Policy Analyst/Researcher

09 Mar, 2021


Policy Analyst/Researcher

ERASE Racism
Syosset, NY

Our vision: Transformed, integrated communities in which no person’s access to opportunity is limited by race or ethnicity.

Our mission: To expose forms of racial discrimination, advocate for laws and policies that eliminate racial disparities, increase understanding of how structural racism and segregation affect our communities and region, and engage the public in fostering equity and inclusion.

Position Summary for Policy Analyst/Researcher (Part-time or Full-time Position)

ERASE Racism is seeking a public policy and research professional with an appropriate advanced degree who has a passion for addressing the structural impediments to racial equity. They will conduct research and analyze policies/laws to identify racial discrimination, inequities, and disparate impacts, especially as it pertains to ERASE Racism’s program priorities in housing and public schools.

They will investigate and propose changes to laws, government policies, and institutions locally and regionally to address problems and advance racial equity for our priorities. They will write reports and develop materials and resources to raise public awareness about problems and potential solutions in support of action plans. They will also monitor related national laws and policies, identify local and regional impacts, and propose appropriate actions for ERASE Racism.

Narrowly defined, this is a part-time position. As a full-time position, this staff person will work with others and use their strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact with various stakeholders to implement programmatic and/or advocacy solutions at the local and state levels and network with national coalitions to influence federal policy.

Essential Tasks
·      Review laws, government policies, and institutional policies as related to housing and public school racial equity.
·      Gather and analyze quantitative and qualitative data related to racial equity in housing and public schools to determine positive and negative, correlative and causation effects on BIPOC.
·      Collaborate with key staff and outside resources as appropriate when designing investigations.
·      Write reports and other materials, such as infographics that summarize and visualize the research findings for various stakeholders, including the general public.
·      Brief staff and key stakeholders on the results of investigations and proposed solutions.
·      Build relationships to advance civil rights solutions, whether explaining statistical analysis or persuading decision-makers. (for FT staff)
·      Deliver presentations in various venues about the research and the proposed solutions to problems. (for FT staff)
·      Develop and implement action plans, in collaboration with other staff and outside partners, to advance legislative, policy and programmatic solutions to racial equity problems. (for FT staff)
·      Network with appropriate local, regional, and national organizations and coalitions. (for FT staff)

·      Appropriate academic coursework and work experience in data analysis, visualization, and mapping; literature review; interpreting and analyzing laws and institutional policies; research report writing; and, policy briefs.
·      Familiarity with pertinent civil rights laws and public policies related to public schools and/or fair housing is a plus.
·      Knowledgeable about racial disparities research and structural racism. Long Island or New York state knowledge is a plus.
·      Strong communications skills.
·      Positive attitude when working under pressure.
·      Detail-oriented, organized, and able to consistently meet deadlines.
·      Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team of staff.
·      Ability to coordinate and manage a dynamic schedule.
·      Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and email.
·      Capacity to develop and manage policy or legislative campaigns or programmatic strategies. (for FT staff)
·      Strong oral-communication & public-speaking skills and comfort working with diverse people from different racial backgrounds, from various communities, with different levels of formal education. (For FT staff)
·      Openness to evolving responsibilities, opportunities for growth, and learning new skills. (for FT staff)
·      Car in good working order, driver’s license, and valid vehicle insurance required to meet work travel requirements. Travel expenses, including car mileage, are reimbursed by ERASE Racism.  Travel to and from the office is not reimbursed. This position is based in Nassau/Suffolk County Office. (for FT staff)
·      Reasonable capacity to accommodate work hours that will fall outside of Monday – Friday 9:00- 5:00 when the office is officially open. (for FT staff)

To Apply:

Applicants should forward a resume and a separate cover letter that persuasively connects their work experience with this position to jobs@eraseracismny.org and include Policy Analyst/Researcher in the Subject line of your email. Be sure to indicate in your letter if you are applying for a part-time or a full-time position. Include statistical analysis software you have utilized. A part-time applicant can work in the office or can arrange for most or all of their work be done remotely.

The salary is commensurate with experience and can vary based on PT or FT employment. A FT position range is $65,000 to $75,000, depending on relevant work experience. Benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, holiday/vacation/sick leave, and travel reimbursement are available for FT staff. Prorated partial benefits are available for some PT staff depending on the hours worked.

Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis until the selection of a candidate. We would like the successful candidate to begin work as soon as possible.

Only candidates who complete the application process, in full, as described above will receive consideration. No phone calls please.

Job posted: 2021-03-09