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Job description: Policy Researchers conduct independent research and assist Senior Researchers on larger research projects. Each Policy Researcher is assigned a policy areas of focus. Policy areas will be determined by the work of the foundation and the interest and expertise of the candidate, but could include areas like healthcare, workforce, taxation, education, fiscal policy, energy, and infrastructure. Policy Researchers will author and contribute to MTF publications, make presentations to MTF members and larger policy audiences, and, over time, become a content expert in assigned policy areas.   

The goal of the Policy Researcher’s work is it inform policy debate and decisions and provide actionable, evidence-based analysis and recommendations. 

Responsibilities: Responsibilities of Policy Researchers include:
  • Conducting research in assigned public policy issues areas
  • Drafting MTF policy bulletins and research papers for publication;
  • Tracking relevant local, state, and federal fiscal and policy action;
  • Providing MTF members, policymakers, and stakeholders with updates, summaries, and analysis of topic-specific policy developments;
  • Presenting research and analysis to a variety of audiences;
  • Representing MTF at meetings, policy working groups, and discussions with public officials;
  • Assisting with communications, outreach and engagement for MTF publications and events; and
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Skills and Experience: MTF seeks candidates with a commitment to MTF’s mission to promote equitable and sustainable economic growth across the Commonwealth. MTF values diversity, in backgrounds and in experiences, and we encourage all motivated applicants to apply.
We are looking for candidates with a strong mix of the following qualifications:
  • Professional or educational experience conducting and presenting on public policy research;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Capacity to multi-task, work independently, take initiative and meet deadlines;
  • Commitment to working collaboratively in a small-team environment;
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse audiences and teams;
  • Ability to engage appropriately with MTF leadership, public officials, business and non-profit leaders and other public policy stakeholders;
  • Familiarity with public policymaking in Massachusetts; and
  • A post-secondary degree.

Salary and benefits: The Policy Researcher position is full-time. Compensation is determined based on qualifications and experiences, but we expect the salary range to be $60,000 to $80,000. MTF provides generous benefits including health insurance, paid leave, and a 401(k) retirement plan. 

Work Arrangements: MTF offers in-office, remote, and hybrid work schedules depending on the needs of the position.