Are you a detail-oriented professional who enjoys digging into the nitty-gritty details of policy, polling, and messaging to help advance ideas and ensure others are equipped to overcome anything that is stopping them from implementing those ideas? If yes, this role could be a great fit for you.
The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is seeking a Research Analyst to provide technical feedback on policy products including marketing collateral, polling, public comments, testimony, and other items as requested. The Research Analyst should be able to give actionable and candid feedback to FGA staff to help maintain FGA’s high-quality standards and sterling reputation, including input on testimony, presentations, and speaking engagements for FGA staff and contractors. They will focus on FGA’s core issues in welfare, health care, and workforce reform, including concepts ranging from Medicaid and food stamp policy, to health care, to occupational licensing.
What does a typical day look like? One day the Research Analyst will review a draft whitepaper prepared by a member of the research team, edit a one-pager to ensure that content reflects accurate statistics and utilizes FGA’s best messages, and review and tweak a policy memo for a member of the policy team. The next day, the Research Analyst might prepare a government affairs director for testimony or assist a member of the communications team in advance of an important media briefing. The common thread—ensuring consistent high-quality output from the organization to help maintain its reputation and influence with key audiences.
The ideal candidate will have three to five years of relevant experience and a track record of successfully producing policy-related content for target audiences. They will look forward to embracing new and complex reform ideas and be motivated to help make these ideas a reality for millions of Americans. They are detail oriented and willing to dive into documents and data to make sure that the arguments being presented are true and used correctly.
A track record as a skillful editor is also required. The ideal candidate must have the demonstrated ability to write and edit technical documents with focus and precision, is adept at critical-thinking, has the ability to spot potential conflicts, and has experience communicating candid, actionable feedback to peers and superiors. A legal background is a plus.
CULTURE AND FIT
Success at FGA depends not only on a person’s skills, but also on their ability to fit the culture of FGA. We describe our culture with five Core Values:
- Candid to Solve—being willing to have tough conversations in order to solve issues or build trust
- Grow or Die—we don’t have a neutral gear; we must consistently challenge ourselves and each other to grow in our talents and skills
- Politically Savvy—policy doesn’t change in a vacuum, but in a political reality that we must understand and account for
- Partnership-Oriented—internal and external relationships are not transactional. That starts with our team members and the perspective that we need the rest of the team to succeed in order to win personally
- Bought in to Win—we’re at FGA because we want to change policy. No one is counting hours or widgets, we are here to get results, and sometimes that will require going the extra mile or doing a job that isn’t technically ours
It might help to think about the following list of questions. If you answer “yes” to all of them, you may be a fit for the team if your skill sets match the requirements below. The vast majority of those who don’t get hired or don’t last at FGA are due to a lack of fit with these values. Be prepared to have very candid conversations about them in our interview process.
- Do you wholeheartedly agree with the policies that we advocate (see org for a full description) and the underlying principles that people’s lives are made better through work, not government welfare, and that a free market creates greater freedom and equality than any command-and-control government system?
- Do you agree that embracing the realities of politics is necessary to have success in changing public policy?
- Do you tend to be the one who initiates conversations with colleagues, rather than waiting for them to come to you?
- Are you comfortable creating your own structure for work, such as setting work hours, your own priorities, and creating clarity and a workplan from a broad goal?
- Does it motivate you to think about working with a team of world-class professionals who are held to a very high standard of achieving results?
- Do you seize opportunities to try new things or improve a skill that’s relevant to your company or role?
- Are you able to build meaningful relationships (creating trust) with people you only see face-to-face a few times a year?
- Do you tend to lead teams by creating clarity about goals and progress, rather than proscribing the steps they need to take?
- Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and do you have a practice of getting help from others to mitigate your weaknesses?
- Does it bother you if others take all the credit for the work you do?
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This role entails three major responsibilities:
- Frontline quality control responsibility for FGA policy and research products
- Collaborating with other internal teams to ensure accuracy of materials for all audiences
Preparation and Feedback
- Provide candid feedback and prepare FGA staff and contractors for testimony, presentations, and speaking engagements
- Develop and improve preparation processes for employees and contractors
- Participate in onboarding training for new employees
Knowledge and Compliance
- Serve as a point person for internal questions about statistics and other questions about FGA reforms
- Provide feedback on internal trends to smoke out potential issues before they affect quality
- Assess potential compliance issues and alert the appropriate colleagues
TIMING, LOCATION, AND COMPENSATION
FGA is seeking to fill this position as soon as possible. Location is flexible. While FGA’s headquarters are in Naples, FL, nearly all of FGA’s staff work remotely. It is important to note that all of our staff currently live in the Central or Eastern time zones, therefore, candidates in another area may face more lengthy travel requirements. Limited travel will be required, likely four to six trips per year. Many of the trips will be pre-planned, and last-minute trips should be rare. All travel expenses are covered.
FGA offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including a retirement program, a health benefit, and a generous paid leave plan.
To apply, qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- Cover letter detailing:
- why you would be a good fit for the FGA culture,
- why you want to work with us, and
- what kind of value you would bring to the FGA team,
- your salary requirements and your availability for travel
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.
Questions can be directed to Lauren Skiver, Talent Manager at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.
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