The Public School Forum of North Carolina is seeking a Policy Analyst. This individual will contribute to policy analysis and research efforts on a number of key educational issues in North Carolina. This position would be an excellent early career opportunity for an individual interested in education policy. Reports to the Senior Director of Policy.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Monitor, document, and provide analysis of current education policy issues in North Carolina, with a focus on school finance, teacher pipeline, and education data systems.
  • Conduct and interpret quantitative and qualitative research on K-12 education policy topics.
  • Attend state legislative convenings and committee meetings.
  • Contribute to the Forum’s communications efforts including op-eds and guest columns, newsletter articles and social media efforts addressing current policy issues and initiatives impacting education in North Carolina.


  • 1-2 years relevant work experience. Experience in and/or knowledge of North Carolina education policy arena preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in education policy, public policy, public administration, or other relevant field preferred.
  • Strong communication and relationship-building skills; ability to work well with diverse groups including partner education organizations and government officials.
  • Effective writing skills; ability to write well and produce written products that are accessible and beneficial to various audiences.
  • Experience with manipulating, analyzing, and presenting data to inform policy analysis.
  • Knowledge of research methodology, evaluation and statistics.
  • Excellent organizational skills; self-starter; exceptional attention to detail.
  • Thrives in a team-driven, collaborative work environment.
  • Computer, web, and social media proficiency.

About the Public School Forum of NC:

For more than 30 years, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has worked to shape world-class public schools through research, policy work, programs, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers. We are a nonprofit partnership of leaders from business, education, and government that makes significant contributions to K-12 public education in North Carolina.

In addition to research and analysis in the public policy arena, the Forum has created and run numerous programs, including the original NC Teaching Fellows Program, the Beginning Teacher Leadership Network (BTLN), the NC Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP), the North Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP), and the NC Institute for Educational Policymakers. In the Fall of 2016, the Forum launched a new weekly television program, Education Matters, which airs on WRAL-TV, FOX 50 and statewide on UNC-TV’s NC Channel.


This is a full-time position. The Public School Forum offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience, and a generous 401K retirement plan, personal leave policy, and term life insurance policy for employees. As a small non-profit the Public School Forum does not currently offer group health insurance.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

It is the policy of the Public School Forum to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and salary history to with the subject line “Policy Analyst”. Direct any questions related to this position to Position is open until filled.

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