Senior Policy Analyst
The State University of New York (SUNY), the nation’s largest and most comprehensive system of public higher education, invites applications for the position of Senior Policy Analyst at the Rockefeller Institute of Government (Institute) in Albany, N.Y. Created in 1981, the Rockefeller Institute of Government is a public policy think tank providing cutting edge evidence-based policy research. The Institute’s mission is to improve the capacities of communities, state and local governments, and the federal system to work toward genuine solutions to the nation’s problems. Through rigorous, objective, and accessible analysis and outreach, the Institute will give citizens and governments facts and tools relevant to public decisions. This position will report directly to the Director for Policy and Research of the Rockefeller Institute of Government and work closely with the President of the Institute.
The Institute is seeking a qualified, self-sufficient, methodical, and detailed researcher who is knowledgeable in public policy at the local, state, and federal levels (e.g. education, health care, social services, tax, or criminal justice policy). The Senior Policy Analyst will be responsible for (1) identifying key questions that are important for understanding public policy and making sound policy decisions; (2) securing external funding to pursue the questions; and (3) answering the questions by identifying appropriate data sources, obtaining data, analyzing data using quantitative and/or qualitative methods. Successful candidates will demonstrate their ability to identify, answer, and translate policy research to a broader audience.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop and write grant proposals for funded research.
- Research and write reports, blogs, and policy briefs on policy issues important to local, state, and federal stakeholders.
- Supervise data analysis and other work by one or more graduate student assistants as appropriate.
Demonstrated competence in the following:
- Identifying and procuring essential data sets policy analysis.
- Analyzing policy issues.
- Building professional relationships and interacting with staff in federal, state, and local government agencies, private-sector organizations, and with other researchers.
- Communicating effectively, including superior writing skills.
Education: Master’s degree in public-policy related field; PhD preferred
Experience: At least three years of professional experience conducting policy research, with at least five years preferred; experience in writing for publication; strong knowledge of major data sources.
Skills: Outstanding analytic skills, including both quantitative and qualitative analysis; ability to manage multiple priorities and supervise staff; excellent interpersonal, project management, and computer skills; excellent writing ability.
Salary: Commensurate with experience. Excellent fringe benefits.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to