The Policy Surveillance Program (Program) is a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to increase the use of effective regulatory, legal, and policy solutions to improve public health. PSP is a part of the Center for Public Health Law Research (CPHLR) housed at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. CPHLR supports the widespread adoption of scientific tools and methods for mapping and evaluating the impact of the law on health. The PSP and CPHLR team works by developing and teaching legal epidemiology methods; by researching laws and policies that improve health to support policy development and enactment; and by communicating and disseminating evidence to facilitate innovation.
PSP seeks applications from lawyers and law-school graduates to fill several full-time Law and Policy Analyst positions. The Analyst will form part of the dynamic and expanding team that consists of lawyers and other public policy professionals dedicated to using the law to improve public health across the nation.
The Law and Policy Analyst is responsible for researching and analyzing statutory and regulatory laws across emerging public health topics for the creation of quantitative legal datasets. The creation of legal datasets involves proficient communication and time management, as well as the handling of multiple deadlines, and collaboration with staff members and external clients. The Analyst is responsible for writing literature scans, briefs and reports, manuscripts, and other materials for publication. Additional responsibilities include writing abstracts and presenting at conferences and events to promote the organization’s work. Performs other duties as assigned.
JD required and at least 1 year demonstrated of related research experience. Demonstrated outstanding legal research and writing skills, including statutory and regulatory research experience with LexisNexis, Westlaw, HeinOnline, and state legislative websites. Experience conducting literature scans, writing briefs and reports, manuscripts, and other materials for publication. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Required Skills & Abilities:
*Demonstrated verbal communication and presentation skills.
*Analytic or scientific process skills, including the ability to observe, infer, measure, communicate and classify features in the law.
*Demonstrated strong project management skills.
*Demonstrated organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
*Demonstrated ability to work collegially with others as part of a diverse team.
*Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Excel), collaborative document-sharing tools like Google Docs, Adobe Acrobat, and web-interfaces.
*Ability to write abstracts, and present at conferences and events to promote the organization’s work.