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Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is seeking an Associate Policy Analyst to serve as a member of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for working with government agencies, researchers, and policymakers to answer fundamental questions for family self-sufficiency and other areas of child and family policy. The team’s work focuses on improving the amount, quality, and usage of data available for decision-making in an effort to improve outcomes for public benefit programs including Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and other food assistance programs, workforce development and training programs, and early care and education. This work is achieved through a number of core projects and functions, including research, data support and technical assistance, outreach and collaboration, and dissemination of work through written products.
Chapin Hall is seeking a candidate with strong writing and communication skills, experience with project management, expertise with public benefit programs, and some familiarity with administrative data and data systems.
This position reports to a Researcher.
Policy Analysis and Project Management
Manages the implementation of projects of varying size and complexity, including planning, organizing, and managing resources to achieve specific project goals and objectives.
Contributes to all phases of research project development and execution: proposal writing and submission, research design, data management, analysis, and dissemination of findings.
Reads, evaluates, and summarizes academic and policy research relating to family self-sufficiency programs and related topics.
Helps project partners understand the implications of research findings for policies, programs, and the populations they serve.
Manages write-up of presentations, reports, issue briefs, web materials, memoranda, and other communications related to team efforts.
Writes major sections of project reports.
Edits and reviews the written work of other professionals.
Identifies opportunities for communications to external stakeholders.
Leads and/or contributes significantly to meetings with key external stakeholders.
Supports relationships with state agencies, research and policy stakeholders, and funders necessary to develop and carry out each project’s work and navigates those relationships effectively.
Represents Chapin Hall, engaging stakeholders in discussions related to current or potential work, accurately assessing each situation to determine the approach and discussion topics appropriate for one’s role.
Master’s degree in public policy, social work, human services, public health, sociology or other relevant field plus a minimum of two years of relevant experience required.
OR; Bachelor’s degree in public policy, social work, human services, public health, sociology or other relevant field plus a minimum of five years of relevant experience required. Degree in an unrelated field is acceptable with relevant work experience.
A minimum of two years of applied and operational experience in public program or policy contexts, and in policy and data analysis, required.
Research or professional experience with TANF and other child and family programs and policies is strongly preferred.
Demonstrated experience writing materials in research or policy contexts including grant proposals, research reports, issue briefs, policy memorandum, and/or related written communications required.
Experience with administrative data and data systems and data analysis or reporting is a plus.
Experience with SQL and relational databases is preferred; any programming experience with SAS, Stata, R, Python, or other languages is a plus.
Knowledge of pertinent research and analytical methodology, with an emphasis on quantitative methods, and ability to apply such techniques to program and policy issues is preferred.
Experience conducting applied research in partnership with government and/or non-profit agencies is preferred.
Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively translate and convey complex concepts and study findings using language appropriate to policymakers or a general audience required.
Demonstrated capacity for working in a collaborative environment required.
Ability to collaborate effectively and manage relationships with external parties required.
Ability to prioritize competing demands and manage multiple, concurrent tasks under tight deadlines required.
Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative required.
Highly flexible problem-solving and analytic skills required.
Strong attention to detail with exceptional organization skills required.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook required.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must be able to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time.
Must be able to operate a computer extensively for four (4) or more hours per day.
A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and reference contact information are required to be considered for this position.
Pre-employment background checks are required for all Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago positions.
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Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that values and actively seeks diversity in its workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, status as an individual with disability, age, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.