The Policy and Research Associate will work under the direct supervision of the Director of Policy and Practice and will, under the guidance of the VP of Research, collaborate with other research and practice team members.
As a Policy and Research Associate, you will work predominately on policy-related data – reading, reviewing and systematically analyzing SEL policies, workforce readiness policies, and other related policies as needed. You will use these learnings to help inform the development of interactive convenings among state policy makers, briefs, and other tools to further promote the development of SEL policies. In addition, you will support a policy research agenda connected to understanding the influence of state-level SEL policies and practices to assess both continuous improvement and systemic SEL implementation. Further, you will support the overall project management of the CSI.
Specific responsibilities may include:
Support CASEL’s SEL and Workforce preparation project with state policy analysis.
Communicate with and interview state leaders and teams.
Collaborate with CSI teammates to support the success of the Collaborating States Initiative.
Help develop a systematic approach to analyzing process and outcome data related to SEL state policy agenda.
Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.
Background in education and policy (highly preferred), including familiarity with SEL.
Background in workforce policy (preferred)
At least a bachelor’s degree in social sciences or education with quantitative or qualitative research skills
Demonstrated interest in policy and research and the social and emotional development of children and youth, including enjoyment of research and writing, reading and analyzing long documents
Well-developed analytical and conceptual skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong project management, organizational, and computer skills
Ability to work independently and efficiently in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously.
Ability to work as a member of a team
Experience working on a research project is preferred, including policy research
The desire to work in a highly collaborative, entrepreneurial environment where taking initiative, working well in teams of internal and external colleagues, and perseverance in the face of challenges is a must.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation
CASEL seeks to maintain compensation packages competitive within the nonprofit and education sectors, commensurate with experience.
About Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, and a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL’s mission is to help make evidence-based SEL an integral part of preschool through high school education across the country. We are transforming American education through SEL by collaborating with leading experts and supporting districts, schools, and states nationwide to drive research, guide practice, and inform federal and state policy. Together, we are enabling all young people in our diverse society to lead healthier, happier, more productive, and fulfilling lives.