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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.

The 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

Manage research projects related to the MHRC mission.

Communicate the results of research projects to internal and external constituents through a variety of avenues (research reports, convenings, trainings, conference presentations, web resources, etc.).

Identify and communicate regularly with community partners regarding policy goals and recommendations, program collaboration, and opportunities for community education.

Analyze and maintain up-to-date organizational policy data to report on programs and monitor trends.

Participate in long and short term program development and planning.

Perform needs analysis studies, through questionnaires and community listening sessions to identify specific needs for programs and/or policy recommendations.

Monitor and analyze relevant activity in Metro Council, in the executive branch, and in partner organizations county-wide.

Provide strategic analysis and background for the development of MHRC’s annual policy agenda.

Assist in developing and implementing strategy for advancing policy goals with key decision-makers in the legislative and executive branches.

Assist with MHRC presentations, seminars, or workshops.

Attend and/or chairs meetings and workshops as needed.

Supply technical expertise to partner organizations as needed.

Manage interns, fellows, and volunteers working on research and policy


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.

Additional preferred qualifications, experience, Knowledge, and skills:

  • 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


Full-time Civil Service.  For information about benefits, visit https://www.nashville.gov/Human-Resources/Employment-Opportunities.aspx

How to Apply

Apply Online:

Professional Specialist – Human Relations Commission

Requests for ADA accommodation for the recruitment process should be directed to 615-862-6640


  • Date Posted: March 4, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Analytics / Evaluation
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Salary Range: $54,315.51 annually (Civil Service)
  • Working Hours: 40 hours per week. Occasional evenings and weekend hours.