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Senior Research and Program Managers, New Practice Lab

New America is launching a mobility lab (which is still to be named) focused on identifying new ways of developing policy and breaking through the barriers of ineffective policy and outdated narratives.  This work will straddle the implementation practices of digital services efforts and the world of policy development.

We're looking for two people to join and help us build this new team. We will be focused on family economic security including efforts to improve paid leave, income security and increasing access to childcare and incomes for care workers.  However, potential team members should be comfortable operating in a startup environment with some ambiguity as we continue to identify gaps and set goals for improving family economic security. 

Potential applicants are self-directed leaders and team players with excellent analytical, writing, and research capacity. They will have experience in public policy and analysis and strong project management skills and a passion for how these policies reach those they are designed for. They will seek to join a startup working inside a larger, established think-tank and join the founder in building out the vision and strategy for this work.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities we seek in our team

  • Familiarity with modern approaches of applying data science, service delivery, design, and rapid iteration in the policy context
  • Strong project management and execution skills
  • Experience designing or implementing policy or policy programs 
  • Superior policy research and writing
  • Excellent history of verbal and written communications
  • Solid understanding of the field of family economic policy
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate with internal/external stakeholders
  • Proven ability to coordinate and inspire the work of others
  • A commitment to a collegial workplace

Specific Responsibilities for the role include: 

  • Collaborating on the creation of strategic vision for the lab
  • Overseeing grants work and project budgets
  • Selected project management and scoping for public policy sprints
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of selecting hands-on design sprints to advance family economic security
  • Identifying, proposing, and closing on new funding opportunities to support the further expansion of this work
  • Researching, writing, and analysis on best practices in re-thinking capitalism and advancing mobility

The ideal candidates

The ideal candidates will have a passion for addressing economic inequity only matched by their research and organizational skills. Candidates are doers, with a fine attention to detail and execution. Seeking those excited to challenge the status quo policies impacting American families by rolling up their sleeves to try and implement and learn in collaboration with community, nonprofit and public sector partners.



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