​California Research/Policy Analyst
Policy Analyst (Washington, DC)


We are seeking a visionary organizational leader with a strong background in policy research and advocacy. The president must be someone who can build upon TICAS’ stellar reputation and track record and who can successfully position TICAS for the future – strategically, financially, and organizationally.  We have engaged Isaacson, Miller, one of the country’s leading executive recruitment firms, to assist in the search. For more information or to nominate someone or apply, see here

California Research/Policy Analyst

The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) is seeking a talented Analyst to join our California team. Based in Oakland, CA with an office in Washington, DC, we are a national nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization widely respected for our expertise on financial aid and student debt issues. Our mission is to make higher education more available and affordable for people of all backgrounds, nationally and in California, so that more students can complete meaningful college credentials without burdensome debt. 

Position Summary

This position analyzes California state policy issues related to financial aid, college affordability, and student success. We are looking for a passionate team player with experience analyzing both data and state or federal policy, strong communication skills, and exceptional attention to detail. The Analyst reports to TICAS’ Vice President. Oakland-based candidates are strongly preferred, though candidates in Sacramento will also be considered. 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Analyze the impact of proposed policies on low-income students.
  • Help shape and execute strategies and tactics for pursuing policy goals.
  • Gather, interpret, and analyze research and data relating to financial aid, college affordability, and student success.
  • Distill findings and transform analyses into easily understandable summaries, using tables and charts as needed.
  • Draft reports, memos, briefs, and fact sheets to communicate findings and recommendations. 


  • BA required, MA in related field preferred, plus a minimum of three years of related, full-time work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Knowledge of higher education and financial aid issues preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills
  • Strong Excel skills required; Stata experience preferred
  • Policy analysis experience required; advocacy experience preferred.
  • Excellent analysis and synthesis skills
  • Demonstrated ability to describe complex issues in ways that different audiences can understand
  • Experience and skill in leading projects

Application Process

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to with "CA Research/Policy Analyst" in the subject line.

In your cover letter, please include:

  1. an example of a federal or state policy that you have worked to develop or change;
  2. a one- to three-sentence description of how you have used Excel or other quantitative analysis tools in your work; and
  3. why you are passionate about higher education in California.

No phone calls please. This position will remain open until filled. Title will be commensurate with experience. TICAS is an equal opportunity and at-will employer.

Policy Analyst (Washington, DC)

Position Summary

The analyst will conduct policy analysis and research with the goal of sustaining and improving government oversight of career education and to prevent the resurgence of predatory practices. The analyst will be deeply involved in regulatory and data analysis and TICAS’ advocacy work as part of a broad coalition of organizations that advocate for students, veterans, consumers, civil rights and college access and quality. The position works from TICAS’ DC office and reports to the DC Office Director. 

Core responsibilities:

  • Gather, interpret, and analyze research and data on career education schools and programs
  • Distill findings and analyses into persuasive reports, memos, and fact sheets
  • Track and analyze regulatory, legislative, school, sector, and research developments
  • Help develop evidence-based policy recommendations
  • Help respond to inquiries from coalition partners, policy makers, media, stakeholders, and others
  • Draft memos, blog posts, letters, and fact sheets


Candidates must have a minimum of 4 years of relevant full-time experience in federal policy analysis and advocacy, or a graduate degree in a related field plus at least 2 years of directly relevant experience. Knowledge of higher education and financial aid policy is strongly preferred, as is relevant experience in the legislative and/or executive branch. The successful candidate will have excellent communication, analytical, writing, and project management skills. Strong quantitative and Excel skills required. She/he will be highly motivated to initiate ideas and projects, and also skilled at working collaboratively with others. A bachelor’s degree is required.

TICAS seeks and depends on employees who are:

  • strong team players as well as individual contributors
  • able to organize and manage competing priorities, tasks and deadlines
  • responsible for the quality and timeliness of their work
  • excellent communicators
  • detail-oriented
  • creative problem-solvers
  • comfortable with ambiguity
  • flexible in response to change

Application Process

Full benefits provided; compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications. TICAS is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to with “Policy Analyst” in the title. No phone calls. This position will remain open until filled.