Job Details

Pollicy Research Analyst

Multnomah County, Portland

Job - Government

Close Date: 12/08/2019

The Opportunity:
Pay Range: $80,000 - $100,000 annually. This position is classified as a Staff Assistant and is an Executive/Unclassified position and may be subject to discharge at any time. This salaried position is not eligible for overtime.

Multnomah County, the most populous county in Oregon, is home to approximately 766,135 residents and responsible for providing a wide array of services to our diverse communities in an equitable and inclusive way. At the County, we operate to foster safety, trust and belonging for our community throughout the work, services, and programs we provide. The Office of Government Relations works with Elected Officials, External and Internal partners to provide policy insight and further the Counties priorities.

The Policy Research Analyst position will have the opportunity to influence Multnomah County’s policy direction by delivering complex research and analysis across various issue areas. The Analyst will advise and collaborate within the organization, as well as with Board Members and external partners. The Policy Research Analyst will provide deep research and analysis of state legislation, county ordinances, public policy, and emerging issues. This position is integral to nearly all facets of our work, so understanding multiple perspectives, being adaptable to change, bringing your own creativity and an ability to see the big picture will help you be successful in this dynamic role. You are encouraged to think big and be inquisitive, dig deep and contribute to strategy development. You will represent the Office of Government Relations within technical advisory committees and other collaborative efforts guiding research, data collection and dissemination locally and nationally.

We are looking for someone that understands the application of data to improve equity in public policy outcomes. A person that can educate staff, key partners, stakeholders, media, and the public on issues critical to the organization. The successful candidate will exhibit a strong sense of team-orientation, is highly collaborative, and embraces the value and importance of public service. This person will share our deep commitment to diversity; inclusion; and advancing policies, practices, strategies to achieve equitable outcomes for all who reside in Multnomah County.

Summary of Essential Responsibilities
Provide policy research and analysis, including trend analysis, and identify implications, challenges, and opportunities for Multnomah County.
Review federal, state, and local legislation for impacts related to the County mission, operations, and budget.
Recommend and advise on courses of action and strategies that drive policy outcomes.
Translate complex and ambiguous problems into easy-to-understand concepts to achieve operational and policy objectives.
Identify and recommend research studies to be conducted internally or through contracting to aid in decision making.
Engage and collaboratively work directly with internal stakeholders to identify issues and opportunities.
Cultivate a network of expert advisors, influence how research is conducted and data is collected/reported by public and private-sector providers, and position Multnomah County as a knowledgeable innovator in the use of data.
Present to advisory groups, elected officials, and elected bodies (city councils, legislature, congressional delegation, and staff).

A successful candidate in this role will possess the following skills:
Proactively seeks out opinions, advice, and feedback from a diverse group of partners, while championing Multnomah County Workforce Equity Strategic Plan
Establish and maintain culturally effective working relationships with individuals from various groups and backgrounds which include employees, team members, advisory committee and community members.

Research & Analysis:
Experience with policy analysis, statistical analysis, qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis research methods, data tracking, scoring, visualization, and best practices in policy, research, evaluation, and data analysis.
Demonstrated experience reconciling, synthesizing and interpreting information to draw a logical conclusion and make recommendations.

Proven ability to create and deliver presentations, incorporating concepts and data from internal and outside sources that clearly communicate key messages.
Ability to engage, influence, inspire and motivate an audience from different perspectives, cultures or backgrounds.

Experience providing and preparing clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, reports, studies, and other written materials, as well as demonstrated skills in communicating findings
Ability to exercise good judgement and persuade decision making when conveying a message when given a single datasets in oral and written presentations.

To Qualify
We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant.

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills:
Bachelor's degree in Business, Political Science, Economics, Law, or History is desired OR any combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties (required).
5 years experience in research, evaluation, policy and/or data analysis or consulting in public policy.
Demonstrated experience communicating data findings effectively to key partners, media, elected officials, the public, and diverse stakeholder groups.
Effective presentation skills that include verbal, graphical and written techniques.
Demonstrated knowledge of multiple issues that impact the county.
Demonstrated experience applying equitable frameworks in policy, program and organizational decision making

Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.
A masters degree in Business, Political Science, Economics, Law, or History with an emphasis on public policy
Experience with economic development, taxation, specifically relating to property tax, legislative research and process, equity impacts of public policy
Tableau or other data visualization software proficiency

Screening and Evaluation
The Application Packet:
A resume that explains all related experience (paid or unpaid) and training in your resume.
A cover letter that expands on your resume, addresses how you qualify for the position and why you are interested in the role.
Recent work samples: Attach recent samples of your work that you have developed. Please attach the work as a PDF.
Note: The application, resume and cover letter should demonstrate your work experience/skills and how it is related to those shown in the Overview and To Qualify sections of the job announcement. Please be thorough, as these materials may be scored and determine your eligibility for an interview.

The Selection Process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:
Initial review of minimum qualifications: We may do an additional preferred review and/or send out additional supplemental questions to identify those highest qualified.
Consideration of top candidates: We will consider qualified candidates in order of rank and score from the list of eligible candidates. This may include panel interview(s), a hiring interview, and/or additional testing to determine the best candidates for a position. Please note: This position will require the top candidates to complete a writing a writing exercise and give a presentation of the exercise to the interview panel.
Background check and reference checks: All finalists must pass a thorough criminal records check and reference check.

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available for your reference. Multnomah County is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We request priority protected veteran referrals.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.

Tyesha Robertson


+1 (503) 9889033 x89033

Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.

Disclaimer: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

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