The Markle Foundation seeks a Policy Analyst to support the Rework America Alliance's Policy Team.
About the Markle Foundation
The Markle Foundation challenges itself and diverse partners to deploy their varied expertise to identify solutions to critical public problems and achieve systemic change. Today, as millions are unemployed and advanced technology and automation change the very nature of work, Markle’s current priority is advancing solutions that will enable workers in America to move into good jobs in the digital economy.
About the Rework America Alliance
In response to the devastating impact of the pandemic, Markle launched the Rework America Alliance a nationwide collaboration of employers, non-profits, educators, government entities, and public and private organizations. The Alliance is working to open opportunities for millions of unemployed and low wage workers to move into good jobs, particularly people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the current economic crisis. Partners include National Urban League, NAACP, Unidos US, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Google, IBM, Microsoft, McKinsey & Company, North America’s Building Trades Unions, Workday and other leading businesses, labor unions, training, and workforce organizations. (The full list of members can be found on our website here).
The Rework America Alliance builds on Markle’s previous work in this field. In 2013, Markle launched its Rework America initiative to help workers have greater market power and a stronger voice in decisions that impact their lives. The Rework America Task Force was focused on how to create more good jobs and how to prepare people for them, publishing the Norton press book America’s Moment in 2015.
This work inspired the development of Markle’s Skillful initiative in 2016 in Colorado - which expanded to Indiana in 2018. Skillful has now transitioned into Markle’s Rework America Alliance. Skillful is contributing resources to the Alliance as it aims to help unemployed people across the country return to the workforce in better jobs with greater career potential.
About the Role
We are looking for a hard-working team member who is passionate about making a positive impact. Given the entrepreneurial nature of Markle and Skillful, all team members execute a diverse portfolio of projects and contribute to the learning culture through execution of pilots, supporting multiple initiatives and collaborating across teams and partner organizations.
Job Summary and Responsibilities
The Policy Analyst reports to the Senior Manager for Policy and works cross functionally, with several key partners and stakeholders to execute multiple projects to reach the objectives of the policy and state teams below:
Conduct policy analysis and writing around critical topics in federal and state workforce and postsecondary education policy.
- Keep abreast of and write summaries for policy team on relevant workforce and postsecondary education policy developments and issues at the federal and state levels to support strategy and content development of the policy team.
- Conduct research and data analysis to inform the policy agenda, including scans of literature, field research, and analysis of quantitative datasets.
- Draft research briefs to inform federal policymakers on key workforce issues, including for Congressional staff and staff in cabinet agencies.
- Dig into complex workforce development and higher education policy topics that arise and translate research into compelling digestible content for internal and external audiences, including state workforce leaders.
Contribute to stakeholder engagement around a variety of workforce and postsecondary education topics.
- Thoughtfully participate in external research and engagement conversations.
- Prepare materials for regular engagement with policy organizations and state policymakers in the workforce, higher education, and labor movement spaces.
- Pro-actively identify thought-leaders and stakeholders to engage with to gain relevant perspectives that inform the policy work. Contribute to maintaining relationships with policy organizations in the workforce, higher education, and labor movement sectors.
- Contribute to policy analysis to inform the strategy of webinars and convenings of state leaders related to the Rework America State Network and the Rework America Alliance.
Support policy work around the infrastructure workforce through analysis, writing and stakeholder engagement.
- A major focus area of the analyst role will be on issues pertaining to broadening the pipeline and retention of underrepresented populations in good paying jobs of the infrastructure workforce.
- This work will entail writing case studies, identifying and summarizing key research and issues, identifying, and recommending relevant contacts to get more information from, and literature reviews on available evidence of policy reform and practice impacts.
- Understanding of relevant policy areas: Demonstrated knowledge of workforce development, post-secondary education, and training policy issues.
- Written and verbal communication: skills in written communication and editing that distills complex topics in compelling and digestible ways for internal and external audiences, including policymakers. Ability to produce written work quickly with attention to detail. Adept in adapting writing styles for different audiences to achieve the objective of the piece.
- Workforce policy research: Ability to conduct (primarily qualitative, but also basic quantitative methods) research on complex economic and workforce topics.
- State policy knowledge. Understanding of the priorities of state policy makers as well as tools available to state policy to advance change in the labor market.
- Stakeholder engagement: Ability to communicate externally in a way that both facilitates active discussion and drives project plans forward.
- Project Management: Ability to proactively juggle multiple priorities and projects on tight deadlines and coordinate across multiple external partners and Markle staff from various workstreams.
- Understanding of and commitment to continuous learning of how historical and systemic barriers are embedded in the labor market: Knowledgeable and committed to continuous learning to address systemic barriers that are embedded in and deeply consequential to opportunity in the labor market, pertaining to such issues as race, gender, age, class, and disabilities.
- Nimble and strategic in the face of change: Comfortable in a fluid, changing startup environment. Capacity to deal with ambiguity and drive towards concrete solutions. Openness and willingness to learn, apply feedback, and improvise.
- Evidence of experience probing policy issues and solutions with a lens to how systemic barriers affect an array of marginalized populations and inhibit just labor market opportunity.
- Knowledge of topics related to the infrastructure sector or sub-sectors and collective bargaining.
- Ability to track policy developments across multiple issues and relay critical information to internal and external contacts.
- Ability to interrogate and translate economic research into compelling takeaways.
- Ability to approach research with curiosity, attention to detail, and nuance
- Degree Requirements: NONE! We are a skills first organization and care more about your ability to do the job than how you trained for it.
- Location: Washington D.C. (Currently remote through January 2022)
- Title: Policy Analyst
- Report To: Senior Manager, Policy
- Term: Full-time
- Salary & Benefits: $55,000-$75,000 base salary (depending on skill level), with generous benefits such as healthcare, retirement, and time off including parental leave.
- Travel: Ability to travel as needed and when permissible due to current ongoing pandemic. Post pandemic, travel requirements expected 10%.
- To Apply: Candidates should email a resume and two writing samples that describe complex economic or social policy issues to: [email protected].
The writing samples should be no more than 5 pages in length each and can be sections from longer pieces. Writing samples could be drafts, final products, or an internal memo to brief colleagues that the candidate prepared. Applicants should also describe whether they were the sole author of the pieces.
Markle Foundation is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, domestic violence victim status, military status, or veteran's status.