Education Policy Associate/Senior Associate

Washington, D.C. | The Policy Associate/Senior Policy Associate in the Washington D.C. office works on issues related to English-learning students in US schools in collaboration with members of the K-12 education team, particularly Dr. Conor P. Williams. 

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Researching education policy topics identified by TCF education fellows and preparing background memos.
  • Conducting outreach to schools and school districts to establish research partnerships.
  • Acquiring, compiling, and analyzing education data. 
  • Interviewing and centering the perspectives of stakeholders most impacted by written content.
  • Writing blog posts and other content for TCF’s website.
  • Participating in the planning and execution of TCF education projects, including publications and events.
  • Assisting with communications and outreach, including identifying stakeholders and promoting TCF’s work on social media.
  • Providing administrative and logistical support for the education team and TCF events held in D.C.
  • Delivering presentations to diverse and interested audiences on TCF’s work. 

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional research and analytical skills.
  • Comfort conducting—and sometimes leading—initial research outreach to schools and school districts via phone and email. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Background in education policy. 1-2 years of previous related experience in public policy and/or education preferred.
  • Experience working on or studying policies governing English learners’ learning opportunities in US schools, children’s language acquisition, or the intersection of immigration and educational equity strongly preferred. 
  • A commitment to looking at education issues through an intersectional lens, recognizing the importance of elevating the experiences of low-income students, LGBTQ students, English learners, and students of color.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Apps.
  • A commitment to progressive values and interest in TCF’s education research agenda.

Apply

Please submit a résumé and cover letter here.


Health Care Policy Internship

Washington, D.C. | The Century Foundation (TCF)—a think tank promoting progressive ideas and innovative practical solutions that advance opportunity and equality—seeks a part-time (up to twenty hours per week) health care policy intern, with a focus on Black maternal health, to be based in TCF’s Washington, D.C. office. This internship will also have the option for virtual/remote work for those outside of the D.C. metro area. The health care policy internship is a paid position (starting at $15 per hour) and will run from September 13, 2021 to December 17, 2021. Academic credits may be available for this internship.

The part-time health care policy intern is responsible for supporting research needs related to Black maternal health for TCF’s health care fellows. This is a special internship opportunity geared toward undergraduate and graduate students matriculating at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Core Responsibilities:

Research tasks:

  • Assist in research related to addressing America’s Black maternal health crisis. Other timely health care policy research could include proposals to expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA), extending Medicaid postpartum coverage, and Medicaid expansion.
  • Compile research into spreadsheets, charts, graphs, and memos.
  • Assist with finalizing research reports, commentaries, and other written products, including checking references, formatting, etc.
  • Help with social media promotion, including drafting tweets and language for Facebook posts.
  • Participate in meetings and events as appropriate.
  • Assist in researching potential partnership and funding opportunities.
  • Maintain relevant contact lists.

Administrative tasks:

  • Copy materials and assemble event materials as needed.
  • Take notes for internal and external meetings and events.
  • Register guests for TCF health care events.
  • Publicize health care events and develop invite lists.
  • Help with personalized outreach.
  • Schedule large meetings (4+ people).
  • Manage scheduling for the health care reform director/senior fellow.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong attention to detail, highly organized, and able to manage priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with spreadsheets, basic data calculations, and key data sets, such as public-use CDC datasets.
  • Knowledge of key search tools for accessing legislation at the federal and state levels, as well as federal laws and regulations.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, supportive, and proactive.
  • Knowledge of or interest in health care policy.
  • Passion for addressing the Black maternal health crisis in the United States.
  • Ability to work a consistent part-time schedule of up to twenty hours per week.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Matriculation at a national Historically Black College and University (HBCU).
  • Major in political science, public health, health policy, African American studies, women’s studies, or a related discipline preferred.
  • Individuals from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

About TCF
The Century Foundation is a progressive, independent think tank that conducts research, develops solutions, and drives policy change to make people’s lives better. We pursue economic, racial, and gender equity in education, health care, and work. Founded in 1919 by the progressive business leader Edward Filene, the TCF pursues its mission by conducting timely, non-partisan research and policy analysis that informs citizens, guides policymakers, and reshapes what government does for the better.

TCF has offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Its fellows come from academia, journalism, and public service, but share a commitment to the TCF’s abiding belief in the power of ideas.

Apply

Please submit a résumé, cover letter, and 500-word essay on why addressing Black maternal health should be a national priority via Google Form here. If you have any issues accessing the form, please email your application or reach out with questions to [email protected] The deadline for submission of application materials is August 13, 2021. No inquiries by third-party vendors and no phone calls please.

The Century Foundation is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. Everyone is encouraged to apply, including LGBTQ+ people, people of color, and people with disabilities.


