MPA Job listPolicy Analyst U of U

Angie Stefaniak angela.stefaniak at
Wed Apr 19 16:18:42 MDT 2006

The University of Utah

Educational Leadership and Policy
Job Posting
Policy Analyst
The University of Utah's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy 
(ELP) and College of Education is seeking to fill one full-time policy 
analyst position in the Utah Education Policy Center.  The purpose of 
the Utah Education Policy Center is to improve the quality of 
educational policies, practices, and leadership in Utah public schools 
and higher education and increase educational access and opportunities 
for all children and adults in Utah, particularly for those who have 
been historically marginalized. To this end, the Policy Center will 
identify relevant educational issues and engage in timely and rigorous 
research, evaluations, and analysis to inform and influence educational 
policy in Utah. The Center will also respond to specific related 
requests from local and state leaders, policy makers, education 
agencies, and community organizations. Research, evaluations, and 
analyses will be presented in the form of policy briefings and reports 
as well as traditional research articles. Information generated by the 
Policy Center will be shared with multiple local and national audiences, 
including policy makers, educational leaders, professional educators, 
and community organizations. In addition, the Policy Center will provide 
policy forums to engage scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and the 
community in meaningful dialogue around relevant educational policy topics.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy has a commitment to 
social justice. We are interested in and value candidates who have 
experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds 
and a demonstrated commitment to improving access and opportunity for 
underrepresented students in K-12 and higher education.

The position would be initially for a two-year time line with a 
year-to-year appointment. Continuance of the position after two years is 
dependent on the acquisition of external funds. We are seeking a person 
with experience and/or expertise in educational policy in preK-12 and/or 
higher education. Preferred qualifications include: 1) quantitative 
methods and qualitative methods, 2) familiarity with and use of large 
state and/or national data bases and 3) experience with grant writing 
and management.  The primary responsibilities for this position include 
1) planning and conducting policy analyses and program evaluations on 
educational issues in both preK-12 and higher education, 2) establishing 
and maintaining relationships with local and state educational leaders 
in preK-12 and higher education, legislative leadership, and local and 
state community-based groups who focus on educational issues, 3) 
organizing policy forums, and 4) seeking, applying for, and managing 
grants to conduct policy analysis and program evaluations.

Candidates must have at least a master's degree in education leadership 
and policy or related field. In addition, candidates must demonstrate 
excellent writing and oral communication skills and a capacity for 
conducting high quality policy analyses and/or evaluations. 

Candidates are expected to have strong interpersonal skills and an 
ability to promote and sustain collegial and collaborative relationships 
in the department and across the college and university. The anticipated 
starting date is May 2006 or as soon thereafter as possible. Salary and 
benefits are competitive.

Screening of candidates will begin April 1, 2006 and will continue until 
the position is filled. Each candidate should submit the following:

1.      A letter of application, which includes a statement describing 
your related experience.

2.      A comprehensive vita. 

3.      Samples of policy analysis and/or evaluation reports or evidence 
of related experiences.

4.      Contact information for at least three references. 


Please address inquiries and applications to:

 Andrea Rorrer
Chair of Search Committee

c/o Marilynn Howard
University of Utah
Educational Administration
1705 Campus Center Dr. Rm. 339
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9254
Phone: 801-581-6714 (main office)


The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action 
employer, encourages applications from women and minorities, and 
provides reasonable accommodations to the known disabilities of 
applicants and employees.
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