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Research/Policy Analyst – Seattle, WA

Organization: Puget Sound Sage

Job Title: Research/Policy Analyst

Location: Seattle, WA

Hours and Compensation: Full time, Sage offers a non-profit, public interest salary, depending on experience. Excellent benefits package, including employer paid health, dental and vision insurance, retirement and paid time off.

Position Dates: Start ASAP

Application Deadline: Reciving applications on a rolling basis, so send in ASAP

Posted On: August 8th, 2012

Organization Overview

Puget Sound Sage is a regional alliance of labor, community, and faith organizations, dedicated to building a powerful movement for economic justice. We use research, policy advocacy, community organizing and coalition-building to make the regional economy work for working people. Sage is a member of the national Partnership for Working Families, a network of economic justice organizations working to transform the nation’s urban agenda.


Sage is seeking a talented researcher/policy analyst to work across several projects and campaigns. We seek someone with a strong and demonstrated commitment to economic, racial and environmental justice, and three to ten years of experience in non-profit advocacy, public policy or union work.

Specifically, the researcher/policy analyst will help create the framing, evidence and public policy positions needed to advance our mission. The researcher/policy analyst will work as an integral part of a team for each campaign he or she is assigned to. Other activities will include testifying to public bodies, participating in actions, representing Sage at other meetings and events and strategic planning.

Initially, the researcher/policy analyst will be assigned to Sage’s Ports Campaign, responsible for researching and writing on conditions for workers at Sea-Tac Airport and the Port of Seattle and related community issues. Other campaigns in the next 1-2 years could include development, housing and displacement issues and general support for worker organizing.


· Research and write about the economic conditions in the Puget Sound for low-wage workers, low-income communities and people of color. Products may include published reports, policy briefs, memos, public presentations and policy language.

· Generate the evidence and data to support Sage positions and policy reforms. Research methods may include investigative research, database analysis, spreadsheet modeling/calculations, literature review, interviews and surveys.

· Provide tactical research support for Sage’s campaigns, including fact sheets, e-blasts, web postings and internal memos.

· Represent Sage at public events, such as public hearings, and coalition meetings.

· Participate as a team member in Sage campaigns, including planning, events and actions.


· Exceptional writing, editing, presentation and verbal skills.

· Strong quantitative skills, including extensive use of spreadsheets and experience with databases.

· Strong organizational, strategic and analytic thinking.

· Familiarity with government data sources, such as Census products and WA State agency data.

· Familiarity with the concepts of survey research and design, including basic knowledge of statistics.

· Commitment to grassroots organizing, economic and racial justice and organized labor required.

· Candidates should have a minimum three years relevant experience; comparable experience considered, such as journalism or legal. Must have strong investigative research, writing and communication skills and basic quantitative skills (experience with MS Excel).

· Campaign-oriented experience, such as policy reform, organizing or political work, is highly desirable.

· Masters in public policy, urban planning, health or similar preferred. Bachelor’s degree required.

· Willingness to work long and irregular hours as required by campaign needs.

How to Apply

Please copy your cover letter and resume into one word document and upload it into the Upload Resume field at the following apply link: 

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