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We’re Hiring: Policy and Research Director

UPDATE: This position has been filled. Thank you to all who applied.

Join our team at Move Minnesota!

Open Position: Policy and Research Director

Reports Directly To: Executive Director

Direct Reports: Program Manager (Employer Partnerships), Project Manager (Green Line)

Job Type: Full-time, 40 hours per week, exempt.

Salary & Compensation: $70,000 annual salary. Competitive benefits package includes health and dental insurance, retirement plan, paid time off, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, bus pass and commuter benefits, and flexible work environment.

Organization Summary

Move Minnesota is a leader in the movement for an equitable and sustainable transportation system that puts people first. We are passionate about connecting communities, ending the climate crisis, expanding access to jobs and resources, and improving daily life for Minnesotans of all ages, races, incomes, and abilities. We connect people to transit where the system works well, and fight hard to ensure it works for everyone.

Move Minnesota is based in Saint Paul, MN. Our team is collaborative, hard-working, mission-driven, and fun. We create change through advocacy, organizing, coalition building, policy leadership, and education. This position is currently a remote-only position, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Embedding equity in organizational practices is a core value at our organization. Move Minnesota works to offer culturally inclusive services, materials, resources, and programs. We value the strengths offered through different backgrounds and perspectives. Move Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Summary

Move Minnesota is seeking a strategic and motivated Policy and Research Director to help us transform transportation policy in Minnesota. The Policy and Research Director—in collaboration with the full Move Minnesota staff team—will develop and refine the case for transit, bicycling, and walking. This includes making the case for transit use, transit investments, transit service changes, and for transit as a primary, attractive, and competitive transportation mode.

The Policy and Research Director will lead Move Minnesota’s policy work across initiatives, including through policy and research development, policy analysis, and policy campaigns. The ideal candidate will be a strong writer, adept at research, and driven to pursue transformational change in the transportation system and society. The Policy and Research Director will bring an understanding of the role of policy and narrative in creating systems change, and interest in influencing decision-makers and the public. The ideal candidate will be committed to what is needed and just, not only to what is deemed politically palatable or possible, while understanding and navigating political landscapes.

The Policy and Research Director will oversee two staff and will also inform and build relationships with external stakeholders to advance the organization’s policy goals.

Duties and Responsibilities

Policy Plan Research, Development, and Execution

Supervision and Collaboration


Position Qualifications




This position is housed at the Move Minnesota office in Saint Paul, Minnesota, although Move Minnesota is currently working remotely due to the coronavirus. The office is one block from the METRO Green Line’s Raymond Ave Station and easy to reach on Metro Transit bus routes 16, 63, 67, and 87. Indoor bike parking and a private changing room are available. The building where our office is located has one floor (no stairs) and multi-stall restrooms.


Submit your cover letter, resume, and 2 writing samples to Please include “Policy and Research Director Search” in the subject line of your email application. Applications will be reviewed starting December 4, 2020.