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Director of Policy Engagement

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Title Director of Policy Engagement
School Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area Department of Economics
Position Description

The project’s work to date has shaped policy discussions at the national and local level, with nearly a dozen of its studies covered on the front pages of major media outlets, such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and cited in congressional testimony and the President’s State of the Union addresses. This work has led to direct impacts on a broad range of decisions by local policy makers, ranging from school districts to housing authorities.

Our team, led by MacArthur “genius” award winner Raj Chetty, John Friedman, and Nathan Hendren, consists of leaders from academia, policy, and management, supported by a staff of approximately 40 members who share a passion to revive the American Dream.

Position Overview

We are now seeking aa Director of Policy Partnerships who will serve on the senior leadership team of the Equality of Opportunity Project (EOP) and oversee the strategic engagement of all major partnerships between EOP and state/local government agencies. They will partner closely with the Director – Policy Research to delivery high quality policy consulting based on EOPs research. This position will report to Founding Principal.

PARTNER ENGAGEMENT

  • Serve as primary point of contact for existing partners and new partner outreach
  • Work closely alongside Director of Policy Research to develop and deliver diagnostic analytics to partners
  • Work alongside local partners to develop interventions and assist with implementation

POLICY PROJECT OVERSIGHT

  • Along with Director Policy Research – serve a strategic thought partner to the faculty leadership and oversee resource management within the policy arm, including assigning and managing policy associates, analysts, and other resources to projects
  • Develop non-technical reports on impact and findings from partnerships with support from Strategic Communications

LIAISE WITH PUBLIC

  • Serve as Lead for conferences for journalists, policy-makers, and others on EOP research
Basic Qualifications
  • Master’s, or other advanced degree
  • 5+ years experience working with policymakers at the state/local level on economic, housing, health, or education policy
  • Extensive quantitative research training
Additional Qualifications

SPECIFIC JOB SKILLS

  • Strong communication and relationship-building skills with local policy makers
  • Capabilities to help translate research into policy-relevant insights
  • Ability to interpret econometric analyses

COMPETENCIES

  • Influence
  • Initiative
  • Confidence and enthusiasm
  • Personal obligation to uphold organization’s expectations
  • Strong sense of purpose in holding difficult conversations
  • Personal accountability for consistent application of processes and policies
  • Leadership courage to make difficult decisions and recommendations when necessary

Please note: Ability to travel, as needed, between Massachusetts, California and Rhode Island and other conference or presentation sites.

Special Instructions

To be considered applications should include the following:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Names and contact information of at least three references.

Contact Information

EOP Search Committee
c/o Damari Rosado
Littauer Center
1805 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email damari_rosado@harvard.edu
Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 4
Maximum Number of References Allowed 4

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Statement
Optional Documents
  1. URL