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Policy Associate



Job Summary

The Policy Associate will help broaden ThinkTennessee’s impact by providing research and policy analysis to support our growing team. Projects may involve both our Working Families and Civic Engagement portfolios, with initial projects helping us expand into new focus areas, such as transportation and infrastructure.

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.

More information about ThinkTennessee is available at

Job Responsibilities

  • Research and analysis for the Working Families and Civic Engagement teams, including tracking major developments in relevant areas, conducting appropriate analyses, providing commentary, and developing creative and workable policy solutions.
  • Initial projects will include a variety of written products that advance the Working Families team’s work on transportation, electric vehicles, and affordable housing including multiple reports per year—or the equivalent volume of work—through policy briefs, reports, and newsletters.
  • Conduct quantitative analyses using datasets, including cleaning, merging, and using statistical software to produce original analyses.
  • Conduct qualitative research, including analyses of statutory, regulatory, and other policy documents.
  • Present ThinkTN’s work through presentations and meetings with policymakers, coalitions, and other thought leaders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • 2+ years relevant work experience, or equivalent.
  • Experience in public policy and/or relevant government experience is preferred.
  • Interest and experience in transportation, infrastructure, affordable housing, urban planning, or related issues is preferred.


  • Quantitative skills—including the ability to use Stata, Statistical Analysis System (SAS), R, or similar programs to conduct high-quality data analysis— are preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex ideas and findings through oral and written communication.
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to initiate and execute creative approaches to advancing policy.
  • Experience analyzing federal and state government data.
  • Extremely strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Rigorous attention to detail and the highest standards for excellence in execution.


  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to ThinkTennessee’s mission.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated record of community, student, organizing, campaign management, or related work is preferred.

Additional Information


We offer comprehensive benefits, including healthcare, retirement, paid family leave, and paid time off. 

How to Apply

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.

Applicants should send a resume and a cover letter to by July 27, 2022.


  • Date Posted: July 7, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Analytics / Evaluation
  • Service Area: Government
  • Salary Range: 45,000 - 55,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F, 9:30am - 5:30pm