The Research & Policy Analyst will work with the CCGA team to develop strategic communications and policy analysis to expand our efforts to build a democracy grassroots movement throughout the state. The ideal candidate will have previous experience drafting issue advocacy materials, policy research and analysis, and ideally gathering and analyzing data. The ideal candidate will also have relationship-building skills and establish themselves as a key contributor in a small, fast-paced environment. The Research & Policy Analyst will work with the state executive director to analyze policies, draft reports and other advocacy materials, and create materials to communicate about our issues to different audiences. Position is based in the Atlanta-Metro Area. All staff are currently working remotely during COVID at least until January 1, 2022.
- Research and policy development: develop research agenda with guidance from the Georgia executive director, perform research and produce reports, policy statements, and position papers to support CCGA’s campaigns.
Policy Analysis: monitor and analyze local and state legislation in core areas of government reform in Georgia. Assist with tracking mis- and disinformation trends.
- Work with the Executive Director to review and draft legislation and amendments as needed.
- Strategic Communications: Prepare op-eds, comments, testimony, graphics, coalition briefings and other products to communicate about our work. Support organizing team in creation of disinformation reporting.
- Outreach: Assist team members with drafting policy-based social media posts and other materials.
- Identify research projects which can be performed or supplemented by volunteers and interns and supervise those research tasks.
- Lead team in developing post-election report to memorialize best practices, evaluate programs and recommend improvements for future efforts.
- At least 3-5 years of experience in research writing, advocacy, data surveying, journalism, project management, or similar fields.
- Working knowledge of statewide democracy issues, including voting rights, redistricting, money in politics, ethics, and more.
- Experience working with many kinds of people and a working knowledge of the dynamics of power, privilege, verbal communication skills.
- The ability to craft compelling messages and explain complex ideas in accessible ways.
- Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter.
- Ability to multi-task and to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
- Willingness to work flexible hours—including occasional weeknights and weekends.
- Commitment to working as part of a team. Commitment to professionalism including standards for self and others.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and research tools such as Legiscan, Westlaw, Georgia Lobby, or the ability to learn quickly.
- Demonstrated ability to strategize and plan backward.
- Ability to distill in-depth research reports into summaries that can be quickly applied by stakeholders including those with less data expertise;
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
- Excellent research skills and keen attention to detail
- Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency, including the experience in working effectively with those belonging to groups of diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, language, ability, age and socioeconomic status.
- Strong sense of urgency while remaining calm under pressure.
- Ability to speak more than one language, Spanish preferred.
- Understanding of the political landscape and policy trends in Georgia.
- Action Network (or similar website and advocacy management program) mastery.
SALARY RANGE: $55,000 – $65,000
EQUITY & INCLUSION:
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. Common Cause is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the organization and believes strongly in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce.
Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements(optional) to Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org and include Research & Policy Analyst- Georgia in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications without a Cover Letter will not be considered. Covid-19 vaccines are required, except where prohibited by law. Reasonable accommodations will be provided when required by law.
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