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External Affairs and Policy Analyst
Research Analyst

Research Intern


External Affairs and Policy Analyst

TICAS seeks a committed and entrepreneurial candidate to help design and execute TICAS’ federal policy advocacy strategy on behalf of low-income students and students of color. The principal duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Government and External Relations
  • Advocacy and Strategy
  • Policy Analysis

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:

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 policy makers, researchers, and advocates.
    • Schedule, organize, and develop plans for meetings with policy makers 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 and Benefits:

Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. TICAS is committed to the professional development and growth of its staff.

Please send a resume, a writing sample and two professional references to admin@ticas.org no later than March 12, 2019


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 Intern

The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) is seeking a talented Research Intern to join our Research 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 (Oakland, CA)

The Oakland office is searching for a Research Intern to assist with education-related data analysis projects. Specifically, TICAS is looking for a candidate that is highly proficient in Stata and Excel. This intern will primarily work with the TICAS Research Team to write Stata code for College InSight, an online education research tool. Additionally, the intern may be pulled into other data projects related to educational affordability and accessibility. The intern will be paid DOE. The position will be part-time, three or more days per week from now until the end of September 2019.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Write and check Stata code with Research Team, clearly and efficiently.
  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • BA required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Strong Excel and Stata skills required
  • Excellent interpersonal communication

Application Process

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and Stata coding sample to vgonzalez@ticas.org with "Oakland Research Intern" in the subject line. Please attach a description of the Stata code with the coding sample.

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