UnidosUS, formerly the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), is the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization—a leading think tank focused on issues relevant to the Latino community. Through our unique combination of research, advocacy, programs, and a national network of nearly 300 community-based affiliate organizations across the country, we work to protect civil rights, expand economic opportunity, ensure equitable access to quality education, improve access to healthcare, advocate for nondiscriminatory immigration policies, amplify the voices of Latino youth, and ensure that all eligible voters can cast their ballots with confidence. Since our founding in 1968, we have contributed to a stronger America by elevating the voice of Latinos and defending and advancing our community’s concerns.
As an analyst in our Policy and Advocacy Component, you will join a team of more than 30 talented people, who each bring unique expertise in a range of policy areas. We anticipate that you will spend half your time working on civil rights issues and the balance of your time working on a variety of other issue areas including assets and investments, immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health.
In this role, you will report to the Director of the Policy Analysis Center and work with issue-based staff and senior management to conduct policy analyses, identifying and filling capacity gaps in UnidosUS’s portfolio and responding to new issues as they arise. Success in this role will require that you demonstrate a strong commitment to equal rights and social justice, passion for advocacy on behalf of Latinos and immigrants, and have strong experience analyzing, writing, and communicating on various policy issues.
Working with UnidosUS will strengthen your expertise in a diverse range of policy issues as you participate in public policy forums, summits, briefings, and other events where relevant policy matters are discussed. UnidosUS offers a collaborative, team-based environment that fosters a culture of ideas and debate. We approach our work from multiple perspectives and methods, understanding both the specific issues and the larger interrelated systems. You will work closely with other members of the policy team and co-workers with extensive expertise in communications, editing/production, media, fundraising, special events, and marketing.
Responsibilities of the Policy Analyst
Work with your supervisor and colleagues to evaluate and analyze relevant public policies that affect the Latino community.
Analyze social policy ideas and communicate their impact on the Latino community.
Monitor policy ideas developing at federal, state, and regional levels.
Produce internal policy memoranda.
Attend meetings with policymakers, experts and issue stakeholders; effectively communicate policy priorities.
Engage/participate in policy coalitions/networks.
Substantial writing required, including issue briefs and various reports for dissemination.
Qualifications of the Policy Analyst
Bachelor's degree plus 2-4 years of experience (or a master's degree) required.
Understanding of policy issues impacting the Latino and immigrant communities.
Strong written, analytical, and oral communication skills.
Ability to quickly gain knowledge of new topics and their impact on various constituencies.
Ability to work effectively as part of a team, under tight deadlines, and coordinate multiple projects.
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook), statistical software, data sources, and internet queries required.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus.
Competencies of the Policy Analyst
Interpersonal skills—focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
Oral communication—speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings.
Written communication—writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
Teamwork—balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts the success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
What’s Attractive to the Right Policy Analyst Candidate?
You will be a part of a passionate organization with a deeply devoted staff that is extremely focused and intent on creating long-term value. Your colleagues are professional and committed to their work, and respectful and responsive to each other.
At UnidosUS, you will be a part of building a society where all of us—no matter what we look like, how we pray, where we come from, who our parents are, or how our sexuality is expressed—can live, worship, work, and pursue happiness together as equals.
We offer a comprehensive package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending, short-term and long-term disability, 401k with a match, and more.
To Apply for the Policy Analyst position:
Simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at firstname.lastname@example.org with “UnidosUS – Policy Analyst #2019-2470 ASAE” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.
Staffing Advisors has been engaged to find the right candidate and is committed to helping create a diverse work environment for our client. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. This position may require pre-employment screening potentially including a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history.