SIECUS seeks an inquisitive, organized, and motivated Policy Analyst to support our policy, education, and strategic communications efforts. The ideal candidate will have a not-so-secret love for excel spreadsheets, statutory language, research, and analyzing policies. Additionally, the Policy Analyst will demonstrate a keen understanding of statute and policy, identifying how they relate to or impact sex ed and other social justice issues.
SIECUS asserts that sex education is a powerful vehicle for social change. Our mission is to advance sex education through advocacy, policy and coalition building in order to achieve an equitable nation where all people receive sex education, are affirmed in their identities, and have power to make decisions about their own health, pleasure, and wholeness. SIECUS advances comprehensive sexuality education as a means of building a foundation for a long-term culture shift that will positively impact all levels of society, particularly issues of gender and racial equity, sexuality, sexual and reproductive health, consent, personal safety, and bodily autonomy.
Location: Washington, DC
Reports to: Policy and Advocacy Director
Job responsibilities: The Policy Analyst, based in SIECUS’ downtown Washington, DC office will report to the Policy and Advocacy Director (once position has been filled). The Policy Analyst will be responsible for the following:
- Publishing the annual SIECUS State Profiles, SIECUS’ premier publication for advocates, educators, policymakers, public health professionals, parents, youth, and stakeholders across the country who are working to advance sex education
- Daily monitoring, tracking, analyzing, and reporting on federal policy and practices related to sex education and other sexual and reproductive health topics as necessary
- Leading the research, analysis, and writing of key SIECUS publications and additional policy and education materials and resources
- Supporting SIECUS staff in developing or contributing to correspondence and comments to policymakers
- Assisting SIECUS staff in developing resources and tools to help integrate and engage state and community partners in federal policy activities
- Representing SIECUS and participating in coalitions and conferences as warranted
- Responding to and managing public inquiries received via email (email@example.com) and phone
- Supervising SIECUS’ policy intern(s)
- Other duties as assigned
- Minimum of 4–5 years of related political or policy experience (this can include extended internships, ongoing volunteer work, and part-time work)
- Strong analytical and organizational skills, high level of attention to detail
- Demonstrated ability to produce quality work in both a team environment and independently
- Established ability to multi-task and work well under pressure
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills with a proven track record of writing clear, structured, and persuasive communications (e.g., reports, factsheets, and briefs)
- Commitment to advancing sexual and reproductive education, health, rights, and justice
- Prior experience working in or with State Legislative, Congress, or other policymaker bodies and/or with sexual and reproductive health, rights, or justice organizations
- Understanding of Federal rule-making policies and procedures
- Working familiarity with sex education politics, policies, programs, and practices
- Prior project management experience
- Familiarity with software programs such as Salsa, Fiscal Note, and Asana
Compensation: $55,000. SIECUS also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes up to 4 weeks of annual paid leave; and full health, dental, and vision coverage for all eligible employees.
Please submit a cover letter, a one-page writing sample, and a current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “[Your Name] – Policy Analyst”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications received by March 31, 2021 will be given priority during the review process.
SIECUS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to equitable hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, uniform service member status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, LGBTQIA persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Those whose experiences and perspectives have been traditionally under-represented in the field of sexual health are particularly encouraged to apply.