Policy Analyst – Management and Policy Planning Services

Full Time
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Berkeley

We are excited to be growing our management and policy planning team and are seeking a mid-to senior-level Policy Analyst to join our team of professionals. The position is in California, ideally in the Berkeley office, but the location is flexible to find the right person. 

MIG supports a hybrid work-from-home/remote and in-office schedule and encourages in-person work for learning and team-building opportunities.

 

Responsibilities

Project Types: You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team that focuses on policy and strategic planning, public outreach and engagement, facilitation and consensus-building, and organizational development and training. 

Daily Work: You will provide critical quantitative and qualitative analysis across a variety of project types, aligned with project objectives and specific  project scopes and budgets). This includes:

  • identifying project research questions;
  • recommending research and data collection methodologies, often in collaboration with community engagement specialists; 
  • designing surveys and focus groups;
  • collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data to guide policy planning;
  • reviewing and validating data in collaboration with project teams;
  • conducting best practice research across a variety of content areas; 
  • developing community profiles by gathering and analyzing both primary and secondary data sources; and
  • writing plans, reports, and presentations that translate findings in accessible and culturally responsive ways.

You will also participate in marketing and writing proposals.

This position will allow you to interact often with diverse members of communities to ensure their perspectives and aspirations influence policy and systems. You will have work with and learn from planners, designers, and communications specialists and have opportunities for progressive responsibility and advancement.

Content Areas: The range of content areas you will touch can include transportation; land use planning; park and recreation; housing; environmental justice; sustainability; diversity, equity and inclusion; child and family services; homelessness; health equity; and many more.

MIG works on projects nationwide; some travel, evening, and weekend work will be required for community engagement, site evaluations, client meetings, or to meet deadlines. MIG encourages a sustainable and healthy work-life balance, and these excess hours can be offset during the week when possible.

 

 

Qualifications

To accomplish these responsibilities, you will be able to manage multiple tasks and deadlines, think critically and creatively, work as part of a collaborative team in an open environment, and maintain a sense of humor and camaraderie. In addition, the experience, qualities, and skills we are seeking are below. 

A Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, or closely related field.

A Master’s degree is preferred.

Demonstrated experience in the following areas:

  • Qualitative research, content analysis and synthesis
  • Quantitative research and statistical analysis
  • Policy formulation and evaluation
  • Legislative process and regulatory compliance
  • Data visualization and presentation
  • Advanced proficiency with statistical software (e.g., R, Stata, SPSS)
  • Proficiency with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Program evaluation and performance measurement
  • Stakeholder and community engagement

Possessing the following qualities and skills:

  • Strategic thinking and problem solving
  • Effective writing, communication, and presentation
  • Critical thinking
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Interpersonal skills and teamwork
  • Emotional intelligence and empathy
  • Time management and prioritization
  • Decision making under uncertainty

A plus, you are bilingual with Spanish or other non-English language skills and if you have worked in a policy making setting.