Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst (Safe Drinking Water Research and Policy Program)

Northeast-Midwest Institute
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI) seeks a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst for its Safe Drinking Water Research and Policy Program, an initiative launched in 2016 that builds on NEMWI’s long-standing work on water quality, quantity, data, and accessibility.  The selected candidate will conduct research and policy analysis on safe drinking water, including but not limited to lead, PFAS, and nutrients in drinking water, flooding and adaptation, financing and affordability, as well as on broader water quality and environmental issues.

Program Overview:  The Safe Drinking Water Research and Policy Program is a research and policy analysis program that is developing into a regional information resource.   Consistent with NEMWI’s mission as nonpartisan and evidence-based, the program has three parts:

  • To conduct scientific studies and policy analysis to provide data to inform the EPA’s Lead and Cooper Rule revision process and policy-making relating to other toxins in drinking water.
  • To continue long-standing scientific research and policy analysis relating to water quality, quantity, governance, financing, and other related topics.
  • To provide policy education and outreach to ensure that relevant scientific information and policy analysis relating to drinking water and water quality are available to policy-makers.

Position Responsibilities:  The position encompasses several roles:

  • To serve as the lead scientist conducting policy research related to safe drinking water and water quality in general, including studies focused on lead, PFAS, nutrients, and other toxins.
  • To direct attention to exploring remedies and providing policy analysis relating to safe drinking water and climate change-influenced flooding and well as water quality in general.
  • To provide expertise as a critical component of policy education and outreach utilizing the program’s research and policy analysis to support the policy-making process.
  • To support the effort to expand the safe drinking water and water quality programs, including seeking new financial support to resource the growing program.

Qualifications:  Candidates for the Policy Analyst role should have a baccalaureate degree in environmental science, policy, or engineering with an emphasis on water quality; three or more years of experience conducting research or policy analysis on water issues; excellent writing and communications skills; and a deep commitment to advancing research and policy in support of water quality. Candidates with advanced degrees and/or more years of experience will be considered for the Senior Policy Analyst role.

To Apply:  Send a letter of interest, a resume, and a listing of three professional references (who will not be contacted without permission), to Dr. Michael J. Goff, President and CEO, Northeast-Midwest Institute, 50 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 or to mgoff@nemw.org.