Research Policy Manager

09 Jun, 2021


Research Policy Manager

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Harrisburg, PA

Position Summary:  The Research Policy Manager provides research, insights, and policy analysis to help advance the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s mission of ending hunger, improving lives, and strengthening communities. Through analyzing, communicating, modeling, mapping, and visualizing purposeful data about individuals who are at risk of hunger, the Research Policy Manager will help uncover the story behind numbers, tell that story to both technical and non-technical audiences, and assist in the development of metric-informed strategy and policy initiatives.

Job Accountabilities:

  • Conduct empirical research and analysis on policies, trends, and legislation related to food insecurity, poverty, and similar issues.
  • Perform advanced, complex quantitative data analysis of large datasets and trends, utilizing econometric and other statistical methods.
  • Distill key findings to determine the benefits and drawbacks of existing policies.
  • Propose suggestions to improve the effects of policies or recommend a policy or legislative position.
  • Create tables, graphs, and other data visualizations that clearly communicate research findings using primarily Tableau, Excel, or other programs.
  • Draft and coordinate high quality research reports, policy briefs, articles, and other communications for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Document data methodologies in detail for both internal use and publication.
  • Conduct literature reviews of material from conferences and seminars, government documents, academic journals and policy publications, institutional databases, and reports.
  • Participate and help design surveys, evaluation studies, and research projects for the food bank, as needed, in partnership with other departments.
  • Facilitate data-centric projects for the food bank, gathering and compiling data from a variety of sources across multiple departments.
  • Work as part of a high functioning Advocacy and Community Engagement team on various projects as well as cross-departmental teams.
  • Participate in advocacy, public policy, government relations, and related events at the request of the Director.
  • Participate or provide support to CPFB’s interaction with Feeding America, Feeding Pennsylvania, Hunger Free Pennsylvania, and other key anti-hunger organizations.


Other Duties:

  • In instances of a federal, state, or locally declared emergency, CPFB is typically considered an essential service and emergency responder; all of its employees may be called in to perform regular or emergent duties.
  • This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



Education and Experience:

Education:  Master’s degree preferred. Minimum of Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in data analytics, statistics, mathematics, economics, social science research, or another related field

Experience:  A minimum of four (4) years professional experience in statistical or other data analysis, working with databases, and manipulation of data desired. Non-profit experience preferred. This is a manager level position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to abide by the CPFB’s values and appropriate business ethics at all times.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in a team environment and must be able to make independent decisions.
  • Ability to work as part of a high-performance team and be a strong team player.
  • Exhibit strong verbal, written, analytical, presentation, planning, time management and organizational skills.  Ability to write, edit and proofread correspondence and presentation materials for accuracy and style.
  • Must be detail-oriented with the ability to plan, prioritize, take initiative, resolve problems, meet deadlines and multi-task.
  • Must be reliable, with high integrity and strong work ethic.
  • Possess effective negotiation and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to provide excellent internal and external customer service.
  • Possess a willingness to adjust to changing priorities.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Strong resource management skills with expertise of government functions a must.
  • Strong understanding of and familiarity with issues of poverty and hunger.
  • Able to present a professional demeanor under a variety of conditions.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, as needed.
  • Ability to travel effectively for required meetings and events.
  • Knowledge of the organization’s computer software and systems, including Microsoft Office Suite, department-specific software systems, telecommunications, internet applications, SPSS, STATA, R, or SAS required (proficiency with Tableau/other BI tools preferred).
  • Ability to attend departmental meetings and all-staff meetings as directed, staying informed of ongoing changes in departmental and overall organization.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment (machines, tools, and devices) used in performing only the essential function include computer and related equipment, typewriter, calculator, photocopier, fax machine, and telephone.


Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Physical Requirements or Licenses:

  • A valid driver’s license with history of a good driving record.
  • Ability to travel that may include consecutive overnight stays, and traveling by car, bus, and airplane.
  • Conditions may include working outside in inclement weather, working closely with others, working alone, and working protracted or irregular hours.
  • The work environment is typically quiet.

A minimum of four (4) years professional experience in statistical or other data analysis, working with databases, and manipulation of data desired.  Excellent benefit package included.   Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements by June 18, 2021 to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Department of Human Resources, 3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109 or email

Job posted: 2021-06-09