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Research & Policy Analyst

National Skills Coalition
District of Columbia, United States
$60,000.00 - $85,000.00
Closing date
Nov 25, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Prospect Research, Programs, Community Outreach, Government Relations and Advocacy, Other Programs, Program Administration and Management
Advocacy, Research
Employment Type
Full Time
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National Skills Coalition is a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people, so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. We engage in organizing, advocacy and communications to advance state and federal policies that support these goals – polices that are based on the on-the-ground expertise of our members and allies.



The Research & Policy Analyst will contribute to NSC’s research, policy analysis and development, and technical assistance work that helps advance NSC’s skills platform of workforce, postsecondary, and human services policies that support workers previously held back by structural barriers of discrimination or opportunity, equitably participate in and benefit from economic expansion and restructuring. 



Research & Data Analysis

  • Research: Work closely with the Managing Director of Policy & Research to ensure high-quality research is conducted with input from NSC’s team and networks.
  • Data Analysis: Create, assimilate, and analyze qualitative and quantitative data.  Produce data visualizations and presentations for staff and partners, as well as high level reports, summaries and other products for policy makers and stakeholders to use in making decisions.
  • Technical Assistance: Support the Policy & Research team to provide research and data related technical assistance to state partners on policy development and implementation, as well as to inform the development of state and federal data policies, tools, and practices.  
  • Policy Analysis & Development

  • Policy Analysis: Analyze state and federal policies and related programs, both existing and proposed. Collect, analyze and provide data for use in policy development and advocacy. Develop, write and contribute to a variety of products, including reports, policy briefs, memos and blog posts.
  • Policy Development: Bring relevant research and data into the development of state and federal postsecondary and workforce education policy proposals that advance NSC’s agenda.  
  •  Advocacy

  • Coordination and Collaboration: Work with other staff on policy research, analysis, development, and advocacy of federal and state policy proposals. 
  • Outreach & Communications

  • Public Education: Promote NSC and its agenda to potential allies and the larger public through presentations.
  • Stakeholders: Ensure that NSC’s networks are regularly engaged in policy research and development processes.

    To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:



  • Analytical Skills: The ability to tackle a problem by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
  • Technical Expertise: Demonstrated depth of knowledge and skill in a technical area.
  • Project Management: Plans and organizes tasks and work responsibilities to achieve objectives, as well as allocating and using resources properly.
  • Organizational Awareness: Using knowledge of the organization and the organization’s business environment to turn data into insight. 


  • Interpersonal skills: Exhibits respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationship.
  • Problem Solving: Solves problems while ensuring rules and directives are followed.
  • Communication Skills: Ability to effectively engage and communicate with target audiences.
  • Initiative: Takes independent action, seeks out new responsibilities, acts on opportunities, generates new ideas, practices self-development.
  • Attention to Detail: Committed to accuracy and excellence, looks for improvements continuously, monitors quality levels, finds/owns/acts on quality problems.

    QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 


    Education & Experience:

  • Knowledge of a mix of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analytic methods to gain an understanding of the outcomes associated with public policies and programs
  • An understanding of federal and other administrative datasets that support labor market and public policy research and analysis
  • Prior experience with planning and implementing research and policy analysis activities across multiple projects
  • Familiarity with implementing ethically and culturally responsive data collection, analysis, and reporting activities and tools
  • Analyst level experience with SPSS or Stata, Qualtrics, Microsoft Excel, Tableau, Microsoft Access, or similar research software
  • Some practice in using relevant data visualization tools and communicating data and research in ways that are accessible to diverse audiences
  • Desire to be part of a proactive team that highly values collaboration
  • At least 3-5+ years of relevant research and policy analysis experience, with a specific emphasis on racial equity

    COMPENSATION: Salary range for this position is $60,000-$85,000; salary depends on relevant experience and new staff rarely start at the top of the range. Excellent benefits package, including employer-paid health and dental, retirement plan, life and disability insurance and generous vacation policy. 


    National Skills Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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