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Jobs & Internship Opportunities with Frontier Group
Frontier Group uses the power of ideas and information to achieve a cleaner environment and a fairer and more democratic society. We are issue experts, writers and analysts who recognize that having the facts on your side is important but isn’t enough to change the world – it also takes effective communication, organizing and advocacy to get real results.
We produce timely, high-quality research reports on the nation’s pressing challenges: environmental protection, sustainable energy, good government and more. We help shape effective public policy strategies that address those problems. And we work to make sure the public and decision-makers hear our message through the media.
To maximize our impact, we partner with groups in The Public Interest Network – the nation’s premier network of public interest organizations – and other organizations to insert our research and ideas into public policy debates at the local, state and federal levels.
Frontier Group offers a variety of career and internship opportunities.
Frontier Group policy analysts work on a range of issues, and develop expertise in a few. We write reports, op-eds, blog entries and journal articles that insert the results of our research into the public debate. We develop training materials, fact sheets and social media ideas for advocates and organizers.
In this job you will:
- Review and draw conclusions from recent research in environmental science, public health, economics, and other fields.
- Do quantitative analysis of existing data sets and sometimes collect original data through interviews, surveys and collaboration with academic researchers.
- Write clear, concise, message-driven reports.
- Produce op-eds, journal articles, social media, fact sheets and other communications to disseminate the results of our research.
- Evaluate policy alternatives and work with advocates on the ground to develop policy principles and proposals.
- Take part in organization-building activities including recruitment, fundraising and staff training.
We need you to have the drive, creativity and skills to take complex data and distill it into clear, powerful conclusions that are easy to communicate to decision-makers and the public. Ideally you have experience with designing analytical approaches, applying core statistical concepts and translating scientific information for a lay audience. Additionally, experience with modeling, geospatial analysis, database design, and/or the development of on-line and mobile database tools will be considered a strong plus.
Candidates must have at least three years of experience in public interest advocacy, journalism, or policy analysis and development, OR an advanced degree in a relevant field plus some experience in public interest advocacy, journalism, or policy analysis and development. We evaluate candidates based on writing ability, experience in political or public interest work, academic record, and reasoning and research skills. We especially look for candidates who are "quick studies," function well under deadlines, and have demonstrated both leadership and the ability to work well as part of a team, especially in a social change-driven context.
Compensation is commensurate with an applicant's relevant experience, consistent with community organizer compensation. Benefits, training and opportunities for advancement are part of the package.
Santa Barbara, CA, or Boston, MA
Email a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Elizabeth Ridlington at elizabeth[AT]frontiergroup.org. Please be sure to mention where you saw our job advertised and which location you are applying for.
Frontier Group hires college graduates into two-year associate positions. Associates split their time between policy analysis work with Frontier Group and a program of intensive training and hands-on experience in public interest advocacy and organizing conducted in partnership with the Public Interest Network. Associates in their first year spend about half their time working on policy analysis and writing with Frontier Group, increasing to about 75 percent in their second year. Upon successful completion of the two-year program, the associate will be eligible for a policy analyst position within Frontier Group, or may choose to be considered for a leadership role with one of our partner organizations.
A Frontier Group Policy Associate’s job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Conceptualizing and writing compelling reports on social problems and their solutions using a variety of methodologies including literature reviews and data analysis.
- Helping advocates in the field craft a message that will change minds, spur action and generate media attention.
- Collaborating with partner organizations to design and implement report ideas and to maximize distribution of our product.
- Writing op-eds, blog entries and journal articles that insert our findings into the public debate.
- Participating in trainings, presentations and panels.
- Learning the skills of canvassing and managing a fundraising operation, and running a canvass office for a partner organization during the summer months.
- Learning recruiting skills and applying them to job recruitment drives for graduating college seniors seeking careers in social change.
We are looking for skilled candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social change and an appreciation of the importance of political organizing. Candidates should have excellent writing skills, a problem-solving orientation, the ability to thrive under deadlines, and the ability to think critically and present persuasive arguments. We’re looking for individuals with a track record of academic success and proven leadership ability. Familiarity with quantitative analysis is a plus; as is experience in debate, public speaking, journalism, political campaigning, fundraising, and/or grassroots political organizing
Compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Frontier Group offers a competitive benefits package.
Santa Barbara, CA, or Boston, MA
Send a cover letter, resume, references and sample of your writing to Elizabeth Ridlington at elizabeth[AT]frontiergroup.org. Please be sure to mention where you saw our job advertised and which location you are applying for.
Summer and school-year internships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students in any field of study. We seek students who have a strong commitment to public interest issues, are willing to engage others, can think strategically, and have strong research and writing skills.
Santa Barbara, CA, or Boston, MA
Send a cover letter, resume and sample of your writing to Elizabeth Ridlington at elizabeth[AT]frontiergroup.org. Please tell us whether you are interested in a Boston or Santa Barbara internship.