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Executive Assistant to the President
Research Analyst

Research Director


Executive Assistant to the President

TICAS is seeking a talented and committed candidate to fill the role of executive assistant to the President.

The position will report directly to the President and work closely with other members of the leadership team.

The Executive Assistant to the President will be based in the Washington, D.C. office.

The successful candidate will work with the President and the TICAS leadership team to ensure effective scheduling and preparation for internal and external meetings and events; support the funding and grant management process; contribute to TICAS research and writing projects, such as op-eds, speeches, and reports; monitor regulatory and legislative events; support the Board of Directors; ensure effective communication between the TICAS offices and remote locations; and perform other duties required to support the President and smooth functioning of the organization.

The successful candidate will work with the TICAS leadership team to craft and implement strategies for achieving policy goals on issues including equity, affordability and accountability in higher education. He/she will also 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.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Support the President with scheduling, drafting talking points, first drafts of written products such as op-eds, and briefings for important meetings and other events.
  • Support the TICAS Board of Directors including helping to prepare meeting materials, attending board meetings, drafting meeting minutes, and handling related issues as they arise.
  • Support the President manage funder relationships, draft grant proposals and reports, and manage grant life cycle benchmarks, including reports and deliverables.
  • Monitor and analyze regulatory and legislative developments and ensure effective communication across the organization.
  • Analyze, summarize, and make recommendations on draft policy proposals, including on legislative, regulatory, and administrative issues.
  • Support work across the operations and program teams, as required.
  • Communicate with other organizations to build networks and alliances that support TICAS priorities; identify and recruit potential allies. 
  • Manage office intern (as needed).

Qualifications:

  • BA is required and a minimum of two years of related experience or a compelling combination of education and experience. 
  • A graduate degree in a related field is a plus, but not essential.

Core Competencies for the position:

  • Comfort working directly with senior level executives.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Comfort working both independently and collaboratively.
  • Passionate team player with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in policy research and advocacy preferred but not essential.
  • Some knowledge of higher education policy preferred but not essential.

Compensation and Benefits:

Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to admin@ticas.org with "Executive Assistant to the President" subject line. In your cover letter, please include: 

  • Why you are passionate about TICAS’ mission and how you could be an effective member of the TICAS team. 

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: applicants of diverse backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

 


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 send a cover letter and resume to admin@ticas.org with "Research Analyst" in the subject line.

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 send a cover letter and resume to admin@ticas.org with "Research Director" in the subject line. In your 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.