E.g., 07/23/2019
E.g., 07/23/2019

Work at MPI

Work at MPI

Policy Analyst – Immigration Policy and Services and Supports for Children and Families


The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to the study of migration policies in the United States and around the world, seeks a Policy Analyst in support of MPI’s work relating to the intersections between immigration policies, needs of families and children, and health and human services programs. The Policy Analyst will engage in research and policy development, including state and local efforts to address more comprehensive services for refugee families; community supports and services for unaccompanied children; immigration issues arising in child welfare systems; and researching strategies for addressing fears of participation in public-health and benefits programs in the current enforcement climate. The job is based in Washington, DC.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree with relevant coursework
  • 5 or more years relevant work experience involving policy analysis, qualitative field research, and/or quantitative research in NGO, law, and/or government sectors
  • Significant familiarity with policy issues relating to U.S. immigration policy, health and human services, or preferably both
  • Ability to understand and synthesize complex policy provisions
  • Proven research, organization, and project management skills
  • Superior writing and editing abilities
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize, and handle multiple assignments
  • Demonstrated professionalism, judgment
  • Team player
  • Comfort with public speaking

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assume broad responsibility for designing, managing, and executing policy research and analysis on issues relating to intersections of immigration, children and families, and health and human services.  
  • Organize and conduct research interviews, engage in data analysis and research synthesis, and draft and contribute to development of MPI reports and publications.
  • Research and write background papers, memoranda, policy briefs, articles, op-eds, etc. working in collaboration with other MPI staff.
  • Plan and execute fieldwork site visits and telephone interviews
  • Represent MPI externally at conferences and meetings as required; deliver presentations for multiple audiences.
  • Organize and participate in private meetings and public events with researchers, government officials, program providers, and other stakeholders concerning key topics of MPI concern.   

Salary and Benefits

Salary and benefits are competitive.

To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to hr@migrationpolicy.org. Please reference “Policy Analyst” in the subject line and include a line telling us how you heard about this position.

Hard copies may be sent to:

Human Resources
Migration Policy Institute
1400 16th St NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

Applications are due by close of business on June 6, 2019. Due to the large number of applicants, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Migration Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion or physical ability.

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