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Policy Analyst, Elections Project

Employer
Bipartisan Policy Center
Location
Washington, District of Columbia, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Oct 16, 2023

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Policy / Legal
Discipline
Climate Change
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Fellowship
The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both sides of the political spectrum. BPC prioritizes one thing above all else: getting things done.BPC works to reconcile the competing aims of highly interested advocates, corporations, and policy experts and design politically viable consensus solutions. We seek out individuals and organizations that are deeply vested in the outcome of its policy projects and ask that they check absolutely nothing at the door, bringing all their passion, political perspectives, and interests to the table. BPC believes that the fundamental strength of American democracy is unity forged amid diversity, and we endeavor to represent this pluralism in all of our policy negotiations.BPC focuses on policy solutions to strengthen our democracy, promote economic growth, opportunity and inclusion, address climate change and create better health outcomes for all Americans.BPC is currently seeking a Policy Analyst to support the work of the Elections Project, which is housed within BPC's Democracy Program. Election integrity is at risk as polarization intensifies and public trust falters. BPC Elections develops innovative, bipartisan policy solutions to the most pressing challenges in election administration. Our work is guided by the idea that election policy must be resilient to shifting political winds and crafted with the input of election officials. Our overarching goal is to foster public trust in democratic institutions by strengthening election infrastructure at the state and federal level. Candidates who exceed the qualifications for the role of policy analyst may be considered for a senior policy analyst position with additional responsibility and compensation. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIESThe Policy Analyst will play a central role in the development and implementation of the Election Project's research and advocacy priorities. This analyst role is new; it will include existing priorities of the Elections Project and will be focused on a new effort focused on recruitment, retention, and training within the election administration workforce. The Policy Analyst must be well-versed in election administration and with strong policy research, writing, and oral communication skills. The position will report to the Associate Director of the Elections Project Rachel Orey and work closely with others on BPC's elections team.Specifically, the Policy Analyst will have the following responsibilities:
  • Substantively support BPC Elections' research efforts. Independently draft blogs, explainers, and sections of white papers, reports, and other written deliverables as assigned on an array of election administration topics (with focus on recruitment, retention, and training). Candidates should have a strong independent work ethic and feel comfortable conducting research and writing with minimal supervision.
  • Assist in development of internal and external meeting agendas.
  • Participate in project engagement with stakeholders, fellows, project principals, and task force members.
  • Work with the development team to ensure that all development related collateral is accurate, well drafted and timely. Assist with donor maintenance as assigned.
  • Assist in management of project interns
  • Assist in administrative tasks, such as scheduling meetings, maintaining listservs, and organizing in-person meetings.
QUALIFICATIONSResearch, Writing, and Relevant Skills
  • Strong writing skills across a variety of mediums (short blogs, long reports, policy briefs and memos, etc.) is a must. Writing samples (and likely a short writing assignment) will be a core part of the interview process.
  • Knowledge of and interest in election policy, experience conducting policy research, and experience in project management a plus. Policy background in election administration preferred. Work experience as an election official or in the elections space is highly advantageous.
  • Proficiency in Excel required. Experience with more advanced data and statistical analysis is an added bonus.
  • Administrative, event planning, and coordination experience is a plus.
  • Experience working with government officials is a plus.
Work Ethic
  • Robust independent work ethic and ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Must work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in government, public policy, political science, or related discipline preferred.
  • 3 or more years of relevant experience preferred OR relevant advanced degree and 2 or more years of relevant experience preferred.
  • BPC offers a highly competitive salary and provides generous benefits. Individuals interested in this position should send resume, cover letter, and writing sample in one document. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. BPC does not sponsor employment visas.
BPC is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.COVID GuidelinesThe health and safety of our community is our highest priority. As such, the Bipartisan Policy Center is encouraging all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine, and to receive a booster shot as soon as eligibleWork ScheduleThe work/life balance of employees is a priority for the Bipartisan Policy Center. As a result, BPC is currently operating on a hybrid schedule.Employees at BPC are currently coming into the office three times a week. Exact time and schedules will be determined between an employee and their manager.This position is budgeted at 70k.
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