Policy Analyst


Considered one of San Diego’s most influential public policy institutions, the SDCTA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting accountable, cost-effective and efficient government.  Since its founding in 1945, SDCTA has spent the past six decades saving the region’s taxpayers over a billion dollars, as well as generating objective, factual analysis to assist policy makers and the public in making informed decisions on legislation and ballot measures. 

Under the general direction of the Policy & Government Affairs Director, the Policy Analyst will conduct comprehensive review and analysis of policy and legislative issues impacting taxpayers. Policy or legislative areas of evaluation may include local and state ballot propositions, regional transportation, energy, water, environment, public pensions, healthcare, public finance and major public works projects. 

The SDCTA Policy Analyst, under the supervision of the Policy & Government Affairs Director, will:

  • Collecting, organizing and analyzing complex policy data and legislative information

  • Interviewing public agency and legislative staff

  • Conducting comparative studies and evaluating impacts of proposed legislation

  • Forecasting long-term implications of proposed public policy

  • Preparing policy reports and PowerPoint presentations

  • Summarizing complex facts and analyses into succinct, comprehensible reports and memos

  • Presenting research results to the SDCTA Board of Directors, policy committees and community groups

  • Assisting in the development of strategies to influence legislative initiatives and advance the Association’s advocacy efforts

  • Staffing meetings and events, including the preparation of logistical details

  • Preparing memos and meeting minutes

  • Responding to member inquiries in a timely manner

  • Overseeing intern projects

  • Performing other duties as required

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking experience

  • Flexibility to respond to changes in priorities and demands for work

  • Ability to think analytically about issues and express ideas clearly

  • Ability to understand and apply relevant policy frameworks and analytical tools to issues

  • Demonstrated experience working independently under pressure of deadlines in a fast-paced environment

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact with co-workers, board members, volunteers and the public in a professional manner

  • Knowledge of state and municipal government issues and finance

  • Proficiency in legislative research skills and tools including bill tracking experience at all levels of government

  • Strong project management skills including project planning, group facilitation and problem solving

  • Demonstrated proficiency in software of choice (Stata, SPSS, etc) to conduct statistical regressions, Google Apps, and Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Knowledge of San Diego regional issues is desirable

    This position requires an undergraduate degree from a four-year college or university.  Possession of an advanced degree in law, economics, public administration, public policy or a related field or two years of professional experience directly related to the responsibilities specified is desirable.

Benefits Include:

  • $46,000 - $60,000; dependent on qualifications and experience.

  • Eligibility to participate in SDCTA’s health, dental, 401(k), and student loan repayment programs.

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and list of three references by email to info@sdcta.org.