Transportation Equity Research Fellowship

Title: Transportation Equity Research Fellowship
Position Class: 12-month Fellowship with Excellent Benefits Package
Department: Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR)
FLSA: Full Time, Exempt
Location: Washington, DC
Deadline: Position Opened until Filled
Reporting to: Vice President, Center for Policy Analysis and Research


Founded in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) is a non-profit organization focused on eliminating disparities within the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. Our primary focus areas are Education, Public Health, Economic Empowerment and the Environment.

Applicants may visit the web site at, to view more information on CBCF programs and initiatives.


The Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR) is responsible for new and existing research; policy analysis and initiatives of the CBCF, and the dissemination of information in CBCF’s core focus areas:  Education, Public Health, Economic Empowerment and the Environment. Additionally, CPAR oversees the AVOICE digital archive, conducts grant writing, and engages stakeholders and partners with like-minded organizations in cohesion with other CBCF departments.  The Transportation Equity Research Fellow will study under the Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR) as part of a 12-month partnership with State Farm.

The Transportation Equity Research Fellow is responsible for the production of policy analysis and research as it relates to transportation, sustainability, and equity. The Fellows’ primary role will be to analyze best practices and policy solutions for the promotion of integrated and comprehensive efforts with maximum impact in black communities.  In addition, he/she is responsible for policy analysis, research synthesis, data collection and the dissemination of research findings and relevant information to inform CBCF partners, stakeholders and the general public. The Fellow will produce technical reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, and other publications.  The Fellow will develop a rapport with key leaders in transportation; lead ALC’s transportation equity issue forums, and attend related briefings, conferences and seminars to facilitate programming in the area of environmental sustainability.


Essential Functions

  1. Conduct research and analysis in transportation as it relates to the intersectional analysis in economic opportunity, public health, education, and environmental sustainability to advance policy initiatives of interest to CBCF.
  2. Research, analyze, and stay abreast of economic, public policy and social issues as it relates to the State Farm fellowship to facilitate reports and information gathering and dissemination.
  3. Produce white papers, policy briefs and recommendations, fact sheets, and other documents in a timely manner for distribution.
  4. Synthesize information in a variety of formats for different audiences.
  5. Present research findings to internal and external stakeholders and serve a representative or spokesperson on panels and events as necessary.
  6. Organize policy forums and events with CBCF partners, stakeholders and other like-minded organizations in the areas of economic opportunity, transportation policy, and environmental sustainability.
  7. Collaborate with existing and new partners and sponsors on policy related research and event content.
  8. Develop and maintain database of critical audiences in policy areas of focus.
  9. Responsible for other duties and projects as assigned.

Required Skills

  1. Knowledge of research, study design and internal/external validity.
  2. Ability to manipulate and analyze datasets in Microsoft excel or one or more statistical analysis software packages, e.g. SPSS, STATA, SAS.
  3. Excellent quantitative research and policy analysis skills; experience with qualitative research and data analysis software a plus.
  4. Advanced computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; and knowledge of Microsoft Access a plus.
  5. Transferable analytical and statistical skills in policy areas outside of expertise.
  6. Experience writing reports, briefs and fact sheets on research studies.
  7. Comprehensive knowledge of public policy, political environment, federal government, and legislative and regulatory process.
  8. Professional public image with excellent oral and written communication.
  9. Planning and project management skills with attention to details and high quality delivery. 10. Produce varying deliverables within specified project guidelines and timelines


  1. Knowledge: D. or advanced degree in public policy, engineering, environmental science, economics, urban planning, political science, education, or other relevant advanced degree. At least four years of postgraduate, professional experience conducting research and/or policy analysis in the areas of transportation policy and/or poverty alleviation, housing, environmental science, or economic opportunity for a social policy research organization, academic institution, or governmental agency or office.
  2. Skills and Abilities: Highly intelligent, self-motivated, and methodologically sound in quantitative and qualitative research and analysis. Maturity, excellent judgment and a passion for CBCF’s mission are essential. Experience assembling and succinctly presenting information, conclusions, and recommendations is required. Ability to effectively work independently and as part of a cohesive team is necessary.  Exceptional written and oral communication skills; and effective time management with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously in a professional and conscientious manner.  Planning and organizational skills with attention to details mandatory.  Ability to proofread and edit is required.
  3. Physical Requirements: Applicant must be confident and reliable with the ability to work well in a fast-paced environment with strict deadlines. Must be able to manage simultaneous priorities.  The ability to effectively and efficiently produce in periods of heavy workloads is an essential function of this position. Must be able to work some evenings, weekends based on the project/event.
  4. Fellowship Duration: March 2020 – February 2021 (12 months).


To apply, qualified applicants only, please upload the following documents using CBCF’s online employment portal.

  • Cover letter is required
  • Resume is required
  • Provide three (3) professional references (with title, affiliation/organization name and contact information)  
  • Upload sample writing, article, or policy report (required)

CBCF is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package including health, dental, vision, 403(b), paid vacation and sick time. No phone calls accepted.  Position opened until filled.