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ProfileResearcher/Policy Analyst - Children's Rights The candidate will be responsible for conducting fact and policy research. Will be reviewing and using that research and data in white papers, reports, and other publications; mapping political and institutional landscape in Southeast region to support multi-year advocacy strategy to advance the Children Rights agenda. Closely collaborating with a dedicated data analyst and state-based legal staff; developing policy recommendations to stop the school to prison pipeline, reduce educational inequity, and provide children with access to necessary health services; and working with colleagues to advocate for the implementation of those recommendations in each of firm’s states. Oversee firm’s children’s rights policy analysis in the states, ensuring high-quality data analyses, development of evidence-based policy options, and effective public and policy-maker education efforts aimed at changing state law, policy and practice. Conduct firm’s children’s rights policy research, producing high-impact publications (reports, white papers, etc.) related to trends in children’s rights and evaluations of policy reforms. Partner with Children’s Rights staff and other internal stakeholders to identify needs, develop strategies, and implement work-plans. Identify or create opportunities in county and state governments to improve the administration of the education system and other child-serving systems. Establish baselines, monitor implementation, and track the impact of reforms. In collaboration with state-based Policy Counsels, develop productive relationships and communication with a wide range of constituencies interested in children’s rights, including policy-makers, education officials and officials at other child-serving agencies, researchers, and advocates. Partner with Children’s Rights staff and other internal stakeholders to coordinate and facilitate meetings and collaboration with key stakeholders, agency leadership, and practitioners to consider and design new approaches to the states’ children’s rights challenges. Maintain and continue to develop an understanding of emerging children’s rights issues by monitoring publications and participating in conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities. Partner with Children’s Rights staff and other internal stakeholders to develop communication strategies around campaigns and serve as spokesperson upon request. Communicate regularly with firm staff across the region about campaigns and strategies. Represent firm in various forums, including before community groups, legislatures, and state agencies. Comply with all federal and state lobbying and ethical rules and requirements; and other duties as may be assigned to meet firm needs.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree. An Advanced degree in education, public policy, law, or other relevant field is required except in unusual circumstances to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis is essential. Must have 6+ years of experience in public policy, with demonstrated knowledge of at least two of the following areas: the school to prison pipeline (e.g., classroom management, exclusionary discipline, restraint, corporal punishment, alternative schools, school-based law enforcement), educational equity (e.g., school funding, education models differing from traditional public schools, desegregation), and children’s mental health (e.g., EPSDT/Medicaid Act, Olmstead/integration mandate policy, home and community-based services). Experience working with senior policy-makers, education officials/officials at other child-serving agencies, researchers, and other stakeholders preferred. A keen understanding of the importance of rigorous, timely, and policy-relevant research; experience undertaking and managing such research; and disseminating it effectively to policymakers, the media, and the public; and experience convening groups of policy-makers, researchers, and other professionals, and supporting their efforts to reach consensus and move toward a desired outcome desired. Experience working with diverse stakeholders to build consensus and sustain momentum around reforms desired.
Req No. 2017-1166. Send resume, cover letter, a writing sample.
The Southern Poverty Law Center
1989 College Ave NE,
Atlanta, GA 30317