Policy Matters is a non-profit policy research institute creating a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio through research, strategic communications, coalition building and policy advocacy. Our analysis is evidence-based. Our research is data and values driven.

Policy Matters Ohio is seeking an experienced researcher to produce high quality, unassailable research on policy that improves the lives of Ohioans.

Policy Matters is an equal opportunity employer committed to building an inclusive and equitable workplace. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. All qualified candidates will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other class status.

What you’ll do:

  • Produce high-impact, high quality research and policy analysis that builds a more equitable, inclusive, sustainable and vibrant Ohio, with an initial focus on the education, post-secondary education, and justice systems.
  • Explain your findings to the public by writing and working with communications staff to write op-eds, infographics, and similar materials.
  • Work with outreach and engagement staff to engage a broad and diverse community of stakeholders. This may include public speaking, public testimony, participation and leadership in coalitions and with partners, media interviews and social media communication, and participating in policy events and conferences.
  • Collaborate with Policy Matters Ohio leadership to ensure alignment with the organization’s mission, vision and values in developing policy priorities and research products and complete other work as assigned.
  • Ensure the organization’s sustainability by assisting the leadership and development team as needed, including cultivating relationships with funders and supporters.
  • Work with outreach and engagement staff to build and maintain relationships with local, state, and national policymakers and policy networks.

Additional expectations:

  • Work collaboratively across teams and other organizations to advance the Policy Matters mission.
  • Be adaptable, flexible, open to change and experimentation in our work.


The ideal candidate will have substantial relevant knowledge of the Ohio education system, with a focus on post-secondary education and preferably additional knowledge and experience in decarceration and justice system policy. The ideal candidate will have significant technical expertise and experience and will be expected to work with an increased level of independence and initiative. Requires significant participation in securing funding for the organization.

  • Experience in producing substantive policy research on issues related to education, post-secondary education, decarceration, and/or justice reform.
  • Excellent project management skills with experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with particular attention to producing accurate policy research.
  • Have knowledge or experience in the use of a racial equity analysis in addressing barriers to opportunity and anti-racist policy strategies.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to be flexible and creative.
  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and identify emerging policy challenges and opportunities.
  • Self-motivation and a passion for building a more equitable, inclusive, and just Ohio.
  • Advanced degree or professional degree in related field is preferred.
  • At least five years of experience in policy research is preferred.


Policy Matters staff are represented by Workers United, an SEIU affiliate. This is a bargaining unit position.

Reports to the Research Director and Executive Director.

Based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Some travel within and out of state.

Salary starts at $62,000 with health, dental, vision, and generous retirement contribution available.

To apply:

Send your cover letter, resumé, and a short writing sample to jobs@policymattersohio.org. Subject line should be “Senior Researcher Application.” Provide cover letter, resume and writing sample as one attachment. No calls, please.

Applicants will be informed when position is filled.