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Policy Analyst

The Florida Policy Institute (FPI) is hiring a policy analyst to engage in research, analysis and advocacy on state policies that provide Floridians with the opportunity to succeed and become economically secure.

The Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit research and advocacy organization that develops and promotes policies that foster economic opportunity and prosperity for all Floridians, with a particular focus on low- and moderate-income residents.  The Institute also works to ensure that tax and budget policies are equitable and adequate to fund public services.

Position Overview: The individual hired for this position will help the Institute shape budget and policy outcomes, particularly those related to taxes, revenue, economic development and the state budget. By providing credible and timely analysis, the analyst will help the Institute’s team ensure that the public debate over state fiscal issues is comprehensive, robust, and data-driven.

The position requires strong analytic skills, self-motivation and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of target audiences, including policymakers, the media, and community-based organizations (CBOs) and their members.   These CBOs include organizations advocating for the basic needs of residents, the effective and efficient delivery of human services, and other public policy issues that are important to the state’s economic and workforce development strategies.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the development of FPI’s proactive policy agenda and work plan related to tax and budget issues, economic security, and workforce development.
  • Conduct research and write on timely policy issues related to the fiscal health of the state and its residents.   Written publications will include full-length reports, issue briefs, and blog posts, and must be easily understood by the public.
  • Promote the organization’s research and analysis to the Institute’s key audiences and community partners through legislative testimony, public presentations and briefings, interviews with the media, as well as social media.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with individuals and organizations interested in fiscal and economic policy, including elected officials and their staff, journalists, community based organizations, and coalitions.
  • Compile, analyze, and publish data about state revenue and expenditures, program caseloads, and economic and demographic trends.
  • Track legislation related to income supports, taxes and tax expenditures, and workforce development among other topics; make recommendations as to when it is appropriate for The Institute to weigh in on policy proposals.
  • Analyze the proposed and enacted state budget with a focus on its impact on low- and moderate-income Floridians and the state’s ability to fund vital public services; monitor developments as the budget moves through the legislative process.
  • Respond to requests for information and technical assistance from policymakers, the media, and community partners.
  • Attend conferences and other meetings of interest to The Institute.
  • Perform other duties as assigned including supporting partners, funders and other stakeholders.

Qualifications:

  • A demonstrated commitment to the Institute’s mission of improving the economic security of low- and moderate-income Floridians;
  • Advanced degree in public policy or finance, economics, law, or related field;
  • At least 2 years of experience in policy analysis and familiarity with state and federal data sources, the legislative process, and tax policy;
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills, including a working knowledge of PC-based word processing, spreadsheet and statistical software; ability to generate charts and graphs that are understandable, informative and interesting;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to communicate technical information clearly to a range of audiences both in writing and orally and to work collegially with the Institute’s staff to produce finished products that reflect a consistent style and tone; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team; prioritize and manage multiple tasks; and complete assigned projects under time constraints.

Salary:

Florida Policy Institute offers a competitive salary and benefits including health insurance, vacation time, holidays, and sick leave.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter (including salary requirements), resume, writing sample of choice, and references in a single PDF file with your name on it to joe@fpi.institute with the subject line “Policy Analyst” (receipt will be acknowledged by return email).

Florida Policy Institute is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, and any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.

Minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Office Manager/Part Time

Position Overview:  The Office Manager is responsible for accounting, financial and cash flow reporting, human resource administration, maintaining vendor relationships and overseeing office facilities/equipment.   This person will have recognized expertise within their scope of work, ability to organize, review existing situations, make recommendations, troubleshooting and problem solving, negotiation skills resulting in cost reductions, coordinate and implement procedures to insure efficient operations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The following duties and responsibilities reflect those the Office Manager will be asked to perform:

1. Accounting/Bookkeeping

  • Process cash receipts by entering into quickbooks, taking deposits to the bank, updating donor log and sending acknowledgements to donors.
  • Maintain receivables from donors and funders for funds due the organization.
  • Process accounts payable verifying amounts and obtaining necessary approvals, enter into quickbooks. Making necessary follow-up for discrepancies.
  • Process payments printing checks, attaching appropriate backup for signature, mailing checks and filing paid invoices.
  • Maintain vendors by obtaining W-9 for 1099 determination, identify and prepare required 1099’s at the end of the year.
  • Facilitate annual audit and 990 preparation.

2. Financial Reporting

  • Close financials at the end of the month making monthly income entry.
  • Prepare Balance Sheet and YTD Profit and Loss Statement.
  • Prepare Cash Flow Report reviewing anticipated expenses and receipts from donors and funders.
  • Generate informational reports as requested by Executive Director (donor reports, detail reports, Etc.)

3. Human Resources

  • Maintain employee files in locked file cabinet.
  • Review payroll reports and enter the appropriate journal entry into quickbooks.
  • Research options for new benefits.  Obtain annual renewals for existing benefits – health, dental, life/AD&D, vision and TSA.  Review options and assist in recommendations.

4. Office Administration

  • Maintain ongoing office issues – equipment, telephones, etc. Office Supplies
  • Obtain quotes on major items
  • Maintain contracts
  • Check voice mail messages and forward to appropriate personnel
  • Other tasks and projects as needed by Executive Director.

5. Fundraising Support

  • Prepare donation acknowledgement letters.
  • Assist with fundraising appeal mailings and donor recognition events.
  • Assist with logistical planning of fundraising events.

6. Board Administration Support

  • Assist in preparation for Board Meetings.
  • Keep minutes at Board Meetings
  • Obtain and follow-up on appropriate Board Member Agreements – Whistleblower, Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Policies and maintain in locked file.
  • Update Board Manuals.

Supervisor

The Office Manager reports and is accountable to Executive Director.

Minimum Amount of Formal Education Required:

  • High school diploma required; bachelor’s degree highly desirable.

Minimum Amount of Experience Needed to Perform This Job Adequately:

  • At least 2 years of directly related experience.

Skills and Abilities:

What skills are required to perform this job?

  • Experience with desktop publishing software (InDesign), bookkeeping (QuickBooks), internet publishing (Word Press), Microsoft office programs (Word, Excel, and Outlook), mass email software (Mail Chimp).
  • Communication skills
  • Basic math
  • Proofreading
  • Organizational skills

What abilities are required to perform this job?

  • Attention to detail
  • Prioritize and work on multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Meet deadlines
  • Focus on details without losing sight of the big picture
  • Balance deadlines and accuracy
  • Self-motivate
  • Commitment to the goals and mission of the FPI

To Apply:

Send a cover letter (including salary requirements), resume, writing sample of choice, and references in a single PDF file with your name on it to joe@fpi.institute

Florida Policy Institute is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, and any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.

Minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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