MEPC offers a dynamic environment where research, outreach and education are used to advance public policies that improve the quality of life for working Mississippians. MEPC team members accomplish this goal by drafting original papers, writing opinion pieces for the state’s major newspapers and posting on the MEPC blog Policy Matters. Analysts also present findings to officials in the executive and legislative branches of government at state and federal levels to influence important policy decisions.
An award winning initiative of the Hope Enterprise Corporation, MEPC is a member of the State Fiscal Analysis Network (SFAI), coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN), coordinated by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Annually, team members attend national conferences and present information to national audiences on the work undertaken in Mississippi. Hope Enterprise Corporation is an equal opportunity employer.
Director, Mississippi Economic Policy Center (link to apply)
HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Credit Union) is a financial institution, community development intermediary and policy center that provides affordable financial services; leverages private, public and philanthropic resources; and engages in policy analysis in order to fulfill its mission of strengthening communities, building assets, and improving lives in economically distressed parts of the Mid South.
HOPE is seeking a Director to manage the Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC). MEPC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research on public policy issues affecting low-income Mississippians. Through public outreach, policy maker education and by engaging the media, MEPC uses its analysis to ensure that the needs of low and moderate-income Mississippians are considered in the development and implementation of public policy with the ultimate goal of improving access to economic opportunity for all Mississippians.
Named “Mississippi’s most Energetic Think Tank” by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, MEPC was founded in 2006 to ensure that Mississippi’s Hurricane Katrina recovery activities took place in an equitable manner. Since that time MEPC has emerged as a leader on issues affecting low-income Mississippians on matters pertaining to health care, protections from predatory lending, unemployment insurance, workforce and asset development.
MEPC’s areas of emphasis include:
- Increasing Access to Economic Opportunity: Enhancing access to post-secondary education and training through workforce development and financial aid. Protecting Mississippians from predatory lending, increasing access to the banking system and emphasizing strategies to build assets among low-wealth individuals.
- Enhancing Economic Security: Promoting policies that expand access to health care, child care and unemployment insurance.
- Making Government more Accessible: Budget education and analysis of state spending trends, promoting transparencyThe transparency of a tax system indicates whether or not information about the tax system is easy to obtain. Available information should include who and what is taxed, the process for making tax decisions and how the funds collected are spent. Some states with high transparency use tools like fiscal notes and tax incidence analysis. on tax and spending proposals.
- Fiscal Policy: working to ensure that Mississippi collects revenueThe state’s income from any source. Mississippi revenue includes: tax collections, fees, and intergovernmental grants. in an equitable manner and that enough is collected to fund important public structures.
HOPE seeks an exceptionally qualified, experienced, entrepreneurial individual to build on MEPC’s track record of high quality analysis, public education and coalition support of policies that better the economic and social conditions for low- and moderate-income Mississippians.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Successful candidates will bring a strong analytical background, an understanding of Mississippi’s political environment and a commitment to implementing best practices in advocacy. Specific competencies include:
- Leadership: The director will oversee the strategic direction, sustainability, research, training and advocacy agenda for the center.
- Analytical Competency: The director will have a strong analytical foundation to provide leadership to a team of analysts that research, write and communicate recommendations on the Mississippi budget, taxes, predatory financial practices, asset development and social programs.
- External Communications: With the support of the communications team, the director will develop and maintain relationships with print, radio, television and online reporters and journalists. He / she will possess the ability to develop and deliver a message that can be communicated across diverse audiences and to multiple stakeholders.
- Entrepreneurship: The director will identify public and behind the scenes opportunities to use the research and analysis of MEPC to inform and influence policy debates.
- Supervision: Recruit, select, develop, mentor, retain and supervise a team of highly capable analysts within a collegial work environment.
- Flexibility: MEPC is an initiative of the Hope Enterprise Corporation. The director will be called upon to support the monitoring and evaluation activities of the Hope Enterprise Corporation’s impact and support its policy activities.
The Director will manage a team of analysts and report to the Chief Policy and Communications Officer.
Preferred experience and education:
- 7-10 years of experience in a career track that has allowed the candidate to develop the abilities, skills and judgment necessary to provide direction for research and advocacy on economic and social policy issues.
- Background leading a professional staff
- Demonstrated capacity for communication with decision makers and collaboration with nonprofit stakeholders
- Graduate or professional degree. Candidates will be considered if they possess alternative experience or education in a field relevant to the work of the organization.
Hope Enterprise Corporation is an equal employment employer