Next100 Deputy Executive Director

New York, New York | Next100 is seeking a full-time Deputy Executive Director to help lead the organization and advance its mission of changing the face and future of progressive policy. The Deputy Executive Director will report to the Executive Director of Next100, and work to help manage, develop, and grow the Next100 team and impact. Through a commitment to inclusive, effective people and organizational management and growth; a deep understanding of policy research, development, and advocacy; and strong external partnership development, the Deputy Executive Director will help Next100 identify, support, and provide a platform to new progressive policy leaders and ideas. The Deputy Executive Director role is full-time, and based out of our office in New York City. 

About Next100

Next100 is a different kind of think tank, built for a new generation of policy leaders. We seek to break through the inertia that exists in the political and policy world by supporting a diverse cohort of rising policy leaders in developing new, innovative policy solutions and new approaches to making progressive policy change. We recruit, support, and provide a platform to rising policy leaders, or Policy Entrepreneurs, to drive policy change with and for communities. Our website is here; a recent piece in SSIR on our learning and our work is here. We are a project of The Century Foundation.

About the Position

We are looking for a mission-driven leader with experience in public policy research, development, implementation, and/or advocacy, and experience managing a diverse team. The Deputy Executive Director must be excited to manage and support a set of Policy Entrepreneurs (full-time fellows who are with us for two years), manage internal organizational operations and serve as an important external representative of Next100.

Duties:

  • In partnership with the Executive Director and Associate Director, develop and execute a strategic plan for Next100, including impact, fundraising, internal team development, and performance management goals
  • Manage and support a set of our Policy Entrepreneurs (full-time fellows who are with us for two years), enabling them to build their policy skills and develop high-quality, impactful policy research, ideas, and advocacy campaigns
  • Identify, develop, manage, and evaluate partnerships for Next100 with external organizations
  • In partnership with the Executive Director and Associate Director, develop and execute a strategic fundraising plan that ensures Next100 has the resources needed to support its work
  • Stay abreast of innovative progressive policy thinking at the state and national level
  • Represent the Next100 team at public events that build the organization’s external impact and brand
  • Other tasks as required and assigned; we are a small startup, and we all do everything!

Requirements:

  • Impatience about creating a stronger, more progressive, and more inclusive society
  • At least ten years of professional experience, including prior experience in a leadership or management role
  • At least six years experience in policy research, development, implementation and/or advocacy
  • Demonstrated experience building and managing diverse teams
  • Commitment to building and maintaining a strong, diverse, inclusive, and collaborative team culture, and listening to and elevating marginalized voices internally and externally
  • Commitment to supporting the creation of bold, pragmatic, and actionable policy that can influence outcomes
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, supportive, and proactive
  • Exceptionally strong communication skills, both written and oral; public speaking experience in a variety of contexts
  • Excellent attention to detail

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Next100 is committed to building an organization and team, supporting leaders, and developing policies that embrace diversity, foster an environment of inclusion, and enhance equity. We believe that differences in backgrounds, in experiences, in perspectives, and in identities lead to stronger organizations, stronger teams, and stronger, more effective policy ideas. We value diversity across multiple dimensions, including but not limited to: race, color, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious belief, disability status, and age.

This is a full-time position based in our New York Office. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. 

Apply

Submit (1) your resume and (2) a response to the below three Application Questions here. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application Questions:

  1. Please share why you are interested in this role. (200 words or fewer)
  2. Please share your philosophy of helping people develop, and include an example of a time in which you coached a young leader. (200 words or fewer) 
  3. Please share an example of a policy project you have led, with a team or alone. (200 words or fewer)

Deputy Director of Communications/Press Secretary

Washington, D.C. (Some weekly remote work is negotiable) | The Century Foundation (TCF), a leading progressive think tank, is seeking a Deputy Director of Communications (or Press Secretary) to help spearhead communications and media relations efforts across the organization’s work to pursue racial, gender, and economic equity in education, health care, and economic policy. The Deputy Director will join a fast-growing organization on the cutting edge of progressive policy, and an office committed to building a culture of equity and inclusion, both internally and externally.

The Deputy Director of Communications will serve as TCF’s chief media point of contact, focused on generating quality press coverage for TCF’s research and experts, elevating TCF’s reputation and impact, and helping coordinate state and national strategic communications efforts. They will also assist with media outreach for Next100, a paradigm-shifting start-up think tank launched by TCF two years ago and built for a new generation of policy leaders and policy ideas.

Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Deputy Director will proactively and aggressively pitch TCF’s research and experts to reporters and thought leaders, in addition to maintaining the core media relations infrastructure—e.g. press lists, media clips, interview coordination, and prep. They will take an active role in supporting organizational leadership, including TCF’s president and congressional affairs director, in addition to supervising a senior communications associate who leads TCF’s digital and social media programs.

