Policy Analyst

13 Apr, 2021


Policy Analyst

New America
Washington, DC

About the Better Life Lab

The Better Life Lab at New America is a small team of researchers and storytellers working in solidarity with the movement for work-family justice. We focus on gender equity, elevating the value of care, and rewiring family-supportive social policy, workplace practice and cultural expectations to work better for today’s families.

Core to the Better Life Lab’s mission is human-centered research, policy analysis, and journalism. Unlike analyst positions in other organizations, the Lab’s approach is creative and narrative driven, with an emphasis on translating research and analysis into a steady stream of public-facing writing, speaking, and content creation to change culture and influence the national conversation on public policy, workplace practice, and cultural norms.

Position Summary 

The Lab is looking for an early to mid-career professional to support the work of its team as a Policy Analyst. The Policy Analyst plays an important role in supporting the Better Life Lab’s research and reporting projects and is encouraged to develop and execute projects of their own. As a member of the Lab’s content team, the Policy Analyst is expected to keep the Lab informed of the latest policy developments and innovations in the work-family justice space and big “north star” ideas from leading advocates, policymakers, and researchers. Translating these developments for a variety of audiences, including policymakers and the general public, is a core responsibility of the Policy Analyst.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the Director and BLL team on the development and writing of policy-related research and recommendations for the Lab’s priority issue areas: the care economy, work-family justice and gender equity; and develop and implement research, writing, event and communication strategies.
  • Stay up-to-date on and communicate to the BLL team the latest local, state, and federal policymaking related to the Lab’s priority issue areas.
  • Write regularly, as author or co-author, on key BLL issue areas in policy papers, case studies, explainers, FAQs, blog posts, articles, reports and/or memos.
  • Contribute to and support Lab projects, reports, report releases, convenings, workshops and events.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key partner organizations, policymakers, and business, academic, community and advocacy stakeholders in the work-family justice and gender equity space, including scoping and implementing joint events, projects, fundraising and other collaboration.
  • Represent the Better Life Lab’s mission, positions and work before funders, policymakers, partners, the press, public, and at conferences, on panels and webinars to raise the Better Life Lab’s public profile.

Other Responsibilities

  • The policy analyst may be asked to perform additional duties and take on other responsibilities as dictated by events and circumstances.


  • Master’s degree in a specialty with a demonstrable connection to the Lab’s issue areas or commensurate professional experience.
  • Proven ability to convey complex information, including academic research, surveys and statistics, and public policy, both orally and in writing to a broad and diverse audience in a concise, clear, and conversational manner.
  • Demonstrated interest in the Lab’s priority issue areas with a clear emphasis on developing equitable solutions for marginalized groups and communities.
  • Research expertise in social sciences, media studies, and/or journalism.
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently with limited supervision and instruction at times.
  • Experience with, or an enthusiastic willingness to learn how to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, and external partners, policymakers and donors to advance work-family justice and gender equity issues.
  • Forward-looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions and is able to thrive in a creative, agile program, take initiative and adapt to meet the challenges of the moment.
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to keep track of multiple tasks, meet competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment and communicate potential conflicts with the Lab’s staff.
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving, with strong decision-making capability and ability to give and receive timely feedback and edits.

Compensation and Benefits

The Policy Analyst is a full-time exempt position with an annual salary starting at $63,024. Though the Better Life Lab is based in Washington, DC, we will consider remote candidates. Some travel might be required for future Better Life Lab projects. Relocation reimbursement is not available for this role.

New America provides an excellent compensation and benefits package for all of its full-time employees including, but not limited to:

Application Process

Please submit a resume and cover letter describing your interests and qualifications in order to apply. This job posting will close on May 14, 2021 or once we receive 200 applications, whichever is sooner.

We expect the Policy Analyst to start on or around July 5, 2021. We reserve the right to restart the recruitment process if a suitable candidate has not been found.

No phone calls or emails will be answered.

New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our clientele, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.

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Job posted: 2021-04-13