Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies
Salary: $35,000 to $50,000/yearplus benefits commensurate with experience.
The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies:The Ochs Center is a Chattanooga-based nonprofit organization that conducts independent data analysis and policy research to improve the quality of life in the Chattanooga region.
Founded in 1962, the Ochs Center has a current full-time staff of seven, as well as part-time staff and research fellows. The Ochs Center primarily works with local government agencies, foundations and nonprofit organizations in the Chattanooga region. In the last six years, Ochs has more than doubled its annual budget and increased its work focused on regional and national issues.
Located on the campus of the University of Tennessee, the Ochs Center has a nineteen member board of directors comprised of business and community leaders. The Ochs Center publishes the State of Chattanooga Region Report, which provides data and analysis on a range of issues in the region, including crime, health, housing, economy, education and the environment. The Ochs Center is a participating member of the Urban Institute National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership. For more information on the Ochs Center, see www.ochscenter.org.
The Position:The Policy Analyst will work directly with the President/CEO and the Director of Research and Analysis on specific projects. The Policy Analyst will be responsible for all research, data collection and analysis, as well as serving as the principal author of resulting reports. He or she will be involved in the development and design of research, from proposal to completion. In addition, the Policy Analyst will develop important working relationships with a range of community groups and government agencies and will represent the Ochs Center at multiple community meetings.
The Ochs Center is seeking candidates with the following qualifications for this position:
· Master’s degree -- or bachelor’s degree with significant relevant experience -- in public policy, public administration, economics, mathematics, sociology, statistics or related fields
· Understanding of the role of research and data in the development of public policy
· Strong analytical ability and writing skills; ability to translate complex research and analysis into information that is practical and easily understood by community groups
· Strong communication skills and experience presenting information to diverse audiences
· Experience in working with local governments and/or nonprofit organizations
· Interest or background in one or more of the following policy areas is preferred: education, crime, sustainability
· Experience in manipulation of large data sets and use of statistical packages (such as SAS or SPSS)
· Experience with ArcGIS mapping software a plus
· Demonstrated commitment to work in the public interest
· Ability to work as a member of a team
Chattanooga provides an extraordinary quality of life at an affordable cost. Tennessee’s fourth largest city with nearly 170,000 residents is at the center of the nation’s 90th largest MSA. Chattanooga is located in the southeast corner of Tennessee, less than a two-hour drive from both Nashville and Atlanta. Surrounded by mountains and on the banks of the Tennessee River, Chattanooga is truly a beautiful city with great opportunities for outdoor activity. And it is in the midst of a twenty year long renaissance. Beginning with a visioning process in the mid-1980s, Chattanooga has revitalized its downtown and waterfront through a series of public-private partnerships.
For more information on Chattanooga, please see www.choosechattanooga.com.
How to Apply
Qualified applicants should email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Please reference “Policy Analyst” in the subject line of the email. The closing date for this search is April 22, 2011.
The Ochs Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.