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Posted September 06, 2022
Who we are
Policy Matters is a non-profit policy research institute creating a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable, and inclusive Ohio through research, strategic communications, coalition building and policy advocacy. Our analysis is evidence-based. Our research is data and values driven.
Policy Matters Ohio is seeking an experienced Policy Director.
The Policy Director is a key member of the Policy Matters management team. The Director will work closely with the Executive Director in overall management of the office. Specifically, the Policy Director will be responsible for coordinating, supporting, and organizing the policy research of the organization, supervising the research staff, and guiding the work of the organization’s policy campaigns. The Policy Director serves as the lead staff supporting the organization’s state-focused tax and budget work.
The Director must have management experience and a demonstrated ability to build consensus, be adaptable and highly self-motivated. In addition, the Director must have excellent writing and editing skills; a keen understanding of the public policy landscape, including state budget and tax policy; strong project or campaign management skills; and excellent collaborative communication skills. Experience with Labor or other economic justice policy or campaigns experience is a plus. The position requires strategic thinking, policy savvy, and a drive to make Ohio a more equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and vibrant state for all—no exceptions.
We are an equal opportunity employer committed to building an inclusive and equitable workplace. Women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people of color are encouraged to apply. All qualified candidates will be considered 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 class status.
What you’ll do
Management, Supervision, Leadership
- Create and maintain an organizational culture where discussion and learning are encouraged, staff are respected, and their work is valued.
- Work collaboratively with the management team and staff to develop strategic policy priorities for the organization, and support, supervise, and guide the research team.
- Under the direction of the Executive Director, manage the day-to-day work of the organization’s growing six-person research team, and the research and publication process, support and implement policy priority strategies for all research, and support the dissemination of research.
- Support the development of research projects from beginning to end, including research, design, analysis, fact-checking, and writing.
- Continually identify, implement, and improve research and policy operations and processes, include updating analytical processes and developing high research standards. Review all research for accuracy, and clarity.
- Supervise, support, and create a motivating environment for the professional development and growth of research staff, by providing clear and supportive direction and ongoing feedback, while addressing performance concerns in a timely, constructive way.
- Support efforts to build and maintain an inclusive workplace, participate in important office-wide initiatives, such as the Race, Equity and Inclusion Workgroup and the Labor-Management Committee, and lead the research team meetings.
- Prepare quarterly board reports; support board and staff engagement, and work with the management team to ensure adequate resources are available to support the staff, the work, and the mission of the organization.
Budget Policy Research, Coordination, and Writing
- Research, writing and production of the Policy Director’s own programmatic work on state tax and budget issues.
- Deeply knowledgeable of and effective communicator and organizational representative on issues of state budget policy.
Public Policy and Advocacy
- Disseminating research findings and recommendations through public speaking, including press conferences, legislative testimony, media interviews, community events, webinars, and briefings.
- Providing technical assistance on state budget and public policy issues to policymakers, their staff, and other interested parties,
- Staying well-informed about key developments in Ohio tax and budget policy and other policy areas related to organization campaigns.
- Building relationships with budget and policy staff, advocates, agency staff, reporters, and other stakeholders.
Other duties, as assigned by the Executive Director.
- Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to advancing Policy Matters Ohio mission with an understanding of state tax and budget policy, and the implications of race and class, and other socio-economic cleavages in policy making and a desire to make Ohio a more equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and vibrant state.
- Demonstrated expertise and experience in state tax and budget policy.
- General ability to work with, understand, and evaluate data and data reports.
- Preference for graduate or professional degree in an applicable discipline (or commensurate work experience).
- At least 5 years of related experience in nonprofit management, or related public policy analysis or advocacy management fields.
- Additional experience in labor or worker justice environments a plus.
- Ability to initiate and manage development projects and work collaboratively across and with staff.
- Ability to effectively communicate complex policy topics to varying audiences.
- Confident and competent public speaker.
- Policy Matters Ohio staff are represented by Workers United, an SEIU affiliate. This is not a bargaining unit position.
- Reports to the Executive Director
- Based in Cleveland or Columbus, Ohio
- Some travel within and out of state.
- Salary negotiable and dependent on experience, $70,000-$95,000+ with health, dental, vision, and generous retirement contribution available.
- Send your cover letter, resumé, and a short writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject line should be “Policy Director Application.”
- Provide cover letter, resume and writing sample as one pdf attachment.
- Position will remain open until filled.
- Preferably ideal candidate will start Oct. 16, 2022
- No calls, please.