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Policy Analyst

NH School Funding Fairness Project

The New Hampshire School Funding Fairness Project (NHSFFP) is a non-partisan non-profit organization that improves public understanding of both the system by which New Hampshire funds its public schools and the consequences of that system for families, businesses, and communities. NHSFFP also collaborates with elected officials, allied organizations, and concerned citizens to achieve the permanent and comprehensive reforms needed to make that system more equitable and sustainable.  NHSFFP’s involvement was instrumental in securing over $100 million in additional resources for local school districts in New Hampshire’s FY 2020-2021 budget and in establishing the Commission to Study School Funding.


The New Hampshire School Funding Fairness Project (NHSFFP) seeks a Policy Analyst to conduct research on New Hampshire’s school funding system, to use that knowledge to strengthen public understanding of that system, and to devise policy options for advancing equity for students and taxpayers alike.

NHSFFP is a non-partisan non-profit organization that improves public understanding of both the system by which New Hampshire funds its public schools and the consequences of that system for families, businesses, and communities. NHSFFP also collaborates with elected officials, allied organizations, and concerned citizens to achieve the permanent and comprehensive reforms needed to make that system more equitable and sustainable.  NHSFFP’s involvement was instrumental in securing over $100 million in additional resources for local school districts in New Hampshire’s FY 2020-2021 budget and in establishing the 2020 Commission to Study School Funding.

At present, the organization consists of an active eight-member Board of Directors and three full-time staff: a Project Director, a Communications Manager, and an Outreach and Engagement Manager.

The Policy Analyst position is full-time and will report to the Project Director.

The position offers an annual salary in the range of $50,000 to $65,000, commensurate with experience, as well as a monthly health care stipend and travel reimbursement.  The position is grant-funded and is contingent upon future renewals of such funding.

Requirements:

Candidates interested in the Policy Analyst position should review the list of desired qualifications below prior to applying.  NHSFFP recognizes that candidates for the position may not meet the full set of qualifications and that some skills may be developed once hired.

In the ideal, a successful Policy Analyst candidate:

  • Holds a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in public policy, public finance, public administration, economics, education, or a related field
  • Has two or more years of professional experience
  • Possesses a sound knowledge of (or the underlying skills that would enable them to quickly acquire an understanding of):
    1. Public education finance and state and local tax policy
    2. State and local legislative and budget processes
  • Has demonstrable professional experience in the use of all components of Office 365, particularly Excel and Access
  • Has a working familiarity with (or the capacity to learn to use):
    1. Local, state, and national data sources, including large scale survey data such as the American Community Survey (ACS)
    2. Tableau, Infogram, Datawrapper or similar data visualization tools and platforms
    3. Statistical software such as R, Stata, SAS, or SPSS
  • Is a solid and engaging communicator, able to convey complex concepts and detailed findings to a variety of audiences, both on paper and in person
  • Thinks strategically, creatively, critically, and with an open mind
  • Adapts well to shifting circumstances, responds well to high-pressure situations, and performs well under tight timelines
  • Takes initiative, works both independently and collaboratively, and solves problems large and small
  • Is willing to contribute to the variety of mundane tasks needed for the organization’s ongoing operations and long-term success
  • Is passionate about economic and social justice and NHSFFP’s broader mission
Responsibilities:

The Policy Analyst will, among his or her principal responsibilities:

  • Conduct research on New Hampshire’s current approach to funding its public schools and the consequences of that approach for students’ educational opportunities, households’ economic security, and communities’ economic development
  • Author a range of publications and materials, from blog posts and fact sheets to legislative testimony and in-depth reports, on such matters
  • Obtain and compile data from a variety of public sources to assess and to illuminate important trends in school funding and public education generally
  • Monitor, evaluate, and develop legislative proposals related to school funding in New Hampshire
  • Assess, use, and, as necessary, design models to determine education costs, to distribute state aid to municipalities, and to project the impact of changes in tax policy
  • Create, in conjunction with other NHSFFP staff, clear and compelling graphics and other visuals for use in organizational presentations and outreach
  • Develop and maintain relationships with academics, school finance administrators and practitioners, legislative staff and elected officials, and organizational partners
  • Represent NHSFFP in public settings, as necessary and appropriate
How to Apply:

To apply, interested candidates are asked to send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format only) to employment@fairfundingnh.org by Friday, November 5.  NHSFFP will not accept phone inquiries regarding the position.

NHSFFP is committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization that fully represents and engages all Granite Staters.  Accordingly, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or any other class protected under law.

Salary Range:

$50,000 to $65,000

Job Location:

Concord

Date Added: October 4, 2021

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