We're Hiring: Policy Research Project Manager

Policy Research Project Manager - Wisconsin Partnership

Position Overview
This position will be responsible for developing the data and research infrastructure necessary to advance a cross-community policy agenda with a primary focus on improving access to high quality early childcare and education (birth to age 8) for Wisconsin families. A driving emphasis of the project will be using and refining evidence – both local, state, and national – to create more equitable outcomes for low-income families and families of color. Based at Higher Expectations for Racine County, this position
will work with StriveTogether affiliated partnerships across Wisconsin including, Brown County, Kenosha County, and the City of Milwaukee.

Key Responsibilities

  • Facilitate the development of a cross-community research agenda that informs and aligns to early childhood policy priorities defined by Wisconsin’s StriveTogether partnerships and communities
  • Broker and maintain relationships with relevant university and research partners (e.g. through the University of Wisconsin System), soliciting their engagement to support local research and data sharing
  • Support communities in accessing data and using research to inform policy and continuous improvement priorities
  • Survey landscape of existing early childhood data sources and storage systems across communities
  • Identify opportunities and recommend solutions for improved data access, storage, and use
  • Facilitate and support the management of data sharing agreements between local organizations, where necessary
  • Develop data briefs and summaries for communication with a diverse set of stakeholders, including early childhood education providers, policymakers, and elected officials
  • Work closely with the Community Mobilization Manager at Milwaukee Succeeds to engage community members and partner organizations in defining research agendas, conducting research, and using data to advocate for improved policies.
  • Participate in a national policy-focused community of practice across the StriveTogethernetwork
  • Support preparing project grant updates
  • Conduct data analyses and develop reports, where necessary


Qualifications

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving – Excellent ability to think strategically, break down complicated problems, and include diverse stakeholders in reaching solutions
  • Data Infrastructure Knowledge – Understanding of existing local and statewide research and data sources, including from the Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction, Department of Children and Families, and the University of Wisconsin System.
  • Research and Data Analysis - Ability to facilitate others in articulating research questions, guide processes and methods for conducting analyses, and synthesize findings. Skilled in data analysis,visualization, and distilling takeaways.
  • Focus on Equity – Committed to advancing personal and organizational understanding of identity, disparity and equity in Wisconsin and ability to act in strategic ways to address those issues. Comfortable reflecting on and engaging others in difficult conversations and strategic actions to address inequities along lines of race and income, among others. Experience living, working, and/or volunteering in a low-income community highly preferred.
  • Communication - Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interpersonal skills. Ability to build trust and rapport with a variety of audiences.
  • Planning & Organizing –Strong project management and organizational skills, ability to juggle and follow through on multiple competing priorities, manage details and work independently
  • Adaptability – Champions change and guides partners in accelerating continuous improvement processes; ability to adapt in a fast-paced, ambiguous environment.
  • Relationship Building and Collaboration– Demonstrates the ability to develop relationships and facilitate consensus among diverse stakeholders and professionals in sectors such as education, government, non-profit, civic, etc.
  • Education and Experience Required. Bachelor’s Degree required and 5 years relevant experience preferred.

Compensation
Pay commensurate with qualifications. Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, paid time off (sick, vacation), a 401k retirement plan, and paid travel to national conference and professional development experiences.

Application Instructions
Submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Matt Snyder, Data Director at matt.snyder@career2cradle.org. The deadline to apply is November 16, 2018; applications submitted after this date will be considered on a rolling basis.

About Us
The Wisconsin Partnership is a coalition of organizations working to improve education and employment systems for students and families across Wisconsin. Four communities - connected through the national StriveTogether network - have come together to mobilize community members around what works and to advocate for policy change that will improve outcomes in our state. Led by Achieve Brown County, Building our Future Kenosha County, Higher Expectations for Racine County, and Milwaukee Succeeds, the Wisconsin Partnership uses data to evaluate the impact that state and local policies have on students’ ability to succeed and collaborates with non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, public institutions, and local employers to drive policy change.

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