The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas—assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.
NCLR is seeking a Senior Policy Advisor in its Washington, DC office. This position will work with the Economic Policy Director to advance the financial security of Latino families through innovative public policy solutions. The Senior Policy Advisor is responsible for providing highly skilled analysis of social, economic, and public policy trends in support of NCLR’s goals. This position will be responsible for identifying promising new reform ideas, working with colleagues to conduct analysis of data and programs, designing and implementing research projects, and publishing compelling policy papers and testimonies. The Advisor will also work regularly with media and have the opportunity contribute blogs.
NCLR offers a collaborative, team-based environment that fosters a culture of ideas and debate. We approach our work from multiple perspectives and methods, understanding both the specific issues and the larger interrelated systems across the field of financial security and economic mobility. The Senior Policy Advisor will work closely with co-workers who are highly motivated to create policy change that benefits Hispanic families and have extensive expertise in communications, editing/production, media, fundraising, special events, and marketing.
- Provide leadership in the execution of a targeted economic justice policy agenda, with an emphasis on housing and financial markets.
- Publish original analysis, including journal articles, conference papers, reports, issue briefs, and statistical briefs, that supports NCLR’s economic policy agenda, particularly in the housing and financial services fields, to influence policy development and change.
- Serve as an institutional spokesperson before Congress, federal regulators and agencies, and other influential stakeholders on key economic policy issues.
- Interact with the media, respond to interview requests, and support the institution’s blog and social media outreach.
- Lead policy forums and other discussions that raise the visibility of NCLR and advance the institution’s housing and economic justice agenda.
- Support internal operations such as grant reporting, fundraising, and budgeting as appropriate; coordinate work with other colleagues throughout the institution.
- Post-graduate degree and 8+ years of relevant experience (higher levels of experience considered in lieu of an advanced degree)
- Strong understanding of current economic policy issues and civil rights frameworks
- Experience developing social policy ideas and solutions and advancing a social justice or civil rights agenda
- Familiarity with relevant congressional committees, federal agencies, and other key stakeholders
- Demonstrated ability to communicate policy ideas in public settings such as congressional hearings or major conferences, or in written materials such as reports or issue briefs
- Ability to work as part of a team as well as execute projects independently
- Ability to take initiative, work effectively under tight deadlines, and coordinate multiple projects
- Proficiency in statistical software and public databases required; familiarity with data analysis and research methods
- Bilingual (English and Spanish) preferred
Please note: Only those applicants who submit a cover letter and writing sample along with a résumé will be considered for this opportunity. Please include “Economic Policy Project” in the subject line of any email submissions.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, personal appearance, family responsibilities, political affiliation, or enrollment in a college, university, technical school, or adult education.
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