Washington D.C.
Feb 08, 2018
Institution Type
Other Organizations

The Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of UNCF seeks a recent humanities PhD to serve as a Policy Analyst through the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program. The Analyst will support the research activities of FDPRI with an orientation toward collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting qualitative and quantitative information. He or she will report to the Vice President for Research and Member Engagement and will collaborate with the Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs on education policy projects—particularly on federal financial aid—and develop policy documents that support UNCF government outreach and advocacy initiatives. In addition, the Policy Analyst will be expected to initiate and manage research projects from start to finish and contribute to the strategic development of programs that build capacity at UNCF-member institutions and other HBCUs through the Institute for Capacity Building (ICB). ICB provides resources to enhance the sustainability and success of UNCF’s 37-member HBCUs.  Through ICB, members receive technical assistance, professional development, programming and grant support to improve their effectiveness in various functional areas, such as enrollment management, institutional effectiveness, fundraising, fiscal management and accreditation preparation strategies. For more information on ICB, visit https://www.uncf.org/institute-for-capacity-building.

The Policy Analyst will spend approximately 75 percent of their time on education policy issues and research and 25 percent of their time on ICB matters.


  • Develop substantive advocacy materials, such as fact sheets, issue briefs, talking points, op-eds and draft testimony, for specific federal policy issues;
  • Synthesize and analyze qualitative and quantitative data and draft research reports that support UNCF priorities;
  • Support the Institute for Capacity Building by providing analytical support, strategic program development and execution and assistance in drafting grant proposals;
  • Develop presentations to communicate findings to internal and external audiences;
  • Identify effective strategies for addressing complicated data inquiries from UNCF stakeholders;
  • Cultivate an understanding of pertinent education policy issues, particularly as they pertain to federal financial aid and the HBCU value proposition;
  • Analyze federal education data that impacts relevant issue areas for UNCF stakeholders;
  • Occasionally travel to Atlanta to collaborate with ICB team members; and
  • Respond to requests for information, as required.


  • PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences;
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to synthesize complex or diverse information;
  • Familiarity with and/or inclination toward collecting and analyzing quantitative data from federal education databases.
  • Excellent oral communication and persuasive speaking skills;
  • Highly developed written communication skills, with proven ability to tailor messages that are persuasive and appropriate for diverse audiences, and with attention to timeliness, accuracy and detail;
  • Strategic thinking, with a facility for adapting project strategy to changing conditions;
  • Project management experience, especially in the development of project planning and coordination and workflow design;
  • Sound and accurate judgment and a willingness to make timely decisions;
  • Creative thinking and resourcefulness, with a penchant for developing innovative approaches to problems; and
  • Orientation toward conducting research in the postsecondary education sector.


  • Information on the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program:  www.acls.org/programs/publicfellows
  • All applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application System (ofa.acls.org)
  • Application deadline: March 14, 2018, 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
  • This position is only available through the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program.

UNCF, Inc. is an EOE M/F/V/D.


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