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American Public Transportation Association

 Policy Analyst

Individual works under the supervision of the Director-Policy Development and Research, and is responsible for data collection, analysis, research and writing on issues impacting the public transportation sector, including new technologies and business models shaping the urban mobility landscape.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Research and develop research briefs, issue briefs, surveys, proposals, position papers, testimony and other materials as needed by the association;
  • Using APTA’s stated legislative positions and responses to regulatory prompts, analyzing and writing on the policy impacts of proposed legislation and regulations;
  • Maintaining a portfolio of policy issue areas as assigned, including daily monitoring of media reports, campaign activities--national and state/local, research conducted or underway on assigned issues by academia, consultancies, government agencies, other associations and any additional sources necessary;
  • In concert with the Senior Policy Analyst, develop a long-term strategic vision for the collection and application of industry data, including the monetization of agency data and possible privacy concerns;
  • Planning data collection, executing data collection, and analyzing and interpreting numerical data from studies, surveys, and other sources and applying results to concrete, consumable products for the industry, general public, and elected officials and their staff; sources to include APTA created surveys, state, local and federal government data sources;
  • Reviewing information from a wide range of sources and synthesizing that information to determine industry impacts;
  • Developing the knowledge base about the association’s issues to be able to converse at a high level with members and other parties outside the association; stays consistently apprised of developments in a fast-paced environment;
  • Communicating regularly with the Director-Policy Development and Research and other staff to ensure information flow and adherence to goals, policies, budgets and timelines;
  • Submitting verbal and written reports in an accurate and timely manner as required;
  • Conduct the development of market reports for use by APTA members and the general public;
  • Responding to written, telephone, and electronic requests for transit agency information and tracking these requests to better understand data needs;
  • Maintaining a presence in the research community by authoring blog posts, magazine articles, and journal-worthy pieces as well as speaking at events;
  • Planning and participating in policy-focused meetings of high-ranking government officials, advocates, and national experts;
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Ensuring timeliness and accuracy in the preparation and production of assigned duties;
  • Responsiveness to APTA staff in a timely fashion;
  • Degree of discernible mastery of assigned policy areas;
  • Proven thought-leadership, by providing timely, well-received reports that promote the industry as well as Association;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written mediums.


Candidate will plan and execute data collection studies as well as research and write research briefs, position papers and other testimony.  Requirements include: Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in public policy, economics, transportation policy or a related field with one to three years’ work experience in transportation policy or public policy research and analysis is required; Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity and ability to work independently and in a team setting; Ability to write policy reports that are both politically salient and exemplify sound policy concepts; Efficient, organized work style; Ability to prioritize quickly and confidently, while managing multiple deadlines; and GIS skills are a plus.  Must be able to travel to assigned conferences and meetings. 
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