POSITION: Policy Analysts OPEN: April 8, 2014 Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation LOCATION: Washington, DC CONTACT: Darcy Eischens CLOSING: Until filled SALARY: Commensurate with experience

BACKGROUND The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas—assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families. Founded in 1968, NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, DC, serving all Hispanic subgroups in all regions of the country. It has state and regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, and San Antonio. SUMMARY The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is currently seeking Policy Analysts in multiple issue areas (civil rights, economic policy, education, finance, health, housing, immigration, and wealth-building) to join our team of professionals in Washington, DC. NCLR’s highly respected Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation (ORAL) is one of the most influential, visible, and leading national advocacy voices championing public policy on behalf of Latinos.

JOB DESCRIPTION Policy Analysts will work as members of their respective issue project teams at NCLR, increasing awareness of issues through innovative public policy and program solutions. The Analysts are responsible for providing highly skilled analysis of social, economic, and public policy trends in support of NCLR’s goals. They identify and make recommendations on promising new reform ideas, work with colleagues to conduct analysis of data and programs, design and implement research projects, and develop and write compelling policy papers, statistical briefs, reports, and testimonies in a variety of formats for a variety of audiences. These positions work with and represent NCLR before a diverse group of experts, researchers, educators, media, and policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels, and they execute strategies that effectively communicate ideas to these key audiences. Policy Analysts work with other NCLR departments to gain insight into new challenges faced by Latinos and incorporate that information into public policy ideas and proposals. RESPONSIBILITIES             Work with the Project Director to develop a plan for evaluating and analyzing relevant public and social policies that affect the Latino community. Analyze social policy ideas independently and effectively communicate their impact on the Latino community to the Project Director. Monitor policy ideas developing at state and regional levels. Produce internal policy memoranda and make recommendations to the Project Director. Attend meetings with congressional staff, policymakers, experts, and issue stakeholders to effectively communicate NCLR policy priorities in consultation with the Project Director. Develop relationships and connections with community leaders and other stakeholders. Provide support to NCLR leadership. Engage in policy coalitions and networks. Perform substantial writing, including completing issue briefs and providing substantive input for testimony, public comments, reports, and journal articles. Conduct secondary research and publishing. Serve as an advocate and representative of NCLR in policy forums. Work with media as appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS       Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) plus 4–6 years of relevant work experience Experience publishing and editing articles, studies, or other relevant publicly available documents Experience thinking creatively to develop policy ideas or solutions Demonstrated experience communicating policy ideas in public settings such as congressional hearings and major conferences, or through written materials such as reports and issue briefs Experience supervising policy projects and/or staff Strong written, analytical, editorial, and oral communication skills 2

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Demonstrated understanding of issues that affect the Latino and immigrant communities Ability to quickly gain knowledge of new topics and determine their impact on various constituencies Ability to work as part of a team as well as execute projects independently Ability to take initiative, work effectively under tight deadlines, and coordinate multiple projects Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel), statistical software, data sources, and Internet queries required Bilingual ability (English/Spanish) a plus SEND COVER LETTER AND RÉSUMÉ TO: National Council of La Raza Raul Yzaguirre Building Attn: Darcy Eischens 1126 16th Street, NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036 Email: HRmail@nclr.org No phone calls please!

Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, personal appearance, family responsibilities, political affiliation, or enrollment in a college, university, technical school, or adult education.


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