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Employment (Updated 03/24/14)

Position Description: Policy Analyst (Print version)


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The Council of Presidents (COP) is a voluntary association of Washington’s six public baccalaureate institutions located in Olympia, Washington. COP strives to be a common voice for the public baccalaureate sector and the most respected and trusted resource for decision makers on issues affecting public higher education. It serves in a coordinating role for a number of initiatives and activities common to the public baccalaureate institutions.


The primary role of the policy analyst is to support the Council of Presidents’ mission to provide a forum for communication, cooperation, and collaboration among Washington’s six public baccalaureate institutions, and to represent the sector among a number of external constituencies.
The policy analyst is responsible for tracking federal and state legislation and trends in higher education; researching and preparing policy briefs and position papers on behalf of the Council of Presidents; and partnering with higher education peers including but not limited to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the Independent Colleges of Washington, the Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction, and the Washington Student Achievement Council.
The policy analyst will provide staff support to the Council of Presidents’ interinstitutional committees, including but not limited to the legislative officers’ group.


The policy analyst is required to maintain a high degree of confidentiality, and must be able to work independently and consistently exercise sound professional judgment.
Managing diverse viewpoints, critical thinking and problem-solving are essential, as is the willingness to learn new topics and skills and to identify emerging issues. Strong listening, writing, and oral communication skills are critical. This position requires the ability to quickly compile, analyze, and coherently display information for a variety of audiences.
Council of Presidents’ employees work together as a mutually supportive team. It is essential that each employee is willing to perform multiple and interchanging duties to ensure organizational success.


Education:  Bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree may substitute for relevant work experience.

3 years of related experience, preferably in the state legislature, an higher education institution in Washington, state or local government agency, or relevant non-profit organization.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: 
  • Strong listening, critical thinking, written and oral communication skills
  • Proven analytic and research abilities
  • Ability to examine and appreciate multiple and sometimes conflicting points of view
  • Collaborative and cooperative nature


This is a permanent full-time, state funded position. The annual salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include: comprehensive health and dental insurance, federal Social Security, TIAA-CREF retirement program, vacation, and sick leave.
The Council of Presidents values diversity in all respects.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume,a list of three references, and a professional writing sample to:

Review will begin upon receipt of applications and will continue throughout the hiring process.
Preferable start date will be on or about April 15, 2014.



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