CF’s current growth and future plans require a Policy Analyst who will help ensure that the organization produces the products needed to achieve CF’s goals and effectively communicates the ideas found in those projects to strategic constituencies. The Policy Analyst may be based in either Harrisburg or Philadelphia.
The Policy Analyst will work closely with teammates to advance the mission of the organization. Accordingly, the Policy Analyst must:
- Produce and assist with the production of CF policy publications, including reports, Policy Briefs, Policy Points, talking points, Poli-Graphs and Policy Memos that adhere to CF’s policy positions, guarantee of quality scholarship, “Fortune 500” standard of quality, and “PHD voice” (personalize, humanize, and dramatize).
- Assist the policy team in developing and implementing a research agenda focused on achieving the goals outlined in CF’s larger strategy, with appropriate deadlines. This includes the following:
- Conduct research, collect data and information via right to know requests, and provide policy analysis on key issues.
- Stay current on policy developments, keeping a close eye on news stories and key legislation, and provide critical analysis.
- Perform ad hoc research in response to inquiries from media, supporters, activists, and colleagues and provide policy information to colleagues as needed.
- Equip other staff for public and media appearances, and communication with key external audiences.
- Identify opportunities to push CF’s policy agenda and counter opponents’ objections/arguments using letters to the editor, online comments, and other communications vehicles.
The policy analyst may be asked to:
- Oversee the execution of CF’s efforts over assigned projects key to our policy
- Make regular direct contact with policymakers, staff members and external organizations related to better inform CF policy analysis and educate strategic audiences.
- Represent CF in public and media appearances.
- Be available to support the efforts of colleagues.
- Consider daily activities and projects through the lens of CF’s larger strategy.
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter (explaining your strong philosophical interest in the mission of CF), resume, salary history, and 2-3 relevant writing samples to Charles F. Mitchell, Vice President & COO, at cfm(at)commonwealthfoundation.org. No calls, please.
The Commonwealth Foundation accepts applications for full-time and part-time interns in the summer, fall, and winter/spring semesters. The deadlines for receiving applications are as follows: Spring Semester deadline is November 1st, Summer deadline is March 1st and Fall deadline is June 1st. All deadlines are by close of business that day.
Ideal candidates will have an interest in public policy; be articulate, well-organized, familiar with state politics and policy; understand basic research methods; be an excellent writer; and eager to advance the cause of personal and economic liberty. Should also be capable of creating and clearly articulating the stories of liberty that convince Pennsylvanians of the merits of free-market policies.
Public policy, political science, economics, history, communications, journalism and pre-law majors are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should embrace the core principles of a free society, share the values of the Foundation, and be capable of excelling in an intellectually stimulating and fast paced work environment.
Send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Info(at)CommonwealthFoundation.org, fax to 717.671.1905 or mail to:
225 State Street, Suite 302
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101