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11 Apr 2018

Research and Policy Policy Analyst

A+ Colorado
 Denver, Colorado, United States

Job Description

The Policy Analyst will support A+ Colorado’s policy agenda through monitoring and analyzing data and policies aimed at driving student performance and school effectiveness in A+ target school districts and Colorado statewide. The Policy Analyst will work with the Policy Director to assist on research and writing of reports and briefs, and will support public communication and advocacy efforts.

Data and policy analysis (50%)
• Identify district and state policies that are likely to have significant impact on student achievement. Monitor impact of current policies on student and school achievement.
• Work with Policy Director to execute annual research and policy agenda for A+ Colorado, including annual assessments of student achievement, and timely policy and practice issues.
• Review data and perform quantitative and qualitative analysis on student performance in schools and districts across the state. Synthesize insights from these analyses.

Report writing and editing (30%)
• Write and edit reports that effectively break down complex policy issues and communicate data analyses to the public
• Provide recommendations based on national and international best practices to improve policy and implementation to accelerate student achievement.

Communication support and community engagement (20%)
• Support efforts to effectively communicate complex policy issues to the public through A+ newsletters, press releases, blogs, etc.
• Meet with stakeholders (partners, district administration, critics) as needed to support collaborative efforts.
• Assist with events and other projects as needed.

Skills and Qualifications

• Commitment to A+’s mission of improving access to excellent educational opportunities and increasing achievement across Colorado, with a particular focus on students from low-income families and students of color. Experience within the public education sector, either in policy, support, or direct service, is a plus.
• Superb writing skills, with a keen ability to communicate complex analyses and policies, and their implications, to a broad audience. Experience producing reports, briefs, or presentations that synthesize complex information for a variety of audiences is preferred.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills including understanding of basic statistics and advanced Microsoft Excel skills.
• Ability to analyze large data sets to find trends, patterns, and correlations
• Self-starter who is goal-oriented and thrives in a fast-paced environment.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.

Benefits and Salary

This position offers a competitive salary with matching 401(k) plan after one year, employer sponsored health care coverage, paid holidays, and the opportunity for flexible scheduling.

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume with references, and a writing/research sample to: careers@apluscolorado.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Research and Policy. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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