Senior Policy Analyst
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Chicago, IL 60637
Chapin Hall is anindependent policy research center affiliated with the University of Chicago,one of the world’s premier research universities. Chapin Hall provides publicand private decision-makers with rigorous data analysis and achievablesolutions to support them in improving the lives of our most vulnerablechildren, youth and families. Chapin Hall’s impact derives largely from thedistinctive marriage of the most rigorous academic research with innovativepartnerships with the public systems, institutions, organizations, and programsthat are in a position to best deploy that research. For more information aboutChapin Hall, please visit our website at .
Chapin Hall at theUniversity of Chicago is seeking a Senior Policy Analyst to work withjurisdictions across the country to successfully implement child welfaretransformation efforts and embed evidence-based practices as the field movestowards a greater emphasis on prevention and promoting child and familywell-being. The Senior Policy Analyst will work with public and private childwelfare leaders integrating the best availableknowledge, scientific research and policy expertise,designing and implementing policies, strategies andprograms that achieve the agency’s goals, and, ultimately, creating positive change and improving child and family outcomes.
The Senior Policy Analyst will work with a collaborative andintegrated research and policy team to bring a unique blend ofscientificresearch, real world experience, and policy expertise toselect jurisdictions. Work is designed to strengthen public and privateagency capacity by adjusting existing practices, operationalizing andevaluating outcomes, leveraging research to support clinical skills andcompetencies, as well as restructuring routines and relationships to be attunedto the full integration of safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes. The Senior PolicyAnalyst will cultivate relationships, empower leaders (both internal andexternal), critically examine and apply research evidence, and provideconcrete, strategic, and nuanced at-the-elbow policy analysis andimplementation support to policymakers and practitioners as they build capacityto effectively manage toward their own goals.
The successfulcandidate will bring real world experience and a deep understanding of howjurisdictions can improve child outcomes through strategic levers like thefederal Family First Prevention Services Act. The Senior Policy Analyst willcontribute the iteration, deployment and testing of Chapin Hall’s suite ofimplementation tools and frameworks. The individual will have a track record ofsuccessfully implementing empirically-supported practices, programs andpolicies that promote safety, permanency, and well-being for children in fostercare or at risk of entering foster care.
The Senior PolicyAnalyst will be charged with leading substantial tasks within broader scopes ofwork, and overseeing the work of junior staff towards the completion of projectgoals and deliverables.
The primary responsibilities of the position are asfollows:
- Supports jurisdictions in their efforts toleverage opportunities like the Family First Prevention Services Act towardschild welfare system transformation.
- Conductspolicy, fiscal and evidence reviews to develop innovative approaches to systemtransformation efforts.
- Leveragesthe existing knowledge to its fullest andidentifies opportunities to build evidence within jurisdictional contexts.
- Facilitatesmaking connections between child welfare and the larger human and socialservices context in support of leveraging shared values and achievingcollective impact.
- Identifiestargeted opportunities, and creates and leads strategies and analytical supportfor the effective implementation of evidence-informed best practices.
- Togetherwith colleagues, applies a synthesis of research findings and implementationexperiences to the development and execution of plans for effective, tailoredimplementation.
- Collaborateswith colleagues to articulate and validate essential elements ofcapacity-building and effective engagement toward systems change andintegration.
- Develops,deploys, tests, and refines capacity building and implementation toolsframeworks, tools and resources.
- Throughresults-based organizational development, coaching, education, and facilitationof meetings and change processes, buildscapacity of jurisdictions to:
ouse data and evidence in decision making;
obuild and sustainstructures that support large scale systems improvement;
ofurther effective andsustainable implementation of practices and programs that lead to intendedoutcomes;
ounderstand and leverage policy and financing astools for progress; and
ouse continuous quality improvement to promoteprogress- monitoring and mid course improvements.
- Manages and,as appropriate, leads the implementation of projects of varying size and complexity, including planning, organizing and managingresources to achieve specific project goals and objectives.
- Leadsor supports the translation of data and research findings into practicaldecisions, continuous quality improvement, and, ultimately, policy change.
- Manages and contributes substantively to teamsworking to effectively write and present relevantfindings and reports,issue briefs, materials, memoranda, and other communications related to teamefforts.
- Writes major sections orfull reports forprojects.
- Identifies opportunities and initiates ideas forcommunications to external stakeholders.
- Editsand reviews the written work of other professionals.
- Leads and/or contributes significantly to meetings with keyexternal stakeholders.
- Represents Chapin Hall, engaging stakeholders indiscussions related to current or potential work, accurately assessing each situation to determine the approach and discussion topics appropriate forone’s role.
- May begin cultivating relationships with key funding and policy stakeholders necessary to develop and carry outone’s own policywork.
- Understand the complex relationships between key funding and policy stakeholders relevant to work and navigate those relationships effectively.
- Performs additional duties as assigned.
The physical demands described here arerepresentative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully performthe essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made toenable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Must be able to remain in a stationaryposition for extended periods of time.
- Must be able to operate a computer extensivelyfor four (4) or more hours per day.
- Must be able to travel.
Pre-employment background checks are required for all Chapin Hall atthe University of Chicago positions.
To express interest in this opening, please visit .
Formal expressions ofinterest are accepted online only. A cover letter, resume, writing
sample, and referencecontact information are required to be considered for this position.
Individuals in need of reasonable accommodations to complete theapplication process should contact Human Resources by calling (773) 256-5157,or by sending an email to .
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is anAffirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that values and actively seeksdiversity in its workforce. All qualified applicants will receive considerationfor employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin,status as an individual with disability, age, protected veteran status, or anyother status protected by law.
Master’s degree in public policy, social work, developmental or clinical psychology or other relevant field required.Other Qualifications
- Aminimum of seven years of experience facilitating the implementation of childwelfare processes, practices, and policymaking that improves outcomes forchildren, youth, and families required.
- Experiencepartnering with key community, funding, and policy stakeholders in thedevelopment and carrying out of changes in public policies required.
- Significantproject management experience required.
- Demonstrated facility with quantitative and/orqualitative data analysis required.
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills required.
- Abilityto collaborate successfully with external and internal parties in designing andimplementing state-level policy reforms required.
- Abilityto understand and translate research findings, autonomously and/or incollaboration with colleagues, and translate them by embedding implicationsinto action steps required.
- Abilityto translate and convey complex concepts and study findings in oral and writtencommunications required.
- Demonstratedcapacity for working in a collaborative policy environment required.
- Ability to work independently with a highdegree of initiative required.
- Excellent problem-solving skills required.
- Ability to manage and prioritize the work onmultiple projects required.
- Proficiency with project management softwarestrongly preferred.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that values and actively seeks diversity in its workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, national origin, status as an individual with disability, age, ancestry, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.