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Policy Associate

Policy Associate
Organization: ThinkTennessee
Location: Nashville, TN
Date Posted: 03/28/2024

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support both the Working Families and Civic Engagement teams through data and policy analysis.
  • Develop datasets, including identifying potential data sources, evaluating source methodology and quality, scraping, cleaning, and merging datasets as needed.
  • Use statistical software to produce original quantitative analyses to answer research questions.
  • Conduct policy research, including analyses of statutory, regulatory, and other policy documents.
  • Communicate research findings internally to support development of policy and advocacy strategies.
  • Communicate research findings externally to partners, elected officials, and the general public.
  • Develop high-quality data visualizations to communicate research findings in a clear, accessible way.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • 2+ years relevant work experience, or equivalent is preferred.
  • Interest and experience in ThinkTennessee’s policy areas of focus is preferred.


  • Quantitative analytical skills are required. The ability to use Stata, R, GIS, or similar programs to conduct high-quality data analysis is highly preferred.
  • Ability to produce accessible data visualizations, including maps, charts, and graphs for analysis or communication of complex data.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex ideas and findings through oral, written, and visual communication.
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to initiate and execute creative approaches to answering research questions.
  • Experience analyzing federal and state government data.
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills preferred.
  • Rigorous attention to detail and the highest standards for excellence in execution.


  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to ThinkTennessee’s mission.
  • Strong commitment to racial equity and deep understanding of the role of racial equity analysis in public policy.
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic.
  • Ability to flourish in a start-up environment and adapt to changing priorities and duties within the organization’s overall mission.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well as part of a team and across organizations.


Competitive salary ($50,000-$60,000) commensurate with experience. We offer comprehensive benefits, including healthcare, retirement, paid family leave, and paid time off.

Commitment to a diverse workplace:

ThinkTennessee is an equal opportunity employer. As an organization focused on moving Tennessee forward, we understand that diverse teams are stronger, more innovative, and more productive. Interested candidates who do not meet all listed criteria should still apply, as our organizational structure focuses on providing opportunities for professional growth.

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a resume and a cover letter to [email protected] by May 8, 2024.

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