Job opening: Policy Analyst

The Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP or “the Center”) is hiring a Policy Analyst to join the Center’s professional staff. We seek someone with strong analytical skills, the ability to communicate information effectively, and a demonstrated commitment to economic, racial, and gender justice.

About the Oregon Center for Public Policy

We seek to achieve economic and racial justice. We work to advance more equitable public policies through research and analysis, by communicating our findings and recommendations to the public and elected officials, and by collaborating with diverse coalitions and partners to advocate for needed policy changes. Systems change is at the heart of our work.

We recognize that public policy largely determines how much real opportunity people enjoy. Whether the benefits of the economy are spread broadly or narrowly, lifting up the vast majority or the relative few, comes down to choices on matters of tax, budget, and economic policy. And as our nation’s history makes all too clear, public policies define whether some communities face barriers and disadvantages that others don’t. We work to remove structural barriers that block the path of opportunity for people of color and to advance public policies that improve the lives of all Oregonians.

As part of our efforts to make systemic change, we have developed an ambitious action plan for building economic justice in Oregon. The plan is informed by a deep engagement with community-based partners representing Black, Indigenous, and other Oregonians of color. This plan seeks to transform structures that create barriers for those communities and create economic security for all Oregonians.

We are an organization that believes in the dignity of all people and, as such, we are an organization with a culture that values work-life balance, welcomes input and initiative from all staff, and strives to establish structures that foster independence while maintaining accountability.

Job description

The Policy Analyst (PA) is a member of the policy research team and works to support OCPP's policy research agenda through the analysis of tax, budget, and economic data.

The PA will work in a highly collaborative environment, requiring communication and coordination with their colleagues within the research department, as well as in the communications and outreach departments. The PA will focus on and develop expertise in a particular issue area, while also being familiar with other areas OCPP works on. Work will primarily center on state policy issues but occasionally include federal policy.

This is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Executive Director.

Duties

Required skills and experience

Preferred, but not required, skills and experience

Professional development

This position comes with opportunities for professional development. We encourage and assist staff members in learning new skills, and each employee has an annual professional development budget. Staff members have the opportunity to participate in training and interact with experts and colleagues from at least two national networks.

Compensation

This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary range is $65,000 - $75,000. OCPP’s benefits package includes retirement contributions, family health, dental, and vision coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, paid family leave, paid volunteer time, cell phone and internet stipends, and a sabbatical.

Flexible work schedules are a common practice. Employees have the option of working remotely, outside of some regular in-office staff meetings currently consisting of one morning each week. For staff who choose to work remotely, OCPP will ensure you have reasonable furniture and supplies needed for your home office.

Employees accrue eight hours of paid sick leave and ten hours of paid vacation time per month. At the start of each year, employees receive 32 hours of paid personal leave with an additional eight hours each year of service up to 72 hours. The office is closed for eight paid holidays and a week off during the last week of December through New Year’s Day. The office is also closed for a paid holiday every other Friday.

COVID response

OCPP is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of its staff. Organizational policy requires all staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Prior to extending an offer of employment, the candidate will be asked to show proof of vaccination.

In light of the continued pandemic and its aftermath employee mental health is also a top priority. OCPP contracts with an Employee Assistance Program that provides staff with many benefits, including additional access to mental health care on top of that provided by our health insurer. Our response to the public health crisis is ongoing and evolving as circumstances change, and creating meaningful support for staff is an organizational priority.

To apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter by filling out this Google form.

The cover letter should highlight your experience analyzing public policies and communicating the results of that analysis, as well as your commitment to advancing racial equity. The cover letter should not exceed two pages.

Applicants selected for interviews will be asked to supply a writing sample and complete a statistical analysis exercise. Applicants who complete the first round interview and statistical exercise will be provided a $100 stipend for their time.

Questions can be sent to [email protected]; no phone calls, please.

Deadline/timeline:

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed starting on June 6, 2022, but applications will be continuously reviewed until the position is filled.

Non-discrimination and equal opportunity statement

The Oregon Center for Public Policy does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and community partners.

The Oregon Center for Public Policy is an equal opportunity employer. We take proactive steps to ensure an affirmative action approach to employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment. We do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.