Senior Policy Analyst

17 Aug, 2020


Senior Policy Analyst

Zero to Three
Little Rock, AK


The Senior Policy Analyst will support the Director, Policy and Financing in providing policy research, fiscal analysis, and sustainability planning to the Infant Toddler Court Team Program (ITCP). The position will be part of the National Resource Center for the Infant-Toddler Court Program, which is operated by ZERO TO THREE.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct research and provide written analysis on federal, state, and/or local funding streams that can be used to support any of the key components of the Safe Babies Court Team (SBCT) approach, as well as wraparound services for infants, toddlers, and families.
  • Conduct research and provide written analysis on federal and state policy trends impacting infants, toddlers, and families in the child welfare system, including promising practices, legislative, and other policy changes.
  • Write internal memos, based on research and analysis, that can be used to inform publications, presentations, webinars, as well as internal communications to be shared with local SBCT sites and state partners.
  • Write policy briefs on issues related to funding, sustainability, policy, and practice for infants, toddlers and families in the child welfare system.
  • Provide sustainability planning support to local SBCT sites and states, including direct technical assistance, leading or co-leading on-site or virtual meetings with sites on issues related to sustainability and financing.
  • Conduct webinars, lead trainings on issues related to policy and/or funding to support infants and toddlers in the child welfare system.

Skills & Experience

  • At least 5 years of experience related to public policy research and analysis.
  • Knowledge and experience of federal, state, and/or local funding for human services, including child welfare, early childhood development and education, health, mental health, substance use treatment and prevention and basic needs; and how funding streams can be blended or braided to support integrated services.
  • Experience conducting policy research for use by decision-makers in state, local, federal government, or the non-profit sector.
  • Experience writing policy briefs, white papers, or other types of reports for publication, including policymakers as well as practitioners in human services.
  • Experience in providing technical assistance to state/local governments and/or non-profit organizations, including making presentations and facilitating meetings.
  • Knowledge of human services (either from policy research and/or practice), such as child welfare, early childhood development and education, health, mental health, substance use treatment and prevention, and basic needs (e.g. housing, food assistance)

Essential Qualities

  • Encourages and practices critical thinking.
  • Is self-reflective and empathic.
  • Recognizes the influence of workplace relationships on outcomes and results.
  • Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others.
  • Awareness of the influence of the larger context on individual behavior.
  • Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization.
  • Analytical thinker able to balance thorough research, analysis, and writing with time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Strong writer; able to convey information clearly to a wide range of audiences.
  • Self-starter who exercises good judgment.


Master’s in Public Policy, Social Services or related field.

Physical Requirements

While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is constantly required to use finger dexterity as well as sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. Also, may need to remain seated for long periods of time and have the ability to perform repetitive motions.    Employee  is  frequently  required  to  hold  a  writing  instrument,  and  have  the  ability  to communicate verbally.  The employee may need to push or pull objects, walk, reach for objects, bend, squat, stand, or kneel. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision for data preparation or analysis, and expansive reading.

Working Conditions

The work conditions described here is representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job. The incumbent typically works indoors in a heated and air-conditioned office, with a mixture of natural, incandescent and fluorescent light with low to moderate noise levels.

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Job posted: 2020-08-17