Public policy associates are required to have expert writing and communication skills, as they work with countless individuals from all walks of life. These associates have in-depth knowledge and understanding of both local and government policies and conduct meticulous research to maintain this knowledge. Their work focuses primarily on conducting research, analyzing data, preparing policy summaries and guidelines for specific projects, developing partnerships with other organizations, overseeing recruiting and engagement efforts, planning and coordinating events, and preparing reports.
Candidates for this position should be dedicated and have a strong work ethic to keep up with a fast-paced work environment. Public policy associates are often be required to juggle multiple projects at once, so organizational skills and the ability to multitask are very important. A bachelor's degree or higher in public policy, political science, or a related field is generally required for this position. Most public policy associates work during traditional business hours, though some may occasionally work longer hours or weekends to meet tight deadlines.
Public Policy Associate Tasks
Develop and implement legislative and advocacy campaigns.
Create networks of support and funding for lobbying efforts and campaign development.
Lobby government officials regarding matters of policy specific to your organization.