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 a fair and inclusive Georgia where everyone can prosper.
GBPI seeks a Senior Policy Analyst to lead our ongoing proactive safety net work and economic justice agenda. Too many Georgia families struggle to put food on the table, keep a roof overhead during tough times or access affordable child care so they can work. Moreover, too many Georgia jobs limit economic mobility and prevent workers and their families from moving up the economic ladder.
Sustained support for crucial safety net programs, targeted investments in job training, asset-building and other tools required for upward mobility and an unapologetic focus on advancing racial, gender and economic justice can boost economic opportunity for Georgia families in the short-run and build a stronger state economy down the road.
The successful candidate will help promote policies that eliminate barriers preventing all Georgians and their families from accessing greater economic opportunity. Areas of research and advocacy focus could include but are not limited to affordable child care, food assistance, affordable housing and direct cash aid. The portfolio also includes GBPI’s work to monitor state budget trends impacting Georgians with low incomes and efforts to address gender inequities by expanding economic and wealth-building opportunities for Georgia women.
Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of those the Senior Policy Analyst for Economic Justice will be expected to perform:
Research, Analysis and Writing
- Researches and authors policy reports that assess current trends and conditions and develop policy options for Georgia policymakers and state and local advocacy groups.
- Stays current on literature, policy and activities related to economic justice, including how safety net policy changes at the national level affect Georgia’s communities of color.
- Analyzes executive and legislative budget and policy proposals as they work through the appropriations and legislative process, and works with legislators and advocates to propose alternatives when needed.
- Analyzes current state budget and policy issues affecting low- and moderate-income Georgians.
- Uses quantitative and qualitative analytic skills to identify the impact of fiscal policies and proposals on communities of color and individuals in poverty.
- 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 safety net programs and Georgia’s communities of color.
- Writes and presents legislative analysis and testimony on poverty and economic justice matters.
- Facilitates relationships with policymakers, legislative staff, state agencies and state-based and national partner organizations as well as local and state-level agencies and nonprofits that directly and indirectly serve individuals in poverty.
- 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 affected Georgians who experience safety net programs and related initiatives.
- Works with partner organizations, including those connected with child care and food insecurity, partnering closely with GBPI’s Policy Analyst for Criminal Legal Systems and Worker Justice, especially as related to the PROSPER Georgia Coalition.
- Serves as a resource and liaison to national partner organizations.
- Serves as a go-to statewide expert on economic justice and anti-poverty programs and a trusted source of nonpartisan information for partners and the media, providing technical assistance or participating in media interviews when requested.
- 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.
- Travels to conferences, community meetings and speaking engagements across Georgia (1-2 times per month) and nationally (2-4 times per year).
- Maintains and further expands GBPI’s ecosystem of partners in the field by working with strategic partners and stakeholders and building relationships among existing and new advocates.
- Participates in various GBPI internal meetings, at times in a leadership capacity, 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.
The following core and leadership competencies are illustrative of those the Senior Policy Analyst for Economic Justice will be expected to possess:
- Equity mindset
- Connects systemic racism with safety net policy and economic justice 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.
- 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 racial equity 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.
- At least moderate skill with data analysis tools such as Excel, SPSS, STATA or R (skill with Tableau or any similar data visualization tool is a plus).
- Values and prioritizes inclusivity
- Seeks and inquires about relevant diverse perspectives.
- Self-reflective, questions own assumptions related to diverse perspectives.
- Capable of a big-picture view of the organization, its mission, vision and values and of making timely decisions based on data and best practices.
- Understands when to own a decision and when to gather input from others.
- Develops and Motivates Others
- Invests in the ongoing professional development of others and can identify exemplary performance.
The Senior Policy Analyst reports to the Research Director.
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 poverty, opportunity, equity and economic justice.
- At least five years of experience working with policymakers, advocates and other constituencies to develop policy options and strategies to achieve desired change.
Salary range is low $70s to mid $70s depending on experience; excellent benefits including health insurance, dental and vision care, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement and generous vacation leave, sick leave and holiday schedules.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to David Schaefer at email@example.com with “Economic Justice Analyst” in the subject line. 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.