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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
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Senior Policy Analyst Responsibilities: Identify, assess and inform all program staff of trends and emerging issues in child welfare and juvenile justice at the federal, state and local level. As an active member of specific reform teams, use knowledge of professional and federal standards and best practices to provide guidance at all stages of impact litigation. Develop and conduct public advocacy campaigns to advance policies that improve the welfare of vulnerable children. Engage directly with internal staff and external stakeholders in active reform campaigns and new campaign investigations. Use professional literature to address the harms to children that ineffective public policies and practices can cause or exacerbate. Work with and develop national coalitions to promote public policies that improve the welfare of vulnerable children. Collaborate on and help lead and execute policy research projects, which may include quantitative and qualitative analyses. Prepare, either internally or with external partners, reports, articles, white papers, and other written materials on children’s policy issues. Assist professional development staff in securing grants to help support and grow the Policy Department. Provide guidance and supervision to policy interns both during the school year and over the summer.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: A Master’s degree in social work, child and family studies, public policy, social policy, public administration or related field; JD Degree preferred. 3-5 years of increasing responsibility in practice, policy or research involving child welfare or a child advocacy field. Strong oral and written communication skills. Strong organizational skills and an ability to handle and prioritize a variety of tasks simultaneously. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a variety of professionals and stakeholders. Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member. Knowledge of appropriate search engines, databases, and sources of federally reported child welfare information and data. Knowledge of research methodology and statistics. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point; SPSS and/or other statistical analysis software; and nVivo or other qualitative data analysis software. Legal background a plus.
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