Policy Analyst

12 May, 2020


Policy Analyst

Oakland, CA

What We Do:
Alluma is a non-profit on a bold mission: to remove the barriers between people and the services and support that matter most. We are policy experts and technologists, determined leaders and compassionate innovators, united by our desire to do whatever it takes to solve complex problems in access to health and social services. We create technology solutions that put people first.

How We Work:
Alluma employees dig deep into how our clients work and the challenges faced by the people they serve, so we can streamline complicated processes and design smart solutions that work better for everyone. At Alluma, every employee has a role in ensuring that nobody falls through the cracks. We put people and their unique needs at the center of what we do. Each client we work with is different, and each community they aim to serve unique, so our technology must flex to each opportunity. Our work is done with a clear set of values for racial and economic equity, deep listening, and community voice and engagement.

Who You Are:
• Exhibit a blend of creative, strategic and analytical thinking combined with policy and/or operations experience.
• Able to empathize with individuals seeking services, clients, and partners.
• Able to make thoughtful, data-driven recommendations.
• Excel in ambiguous situations and uncertainty is fun for you.
• Have a roll-up your sleeves and get things done mentality.
• Thrive in a diverse, collaborative environment and are passionate about kicking off new projects.
• Eager to take on assignments that are novel or require creative approaches to achieving the outcome.
• You know that in order to make change happen, you need to understand how things work today so you can improve them for tomorrow.
• Have a strong desire to change the world and are looking to join an organization like ours that will allow you to move the needle!

Position Description:
As one of the three functions within the Strategy & Innovation Department at Alluma, the Policy Innovation Group is a critical driver of Alluma’s work, making connections between public policy at the federal, state and local levels and the people those policies are aimed to serve. This happens through developing an understanding of critical issues and the profound challenges faced by those seeking services.

As part of the larger efforts of the Strategy & Innovation Department, the Policy Analyst will apply their understanding of the critical issues and the structural and policy challenges faced by people to help shape and influence the organization’s business strategies and practices based on emerging policy and/or technology trends. The individual will identify and share innovative policy approaches and developments through research, analysis, trainings, and thought leadership. The individual will also collaborate with other Strategy & Innovation team members to conduct field discovery, ideate, design, and act as a subject matter expert (SME) while prototyping innovative policy approaches that lend themselves to technology accelerate connecting people to services they need.

This role reports directly to the Executive Director, Policy Innovation.
Essential Functions & Summary of Responsibilities:
• Identify current research, best practices, and strategies for supporting Alluma’s policy work.
• Stay current on federal, state, and local laws and available literature in the policy areas relevant to Alluma’s work.
• Conduct in-depth research, scans and analyses of the policy landscape and industry trends, needs at the community level, and trends in policy and technology at all levels.
• Be a timely and responsive source of information, policy & political updates, and materials/resources through issuing regular policy updates to internal and external stakeholders.
• Develop and maintain working relationships with legislative, administrative, and intergovernmental staff, as well as industry groups and nonprofit organizations in the policy areas relevant to Alluma.
• Spend considerable time in the field developing a first-hand understanding of the public policy issues critical to Alluma, of the challenges faced by the people Alluma serves, and how entrenched policy inequities may impact connecting people to the services they need.
• Act as Subject Matter Expert (SME) to ensure the development (e.g., Scope of Work, business requirements) and implementation of technology projects reflect an understanding of the critical policy issues, the challenges the people we serve face and the most effective solutions to these issues and challenges.
• Prepare or present ideas regarding issues based on analysis and evaluation through policy briefs, policy memos, charts, and graphs, etc. to a wide range of audiences.
• Represent Alluma at relevant national and state conferences, and policy forums.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications Requirement (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities):
• Strong investigative and research skills, including identifying statutes, rules, policies and procedures relevant to Alluma’s policy work.
• Demonstrated experience in synthesizing, analyzing, and evaluating highly complex information and translating it into clear and concise documents or presentations.
• Demonstrated experience in communicating clearly and concisely through oral and writing presentations to internal and external audiences.
• Able to think creatively, experiment, and willing to take risks.
• Able to work effectively in teams and with all levels of the organization.
• Able to learn quickly, show initiative, and eager to take on increasing levels of responsibility.
• Well-developed interpersonal skill set — especially active listening, empathy, patience, and relationship building.

Education/Training Requirements:
• Degree in public policy, public or business administration, economics, social work, education or a related field that includes a curriculum of economics, statistics, public finance, and policy analysis.
• 2-4 years of experience in an analytical role with demonstrated increased responsibility.

• Experience in public policy, social services, program operations or public sector technology.
• Strong curiosity about the design, development or implementation process of technology projects involving multiple stakeholders and complex systems.

Salary is commensurate based on work experience with a range from $65,000 to $80,000.

Work Environment and Conditions:
Physical requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required sit, stand, talk and hear, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; repetitive motion; reach with hands and arms. The position is primarily sedentary work. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; Other vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is working in an office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Alluma is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
In keeping with our beliefs and goals, no employee or applicant will face discrimination/harassment based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or veteran status. Above and beyond discrimination/harassment based on “protected categories,” Alluma also strives to prevent other, subtler forms of inappropriate behavior (e.g., stereotyping) from ever gaining a foothold in our office. Whether blatant or hidden, barriers to success have no place at Alluma.

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Job posted: 2020-05-12