Maine Equal Justice Policy Analyst Job Posting

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Maine Equal Justice Partners has an immediateopening for a passionate, mission-driven individual for a full-time policy analyst. This position is responsible for conducting research and analysis of federal and state laws and regulations and their impact on low-income populations, designing and assessing policy options and opportunities for systemic change to improve people’s lives, and providing information to policymakers and other organizations toward that end. MEJP is a nonprofit legal aid provider located in Augusta that represents the interests of people with low income in the state legislature, before the courts and administrative agencies, and through outreach and education in the community. MEJP strives to find solutions to poverty and improve the lives of people with low income, ensuring that people can access adequate health care, food, and income security, supports for working families, and higher education and training.

Representative Tasks: 

  • Identifies systemic issues that are impacting low-income communities that could be resolved through policy changes.
  • Evaluates status of law and opportunity for policy changes; collects existing data from other sources regarding various populations/impact of policy on individuals.
  • Assists senior policy staff in preparing memoranda outlining policy issues, and other written materials for policy makers.
  • Conducts legislative advocacy, including testifying before legislative committees.
  • Advocates with State agency staff and negotiates on policy issues.
  • Assists senior policy staff in drafting legislation.
  • Participates in collaborative efforts with other advocacy organizations and other partners.
  • Monitors and documents application and impact of policy through collaboration with organizing and legal staff, information exchange with other organizations, and other information sources.
  • Prepares comments on agency rulemaking.
  • Conducts outreach and training on safety net programs and advocacy initiatives for provider agencies and client organizations throughout the state.
  • Serves as MEJP representative on various commissions/committees.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Commitment to and clear analysis of economic and racial justice issues and the ability to incorporate that analysis into their work.
  • Knowledge of issues and initiatives that affect low-income people.
  • Knowledge of methods of policy analysis.
  • Strong political judgment and problem-solving skills.
  • Comfort with and strong skills in public speaking and oral communication.
  • Knowledge of various areas of poverty law, including health, welfare, food assistance.
  • Knowledge of applicable state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Ability to write clearly, persuasively, and logically. 
  • Ability to work in a collaborative, rapid-paced environment.
  • Ability to work sensitively with individuals/families with low income.
  • Ability to work with variety of individuals in coalition/team.
  • Ability to negotiate.

Minimum qualifications:  A three (3) year combination of education, training, and/or experience in government programs, policy analysis, and working on issues affecting low-income people.

Licensing/Registration/Certification Requirements:  none

Special Requirements:  Ability to work extended hours in evening and on weekends when necessary, particularly during the legislative session.

Salary:  Mid-50’s with generous benefits package. MEJP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply:  Submit a letter of interest and a resume addressed to Robyn Merrill, Executive Director, and emailed to jsanborn@mejp.org, or mailed to Maine Equal Justice Partners, 126 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine 04330. (If submitting via email, the letter and resume must be sent as attachments; links will not be opened.) Applications will be accepted until February 2, 2018. More information about Maine Equal Justice can be found on the website: www.mejp.org.

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