The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) strives to be an anti-racist 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. Our aim is to inspire informed debate and decision-making, advancing our vision of fair and inclusive Georgia where everyone can prosper.
The Immigration Policy Analyst is a valued member of GBPI’s policy team with a responsibility for research, writing and analysis primarily in the area of immigration, with a collaborative role in intersecting areas such as K-12, Higher Education, Criminal Legal Systems and Economic Justice.
In addition, the Immigration Policy Analyst has significant contact with external staff from the legislature, the media, state agencies, and national and Georgia-based partner organizations. The analyst must be organized, a problem solver, and self-directed, while at the same time being a committed team player.
The position requires superb quantitative and analytical skills and strong written and oral communications skills.
Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of those the Immigration Policy Analyst will be expected to perform:
Research, Analysis and Writing
- Stays current on literature, policy and activities related to immigration, including how policy changes at the national level affect Georgia’s immigrants and refugees.
- Analyzes current state budget and policy issues affecting low- and moderate-income immigrant and refugee Georgians.
- Analyzes executive and legislative budget and policy proposals as they work through the budget and legislative process.
- Uses quantitative and qualitative analytic skills to identify the impact of fiscal policies and proposals on Georgia’s immigrant and refugee communities.
- Works with GBPI leadership to identify new research and analysis opportunities and to further develop the GBPI policy agenda.
- Develops and writes a variety of products (to include, but not limited to): short, quick-turnaround copy for press releases, blog posts, fact sheets and briefing documents to full-length reports and other special-purpose documents such as background memos, legislative testimony and other documents.
Public Policy and Advocacy
- Monitors federal and state policy changes and their effects on Georgia’s programs and Georgia’s immigrants and refugees.
- Writes and presents legislative analysis critique, and testimony on immigrant- and refugee-related policy matters.
- Facilitates relationships with policymakers, legislative staff, state agencies and state-based and national partner organizations as well as local immigrant- and refugee-serving nonprofits and advocates.
- Provides education and training – including briefings and presentations – to state and local constituency groups, as well as policymakers.
- Provides technical assistance and support when need is identified and/or requested.
- Works closely with GBPI’s Communications and Outreach Teams to maximize messaging and optimize people-centered collaborations with Georgians who are from immigrant and refugee communities.
- Works with immigration partner organizations.
- Serves as a resource and liaison to national partner organizations.
- Serves as a resource to the media, state and national groups, 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 and in hyper strategic partnerships, in collaboration with GBPI’s Outreach Team.
- Participates in various GBPI internal meetings, including those related to program planning, resource utilization and scheduling.
- Performs other duties as assigned related to the mission of GBPI or to support coalition partners, funders or other stakeholders.
- Equity mindset
- Connects systemic racism with immigration policy and research work and recognizes intersectionality in social context 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 immigrant communities into the policy conversation.
- Deeply motivated to advance diversity and inclusion across the state, to serve communities immigrant communities and other communities of color and to deepen understanding, through research and education, of challenges affecting those served by GBPI.
- Project management
- Capable of handling multiple research and presentation projects at once and meeting deadlines consistently, working collaboratively across GBPI’s teams.
- Critical thinking
- 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.
- Interpersonal savvy
- Determined to stand firm with personal opinions and emotions when appropriate and to yield when appropriate.
- Good listener and encourages others to share their thoughts, especially in collaborative settings around research and diversity and inclusion discussions.
- Maintains and promotes a consistent positive attitude in the face of adversity, including in the face of data unavailability and bureaucratic barriers.
- 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, working with GBPI’s Outreach Team.
- Demonstrates awareness of GBPI’s political and historical context.
- 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
- Familiar with Microsoft Office Teams and Zoom online platforms
- Advanced skill with Excel, SPSS, STATA, or R and Tableau are a plus
The Policy Analyst reports to the Research Director.
Education and Experience
- 2+ years working in immigrant community advocacy or immigration policy
- Graduate degree or commensurate experience in political science, sociology, public policy or related field
Mid 50’s to 60K; Healthcare benefits, Retirement and Paid Vacation
Please submit a cover letter and resume to David Schaefer at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Immigration Policy Analyst” in the subject line. No calls, please. Applications must be received by May 3, 2021.
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.