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Policy Advisor

Job Description: Policy Advisor

Texas 2036

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, non-partisan 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 non-partisan solutions that will improve the lives of all Texans. To this end, the Policy Advisor is prepared to immediately engage in the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session, leveraging their experience in state government, data use, and communications to positively contribute to the successful realization of Texas 2036’s 2021 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 report to the Policy Director and 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Policy expertise in at least one of the following areas: (1) public education, postsecondary education, and/or workforce development; (2) health, health care, or health finance policy; (3) broadband/digital connectivity; (4) state appropriations and/or revenues; (5) government IT and/or data modernization; and (6) public pensions. 
  • Able to work outside of standard office hours, including holidays, nights and/or weekends, as required. 
  • 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 offers health, vision, and dental insurance, including employee premiums paid by Texas 2036, cell phone reimbursement, a 401k matching program, and a flexible time off policy. 

Location 

The Policy Advisor will be based out of Texas 2036’s Austin office and must be willing to travel regularly (up to 30% 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 position, please send via email to PolicyCareers@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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