Government Affairs Policy Analyst- MAPC, Boston

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks candidates for the position of Government Affairs Policy Analyst to help further the public policy goals of the agency. The Policy Analyst will help draft and analyze legislation, strategize with a dynamic team about how to advance legislative and policy campaigns, and conduct policy research on a wide array of topics to advance our regional plan and our commitment to regional collaboration, smart growth, and equity. The Policy Analyst will be a core member of MAPC's Government Affairs team, which advocates at the local, regional, state, and federal level. We work closely with municipal leaders and other allies and stakeholders.

Examples of Duties
Research, analysis, writing and policy responsibilities:

Develop policy strategies to implement MetroCommon2050 at the local and state level
Develop elements of the agency's policy agenda and craft data-driven policy and advocacy strategies, including leading advocacy efforts on key issues at the local, state, and federal level
Support the implementation of MAPC’s equity policy agenda in the Legislature and monitor progress  
Work with our data service team to draft papers, author reports, and create accessible presentations of research results and policy recommendations to a wide array of audiences
Develop reports, fact sheets, and other materials for the Administration, Congressional delegation, Legislature, municipal officials, and other allies
Work with departments at MAPC to craft legislative and policy priorities based on detailed research, and move toward legislative and policy solutions
Track federal COVID-19 recovery efforts and integrate these efforts into MAPC’s legislative agenda.

Typical Qualifications
Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree in public policy, planning or a related field and at least three years of related experience, preferably in a public policy arena, or a Master's degree in public policy, planning, or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Successful candidates for this position will demonstrate all or most of the following:

A broad knowledge of state, local, and federal government functions, including an understanding of municipal governance and finance, land use planning, or related fields
Ability to gather information, analyze data, evaluate public programs, make recommendations and prepare written and oral reports
Experience working collaboratively with staff members from various departments and ability to work with agency board members
Ability to foster and maintain collaborative relationships with local, state, and regional officials, academic researchers and analysts, agency heads, community-based and advocacy organizations, and individuals from a wide range of diverse backgrounds
Good judgment in dealing with high-level public officials, members of the public and the media
Comfort and familiarity with word processing, databases and spreadsheets, electronic communication tools
Excellent written and oral communication skills

Compensation and Benefits: 
The salary ranges from $58,000 - $68,000, depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time exempt position. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment and a commitment to continued professional development.

How to Apply: 
Apply online at www.mapc.org/jobs. The position is open until filled, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Candidates selected to interview will be asked to submit three (3) references plus a sample of relevant writing or work product. 


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