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- Senior Policy Analyst, USA

Senior Policy Analyst

Position: Senior Policy Analyst

Location: Hartford, CT

Reports to: Co-Executive Directors

Type: Full time, salaried, non-exempt
About Us

Katal works to strengthen the people, policies, institutions, and movements that advance health, equity, and justice for everyone. We are focused on three big, inter-related goals:

    Ending mass criminalization, mass incarceration, and the war on drugs.
    Advancing evidence-based solutions to promote health and safety, eliminate unwarranted racial disparities, and secure equitable outcomes.
    Building leadership and organizing capacity of neighborhood residents, organizers, advocates, and groups to effectively drive and shape real change.

As a community organization and collaborative partner, we utilize organizing, advocacy, leadership development, and research to secure transformative and lasting change. More details about Katal can be found on our website: www.katalcenter.org.


About the Position

The Senior Policy Analyst supports and provides capacity to the Community Organizing team through policy advocacy, analysis, research, and writing. The Senior Policy Analyst will work for robust criminal justice, drug policy, and other public policy reform in Connecticut and New York State. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


Policy Advocacy:

    Producing analysis of legislative proposals and public acts
    Producing fact sheets and summaries of legislation and ordinances for people in neighborhoods and for lawmaker education
    Tracking policy and report on Katal’s policy priorities
    Managing some relationships with partners and allies
    Developing policy reports for internal strategy sessions and public Strategy Caucuses
    Collaborating with the organizing team in planning and execution of lobby days, public hearings, and coalition meetings
    Representing Katal in hearings, public forums, coalition meetings, and conferences
    Coordinating with the team and strategizing to advance campaign goals, including facilitating tight collaboration with Katal organizers, leaders, and members


Research and Writing

    Analyzing legislative language
    Conducting issue-based research, producing fact sheets, reports, memos, etc.
    Preparing oral and written testimony for Katal staff and Co-Executive Directors



    Coordinating with and supporting the Communications team for particular issues/events
    Crafting press materials and content for op-eds and newsletters
    Assist with development of content for social media
    Preparing talking points on key issues



    Completing tasks as needed in support of the team and organization
    Sharing infrastructure/administrative responsibilities with other staff



    Supervising staff and interns, including graduate students


Required Competencies

    Adaptability: Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures
    Work Standards: Setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
    Contributing to Team Success: Actively participating as a member of a team to move the team toward achieving its vision and the completion of goals
    Initiating Action (Initiative): Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive
    Tenacity: Staying with a position or plan of action until the desired objective is obtained or is no longer reasonably attainable
    Linking program/functional objectives to the strategic goals of the organization and translating them to performance objectives
    Managing complexity effectively
    Communicating ideas successfully up/down/across/outside the organization
    A working analysis of systemic racism and power, and an eagerness to learn more


Personal Attributes

    You are keenly interested in the mission and goals of Katal
    You have at least five years of experience in policy advocacy and analysis; absent direct legislative experience, you have a graduate degree with compelling, comparable, deep experience in the public health or legal fields.
    You are a strong technical writer and are a very detail oriented person
    You can effectively communicate on the phone, in writing, and in person
    You’re a problem solver

    You’re a committed team player

    You’re ready to work hard and quickly
    You understand that there is some travel required, as well as periodic work on weekends and evenings – especially during (but not limited to) the legislative session


What You Need to Know to Apply

The salary range for the Senior Policy Analyst is $59k - $73k, commensurate with experience. Katal offers competitive benefits, including full health care coverage, dental and vision coverage, gym memberships, 401k, life insurance, and more. This position comes with multiple professional development opportunities.

The Senior Policy Analyst reports to the Co-Executive Directors. There will be work on some nights and weekends. Travel throughout CT and NY is part of the job. This position requires the staff person to work out of the Katal office in Hartford, CT.

To apply, please prepare the following application package:

    A one-page cover letter that answers these questions:
        Why do you want to join Katal?
        Why are you the right fit for the Senior Policy Analyst position?
        What will you bring to Katal to help strengthen the organization?
    Your résumé or CV
    A writing sample of no more than six pages (links to online examples are acceptable)
    Your salary requirement

Submit your application package by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line: "First Name Last Name – Senior Policy Analyst”

    Deadline to apply is February 8, 2019. However, applications will be reviewed immediately and interviews for selected candidates may begin before the deadline.
    Only application packages received by email will be considered.
    We’ll contact you only if you’re under consideration, so please, don’t call to check on your submission.


Katal is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and formerly incarcerated people are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in hiring people who have been impacted by the system of mass incarceration and the war on drugs.

Job posted on 30th January 2019
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