This is a full-time position, with competitive salary and benefits, an accommodating and friendly work environment, and a culture committed to inclusion and belonging. The position will be remote until TCF resumes in-person operations, and then will be based out of TCF’s Washington, D.C. office. The ideal candidate will have an established network of reporters, producers, broadcast bookers, opinion leaders, advocates, and congressional staff in the nation’s capital. They should be comfortable providing high-level advice to senior staff and experts, while also willing to jump in to get the job done.

Duties:

  • Create and execute media strategy. Develop and drive earned media strategy for TCF and Next100 research reports, campaigns, and experts.
  • Proactively pitch. Implement day-to-day press outreach by pitching local, regional, and national media. Work to secure high-profile coverage of TCF and Next100’s work, especially on TV and radio.
  • Develop materials. Write and edit persuasive external and internal documents such as press releases, media advisories, op-eds, letters to the editor, editorial board memos, fact sheets, talking points, funder documents, and communications plans.
  • Identify media opportunities. Have a strong understanding of the media landscape surrounding TCF’s issues and identify opportunities to participate in ongoing conversations.
  • Field media inquiries. Coordinate interview requests, prep experts for media appearances, and help to hone TCF’s message across policy areas.
  • Manage rapid response. Monitor breaking news events, develop messaging, and conduct rapid response outreach to the press.
  • Maintain media relations systems. Develop and consistently update press lists across TCF and Next100’s issue areas, compile news clippings, and coordinate with external vendors.
  • Assist in Hill outreach. Assist with outreach to congressional staff and the White House and liaise with stakeholders and partners on TCF’s research, briefings, and events.

The ideal candidate is:

  • Committed to social justice and progressive policy. You’re aligned with TCF’s values and vision, and have a passion for advancing racial, gender, and economic equity. You want to work alongside colleagues who share that commitment.
  • A news junkie. You consume a lot of news—reading it, listening to it, watching it. You have a keen eye for media trends and storylines, and how they are shifting. You love to brainstorm how to make news and insert TCF’s ideas into the conversation.
  • Interested in politics and policy research. You believe public policy can be a force for good, and you’re clued into what is happening in Washington, D.C.. Your Twitter following includes a lot of reporters and policymakers. You don’t mind reading wonky research reports—but you really enjoy thinking through how to make them pop for the media.
  • Not afraid of the telephone. You have significant experience and confidence (and success!) with pitching reporters and landing stories. You’re not concerned with a pitch being turned down, or being hung up on, or with following up too many times.
  • A good writer. You have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and you can write well for a wide variety of audiences, voices, issues, and formats.

Qualifications

  • Five to seven years of experience working in progressive politics, strategic communications, media relations, advocacy, journalism, or a related field. Direct or indirect management in those fields is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure print, radio, and TV coverage on issues related to TCF and Next100’s core issue areas.
  • A strong network of national media contacts, including D.C.-based reporters and producers. Experience maintaining strong relationships with journalists.
  • Contacts on Capitol Hill and experience working in a legislative or advocacy environment to push for policy change.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, and the ability to write clearly and concisely about complex topics.

Apply
To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, and copies of (or links to) at least one writing sample at: https://thecenturyfoundation.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=29 by no later than Sunday, August 15.

The Century Foundation is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. Everyone is encouraged to apply, including women, LGBTQ people, non-gender conforming individuals, people of color, and people with disabilities.


Policy Associate, Higher Education Accountability

The Century Foundation (TCF), a progressive, independent think tank, seeks a policy associate to support the higher education team’s work on issues of college accountability and consumer protection. The policy associate would provide research and administrative support to TCF fellows, with the potential for some independent research and writing. 

This full-time position will be based in Washington, D.C. when TCF resumes in-person operations. 

Duties

  • Provide research and analysis support on issues in postsecondary education accountability, and other issues as assigned. 
  • Write background memos with findings and recommendations, and provide brief to fellows and others as assigned. 
  • Develop and/or edit draft commentaries and reports as assigned by fellows. Participate in external meetings and social media efforts as assigned.
  • Assist with administrative needs of the team and TCF. 
  • If commensurate with the program needs and the candidate’s skills and knowledge, author commentaries and/or reports. 

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated skills in research and analysis, both qualitative and quantitative. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to higher education quality or access for historically excluded populations. 
  • A demonstrated commitment to progressive values and racial equity.

Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and copies of (or links to) at least two writing samples to [email protected] Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting July 12. 

The Century Foundation is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. Everyone is encouraged to apply, including women, LGBTQ people, non-gender conforming individuals, people of color, and people with disabilities.