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Metro Human Relations Commission

Policy and Research Specialist

Metro Human Relations Commission


Job Summary

Located with the Metro Human Relations Commission (MHRC), the Policy and Research Specialist takes the lead in developing and implementing the organization’s data gathering and analysis, research, and policy agenda. Reporting to the Executive Director, this position will work on collaborative, innovative, outcome-oriented programs and projects to achieve the agency’s mission through governmental, economic, cultural, and social channels.
MHRC works to protect and promote the personal dignity, peace, safety, security, health, and general welfare of all people in Nashville and Davidson County. The Commission provides education, training, advocacy, and compliance services related to civil rights, human rights, and human relations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manages research projects related to the MHRC mission.
  • Communicates the results of research projects to internal and external constituents through a variety of avenues (research reports, convenings, trainings, conference presentations, web resources, etc.).
  • Identifies and communicates regularly with community partners regarding policy goals and recommendations, program collaboration, and opportunities for community education.
  • Analyzes and maintains up-to-date organizational policy data to report on programs and monitor trends.
  • Participates in long and short term program development and planning.
  • Performs needs analysis studies, through questionnaires and community listening sessions to identify specific needs for programs and/or policy recommendations.
  • Monitors and analyzes relevant activity in Metro Council, in the executive branch, and in partner organizations county-wide.
  • Provides strategic analysis and background for the development of MHRC’s annual policy agenda.
  • Assists in developing and implementing strategy for advancing policy goals with key decision-makers in the legislative and executive branches.
  • Assists with MHRC presentations, seminars, or workshops.
  • Attends and/or chairs meetings and workshops as needed.
  • Supplies technical expertise to partner organizations as needed.
  • Manages interns, fellows, and volunteers working on research and policy


Minimum Qualifications:  Candidate would typically have a Bachelor’s Degree and considerable (3 to 4 years) experience in a professional field related to public policy, sociology, or community development.

Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master’s Degree in related field
  • Knowledge of pertinent research and analytical methodology
  • Experience in preparing or presenting complex issues or material to non-specialists
  • Ability to exercise judgment in all phases of analysis
  • Experience writing statistical/analytical reports
  • Experience participating in publications, grant applications, and reports through collaborative writing

Additional Information


This is a civil service position with the Mertopolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County.  To review the benefits see the following:


How to Apply

In order to apply, you must submit your application no later than 11:59pm on November 15, 2021 at the following link:

Professional Specialist –  Human Relations Commission

A cover letter must be included with application.


  • Date Posted: November 8, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Analytics / Evaluation
  • Service Area: Government
  • Start Date: 12/06/2021
  • Salary Range: 55,401.82
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F, 9:00am - 5pm (with occasional evening and weekend hours)