Policy Associate

Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP) - Mountain Association for Community Economic Development

About the organization

KCEP seeks to improve the quality of life for all Kentuckians through research, education and advocacy on important policy issues facing the commonwealth. KCEP is a non-profit, non-partisan organization and a respected provider of solid information on the impact of policies on Kentucky communities. It strives for strategic, timely and analytically rigorous research as well as compelling, clear and accessible communications. KCEP seeks to influence public understanding and debate about state fiscal and economic issues and contribute to real, lasting improvements in policy. Founded in 2011, KCEP is an initiative of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED).

In a state where 17 percent of households are considered food insecure, KCEP is ramping up our focus on policy issues affecting hunger and nutrition in Kentucky, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). KCEP seeks to build a thriving and equitable commonwealth.


• Help build and manage a new state-wide coalition on hunger-related issues in cooperation with key partners.
• Conduct outreach and relationship building with a wide variety of organizations and grassroots and grasstops leaders on hunger-related issues.
• Participate in developing and implementing campaign strategies to change policy, including legislative and administrative advocacy.
• Build relationships with decision makers.
• Participate in national networks on hunger-related policy issues.
• Work with the Communications Director to produce compelling communications materials for various audiences on SNAP and other hunger-related issues including fact sheets, op-eds, press releases, tweets and Facebook posts.
• Prepare and deliver clear public presentations that help everyday Kentuckians understand and support better policy on SNAP and other hunger-related issues.
• As requested, represent KCEP effectively and compellingly in the media through interviews, quotes and appearances.
• Work with KCEP research staff to analyze relevant data around SNAP-related issues.
• Analyze administrative and legislative proposals for their positive and negative impacts and strategic importance.
• Identify, research and frame key issues and author blog posts, briefs/reports, public comments and other publications.
• Carry out administrative tasks as needed, including related to KCEP mailings, events and other activities.


Minimum Requirements
• Strongly articulated interest in and commitment to social, economic and racial justice.
• Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
• Existing knowledge of the public policy process.
• Three years of experience in policy, advocacy or related work.
• Strong interpersonal communication skills.
• Ability to work constructively in teams and build trusting relationships.
• Ability to conduct policy analysis and build policy expertise.
• Strong writing skills and the ability to write clearly for a general audience.
• Self-motivated, creative thinker with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Computer skills, including the ability to use spreadsheets to analyze data sets and word processing.
• Close vision with or without corrective lenses necessary for computer work.
• Manual dexterity needed to operate computer.
• Able to perform assigned duties in a time-efficient manner.
• Valid driver’s license and ability to drive.
• Either insurability on MACED’s group vehicle policy or access to a reliable vehicle for regular trips.

Preferred Qualifications and Characteristics
• Master’s degree in a related field.
• Experience in writing and creating compelling communication materials.
• An understanding of hunger-related policies and the safety net.
• Knowledge of and experience in Kentucky and awareness of Kentucky policy and politics.


Competitive based on experience, with a generous benefits package

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please e-mail your resume, contact information for three professional references and a cover letter specifically explaining why you are a good fit for this position to [email protected] Application review will be on-going and continue until the position is filled. For more information about KCEP visit www.kypolicy.org. EOE

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