Jobs & Internship Opportunities with Frontier Group

Frontier Group uses the power of ideas and information to achieve a cleaner environment and a fairer and more democratic society. We are issue experts, writers and analysts who recognize that having the facts on your side is important but isn’t enough to change the world – it also takes effective communication, organizing and advocacy to get real results.

We produce timely, high-quality research reports on the nation’s pressing challenges: environmental protection, sustainable energy, good government and more. We help shape effective public policy strategies that address those problems. And we work to make sure the public and decision-makers hear our message through the media.

To maximize our impact, we partner with groups in The Public Interest Network – the nation’s premier network of public interest organizations – and other organizations to insert our research and ideas into public policy debates at the local, state and federal levels.

Frontier Group offers a variety of career and internship opportunities.

POLICY ANALYST

Job Description

Frontier Group policy analysts work on a range of issues, and develop expertise in a few. We write reports, op-eds, blog entries and journal articles that insert the results of our research into the public debate. We develop training materials, fact sheets and social media ideas for advocates and organizers.

In this job you will:

  • Review and draw conclusions from recent research in environmental science, public health, economics, and other fields.
  • Do quantitative analysis of existing data sets and sometimes collect original data through interviews, surveys and collaboration with academic researchers.
  • Write clear, concise, message-driven reports.
  • Produce op-eds, journal articles, social media, fact sheets and other communications to disseminate the results of our research.
  • Evaluate policy alternatives and work with advocates on the ground to develop policy principles and proposals.
  • Take part in organization-building activities including recruitment, fundraising and staff training.

Qualification

We need you to have the drive, creativity and skills to take complex data and distill it into clear, powerful conclusions that are easy to communicate to decision-makers and the public. Ideally you have experience with designing analytical approaches, applying core statistical concepts and translating scientific information for a lay audience. Additionally, experience with modeling, geospatial analysis, database design, and/or the development of on-line and mobile database tools will be considered a strong plus.

Candidates must have at least three years of experience in public interest advocacy, journalism, or policy analysis and development, OR an advanced degree in a relevant field plus some experience in public interest advocacy, journalism, or policy analysis and development. We evaluate candidates based on writing ability, experience in political or public interest work, academic record, and reasoning and research skills. We especially look for candidates who are "quick studies," function well under deadlines, and have demonstrated both leadership and the ability to work well as part of a team, especially in a social change-driven context.

Compensation

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Frontier Group offers a competitive benefits package.

Location

Denver, CO; Boston, MA; Santa Barbara, CA

Start Date for Current Opening

We’re accepting applications for immediate-start positions and for positions starting in August 2018.

To Apply

Prepare a resume and cover letter and submit your application at http://workforprogress.org/apply/?pos=Policy+Analyst&org=Frontier+Group&id=106. Please include a list of references in your cover letter document. If we are interested in your application after reviewing your resume and cover letter, we will send you an email asking you to submit a writing sample and complete a brief questionnaire.

POLICY ASSOCIATE

Job Description

Frontier Group hires college graduates into two-year associate positions. Associates split their time between policy analysis work with Frontier Group and a program of intensive training and hands-on experience in public interest advocacy and organizing conducted in partnership with the Public Interest Network. Associates in their first year spend about half their time working on policy analysis and writing with Frontier Group, increasing to about 75 percent in their second year. Upon successful completion of the two-year program, the associate will be eligible for a policy analyst position within Frontier Group, or may choose to be considered for a leadership role with one of our partner organizations.

A Frontier Group Policy Associate’s job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conceptualizing and writing compelling reports on social problems and their solutions using a variety of methodologies including literature reviews and data analysis.
  • Helping advocates in the field craft a message that will change minds, spur action and generate media attention.
  • Collaborating with partner organizations to design and implement report ideas and to maximize distribution of our product.
  • Writing op-eds, blog entries and journal articles that insert our findings into the public debate.
  • Participating in trainings, presentations and panels.
  • Learning the skills of canvassing and managing a fundraising operation, and running a canvass office for a partner organization during the summer months.
  • Learning recruiting skills and applying them to job recruitment drives for graduating college seniors seeking careers in social change.

