Dissemination Associate - Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO)

Organization:
Country:
  • United States of America
Education:
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Start Date (Earliest):
Start Date (Latest):
Language Requirement:
  • English
Length of Commitment:
Three years or more

The Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) is looking for a proactive, self-starter who desires to be part of solving one of the most critical issues our nation faces today – poverty. The Dissemination Associate will be responsible for executing the dissemination strategy for LEO’s research efforts, translating research findings into actionable, usable formats for policy, practitioner and funder audiences.

Who we are:

The Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) is a research center dedicated to reducing poverty and improving lives in the United States through evidence-based programs and policies.

Who we need:

We are looking for someone who wants to change the face of poverty in our country and believes that impacting poverty is possible. The Dissemination Associate’s top priorities will be:

  1. Support and execute efforts to disseminate LEO research to social service – both non-profit and government- providers including webinars, conferences and local events.
  2. Support and execute efforts to disseminate LEO research to federal policymakers including topic or multi-topic Capitol Hill and Administration briefings and coordinating materials development and sharing efforts with Notre Dame’s federal relations team.
  3. Support and execute efforts to disseminate LEO research to state and local policymakers including topic or multi-topic statehouse or administration briefings and coordinating materials development and sharing efforts with Notre Dame’s Public Affairs team.
  4. Research and monitor policy activities across multiple levels of government (federal, state, local) and multiple focus areas (education, self-sufficiency, health, criminal justice and housing) to share across the LEO team.
  5. Support dissemination of LEO’s work on scaling and replication of evidence-based programs.

This position is limited-term, subject to external funding and ending 1 year from hire date, It could be extended for a period of up to five years.

Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate has strong policy analysis skills, written communication skills, demonstrated project management experience, an ability to grasp and distill complicated topics, and a commitment to LEO’s mission. Specifically:
  • Policy Analysis: Ability to do higher level analysis of federal and state policies related to poverty reduction and distill it into usable materials across the LEO team and for external audiences.
  • Written Communication: Ability to write and communicate both to policy audiences and provider audiences mindful of tone, brevity and voice.
  • Project Management Experience: Ability to work independently and see a project through from start to finish to achieve strategies and goals of LEO. Ability to juggle multiple demands and projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to coordinate and lead events such as briefings, conferences and webinars.
  • Analytic capabilities and mindset: The ability to communicate complex issues and intricate research effectively is crucial as is a commitment to ensuring LEO’s impact moves far beyond academic audiences.
  • Experience and Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Political Science, Public Affairs, Public Policy, Communications, Social Work or a related field preferred. 5+ years relevant sector experience.