Senior Policy Analyst/ Senior Policy Advisor

Washington, DC
Full Time
New Practice Lab

Team Mission/Purpose:  The New Practice Lab (NPL) works to improve family economic security and wellbeing – through the way social policy is designed and delivered. We believe good policy design focuses on families’ lived experience and prioritizes making a difference in people’s daily lives.

Vision:  Too often families accessing support are caught trying to navigate broken, inadequate, or outdated systems. We need to meet people where they are and develop and deliver policies that are truly responsive to families’ needs.

The New Practice Lab approach is:

  • People-centered. We believe people who will use or be affected by policies should be included in honest conversations about design, testing, and implementation.
  • Focused on family economic security and wellbeing. While the new practice can be applied to many issues, our focus is on improving the economic and wellbeing of families.  While families come in many different shapes and sizes, our current work focuses on vulnerable households, especially those with young children as families with children are overrepresented among American households living in poverty.
  • Date-driven, committed to learning and improving. Trying out policies while using real-time data and feedback from families and service providers allows policymakers to learn, adjust, and put policy into action sooner.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for addressing economic and racial inequities through better public policy design and delivery. This person will be a highly competent writer, editor, researcher, and project manager who will thrive in a quickly-changing, start-up environment within a larger, established think-tank, and who can grow and evolve their responsibilities alongside the Lab as it grows.  We are seeking candidates excited to improve the way policy is made for American families by rolling up their sleeves, implementing a “new practice” and learning in collaboration with community, private, nonprofit, and public sector partners.

The Senior Policy Advisor / Senior Policy Analyst will be a highly competent researcher, writer, and project manager with an understanding of public policy design and delivery. 

Responsibilities: The  Senior Policy Analyst/ Senior Policy Advisor will be a leader who will work as a close partner to the Lab’s director, deputy director, policy and product directors, and policy managers to improve team products, research, and coordination through strong project management and tracking.  This role will have three primary areas of  focus:

  • First, the Senior Policy Analyst/ Senior Policy Advisor will provide the team with project management support for various policy and sprint efforts:
    • Tracking deliverables and KPIs for various projects, such as reports, research synthesis, data analysis, outreach
    • Developing agendas, preparing written updates and facilitating check-ins with sprint teams as needed to continue advancing work against core KPIs
    • Assisting in sprint and policy teams in work supporting partners in the field.
  • Second, the Senior Policy Analyst/ Senior Policy Advisor will be a key writer and editor of NPL products and research.  The senior policy researcher and the writer will directly contribute to the drafting, editing, and finalization of sprint and policy products, including memos, reports, op-eds, blogs, and others as needed (internal and external) in collaboration with product owners. Assist in creating policy briefings for high-level stakeholders in government and the nonprofit space.
  • Third, the Senior Policy Analyst/ Senior Policy Advisor will conduct research and policy analysis, fact-checking, and source analysis.


  • A minimum of 3 - 5 years of work experience 
  • Strong writing and editing skills—candidates should be able to communicate ideas clearly and concisely to public audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively—candidates should be self-motivated, but also enthusiastic team players open to feedback and collaboration.
  • Keen attention to detail.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Writing/Editing: Exceptional skills in writing, editing, and creating presentations
  • Research: Strong policy research and source checking skills at all levels of an organization to generate trust and translate ideas to action
  • Project management/Organization: Strong organizational and project management skills
  • A commitment to an inclusive and collaborative workplace

Application process:

Submit a resume and cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits.

No phone calls or emails, please.  

New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our clientele, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.


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