Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Job: Senior Policy Analyst, MPI, Location Unspecified

Cross-posted from MPI: Policy Analyst

Senior Policy Analyst

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of national and international migration policies, is seeking an exceptional Senior Policy Analyst to lead the International Program’s research on economic and labor market issues. The successful candidate will have strong analytical skills and a sound understanding of labor economics, the role of public policy in shaping labor market institutions, immigration, and immigration systems. Salary and title will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Design and manage policy research projects and ensure rigor and quality in all research products for MPI’s International Program.
  • Work with MPI colleagues and external collaborators to conduct original, innovative research and write reports, policy briefs, and articles on immigration policies in North America, Europe, and Asia.
  • Represent MPI and promote its research in the media and public and private settings.
  • Work with senior staff to identify funding opportunities, develop appropriate research methodologies for new projects, and produce funding proposals.
  • Supervise other MPI analysts on specific research projects.
  • PhD in public policy, labor economics, or a closely related field. Candidates with Master’s degrees and at least five years of highly relevant experience will also be considered.
  • Excellent understanding of labor economics, including the role and impact of regulations, supply and demand for labor, determinants of pay and productivity, the impacts of immigration on the labor market, and human capital development for immigrants and disadvantaged groups in high-income countries other than the United States.
  • Sound knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies required for designing and implementing public policy research projects.
  • Ability to break down, analyze, and clearly communicate policy questions for a nontechnical audience, and ability to visualize, present, and explain data effectively.
  • Proven writing and editing skills.
  • Familiarity with the immigration policies of major immigrant-receiving countries other than the United States, including knowledge of current immigration trends, debates, and policies; work-permit and visa policies in immigrant-destination countries; and the economic and labor market dimensions of immigrant integration policy.
  • Experience conducting original analysis using statistical programming software (particularly household survey data and administrative datasets).
  • Substantial publications record, especially in relevant policy fields, and standing in the research and public policy worlds.
  • Experience with public speaking and working with the media.
To Apply
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and short unedited writing sample to hr(at) Please do not send edited journal articles or coauthored papers; the ideal writing sample is short, nontechnical, and accessible to a lay audience. Please reference “SPA International Program” in the subject line and include a line telling us how you heard about this position.
Applications are due by October 22, 2014. Due to the expected large number of applicants, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
The Migration Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability. Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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