Senior School Finance Researcher and Policy Analyst

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Date posted: 
Friday, January 10, 2020
Employer Name: 
The Learning Policy Institute (LPI)
Palo Alto, California, 94304, United States | Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States

Who We Are

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) is a national organization that conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to shape education policies and improve learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, LPI connects policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels with the evidence, ideas, and actions needed to strengthen the pre-k to grade 12 education system and address the complex realities facing public schools and their communities. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others who care about improving public schools, the Institute advances evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for all children. For more information, see

The Position

The Learning Policy Institute seeks a full-time Senior School Finance Researcher and Policy Analyst to join its team of research, policy, and communication staff in advancing the organization’s efforts to conduct, translate, and disseminate research on school finance and resource allocation in ways that inform federal, state, and local policy development. LPI conducts research and policy analyses in the following areas: Early Childhood Learning; Deeper Learning; Educator Quality; Equitable Resources and Access; and Accountability and Improvement.

The Equitable Resources and Access team (ERA) conducts research and policy analyses to help promote access to adequate, equitably distributed resources that are wisely allocated and effectively managed to provide a high-quality education for all students. The Senior School Finance Researcher and Policy Analyst will conduct original school finance studies and analysis, and translate this information in ways that advance federal, state, and local educational policies that promote adequate and equitable state school finance systems. The position can be located either in the Palo Alto, CA, or in the Washington, DC, office.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, a writing sample and three professional references here. Candidates invited to continue through the interview process will be asked to complete a job-related task/performance assessment at that time.

Major Responsibilities

  • Conduct, manage, oversee, and translate research on key issues associated with school finance.
  • Establish, maintain, and cultivate strategic and bipartisan relationships with policymakers and education stakeholders, as well as with organizational partners, to help foster the exchange of ideas and information regarding school finance systems.
  • Communicate complex high-quality school finance research findings in an accessible manner to a broad and diverse policy audience in a variety of forums in order to inform the development of policy.
  • Respond to federal and state legislative requests with current research and evidence-based recommendations.
  • Support the development of policy recommendations and the analysis of policy, including the development of policy documents such as briefs, testimony, and public comment letters.
  • Convene policymakers and experts in formal and informal settings to engage in in-depth learning opportunities on school finance topics.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced degree in the social or behavioral sciences.
  • Significant professional experience in school finance research and/or school finance policy, including communicating research to policy audiences.
  • Relationships with experts in the field of school finance and a strong understanding of the landscape of school finance systems.
  • Record of publications, including articles or opinion pieces on school finance topics.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in collecting, synthesizing, and evaluating information to support policymakers.
  • Methodological expertise to conduct and understand research on technical school finance issues.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage and coordinate several projects simultaneously.
  • Exceptional writing and oral communication skills.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States for any employer.


  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to both work independently and foster collaborative working relationships, and to work well in a team-setting.
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence and equity.
  • Ability to execute and exhibit good judgment.
  • The intellectual strength and curiosity to understand and appreciate the varied and complex educational policy landscape.
  • An optimistic outlook and a flexible, innovative nature.
  • Passion for ensuring that all children receive empowering and equitable learning with a commitment to historically underserved students.


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