Monday, August 29, 2011

Job opening at NASI

National Academy of Social Insurance
Income Security Research Associate

The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) seeks a mid-level Research Associate for policy analysis, research and convening of NASI experts to address current issues in income security, including unemployment insurance, Social Security, disability insurance and related systems. The Academy is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to research and education on Social Security, health care financing, and related public and private programs. Its members are some 900 of the nation's leading experts on social insurance programs and policy.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Research Associate will be part of an interdisciplinary team that conducts the Academy's research, policy analysis, educational activities, and an annual conference and other meetings of experts on income security issues. He or she will be responsible for collecting, analyzing and synthesizing research and policy analyses related to income security programs. He or she will present this work in a variety of formats: reports, briefs, background memos, website documents, newsletter articles, scholarly articles, and oral presentations. He or she will collaborate with NASI staff and expert members to produce policy findings and products.

The Research Associate will be involved in the following activities:
- Implementing new initiatives in unemployment insurance, Social Security, and other social insurance policy which may include study panel projects, convening seminars and workshops and public education activities;
- Implementing policy analysis and communications projects aimed at clarifying issues in the Social Security and related social insurance debates and promoting deeper understanding of social insurance among journalists, policymakers and their staffs, and the American public.

The Research Associate reports to the Academy's Vice President for Income Security Policy. Specific responsibilities will include:
- Researching, drafting articles, and editing articles written by others to create fact sheets and briefs for policymakers and journalists;
- Drafting other types of reports and articles suited to the target audience, which may include members of Academy study panels or other scholars, policymakers and their staffs, and journalists;
- Coordinating work with members of relevant Academy committees and staffing their meetings;
- Planning workshops and conferences related to the projects;
- Commissioning work from outside experts, monitoring progress and arranging for review of results;
- Coordinating reviews of draft research reports and briefs;
- Conducting quantitative and qualitative policy analysis;
- Disseminating results to policy audiences through briefings, seminars and other presentations; and
- Drafting reports to funders and assisting in developing proposals for funding of new projects.

- Graduate degree and/or equivalent experience in policy analysis in income security areas.
- Proven analytic skills and excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
- Knowledge of social insurance programs, such as unemployment insurance, Social Security, and other income security programs.
- Experience with project management.
- Ability to discuss Academy activities with outside experts, policymakers and the public.
- Ability and willingness to perform multiple tasks in a small office environment and work with other members of the Academy's interdisciplinary staff.
- Ability and willingness to meet deadlines and to adapt priorities to respond to new opportunities and demands.

COMPENSATION: Salary range is commensurate with experience. Generous benefits include employer-paid health insurance, three weeks' vacation, sick leave, and retirement plan contributions.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to:

Income Security Search
National Academy of Social Insurance
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Application deadline: The deadline for applications is Friday, September 9, 2011. Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. The National Academy of Social Insurance is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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