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Research Analyst
Research Director
Federal Policy Team Member

 


Research Analyst

The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) is seeking a talented Research Analyst to join our team. Based in Oakland, CA and 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 conducts research and analysis on issues relating to financial aid, college affordability, and student success, with an eye towards informing California state policy. The position reports to TICAS’ Research Director and also works closely with the California policy team as well as staff across the organization. We are looking for a passionate team player with impeccable attention to detail, strong quantitative analysis skills and experience, and a demonstrated ability to communicate research findings clearly. This position will be based in Oakland, CA.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Gather, interpret, and analyze research, data, and policy proposals relating to financial aid, college affordability, and student success.
  • Identify data trends, make appropriate connections from data to organizational mission, and summarize major takeaways and implications for policy goals.
  • Distill findings and transform analyses into easily understandable summaries, using tables and charts as needed.
  • Draft clear and persuasive reports, memos, briefs, and fact sheets to communicate findings and recommendations, as well as drive media coverage and shape policy debates.
  • Maintain current knowledge of federal, state, institutional, and other data sources, as well as the software and web-based tools necessary to analyze that data.
  • Manage projects with multiple components, which involve staff members across the organization and/or external partners.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong quantitative research and analysis skills, including demonstrated proficiency in programming and statistical analysis using Stata and Microsoft Excel.
  • Ability to present complex information in an accurate, understandable, and compelling manner for various audiences, particularly non-technical readers.
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Comfort working both independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and writing skills
  • Experience and skill in managing projects with multiple components.
  • Knowledge of higher education and financial aid issues a plus. 

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit an application to https://airtable.com/shrUGA0JpOeyyAMRo where you can upload a resume and cover letter. 

In your cover letter, please include:

  • A one- to three-sentence description of how you have used Excel or other quantitative analysis tools in your education and/or work; and
  • Why you are passionate about TICAS’ mission and, specifically, higher education in California.

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


Research Director

The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) is seeking a talented Research Director to lead our research team. TICAS’ research director leads our analytical work to make original contributions to the national debate over higher education policy and to shape and advance student-centered policies nationally and in California. We are looking for a team player with impeccable attention to detail, strong quantitative analysis skills and experience, a demonstrated ability to communicate research findings clearly, and a commitment to promoting equal opportunity in higher education. The next research director will manage a team of two and report to the Executive Vice President. Candidates willing to work from Oakland are strongly preferred.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Design and execute research projects relating to college affordability, equity in higher education, and student success.
  • Identify data trends, make appropriate connections from data to organizational mission, and summarize major takeaways and implications for policy goals.
  • Draft clear and persuasive reports, memos, briefs, and fact sheets to communicate findings and recommendations, drive media coverage and shape policy debates.
  • Maintain current knowledge of federal, state, institutional, and other data sources, as well as the software and web-based tools necessary to analyze that data.
  • Manage projects with multiple components, which may involve a team of two, staff members across the organization, and/or external partners.
  • Oversee the redesign of TICAS’ data web site, College InSight.org, and the production of TICAS’ annual report on student debt.
  • Represent TICAS at conference presentations and in media interviews.

Qualifications:

  • Strong quantitative research and analysis skills, including demonstrated proficiency in programming and statistical analysis using Stata and Microsoft Excel.
  • Ability to present complex information in an accurate, understandable, and compelling manner for various audiences, particularly non-technical readers.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Experience in supervising and managing staff.
  • Comfort working both independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and writing skills.
  • Experience and skill in managing projects with multiple components.
  • Minimum of seven years of directly related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of higher education and financial aid issues a plus.

Compensation

Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit an application to https://airtable.com/shr54bSiJtfl8016r where you can upload a resume and cover letter. Please include: 

  • An example of how your quantitative analyses have shaped federal, state, or institutional policy recommendations; and 
  • Why you are passionate about TICAS’ mission. Interested candidates should also include two professional references with their cover letter.

No phone calls please. This position will remain open until filled. TICAS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity: diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.


Federal Policy Team Member

TICAS is seeking a talented and committed candidate to help design and execute TICAS’ federal policy strategy on behalf of low-income students and students of color. This position will be based in the Washington, D.C. office. The principal duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Advocacy and Strategy
  • Policy Analysis

The successful candidate will work with the TICAS leadership team to develop and implement strategies for achieving policy goals on issues including equity, affordability and accountability in higher education. The candidate will represent TICAS in meetings with federal executive and legislative branch policy-makers and staff, as well as with national experts and advocates. Key aspects of the role will be to monitor and shape legislative and regulatory developments, build and maintain coalitions, and use research and analysis to inform public discussions and policy outcomes. The position will report to the Vice President and work closely with staff across the organization.

You can learn more about our policy agenda to increase college access and success and reduce student debt here: https://ticas.org/initiative/student-debt-policy-agenda.

Core Responsibilities:

Government and External Relations

  • Shape strategies to advance and communicate TICAS’ priorities and proposals to policymakers, their staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Keep internal staff and external allies informed of developments and identify opportunities for them to contribution.
  • Represent TICAS at in-person meetings and on conference calls with policymakers, researchers, and advocates. Specifically,
    • schedule, organize, and develop plans for meetings with policymakers and staff, including gathering pertinent materials and providing appropriate follow-up materials and clarifications for subjects discussed in the meeting
    • organize and/or coordinate coalition meetings and calls
    • make presentations, participate in meetings and attend conferences on selected issues
  • Communicate with other organizations to build networks and alliances that support TICAS priorities; identify and recruit potential allies.

Advocacy and Strategy

  • Develop and execute strategies for advancing TICAS’ policy priorities through legislative, regulatory, and other means
  • Identify potential allies and effective arguments and counter-arguments in favor of policy change
  • Develop and cultivate coalitions of organizations with shared interests.

Policy Analysis

  • Analyze, summarize, and make recommendations on draft policy proposals, including on legislative, regulatory and administrative issues.
  • Monitor and analyze regulatory, and legislative developments, particularly in the areas of college accountability and affordability, including efforts to advance proposals regarding student loan Cohort Default Rates, gainful employment, borrower defense, Pell Grants, student loan repayment and state and federal partnerships.
  • Contribute to the research and analysis for briefs, blogs and fact sheets;
  • Author research briefs and fact sheets.

Qualifications

  • BA is required and a graduate degree in a related field is a plus.
  • Three years of experience in higher education policy or in public policy advocacy.

Core Competencies for the position

  • Demonstrated evidence of success working directly with senior level executives
  • Demonstrated knowledge of higher education policy
  • Strong analytical skills; comfort with quantitative analyses preferred
  • Relevant experience in federal policy analysis and advocacy
  • Effective communication skills, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to build and sustain relationships and work in coalitions, including managing disparate priorities among several constituencies
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Comfort working both independently and collaboratively

Compensation

Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit an application to https://airtable.com/shraQel1OoSBZ6Vf6 where you can upload a resume and cover letter. Please include:

  • Why you are passionate about TICAS’ mission.
  • How you believe your experience makes you the right fit for this position

Interested candidates should also include two professional references with their cover letter.

No phone calls please. This position will remain open until filled. TICAS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity: diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.