Postsecondary & Workforce Policy Advisor

About Texas 2036 

Texas 2036 uses data, research, and leading expertise to enable Texans to make informed decisions to ensure our state continues to be the best place to live and do business through its bicentennial in 2036 and beyond. Texas 2036 is achieving this mission through the creation of robust data resources, a long term state policy strategic framework, and a statewide, nonpartisan coalition of Texans advocating for meaningful long-term policy solutions. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization seeking energetic individuals passionate about creating a long-term vision for the future of Texas and developing data-informed, pragmatic policy solutions to solve the state’s long-term challenges. 

Summary 

Texas 2036 uses data to drive civic demand for nonpartisan solutions that will improve the lives of all  Texans. To this end, the Policy Advisor is prepared to immediately engage in the upcoming 2025 Legislative Session, leveraging their experience in state government, data use and communications to positively contribute to the successful realization of Texas 2036’s 2025 legislative agenda.

The Policy Advisor will be responsible for synthesizing complex data into meaningful policy recommendations; communicating data and policy issues in a clear and understandable manner to legislative offices, state agencies, the media and the general public; organizing coalitions to achieve meaningful policy reforms; and managing concurrent projects and multiple consultants to amplify these efforts.

The Policy Advisor will work alongside a team of skilled professionals in a collaborative, diverse and creative environment. The Policy Advisor will need to be capable of working independently and entrepreneurially, and should be self-motivated to solve historically difficult problems to improve the lives of all Texans.

Responsibilities 

The Policy Advisor works to evaluate various state policy areas to determine potential changes or  recommendations that are likely to sustain Texas as the best place to live and work. The Policy Advisor is expected to:

  • Identify, collect, and analyze complex information and data to support data-driven policy analysis and synthesizes that information into concise, layman’s terms for communication to wide audiences.
  • Research and conduct in-depth evaluations of state policy, including data and state law, bills, rules and operations to identify opportunities to develop, refine and advance policy priorities.
  • Write recommendations, plans, reports and other briefs on key topics in various policy spaces to inform the public and advance policy.
  • Work with key stakeholders, including policymakers, coalition partners, researchers and advocates to engage critical partners and to develop and advance data-driven policy solutions.
  • Continually monitor state policy activities and reports concisely on information relevant to policy priorities from a variety of sources, including pending legislation, media reports, reports from think tanks, academic research literature and advocacy organizations.
  • Participate in public speaking engagements, including but not limited to legislative hearings, speeches and panel discussions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to help the organization achieve its long-term goals.

Qualifications 

The ideal candidate will have a combination of the following qualifications and experience: 

  •  4+ years of public policy experience, preferably including experience with the Texas Legislature  or relevant state agencies. Advanced degrees in relevant fields may count toward experience. All candidates should have a working knowledge of state government and the legislative process.
  • Understanding of policy issues involving postsecondary education and workforce development.
  • Results-oriented attitude and self-motivated entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in a dynamic, fast paced, diverse, collaborative environment while managing and prioritizing many simultaneous projects.
  • Strong communication skills, including team, interpersonal, and public speaking skills. Strong written communication skills, including messaging skills and ability to communicate data-based  information effectively. Able to write clearly and persuasively and summarize complex information  accurately and concisely.
  • Ability to respectfully engage, support and collaborate in an intellectually diverse and creative work environment with colleagues and stakeholders of diverse personal and ideological backgrounds. This includes a commitment to constructive dialogue on controversial topics impacting our state.
  • Strong research skills and ability to analyze and synthesize qualitative and quantitative data, identify trends or areas of concern and investigate issues. Able to develop effective, workable  policy solutions supported by data and evidence using appropriate state policy levers.
  • Able to translate concepts, ideas and broad goals into concrete tasks and agendas with tactical  next steps for implementation.
  • Able to work outside of standard office hours, including holidays, nights and/or weekends, as required during business peaks.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and GSuite applications (Google Drive/Docs/Sheets/etc.)
  • Ability to effectively manage outside consultants.

Compensation and Benefits  

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Texas 2036 employees are eligible to participate in a number of company-sponsored benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance with employee premiums paid by Texas 2036, cell phone stipend, and a 401k matching program. In addition, you will be entitled to generous paid time off, comp time, and paid parental leave policies. Texas 2036 provides a flexible and entrepreneurial work environment in which we expect personal accountability in efficiently performing high quality work in collaboration with colleagues and representing the organization well through professional communication and conduct. 

Location 

The Policy Advisor position will be based in Texas 2036’s Austin office. This is a hybrid role and the Policy Advisor will be expected to be present in the Austin office during the work day, three days a week on average. Additional office days may be required as needed, particularly during legislative sessions. The Policy Advisor must be able to travel (up to 20% of the time) to cities across Texas for meetings with various stakeholders, including board members, advisors, stakeholders, partners and Texas 2036 colleagues.

To Apply 

If you are interested in applying for the Policy Advisor (Postsecondary & Workforce) position, please send via email to jobs@texas2036.org your resume as well as a cover letter addressing your interest in the position and how your experience aligns with the position’s responsibilities and qualifications.

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