors for K-12 education in the District of Columbia in the context of demographic change and socioeconomic disparities, and how the District’s educational institutions can attract, keep, and serve families of all types. Research areas include: the role the city’s educational institutions play in attracting families to the city or certain neighborhoods; how demand for certain types of schools correlates with school location, student demographics, socioeconomic variables, and other factors; how segregation and concentrated poverty affect school choice and quality; how access to high-quality schools varies by neighborhood; and the role housing and transportation policies play in providing access to quality schools.
The incumbent will manage and implement the D.C. Policy Center’s new K-12 education research and policy program. Key responsibilities include:
- Manage and deliver education policy research and analysis projects supporting the D.C. Policy Center’s research agenda.
- Collect, assemble, and maintain datasets; apply statistical models and methodologies; and conduct analyses based on available datasets.
- Summarize findings in blog posts, papers, reports, and research summaries for internal and external audiences.
- Develop and implement dissemination plans for publications.
- Work with other staff to oversee content of project-specific web pages and publications.
- Work with other staff to coordinate projects and responsibilities for research assistants and interns.
- Engage with key stakeholders in government, the private sector, policy and advocacy groups, and other research establishments, and coordinate with partner organizations as needed.
- Attend conferences, meetings, and briefings as a project liaison, writing summary reports as necessary.
- Monitor external research and policy developments.
- Support the preparation of grant impact implementation progress reports and tracking of impact activities.
- Support the Executive Director in securing other research and funding partners to ensure the longevity of the education research program.
Experience and skills
- Education and/or relevant experience in economics, public policy, education policy, applied statistics, demography, or a related field.
- Analytical research skills and experience in econometrics and statistical analysis, including experience working with national panel surveys and other large-scale datasets.
- Expertise in common statistical programs (e.g., SAS, Stata, or R).
- Experience in education policy, especially state policies at the K-12 level.
- A keen understanding of the District’s unique education policies and priorities, and the history and environment that shape them.
- Proven written and presentation skills in a range of formats to both expert and general audiences.
- Competence to undertake high-profile research assignments with multiple deliverables over various time periods.
- Strong organization skills, a high level of attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
- A demonstrated interest in urban and education policies in the District of Columbia, as well as knowledge of District government and its policies.
- Experiencing managing short- and long-term research projects.
- Experience in mapping and data visualization (GIS, Tableau)
- Significant experiencing extracting and analyzing state-, city-, and tract-level data from national data sources, such as the American Community Survey.
Send a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples as a single PDF to email@example.com.
The D.C. Policy Center is looking for journalists, data scientists, and policy wonks of all stripes to write for the Center’s website as independent research Fellows. These data-driven, D.C.-centered analyses of 500-2000 words will focus on topics within the Center’s key policy, including labor markets and labor market conditions, business environment, demographic changes, education, workforce development, infrastructure and transportation, social policies, and housing.
Each piece must include original research or analysis focused on the District of Columbia. The ideal candidate is an independent thinker with excellent research, analysis, and writing skills who can put forward interesting analysis and policy ideas. A publication record and a demonstrated interest in urban data and policy, especially the District of Columbia’s economy or demography, are a plus.
Strong data visualization skills are preferred, but the Center can provide support with data visualizations if needed. While arrangements are flexible, we expect our writers to contribute between one to three times a month.
Send a resume, cover letter discussing your background and research interests, and two writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
About the D.C. Policy Center
Established in 2016 and currently based in the Federal City Council (federalcitycouncil.org), the D.C. Policy Center is a non-partisan think tank focusing on local policy issues in the District of Columbia and the surrounding region. Through data-driven and action-oriented policy research, the D.C. Policy Center’s mission is to bring together policymakers, employers, industry leaders, community advocates, and other stakeholders to advance comprehensive policies that support a strong and growing local economy for all District residents.
The Federal City Council is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status, or any other protected status under federal or District law.