Qualifications

We are looking for skilled candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social change and an appreciation of the importance of political organizing. Candidates should have excellent writing skills, a problem-solving orientation, the ability to thrive under deadlines, and the ability to think critically and present persuasive arguments. We’re looking for individuals with a track record of academic success and proven leadership ability. Familiarity with quantitative analysis is a plus; as is experience in debate, public speaking, journalism, political campaigning, fundraising, and/or grassroots political organizing

Compensation

The target annual compensation for this position is $26,500 in the first year. Frontier Group offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Location

Denver, CO; Boston, MA; Santa Barbara, CA

Start Date for Current Opening

We’re accepting applications for immediate-start positions and for positions starting in August 2018.

To Apply

Prepare a resume and cover letter, and submit your application at http://workforprogress.org/apply/?pos=Policy+Associate&org=Frontier+Group&id=101. Please include a list of references in your cover letter document. If we are interested in your application after reviewing your resume and cover letter, we will send you an email asking you to submit a writing sample and complete a brief questionnaire.

RESEARCH AND POLICY FELLOW

The Research and Policy Fellow will focus on issues that speak to the need for a new kind of politics and, through research, writing, policy analysis, and new ideas, seek to challenge decision-makers and all of us to stop tolerating problems that are increasingly absurd in an age of advancing technology and growing abundance.

  • How do we preserve irreplaceable resources like air, water and a livable climate for our grandchildren?
  • How do we transform vast systems of transportation and energy that were designed to meet the needs of a different century?
  • How do we produce food for a growing world in ways that won’t threaten human health and destroy the environment?
  • What will be the future of work and how people participate in the economy as automation and technological advances predict many jobs may soon not be necessary to produce what we need?
  • What metrics should we use to evaluate our society as we enter an age where the paradigm of “economic growth above all else” may be causing more problems than it’s solving?

Questions like these will drive the work of the Research and Policy Fellow. Frontier Group and The Public Interest Network work in partnership to push the conversation forward and shape effective public policy strategies to address these and other of our nation’s biggest challenges and opportunities.  

Job responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing and drawing conclusions from recent research and thought-leaders in environmental science, public health, economics, and other fields.
  • Doing quantitative analysis of existing data sets and sometimes collecting original data through interviews, surveys and collaboration with academic researchers.
  • Writing clear, concise reports and papers.
  • Producing op-eds, journal articles, social media, fact sheets and other communications to disseminate the results of our research.
  • Evaluating policy alternatives and working with federal and state advocates to develop principles for evaluating policy proposals.
  • Attending conferences and roundtables with thought-leaders on topics including environmental sustainability, public health, and economics

Qualification

Candidates should have excellent writing skills, a problem-solving orientation, the ability to thrive under deadlines, and the ability to think critically and present persuasive arguments. We’re looking for individuals with a track record of academic success and proven leadership ability. Familiarity with quantitative analysis is a plus; as is experience in debate, public speaking, journalism, political campaigning, fundraising, and/or grassroots political organizing.

Compensation

The target annual compensation for this position is $26,500 in the first year. Frontier Group offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Location

Denver, CO; Santa Barbara, CA

Start Date

We’re accepting applications for immediate-start positions and for positions starting in August 2018.

To Apply

Prepare a resume and cover letter, and submit your application and fill out our online application. Please include a list of references in your cover letter document. If we are interested in your application after reviewing your resume and cover letter, we will send you an email asking you to submit a writing sample and complete a brief questionnaire.

INTERNSHIPS

Summer and school-year internships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students in any field of study. We seek students who have a strong commitment to public interest issues, are willing to engage others, can think strategically, and have strong research and writing skills. Internships are unpaid.

Location

Denver, CO; Boston, MA

To Apply

Prepare a cover letter and resume and submit them at http://workforprogress.org/apply-now/?id=169. Please tell us whether you are interested in a Boston or Denver internship.

THINGS TO KNOW WHEN YOU APPLY

Frontier Group is part of the The Public Interest Network. We're a group of organizations working to address problems our society can’t afford to ignore – from preserving irreplaceable resources like air, water and a livable climate; to transforming vast systems of transportation and energy that were designed to meet the needs of a different century; to growing and distributing food in ways that won’t destroy the environment and threaten human health.

Throughout The Public Interest Network, we believe that a clear vision, common-sense ideas, a fact-driven case for action, and the power of bringing people together are the necessary ingredients to any successful effort to solve society's problems. We share a set of core values and a strategic approach to making positive change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.