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The National Employment Law Project is seeking a dynamic senior policy researcher to help lead a research and policy agenda supporting campaigns to raise the minimum wage and improve working conditions in America's low-wage industries. This position offers an opportunity to join a committed and high-impact team at NELP that, in partnership with national and grassroots advocates, is working to improve economic opportunity and security for low-wage, immigrant, and unemployed workers.

Background: For 45 years, the National Employment Law Project (NELP) has worked to restore the promise of economic opportunity through work to America's working families. NELP is one of the country's leading workers' rights organizations, providing concrete policy models, research and education, legal analysis, technical assistance, communications, and support for organizing. We work from the ground up to build change, in close partnership with community groups, immigrant worker centers, the labor movement, faith-based organizations, and policy makers. To learn more about us, please visit our website at www.nelp.org.

The Position: The Senior Policy Researcher will work with program staff in NELP's multiple offices to collaborate with wage justice campaigns at the federal, state and local levels. Producing campaign-focused research and analysis of broader labor market trends to support federal, state and local initiatives for higher wages are the focus of this position. Responsibilities will include:

Leading the design and implementation of economic and policy research in collaboration with allies, including:
Assessing campaign needs, developing strategic research agendas, and conducting campaign research;

Analyzing the economics of low-wage industries, drawing on government data, academic research and industry trade press;

Analyzing labor market data;

Inventorying and analyzing policy models from across the country;

Summarizing relevant economic and academic research;

Coordinating field research with workers, employers, unions, and government staff.

Conceiving and authoring policy papers and research reports, and writing public testimony, op-eds and public education materials for campaigns.
Representing NELP at coalition meetings and community events, in the media, and in various policy forums.
Supervising and coordinating the work of in-house staff and external researchers collaborating with NELP.
Contributing to fundraising, grant proposal writing, project reporting, newsletters and drafting of web materials.
Qualifications: The candidate should have a demonstrated ability to develop and advance policy ideas using research to make the case for change – combining strong policy and research skills and excellent writing ability, with a track record in real-world advocacy, coalition-building and communications.

Specific qualifications include:

A PhD (preferred) or MA in public policy, economics, sociology, or a related field.
At least 5 years of work experience conducting policy analysis and research.
Very strong grounding in public policy, labor market analysis, and workers' rights; a background in labor economics would be especially valuable.
Excellent research skills, including:
Experience in designing and implementing research agendas to support economic justice campaigns;
Experience using and analyzing labor market and industry data;
Experience synthesizing multiple data types into a coherent analysis.
Experience working with ally stakeholders such as unions, worker centers, faith-based organizations, accountable development advocates, and others.
Experience working with policymakers, elected and/or appointed.
Ability to work independently and creatively, and to inspire and lead others.
Excellent writing skills, including a portfolio of policy and research writing.
Ability to write and speak about labor market and economic justice issues for a variety of audiences.
Strong oral communication and media skills.
Ability to supervise and coordinate the work of others.
Start date and compensation: We prefer to fill this position in our New York City office, but will consider qualified candidates who would work out of our Washington DC office. The position will start as soon as possible. Salary is competitive within the non-profit sector and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

To apply: Email cover letter, resume, three references, and three writing samples to jobs@nelp.org, noting "Senior Policy Researcher—Application" in the subject line. If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to jobs@nelp.org, noting "Senior Policy Researcher —Application" in the subject line. No phone calls or other email inquiries please.

NELP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply
Email cover letter, resume, three references, and three writing samples to jobs@nelp.org, noting "Senior Policy Researcher—Application" in the subject line. If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to jobs@nelp.org, noting "Senior Policy Researcher —Application" in the subject line. No phone calls or other email inquiries please.

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