Washington D.C. Congressional Policy Postdoctoral Scholar

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Program Description

The Research-to-Policy Collaboration invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar interested in a career at the research-policy nexus supporting the translation of scientific evidence to policymakers. This exciting opportunity would support an embedded policy fellowship placement to train a Policy Associate who would be responsible for implementing an effective, replicable and non-partisan model for brokering researchers and policymakers—known as the Research-to-Policy Collaboration model.  

​Job Responsibilities

  • Frequently meeting with legislative staff and be the about their policy goals, priorities and research needs 
  • Identify and recruit research-oriented professionals with subject matter expertise into RPC’s Raid Response network and coach them in policy engagement  
  • Act as relationship broker and build, lead, and maintain partnerships between researchers and policymakers via rapid response meetings to response legislative requests for research-based information 
  • Write, edit, and review evidence-based communication materials (fact sheets, policy briefs, op-eds, blog posts) tailored for non-academic and congressional audience 
  • Organize panels, roundtables, or congressional briefings for policymakers 
  • Outreach with partnering organizations or those engaged in relevant advocacy activities to coordinate our response to legislative requests 
  • Quasi-academic activities include thorough tracking and reporting activities, managing relevant data, and contributing to publications  
  • Grant writing and other development activities that support sustainability of the RPC 
  • Supervise and train interns and fellows  

Skills and Traits Needed by Applicants

Applied research experience with an enthusiasm and commitment to accelerating the translation of science to policy. 

  • Curiosity and a generalist attitude with interest in diverse social policy issues  
  • Experience in building and maintaining partnerships or collaborations 
  • Strong diplomatic communication and interpersonal skills.  
  • Solid writing skills tailored for non-academic audience  

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