The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (NYU Metro Center) at New York University seeks a qualified candidate for the role of Research and Policy Analyst for the Education Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative (EJ-ROC). EJ-ROC provides critical data, research and policy analytics to grassroots community organizing campaigns in low-income communities of color across the country. The Research and Policy Analyst serves as a bridge for grassroots parent and youth organizing groups to the world of education data, policy and research.
The Research and Policy Analyst will conduct research on policy and practice in public schools across the country, and create informative materials that summarize, synthesize and analyze research to support grassroots organizing campaigns for school improvement.
The Research and Policy Analyst will conduct research on issues of public school policy and practice for grassroots parent and youth organizing groups across the country.
Responsibilities include, but will not be limited to:
Rapid analysis of education policy to support organizing campaigns in real time, produced within a few days, weeks or months for immediate use in campaign events
Fact-checking of education commentary from federal, state and local policymakers
Original research driven by parent, youth and community concerns and insights
Qualitative research conducted through interviews, surveys, focus groups, participatory action research, or other methodologies
Extended policy reports that highlight issues of educational equity and/or propose evidence-based policy solutions
Development of one-pagers, fact sheets, webinars, infographics and other formats for presenting information in engaging and accessible ways to multiple audiences
Collaboration with community organizing groups to identify and define research and policy needs
Presentation and discussion of policy and research with organizers and parent and youth leaders on conference calls, in community meetings, in webinars and other formats
The successful candidate should have:
Excellent writing, research, and communications skills
Experience with conceiving, developing and producing policy reports
Ability to explain complex issues in clear, simple language accessible to multiple audiences
Experience working with diverse constituencies and communities, including people of diverse racial, cultural, class and linguistic backgrounds
Experience with and knowledge of critical issues and data in public education
Ability to manage timelines independently and effectively
Capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously
Proficiency with multiple presentation technologies and software for creating infographics and webinars
Spanish language skills a plus
Masters degree, or Bachelors degree and several years of experience conducting research and writing
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