Policy Analyst

13 Apr, 2021


Policy Analyst

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Department Description
As part of the Center for Health Equity Research and the Department of Social Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, it is the mission of the UNC Re-Envisioning Health and Justice Lab to shine a light on how mass incarceration drives inequality in the US and impacts the social determinants of health at the individual and community levels. Our work draws on the expertise of justice-involved persons, corrections staff, and community stakeholders to inform innovative research that aims to eliminate health disparities, understand and address the social determinants of health of justice-involved persons, and contribute to policy change in the areas of criminal justice reform and mass incarceration.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description
The United States has over 6.5 million adults involved in the criminal justice system, with significant over-representation of non-white racial and ethnic minority groups. Even brief exposure to the criminal justice system can have lasting effects on not just the individual, but families and entire communities. It can disqualify people from housing and employment opportunities, exacerbate mental and behavioral health conditions, and put people at increased risk for chronic illness. To effect meaningful change, it is essential that stakeholders and policy makers are equipped with evidence-based research in order to make the informed policy changes.

The research assistant will serve as a conduit between the lab and invested parties looking to positive impact the justice system. The hired candidate will be responsible for collecting and summarizing data on federal, state, and institutional policies that may impact health outcomes among incarcerated populations.

They will assist with developing content for broad audiences, such as contributing to the COVID Prison Project website, whitepapers and manuscripts.

This person will help collect and engage in content review of policies related to local jails and state department of corrections system. They will utilize this information to best understand the impact of policies on the health of people who are incarcerated and to provide input into policy changes or interventions.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. The ability to manage multiple and changing priorities is essential. The hired candidate should possess a knowledge of the criminal justice system and strong ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, including policy makers, stakeholders, academics, and community members.

Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have personal experience with incarceration or involvement in the justice system.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Special Physical and Mental Requirements
Position/Schedule Requirements Evening work occasionally, Weekend work occasionally
Position Attributes
Stimulus/ARRA Funded No
Quick Link https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/190816

Job posted: 2021-04-13