- Organization: EPIC
- Location: Chicago, IL
EPIC is seeking an experienced data and policy professional to join its team as a Senior Policy Analyst responsible for the Air Quality Life Index, or AQLI. The AQLI is an award-winning online platform based on frontier research by EPIC Director Michael Greenstone. The AQLI combines this research, which quantified the causal relationship between long-term exposure to air pollution and reduced life expectancy, with satellite-derived air pollution data for the entire world to provide novel insights on both pollution and health. Through the AQLI’s intuitive tool, users in communities around the world can learn not only about their local air quality, but also how it could affect their life expectancy. In this way, the AQLI serves as an important platform for citizens and policymakers needing tangible data to support strong air pollution policies. The AQLI is available in English, Mandarin, and Hindi, and serves as the foundation for reports examining air quality and health trends in nearly a dozen countries around the world in a half-dozen languages. It has been widely covered in U.S., international, and country-specific media.
The Senior Policy Analyst will play a pivotal role in setting a strategic agenda for the AQLI and managing its ongoing development as a tool for global policymakers. The position reports to EPIC Director Michael Greenstone and works closely with the Sr. Director of Communications and External Engagement at EPIC as well as an external design and development team.
The following responsibilities represent Policy Analysis and Reporting work performed.
- Develop and lead the execution of a content agenda for the AQLI; includes planning and independently researching timely, targeted reports on country-specific air pollution trends and policies for various audiences using the AQLI.
- Work closely with communications staff to develop and implement an outreach agenda that maximizes visibility for the AQLI and its outputs, and build relationships with relevant stakeholders.
- Work with EPIC leadership on fundraising efforts to further develop the AQLI’s capabilities and reach.
- Monitor relevant news and policy developments to produce targeted analyses on the potential or actual impact of specific policies.
- Proactively create new data visualizations, including charts, maps and other forms of multimedia that communicate the insights of the AQLI in innovative ways.
- In coordination with communications staff, respond to media inquiries both as a source of background knowledge and on-the-record expertise.
- Assist in making AQLI presentation slides and other outreach materials.
- With communications liaison, coordinate output with graphic designers, web developers, translators, and other professionals inside and outside of EPIC, as needed.
The following responsibilities represent Research and Data Maintenance work performed.
- Work with PI to devise and implement methodologies and new features to expand the scope of the AQLI.
- Process new annual satellite pollution data and population data and work with the web development team to update the website (typically once per year).
- Update spatial mapping data (shapefiles) as needed.
- Strategic thinking, project management and planning skills.
- Perform effectively in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines in a timely manner while maintaining professionalism, product quality, and clear coordination with a diverse team of internal and external partners.
- Superior judgment, with an eye for spotting opportunities for new website features, outreach initiatives, or funding sources.
- Strong ability to identify, forge and maintain relationships with important stakeholders, including academics, journalists, and funders.
- Proven ability to juggle competing priorities with diplomacy, tact, and goodwill.
- Creativity, flexibility, and excellent organizational, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
- Excellent attention to detail, not only for data accuracy, but also for boundary interpretations and other politically sensitive issues.
- Demonstrated ability to analyze data and convey insights from data in the form of reports, charts, and graphics for a variety of audiences.
- Familiarity with data analysis in R or Python, or ability and willingness to be a fast learner.
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field. Advanced degree in economics, public policy, computer science, statistics, mathematics, or a related field preferred.
- Six to ten years of experience in data analysis, policy analysis, or a similar role that involved analyzing complex data and making it relevant and understandable to a general audience through both data visualization and writing.
- Demonstrated experience managing complex research projects.
- Developing and maintaining strong partnerships with external collaborators, funders, journalists, or other important constituencies.
- Some experience in fundraising, such as proposal writing.
- Some exposure to working with news media.
Technical Skills or Knowledge
Experience with R, Python, Stata, or similar tools.
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