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Research and Policy Associate

  • About the Markle Foundation:

    The Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of technology to achieve breakthroughs in addressing some of the nation’s most pressing issues as well as address the challenges it presents. Markle challenges itself and diverse partners to deploy their varied expertise to identify solutions and achieve systemic change. Today as advanced technology and automation change the very nature of work, Markle’s priority is advancing solutions towards a skills-based labor market that will enable Americans to transition to the opportunities of the digital economy. Markle’s current workforce initiatives—Rework America and Skillful—build on Markle’s previous success in creating the policy and technology architecture that has enabled improvements in healthcare, national security, and access to the Internet.

    The Rework America and Skillful initiatives aim to enable all workers, especially the almost 70% of American adults without a four-year college degree, to have the opportunity to succeed in our increasingly digital labor market. We aspire to make change at the national scale, to accelerate the efforts of others, and to have impact beyond the reach of organizations working alone or in silos. We aim to overhaul how employers hire and train, to reshape how people view their career possibilities, and to unlock career opportunities for millions of people who may otherwise be unable to access the futures they deserve.

    The Rework America’s networks define and advance policies and practices among employers, educators, policymakers, technologists and workers themselves so that all are better equipped to anticipate, adapt to and harness for good the rapid pace of technological change transforming our economy. Specifically, The Rework America Business Network was launched in 2018 with 11 founding large U.S. member companies, which collectively employ approximately 2.2 million Americans. These companies seek to deepen their talent pools of qualified candidates and expand opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds by recruiting and hiring with a focus on individuals’ skills. Member companies also seek to explore how companies can better utilize a skills-based approach when it comes to learning and development.

    Our Skillful Initiative is developing skills-based training and employment practices in collaboration with state governments, local employers, educators and workforce development organizations. Skillful and its partners are working to create a labor market in which skills are valued, and people can more easily access the information and education they need to keep pace with technology’s impact on work. Skillful currently operates in two states, Skillful Colorado and Skillful Indiana, bringing investment, training, tools and innovative methods to augment local workforce development efforts. It formed and facilitates the Skillful State Network, a collaboration among 28 state governors to accelerate the development and deployment of effective skills-based practices to transform their labor markets.

    About Markle’s Policy Work:

    Today’s labor market denies these workers market power: employers create barriers to good jobs by relying on ineffective proxies to assess ability, denying opportunity to workers who have built skills outside the classroom. At the same time, our system does not provide sufficient support, information, and tools for those who need to build new skills to compete for better jobs in the rapidly changing economy.

    The Markle Foundation is working with innovative partners from business, education, and state government to develop a catalytic Federal policy agenda to build a skills-based labor market in which:

    1. Workers are empowered with the necessary information and advising to make informed decisions about what careers to pursue, what skills they need to succeed, and what training can best meet their needs.
    2. Workers have the ability to build in-demand skills needed to succeed in the changing economy throughout their life, regardless of age, race, employment status, geography, or income.
    3. Employers recognize and value skills regardless of where they are learned.

    Job Summaries and Responsibilities: 
    The Research and Policy Associate will join a small and fast-paced team to support every aspect of an ambitious policy development process focused on creating catalytic recommendations that would transform the way the American labor market supports working adults in the changing economy.
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    Policy Research and Analysis
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    The Associate will be responsible for improving the team’s understanding of the current workforce and post-secondary education policy landscape to identify opportunities for new policy proposals and highlight areas for potential partnership. They will play a substantive role in new policy design process through qualitative research and by building relationships with academics, thought leaders, and innovative practitioners in business, state government, and post-secondary education leaders.
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    Project Management
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    The Associate will independently manage complex projects designed to solicit input on policy ideas, including working directly with senior state leaders through the Skillful State Network and by working internally across Markle to learn from the on-the-ground experience of the Skillful team and its partners.
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    Internal &external communications
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    They will play an active role in the drafting, editing, and preparation of final recommendations, and support Markle efforts to educate the public and policymakers. Finally, the associate will support internal policy team processes to execute on an aggressive workplan.
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    Other duties
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    This position requires wearing many hats and bearing responsibility to carry out a variety of projects across the organization. This may entail providing support to peers in other work streams and Skillful and Markle initiatives.
    Required Competencies: 
    Skills that are necessary to complete job responsibilities and activities.
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    Policy research and analysis
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    ability to identify key findings from empirical research and analyze existing policy proposals.
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    Written and verbal communication
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    ability to effectively communicate research findings to an internal audience, and write clearly about policy issues for diverse audiences, including policymakers.
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    Familiarity with relevant policy areas
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    basic understanding of issues related to the Federal workforce system, post-secondary education, labor, or human services.
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    Project Management
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    a track record of managing projects independently and delivering against tight timelines. Demonstrates strong organizational skills, with ability to work on several projects at once.
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    Stakeholder engagement
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    ability to build and manage strong relationships with external organizations to understand their priorities and learn from their expertise.
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    Active learning
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    Positive attitude with an openness and willingness to learn. Demonstrates ability to receive and apply feedback and continues to improve.
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    Nimble and strategic in the face of change
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    Comfortable in a fluid, changing startup that is responsive to its own successes and failures. Capacity to deal with ambiguity and drive towards concrete solutions.
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    Skills that improve job performance, but are not necessary.
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    Familiarity with government audience
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    Experience working on or with the public sector, in Congress, the Federal Government, or state government.
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    Passion for the Skillful mission and values
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    Displays an intellectual curiosity and passion for the missions at hand. Demonstrated ability to thrive and lead in a small, analytically rigorous organization that values direct, honest, and respectful transfer of ideas.
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    Degree or Credential Requirements
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    None! We value candidates who can demonstrate capability and articulate how prior experiences will help them to contribute.

    Job Details: 
    Location: 
    Washington D.C
    Title: 
    Research and Policy Associate
    Reports to: 
    Manager, Skillful State Network
    Term: 
    Full-time
    Salary & Benefits: 
    Competitive
    Travel: 
    Occasional
    Apply: 
    Please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]
    Markle is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations and marital status.

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