About the Partnership for Working Families


Research & Policy Associate

The Partnership for Working Families, a national network of leading local advocacy organizations, is leading a national effort to solve urgent economic and environmental problems.  We’re building an economy that works for everyone, by creating good family-supporting jobs for low-income communities and communities of color in the construction and transit sectors. We’re working to curb climate change and increase recycling by reshaping the way major cities manage their trash.   And we’re maximizing the public’s investment in development and infrastructure projects by aligning public spending with community values. 


As the pioneers of the community benefits movement we combine insightful research, cutting edge policy and broad alliance building to transform industry practices and create a more sustainable and equitable future in our cities. 


In-depth research is critical to our strategy. Our researchers identify the best sources and develop compelling arguments that answer tough questions. They publish hard hitting reports framing national campaigns that transform industries that are essential to the economy.  They help organize peer networking opportunities for our affiliates supporting the work of the dynamic leaders throughout our network. 


The Partnership is seeking a talented researcher with a passion for social, racial and economic justice.  The ideal candidate will have strong researcand writing skillsexperience with policy analysis anthabilitttranslate complex ideaand researcfindings into concrete recommendationfor policchange that would be based in Denver, Colorado. 



  • Find and cultivate new sources of information that advance national and local campaigns.
  • Perform comprehensive and efficient searches of a variety of sources to provide quantitative and qualitative information on companies, industries, government agencies, individual interviews, etc.
  • Work with supervisor and campaign leads to manage and execute campaign and organizational research.
  • Communicate research results through a variety of mediums (presentations, memos, publications, infographics, etc.) that are persuasive, effective and at times creative.  
  • Prepare high quality internal and external materials that support.
  • Work with campaign leads to convene affiliates and provide peer networking opportunities.
  • Work with supervisor on the production of publications, including writing, layout and design, production, dissemination and promotion.


  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial and economic justice. Community and/or union organizing experience a plus.
  • Capacity to utilize a wide array of research methods, including but not limited to: internet searches, public information requests, government reports, telephone inquiries and key informant interviews.
  • Background in planning, policy, land use, development processes and low-wage industries a plus.
  • Interest in local (municipal & county) government and policy, economic development and tools for fighting poverty.
  • Master’s degree in public policy, urban planning or related social sciences a plus.
  • Quick learner with strong critical thinking skills and ability to analyze complex information.
  • Effective verbal and communications skills, transforming complex ideas and concepts into easily accessible and useful information.  
  • Proven ability to juggle multiple responsibilities, prioritize tasks to achieve goals and work well under deadlines.
  • Ability to successfully work in a team and independently.
  • Willingness and flexibility to travel to conferences or for technical assistance to affiliates.
  • Excellent computer skills, experience with spreadsheets, databases and presentations.
  • Investigative and/or strategic research experience preferred.
  • Must be based or willing to relocate to Denver, Colorado.


The Partnership offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package, including full family health benefits, generous vacation and personal time, and employer-matched 401k.

Tapply,pleassubmit a coverletter outlining relevant experience, resume, three work-related referencesand a writing sample (5 pages or less) to: jobs@forworkingfamilies.org and include Policy & Research Associate in the subject line.  We will begin reviewing applications on July 1, 2014, but we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. 


No phone calls, please.


The Partnership for Working Families is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

Denver, Colorado