MPA Job listPolicy Analyst U of U
angela.stefaniak at cppa.utah.edu
Wed Apr 19 16:18:42 MDT 2006
The University of Utah
Educational Leadership and Policy
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:
Chair of Search Committee
c/o Marilynn Howard
University of Utah
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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