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Drake University Public Policy Research Fellow, Retirement Security; Harkin Institute - 889207 in Des Moines, Iowa

Public Policy Research Fellow, Retirement Security; Harkin Institute - 889207


The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship Engagement at Drake University seeks applicants interested in conducting research under the Retirement Security policy focus area. Research fellows work in collaboration with the Policy Director to execute a federal level public policy research project in a topical area impacting retirement outcomes of individuals in the United States. Applicants must propose their own area of study, specific project, and key deliverables in the application process and express how this project connects with the work of The Harkin Institute. Research fellowships are designed to be part-time and last approximately one year. Many research fellows do this work in addition to their fulltime employment. Research fellows may be faculty members, but this is not a requirement for consideration. No residency requirement is attached to the fellowship. Applicant must have experience conducting public policy research and analysis. This is a part-time position.


75% Conduct research and produce key deliverables for the project

  • Provide strategic analysis and background for the development of a research project for The Harkin Institute.

  • Serve as the primary institute contact for helping to resolve problems, questions, and concerns regarding this specific research project.

  • Engage student employees of The Harkin Institute and supervise their work on the project.

  • Create a product that will be used to stimulate research and knowledge sharing in this area. Write memos, briefs and other papers as necessary for the project.

  • Report regularly on the progress of the project to the Policy Director.

15% Engage in outreach, capacity and relationship building for The Harkin Institute

  • Build and maintain relationships with The Harkin Institute team and third party contributors to the Institute’s research.

  • Participate in meetings, events and conferences that enhance the research project and the Retirement Security policy area of the Institute.

  • Participate in other Retirement Security projects as appropriate.

10% Other duties as assigned


Education & Experience Requirements: Experience conducting research for a non-profit, community-based organization or government entity. A minimum of three years of research experience on issues related to retirement security. Ability to research, analyze and use data in shaping policy and educational messages. Ability to communicate complex information clearly in writing and in oral presentations to a range of audiences. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree in a related field preferred.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Problem-solving skills and attention to detail.

  • Ability to be resourceful and work independently.

  • Able to collaborate on setting strategic goals and objectives, tracking progress toward those goals and objectives, and report on that progress.

  • Sensitive to meeting deadlines.

  • Ability to work as a member of a team.

  • Diplomatic, sensitive to organizational dynamics, creative, flexible, and persuasive plus an ability to handle highly sensitive situations and information.

  • Strict adherence to the highest professional ethics, confidentiality, discretion, judgement and commitment to be non-partisan.

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