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The position: Policy analyst at The Institute for College Access & Success

Location: Oakland, Calif. or Washington, D.C.

Job duties: Conducts research and analysis and implements advocacy projects, with a primary focus on federal policies related to financial aid and student debt. Position involves significant contact with federal executive and legislative branch staff and national education experts and advocates. Tracks and analyzes regulatory, legislative, school and sector developments. Writes reports, memos and fact sheets. Manages and organizes meetings and conference calls. Communicates policy priorities and news to policy makers and stakeholders. Helps shape and execute strategies and tactics for pursuing policy goals.  

The company: The Institute for College Access & Success in an independent, nonprofit organization that works to make higher education more available and affordable for people of all backgrounds. The organization is known for its Policy on Student Debt project, which focuses on increasing public understanding of rising student debt.

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Requirements: A bachelor's degree is required, and applicants holding a master's degree are preferred. Must have at least three years of direct experience with policy analysis and advocacy, preferably at the federal level. Must enjoy working in a creative, fast-paced environment with multiple tasks and deadlines. Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to synthesize policy and research information for different audiences. Requires keen analytical skills, excellent communication skills, and meticulous attention to detail.

Extra perks:
The position involves frequent travel.

Interesting info: One of the Institute's projects is a system to simplify the FAFSA process, which populates fields in the application using information the government already has about the applicant.

Other opportunities: The Institute is also seeking a research and policy associate.

How to apply: Apply online.

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