ACLU of Maryland, Education Reform Project
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland seeks a Policy Analyst to work with the Education Reform Project team on state education fiscal and policy issues.
The Policy Analyst will be passionate about advocating for Baltimore City students and working for sufficient education funding and effective education policies for children across the city and state, as intended by the Maryland Constitution. The ACLU is a non-profit organization that defends the civil rights and civil liberties of Marylanders through litigation, legislation, and public education. Major emphases of the Education Reform Project are policy research, education, and communication for legislative and grassroots coalition campaigns on fair and equitable school funding and policies, modernized school facilities, and school discipline.
The special individual we seek might on a given day: prepare a clear analysis of the impact of state education formula changes on various school systems, compare and chart academic progress of schools with similar demographics, develop a presentation on school construction financing, or write a newsletter article about the policy solutions for Pre-Kindergarten expansion. The position is based in Baltimore with some travel to Annapolis.
The Policy Analyst works in concert with other members of the Education Reform team. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Research and analyze proposals related to state education funding formulas, operating and capital budgets, and school system budgets;
- Develop charts and materials simplifying and explaining governmental budget data;
- Develop public policy options for campaigns to increase equity in education funding and policy;
- Research issues and draft persuasive testimony, fact sheets, blogs, and issue papers understandable to the general public regarding education policy and budget issues;
- Cultivate relationships with partner organizations, elected and school officials, key leaders and policy makers;
- Identify and track relevant state legislative issues and hearings;
- Assist team in building ACLU campaigns and organizing events;
- Give presentations at governmental and community meetings;
- Represent the ACLU at school system meetings, commissions, and task forces, including those that are scheduled in the evening;
- Perform other related duties as assigned by the Director of the Education Reform Project.
- Bachelor's degree or higher preferred, in public policy, public administration, finance, economics, or a related field;
- Experience in quantitative and program analysis;
- Proven communication skills, including the ability to write and make presentations about technical information in a clear, persuasive style;
- Experience with, and understanding of, legislative and budget processes, preferably in Maryland, including the education funding formula;
- Ability to analyze governmental budget and legislative documents and develop strategies and public policy options;
- Knowledge of Pre-K to 12 education policy issues and familiarity with Baltimore City and its public schools a plus;
- Experience in advocacy, organizing, and building a campaign coalition of organizations a plus;
- Ability to keep organized in a fast-paced environment, to manage several projects simultaneously, and to adjust to frequently changing demands;
- Ability to work independently but collaboratively;
- A strong commitment to high-quality public schools for children at risk of failure;
- Availability to work long hours and evenings during certain key campaigns; ability to commute to meetings in Baltimore and Annapolis;
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office, such as Word, Excel & PowerPoint and software used in quantitative analysis;
- Firm commitment to the mission of the ACLU;
- A commitment to diversity and a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance
- Possesses a friendly, positive attitude, and sense of humor.
COMPENSATION: Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits offered, including generous health insurance plan, life and long-term disability insurance; 401(k); generous sick, vacation and holiday leave.
Send a cover letter, resume, three short writing samples including one demonstrating analytic ability, and contact information for three professional references by mail, fax or email to to:
Hiring Committee: Education Advocate
ACLU of Maryland
3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Ste. 350
Baltimore, MD 21211
Please put "Policy Analyst" in the subject line of your email or cover page in your fax. Also, please include a note about where you saw this job posting in your cover letter.
All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged. It will not be possible for us to accept telephone inquiries.
The ACLU of Maryland is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or disability.