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Policy Associate



Job Summary

Based in Nashville, ThinkTennessee is a nonpartisan, results-oriented think tank that uses research and advocacy to help build a state where all Tennesseans are civically engaged and economically secure. We believe our state does best when voters have a say in the decisions that impact their lives and workers earn enough to support their families. That’s why we focus our work on researching and advocating for policies that empower voters, support working families, and build a shared understanding of how our state stacks up nationally.

ThinkTennessee’s office is in downtown Nashville. We provide a flexible, hybrid work environment, with at least two days of in-person work per week.

Position Description:

The Policy Associate will help support ThinkTennessee’s mission by providing high-quality quantitative research and policy analysis for our growing organization. The position will support both our Economic Security for Working Families and Strengthening Democracy policy areas and will be integral to the development and deployment of our State of the State and County Dashboards.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support both the Working Families and Civic Engagement teams through data and policy analysis.
  • Develop datasets, including identifying potential data sources, evaluating source methodology and quality, and scraping, cleaning, and merging datasets as needed.
  • Use statistical software to produce original quantitative analyses to answer research questions.
  • Conduct policy research, including analyses of statutory, regulatory, and other policy documents.
  • Communicate research findings internally to support the development of policy and advocacy strategies.
  • Communicate research findings externally to partners, elected officials, and the general public.
  • Develop high-quality data visualizations to communicate research findings in a clear, accessible way.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • 2+ years of relevant work experience, or equivalent is preferred.
  • Interest and experience in ThinkTennessee’s policy areas of focus are preferred.


  • Quantitative analytical skills are required. The ability to use Stata, R, GIS, or similar programs to conduct high-quality data analysis is highly preferred.
  • Ability to produce accessible data visualizations, including maps, charts, and graphs for analysis or communication of complex data.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex ideas and findings through oral, written, and visual communication.
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to initiate and execute creative approaches to answering research questions.
  • Experience analyzing federal and state government data.
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills preferred.
  • Rigorous attention to detail and the highest standards for excellence in execution.


  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to ThinkTennessee’s mission.
  • Strong commitment to racial equity and deep understanding of the role of racial equity analysis in public policy.
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic.
  • Ability to flourish in a start-up environment and adapt to changing priorities and duties within the organization’s overall mission.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well as part of a team and across organizations.

Additional Information


Compensation: Competitive salary ($50,000-$60,000) commensurate with experience. We offer comprehensive benefits, including healthcare, retirement, paid family leave, and paid time off.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a resume and a cover letter to info@thinktn.org by May 8, 2024.

Commitment to a diverse workplace: ThinkTennessee is an equal-opportunity employer. As an organization focused on moving Tennessee forward, we understand that diverse teams are stronger, more innovative, and more productive. Interested candidates who do not meet all listed criteria should still apply, as our organizational structure focuses on providing opportunities for professional growth.


  • Date Posted: March 13, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Other
  • Start Date: 06/03/2024
  • Salary Range: $50,000-$60,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F 9:30AM-5:30PM