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About ThinkTennessee

Based in Nashville, ThinkTennessee is a nonpartisan, results-oriented think tank that uses research and advocacy to build a state where all Tennesseans are civically engaged and economically secure.

We believe our state does best when voters have a say in the decisions that impact their lives and workers earn enough to support their families. We focus our work on building a shared understanding of how our state stacks up nationally and researching and advocating for policies that empower voters and support working families.

Staff at ThinkTennessee are offered hybrid schedules with a mix of in-office and remote work days.

Policy and Research Director

ThinkTennessee seeks a Policy and Research Director who is passionate about evidence-based policies that will help Tennessee families better make ends meet and is eager to lead top-notch research and policy analysis and grow partnerships that affect real and long-lasting change.

The Policy and Research Director will work alongside ThinkTennessee’s president, staff, and board to develop our annual Working Families policy agenda which focuses on policies that address the three key pieces impacting household budgets: income, expenses, and debt. He or she will implement and coordinate the execution of both internal-facing research and policy analysis and external-facing policy briefs, reports, and presentations. The Policy and Research Director will also lead efforts to ensure that ThinkTennessee’s work is useful to – and used by – policymakers and stakeholders at the state and local levels.

Key Responsibilities:

Lead ThinkTennessee’s Working Families policy and research efforts:

  • Direct and execute policy and research projects needed to advance ThinkTennessee’s mission, including among others:
    • Work with the president and senior staff to conceive of and coordinate economic and infrastructure policy and research projects;
    • Author and design policy briefs, reports, and other educational resources for a variety of audiences;
    • Conduct research and analysis related to economic and infrastructure policies and proposals at the state and local levels; and
    • Oversee the State of Our State dashboard.
  • Serve as the organization’s Working Families policy and research expert at events and in the media.
  • Proactively identify policy and research trends, identify gaps in the field, and activate an appropriate policy, research, or implementation response.
  • Manage and develop policy team staff.

Ensure that ThinkTennessee’s policy, advocacy, and communications efforts are informed by best practices and in tune with political realities:

  • Maintain a deep knowledge of the state’s policy landscape and proactively identify policy opportunities on which Tennessee leaders might capitalize to increase family economic security.
  • Build and sustain a robust network of policy experts and stakeholders to advise on and inform ThinkTennessee’s work.
  • Lead organizational efforts to ground all communications, advocacy, and policy work in sound research and data.

Grow and nurture ThinkTennessee’s relationships with organizational partners and stakeholders:

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with policy leads at national, state, and local organizations.
  • Staff the Board of Director’s Policy Committee.
  • Track policy progress and successes for use in grant reports and other communications.
  • Monitor proposed legislation and existing policies and collaborate with communications staff to share relevant developments with partners and stakeholders, e.g., through webinars, conference calls, and/or convenings.
  • Represent ThinkTennessee at national, state, and local conferences, as well as on coalitions and committees.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree in public policy, economics, law, or a related field is preferred.
  • 3+ years of work experience in a relevant field, e.g., public policy, advocacy, or government.

Skills:

  • Quantitative skills—including the ability to conduct high-quality data analysis in and oversee others’ data analysis in Stata, SAS, R, or similar programs—are required.
  • Skilled at gathering and analyzing data from a variety of sources, both qualitative and quantitative.
  • Analyzes and clearly documents data to make comparisons and draw conclusions.
  • Identifies cause and effect relationships to solve complex problems.
  • Excellent at using data to tell a story, from distilling conclusions to using graphics to represent them.
  • Strategic thinker able to adapt to, and thrive in, a changing policy environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex ideas and findings through oral and written communication.
  • Able to build and strengthen relationships with external stakeholders and partners to advance shared policy goals.
  • Able to assist, support, and encourage associates, research assistants, and other policy and research staff in identifying difficulties, prioritizing tasks, defining goals, and producing positive results.

Characteristics:

  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to ThinkTennessee’s mission.
  • Familiar with Tennessee’s political and policymaking environment.
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic and an exceptional level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to flourish in a small team environment and adapt to changing priorities and duties within the organization’s overall mission.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well as part of a team and across organizations.

Compensation: Competitive salary ($85,000 – $95,000) commensurate with experience. We offer comprehensive benefits, including medical/dental/vision insurance, retirement, paid family leave, and generous paid time off, including sick leave, vacation days and holiday schedules.

Commitment to a Diverse Workplace: ThinkTennessee is an equal opportunity employer. As an organization focused on moving Tennessee forward, we understand that diverse teams are stronger, more innovative, and more productive. Interested candidates who do not meet all listed criteria should still apply, as our organizational structure focuses on providing opportunities for professional growth.

How to apply: Applicants should send a resume and a cover letter to info@thinktn.org by December 7, 2022.

Research Assistant Program

ThinkTennessee research assistants will have a unique opportunity to collaborate with our staff and board of directors, as well as other prominent thought leaders, to produce meaningful policy work.

Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, a demonstrated interest in public policy and/or nonprofit management and a willingness to work independently on a variety of tasks.

This position is unpaid, but ThinkTennessee will support research assistants’ efforts to obtain academic credit or outside funding.

Position open to: Law students and graduate students in public policy or political science

Length and location: Research assistants will work from ThinkTennessee’s main office in downtown Nashville (or remotely, as necessary). Summer research assistants typically work full-time; split summers are acceptable. During the school year, research assistants may choose either a part-time or a full-time schedule (a six-hour minimum per week is required).

Application Deadline:

Spring 2023: November 16, 2022
Summer 2023: February 15, 2023
Fall 2023: July 14, 2023

Applicants are encouraged to apply early. If your school requires you to submit your assistantship information by a certain date for funding purposes, please specify this in your application.

To apply for this job email your cover letter and resume to info@thinktn.org

Apply using webmail:
Gmail / AOL / Yahoo / Outlook

Internship Program

ThinkTennessee interns will have a unique opportunity to collaborate with our staff and board of directors, as well as other prominent thought leaders, to produce meaningful work.

Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, a demonstrated interest in public policy, nonprofit management, communications and/or fundraising and a willingness to work independently on a variety of tasks. Please note your primary area(s) of interest when applying.

This position is unpaid, but ThinkTennessee will support interns’ efforts to obtain academic credit or outside funding.

Position open to: Undergraduate students

Length and location: Interns will work from ThinkTennessee’s main office in downtown Nashville (or remotely, as necessary). Summer interns typically work full-time; split summers are acceptable. During the school year, interns may choose either a part-time or a full-time schedule (a six-hour minimum per week is required).

Application Deadline:

Spring 2023: November 16, 2022
Summer 2023: February 15, 2023
Fall 2023: July 14, 2023

Applicants are encouraged to apply early. If your school requires you to submit your clerkship or assistantship information by a certain date for funding purposes, please specify this in your application.

To apply for this job email your cover letter and resume to info@thinktn.org

Apply using webmail:
Gmail / AOL / Yahoo / Outlook