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Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst - Higher Education Program

New America’s Higher Education Program seeks a policy analyst or senior policy analyst with a strong interest and background in federal higher education policy.

The analyst will evaluate education data, legislation, and programs, and support existing or new research projects to identify and/or develop promising reform strategies that improve quality, transparency, affordability, consumer protection, quality assurance, and equity in higher education. Additionally, we expect the analyst to help effectively communicate ideas to policymakers, educators, the media, and other key audiences, including through writing compelling policy papers, briefs, blogs, talking to media, and hosting or participating in public events.

New America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States. The Education Policy Program uses original research and policy analysis to solve the nation’s critical education problems, serving as a trusted source of objective analysis and innovative ideas for policymakers, educators, and the public at large. We engage in longer-term research and react to the policy issues of the day. The ideal candidate is intellectually curious, entrepreneurial, committed to creating more equitable higher education outcomes, and able to help form new ideas in federal higher education policy.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Research and write on an array of federal higher education policy issues, particularly those related to transparency, consumer protection, federal financial aid, student loan issues, and quality assurance, all with a focus on underrepresented or marginalized populations and communities.
  • Analyze different kinds of data (such as those from NCES sample surveys, IPEDS, College Scorecard, interviews and focus groups, and secondary and other sources) to inform long-term projects, and develop new policy proposals and recommendations.
  • Author policy briefs, reports, and other documents and deliverables for the general public, policymakers, the media, and other stakeholders.
  • Track and analyze federal higher education legislation and regulation.
  • Contribute content to New America’s blog.
  • Be a public representative for New America in external events, including panels, conferences, and symposia.
  • Develop relationships with other organizations and experts working on similar issues.
  • Develop, pitch, and execute original project ideas. Some of this work will be individual and some will be collaborative with other members of the team and potentially external partners.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • At least three years of federal higher education policy experience required for the policy analyst position, or five years of experience for the senior policy analyst position.
  • Knowledge of federal higher education policy issues, such as those related to equitable outcomes, transparency, quality assurance, consumer protection, financial aid, student loan issues, and experience or interest in equity-focused work.
  • Strong analysis skills, which could include: quantitative analytical skills, including expertise and experience with higher education data sources and use of a statistical package such as Stata or R to perform descriptive statistics; qualitative analytical skills such as the ability to conduct and analyze interviews and focus groups; and/or experience analyzing higher education-related policies, regulations, and actions.
  • Experience conducting research and analyzing quantitative and qualitative information for policy development.
  • Strong writing and editing skills—candidates should be able to communicate ideas clearly and concisely for public audiences.
  • Excellent organizational skills and keen attention to detail—candidates should have the ability to prioritize work and manage time on multiple projects and tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively—candidates should be self-motivated, but also enthusiastic team players open to helping on existing projects, giving and receiving feedback, and working in a collaborative environment.
  • Experience with fundraising or managing grants is a plus for senior candidates.
  • Curiosity, eagerness, and ability to develop new knowledge and skills.
  • Inclined to think independently and challenge conventional wisdom in education policy.

Application Process:

Submit a resume, cover letter, and please answer the following question in no more than 300 words "What do you believe is the most pressing issue in higher education today, and how can federal policymakers address it?" 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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