Date Posted:

September 8, 2021

Job Title:

RIPL Policy Lead

Job Description:

RIPL is a non-profit tech-for-social impact organization. We help government solve some of society’s most pressing challenges using data, science, and scalable, sustainable technology. Our work has supported data-driven policy improvements in health care, education, social insurance, civic participation, workforce development, and criminal justice.


In the early days of COVID-19, we partnered with Rhode Island to build a cloud-based Pandemic Unemployment Assistance system in just 10 days, making Rhode Island the first state in the nation to pay CARES act benefits to workers and families in need, and helping over 70,000 RI workers receive their unemployment benefits. We are now expanding across the country to deliver effective ML/AI solutions to connect Americans with in-demand career and streamlined benefits. RIPL’s early work focused in Rhode Island and is now expanding to new states.


As the Policy Lead on the Policy Team, you will join a dynamic group of project managers who are responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with government stakeholders, mission aligned organizations, and funders. In addition to partnership development and cultivation, the Policy Team also manages all of the project management functions for each of our state projects. The team collaborates closely with the Research, Tech, and Product Teams on the development and implementation of all projects.

As a Policy Lead, you will work with the Director of Policy lead the implementation of complex cross-sector projects including being responsible for partnership development management, communicating across key stakeholders, scoping each project, developing project timelines, and managing project implementation for impact. You will be responsible for the successful development and implementation of science- and tech- forward projects that improve lives.

RIPL’s staff are located all over the country but stay connected with online chat, regular coffee hours and in-person time when travel is possible. As an organization we value quality over quantity, and believe our government partners deserve the best. We know that changing culture and systems takes hard work, and we’re committed to that work for the long term. To learn more about what we value, please see our leadership values.

The Policy Lead responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop and manage day-to-day operations of 1-3 signature RIPL projects simultaneously, including: partnership development, coordination of all stakeholder meetings, timeline management and resource allocation, implementation strategy, stakeholder communication, and grant reporting.
  • Work closely with policymakers and community stakeholders to ensure successful project rollout; taking into consideration the political environment and needs of local communities.
  • Work collaboratively with RIPL’s behavioral scientists, researchers, product leads, and data engineers to design and evaluate policy interventions that are measurably impactful and improve lives.
  • Communicate the impact of projects through presentations, memos and scientific/policy papers tailored for a variety of audiences, including technical and non-technical.
  • Provide internal updates and project management ensuring the RIPL leadership team has visibility into successes and bottlenecks for each project, and document processes to grow RIPL’s internal practices and broaden positive impacts.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications, experience, and skills:

  • 5+ years direct work experience in a research-focused environment or inside government as a program or project manager, or in consulting. Experience or desire to work with a start-up culture is a plus.
  • A track record of effectively managing complex projects from start to finish, including projects with multidisciplinary stakeholders as demonstrated through outstanding organizational skills, a high attention to detail, and ability to prioritize competing demands.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and ability to communicate research interventions and scientific findings to policymakers, community organizers, and general audiences; experience writing grant and project reports.
  • A strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions; interested and willing to work across disciplines to find creative solutions and bring forward new ideas; commitment to high-quality work, every time.
  • A strong desire and commitment to using science and technology to improve lives, ability to learn and think creatively in partnership with a diverse team of scientists, policymakers, and partners to solve complex social problems at speed and at scale.
  • Self-starter, team-oriented, and able to work with minimal supervision. Experience working in a start-up environment or launching new work inside an existing organization is a plus.
  • Familiarity with technical research and the scientific process, and an ability to digest and interpret economic research papers and communicate their findings to general audiences.
  • Experience using task management and documentation software critical for organizing and documenting work (RIPL currently uses JIRA as its task management software).
  • Experience with a programming or data analysis language (e.g., Python, R, Stata) and data visualization tools (Tableau, Microsoft Power BI) is a plus.
  • An advanced degree (e.g., MS, MPA, MPH, or MPP) is preferred.


  • Competitive salary.
  • Committed, mission-minded colleagues.
  • A supportive, remote-first work environment.
  • Subsidized Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance.•401k with employer match up to 6%.
  • 12 days of vacation annually, with PTO accrual beginning immediately.
  • 6 paid holidays per year with 3 additional floating holidays per year to be used flexibly.
  • 40 hours of sick leave starting immediately..


To learn more, email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

Research Improving People’s Lives is an equal opportunity employer.