The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) is a research and advocacy organization that advances lasting solutions to expand economic opportunity and well-being for all Georgians. We examine the state’s budget, taxes and public policies to provide thoughtful analysis and responsible solutions that address inequities in our state. We educate the public about complex issues confronting Georgia. We activate Georgians to call for policy solutions that put people first. We aim to inspire informed debate and decision-making, advancing our vision of a fair and inclusive Georgia where everyone can prosper.
The Education Policy Analyst is a valued member of GBPI’s research team and supports the Senior Policy Analyst for K-12 Education. The Education Policy Analyst will research and advocate for both Pre-K-12 and higher education, helping promote policies and partnerships that ensure that every Georgia child has access to a high-quality, equitably funded pre-K-12 public education and that college is affordable and accessible to all Georgians.
Areas of focus include but are not limited to: funding that equitably supports pre-K-12 students of color, such as students living in Georgia’s Black Belt and students learning English as an additional language; college affordability and student debt; state investment in postsecondary education; inadequate need-based aid programs; and mounting demand from the business community for skilled workers.
Policy analysts are valued members of GBPI’s team with the responsibility to help develop GBPI’s research and policy agenda, author innovative policy reports, advocate for solutions at the General Assembly and engage almost daily with state, local and national partners.
The Education Policy Analyst reports to the Senior Policy Analyst for K-12 Education.
Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of those the Director of Strategic Communications will be expected to perform:
- Research, Analysis and Writing
- Develops and writes a variety of research products, such as short analyses on K-12 vouchers, GBPI’s Higher Education Data Book and informational pieces on HOPE Scholarship spending; quick-turnaround copy for press releases, blog posts, fact sheets and briefing documents; full-length reports; and special-purpose documents such as background memos and legislative testimony.
- Uses quantitative and qualitative analytic skills to identify the impact of fiscal policies and proposals.
- Analyzes current state budget and education policy issues with a particular focus on how various proposals affect low- and moderate-income Georgians.
- Analyzes executive and legislative budget proposals related to Georgia’s pre-K-12 and higher ed systems as they work through the budget and legislative process.
- Works with GBPI leadership to identify new research and analysis opportunities and to further develop the GBPI education policy agenda.
- Public Policy and Advocacy
- Monitors federal and state policy changes and its effects on Georgia’s programs and residents.
- Writes and presents legislative analysis, critique and testimony on policy issues such as college need-based aid, in-state tuition for undocumented college students and adjustments to the K-12 quality basic education formula that provide more racially equitable funding to students of color.
- Facilitates relationships with policymakers, legislative staff, state agencies and state-based and national partner organizations.
- Provides education and training, including briefings and presentations, to state and local constituency groups, as well as policymakers.
- Provides technical assistance and support for lawmakers and partners when need is identified and/or requested.
- External Relations
- Works with partner organizations around key education policy issues
- Serves as a resource and liaison to national partner organizations.
- Serves as a resource to the media, state and national groups, the general public and individuals by answering questions and providing credible and timely information.
- Writes and delivers speeches and presentations in various venues.
- Represents GBPI on designated coalitions and committees.
- Other Duties
- Participates in various GBPI internal meetings, including those related to program planning, resource utilization, Racial & Ethnic Equity and Inclusion (REEI) and scheduling.
- Performs other duties as assigned related to the mission of GBPI or to support coalition partners, funders, or other stakeholders.
- Working knowledge/functional ability with MS Office Suite and Teams
GBPI Core Competencies
- Connects systemic racism with education policy research, recognizes intersectionality in social contexts and can explain those connections to a variety of audiences.
- Partnering with Outreach, listens closely to affected community members, providing accessible information to equip and educate and to help bring diverse communities of color into the policy conversation and policy advocacy.
- Deeply motivated to advance racial equity across the state, to serve communities color and to deepen understanding, through research and education, of challenges affecting those served by GBPI’s policy priorities.
- Capable of handling multiple research and presentation projects at once, meeting deadlines consistently and working collaboratively across GBPI’s teams.
- Gathers and analyzes information from a variety of data sources and methodically reconciles discrepancies using research best practices and thoroughly documenting research procedures.
- Has a clear understanding of Georgia governmental processes and windows of advocacy opportunity and how to steward time and resources to deploy them at critical moments.
- Good listener and encourages others to share their thoughts, especially in collaborative settings around research and racial equity.
- Maintains and promotes a positive attitude in the face of challenges.
- Listens carefully to community members, colleagues and lawmakers in making research and editing decisions.
- Sensitive to how people and organizations function to identify common ground and mutually beneficial relationship opportunities.
- Able to weigh and consider new ideas and different perspectives across a variety of contexts, but especially as research questions and written products are considered and shaped.
Education and Experience
- Any combination of training and experience equivalent to a master’s degree in public policy, public administration, government, political science or related field.
- In-depth knowledge of key state and national trends in education, poverty, opportunity and equity.
- 1-3 years’ experience working with policymakers, advocates and other constituencies to develop policy options and strategies to achieve desired change.
Salary range is mid-$70K, commensurate with experience. Robust retirement, healthcare and disability insurance, vacation and holiday benefits, along with a professional development allowance.
How To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with ‘Education Policy Analyst’ in the title. No calls, please.
GBPI is an equal opportunity employer, and as such takes affirmative action to ensure that discrimination does not occur on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.