Essential Responsibilities

  • Collects, maintains, and analyzes data and information related to the work of the state team, including best practices and emerging trends across the state and country;
  • Writes research summary briefs, white papers, and other substantive communications materials that explains and advocates for the TennesseeCAN policy agenda through actionable, accessible, and clear information for public consumption;
  • Supports work during legislative session by tracking legislation, coordinating meetings, and assisting with bill analysis;
  • Follows political issues that affect the feasibility of policy advocacy efforts, and works with the state team to develop strategies that will lead to success;
  • Maintains relentless commitment to creating and enabling policy practices that prioritize student achievement and educational opportunity for all kids.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Ability to research and synthesize complex education, legislative, and policy data;
  • Ability to write and clearly communicate issues, concepts, and findings as they relate to education policy and data to audiences and constituents of diverse backgrounds including parents, teachers, legislators, and policy experts;
  • Strong problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, work within tight deadlines, and prioritize work as necessary;
  • Ability to work independently and as a key member of multiple small project teams. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Self-motivated, results driven, and professional;
  • Proven attention to detail and organizational skills;

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, public policy, political science, or in a related field;
  • Enrolled in a graduate program in a related field (e.g., education, law, or policy), OR background work in related field; and
  • Experience synthesizing and weighing research and making policy recommendations, experience with legislative analysis preferred.

Work Schedule and Compensation

Flexible; part-time, less than 30 hours per week. Remote work is an option. Compensation is a set stipend each month.

Travel Requirements

Minimal travel outside Davidson County. May make occasional trips to the State Capitol during the legislative session.

Location

Nashville, TN

Duration

The length of this fellowship is six months to one year from start date, but exceptions can be made for the ideal candidate.

Deadline

We are seeking to fill the position immediately. Position will remain open until filled.

How to apply

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Charlie Bufalino, Director of Policy & Strategy, at charlie.bufalino@tn-can.org with “Tennessee Policy and Research Fellow” in the subject line.

TennesseeCAN: TennesseeCAN , part of the 50CAN Network, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit K-12 education group working to ensure that every child in Tennessee has great teachers and great schools. The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now is a nonprofit organization that works at the local level to advocate for a high-quality education for all kids regardless of their address. We help develop local education leaders by providing them with the research, tools and ideas needed to create learning environments that best meet every child’s needs. 50CAN operates campaigns in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Tennessee. With affiliates in Maryland, South Carolina, New York and Miami. It has a national headquarters in Washington, D.C. and is led by CEO & Founder Marc Porter Magee.

As a key member of the Tennessee state team, the ideal candidate will be extraordinarily driven, entrepreneurial, and absolutely dedicated to advocating for quality public education. This position reports directly to TennesseeCAN’s Director of Policy & Strategy in Nashville, while collaborating with the state team across Tennessee. This position is based in Nashville.

TennesseeCAN is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply.