Posted: Mar 1, 2023

Policy Coordinator

Salary: $57,000.00 Annually
Application Deadline: N/A


The Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis Policy Coordinator is an administrative position that involves working on policy issues and translating policy-related information to help build relationships and engage the public.



  • Public Policy Research/Writing: Conduct research and monitor public policy issues affecting black communities; write policy briefs and other types of written content for public consumption; Train other members on policy brief writing and media training;
  • Strategic Initiatives/Event Support: Plan and execute strategic approach to policy-driven initiatives; Collaborate with the Institute’s research team to understand study initiatives related to policy change. Work closely with the director and the associate director of the institute to ensure the proper planning and execution of policy-driven products.  Assist in Black Studies Collective events when an “all hands on deck” approach is required.
  • Networking relationships with the community: Create and maintain relationships with students and diverse member programs from around the state through meetings, networking, training, technical assistance, and dissemination of public policy information; Serve as the primary liaison between IUPRA and Texas Legislatures. Collaborate with the Governmental Relations office within the Office of the President at the University. Assist with the coordination of the bi-annual Texas Legislative Black Caucus Summit and other conferences and meetings as necessary.


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from disciplines within the Humanities, Social Sciences, Education or Public Policy or representing professions such as Law, Social Work, Medicine, or Psychology.  At least three (3) years of policy-writing experience. A strong record of policy research relevant to African Americans and African American communities in the United States, one that attends to racial inequalities and disparities in health, education, political participation, economics, law, criminal justice and/or environmental justice


Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.


Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree and more than three (3) years of policy-writing experience.  Experience working in policy-related institutions (e.g., State legislature, Think Tanks, etc.) building coalitions and translating research into policy.


Salary Range

$57,000 + depending on qualifications


Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation


Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest


Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.


Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.


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