Policy Analyst – Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Position Title:            Policy Analyst
Supervisor Title:       Director of Climate Strategies
Date:                                February 2021
FLSA Status:             Full-Time / Exempt
Location:                    Preference for Cambridge, MA

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks an innovative systems-thinker to join its Program staff as a Policy Analyst. The Analyst will work with the Director of Climate Strategies to conceptualize, conduct, learn from, and improve the impact of activities globally, with a primary focus on those that advance the Institute’s goal of low-carbon, climate resilient communities and regions in urbanized places. You’ll work independently and in cross-disciplinary teams that bring different perspectives to help address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and will have ample opportunity to take ownership of your work, learn, and grow.

What You’ll Do:

  • Partner with the Director on the refinement, implementation, evaluation, and adjustment of the Institute’s strategy to advance its climate change and related goals.
  • Contribute to the design and execution of projects that involve internal and external partners, independent and collaborative research, publications, webinars, conferences, roundtables, and other means of engagement and communication. Near-term assignments likely to revolve around:
    • Community-driven climate change adaptation;
    • Elevating understanding of the relationship between land policy and climate; and
    • The use of scenarios and foresight practice to reduce and prepare for climate change.
  • Support other projects and initiatives as appropriate, including programming of Lincoln proposals for key conferences, funding proposals and/or foundation reports, and review of deliverables and publications from partners.
  • Represent the Institute, build relationships, and return learning from external meetings and conferences.
  • Work effectively on routine matters with Institute finance, operations, event, administrative, communications, and other staff.
  • Participate in relevant Institute committees as appropriate.
  • Undertake special projects and other duties as assigned.

What You’ll Need:

  • At least 2 years of experience applying relevant skills to real-world questions
    Master’s degree or equivalent experience in urban planning, public policy, or other relevant discipline(s)
  • Excellent writing, communication, and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to take initiative and be a team player with a flexible and creative approach
  • Effective problem-solving and time management skills
  • Ability to perform with a level of accuracy and attention to detail appropriate for the situation
  • Professional and positive attitude
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States

Application Guidelines:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Mariana Babine (mbabine@lincolninst.edu). The cover letter should succinctly describe (1) your interest in joining the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (2) why you think you are a good fit for the role; and (3) relevant expertise and experience you offer. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

About the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through education, training, publications, and events, we integrate theory and practice to inform public policy decisions worldwide. With locations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Washington, DC, Phoenix, and Beijing, we organize our work around the achievement of six goals: low-carbon, climate-resilient communities and regions; efficient and equitable tax systems; reduced poverty and spatial inequality; fiscally healthy communities and regions; sustainably managed land and water resources; and functional land markets and reduced informality. 

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Individuals seeking employment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.