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.
About SIECUS: Since 1964, SIECUS has been advocating for the rights of all people to accurate information, comprehensive sexuality education, and the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services. We believe that sex education is a powerful vehicle for social change. Our focus is on advancing 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 sexuality, sexual and reproductive health, gender equity, consent, personal safety, and autonomy. SIECUS applies an intersectional lens to ensure people’s real lived experiences inform our policy, education, and strategic communications work.
Job responsibilities: The Policy Analyst, based in SIECUS’ downtown Washington, DC office, will report to both the Federal and State Policy Directors. 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, state, and local 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
- Managing and responding to all public inquiries to SIECUS via email and phone
- Representing SIECUS and participating in coalitions and conferences as warranted
- 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, fact sheets, and briefs)
- Commitment to advancing sexual and reproductive education, health, rights, and justice
- Prior experience working in or with State Legislatures, Congress, or other policymaker bodies and/or with sexual and reproductive health, rights, or justice organizations
- Working familiarity with sex education politics, policies, programs, and practices
- Prior project management experience
Salary: $50,000-$55,000 (Exempt)
Benefits: 12 sick, 15 vacation, and 3 personal days per year; 11 paid holidays and office closure between 12-24-1/2; employer-covered medical and dental insurance; and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance.
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, one-page writing sample, and a current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “[Your Name] – Policy Analyst” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications received by May 17, 2019 will be given priority during the review process. No phone calls or drop by’s please.
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.