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TURI Policy Analyst

Apply now Job no: 521294
Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Toxic Use Reduction Institute
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience within the grade/range
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General Summary of Position:

Would you like to be part of a dynamic team of people committed to promoting healthier businesses and communities in Massachusetts and beyond? The Toxics Use Reduction Institute ("TURI") is seeking a Policy Analyst to assist in the development and implementation of the Toxics Use Reduction Act ("TURA") and other related legislation via research and analysis, including the implications of proposed changes to and developments under TURA, and analysis of state, federal, and international initiatives on chemicals and materials management as they relate to TURA and the activities of TURI.  This position allows for a hybrid work environment and includes generous benefits.

Position duties include:

1. Assist in developing and implementing analyses to reflect the Institute's goals and priorities by:

  • Analyzing the impact of TURA, including on environmental, occupational and public health; environmental justice; and economic indicators.
  • Drafting policy analyses on the potential implications of proposed changes under TURA, including changes to and categorization of the TURA toxic or hazardous substances list. This includes lead authorship of and presentation of such analyses.
  • Preparing and publishing reports and articles on the impact of TURA and the work of the Institute.

2. Assist the Science and Policy Program Manager and Institute Director in development of policy research goals and priorities by:

  • Coordinating all policy work at the Institute.
  • Tracking, analyzing, and, when appropriate, commenting on environmental and occupational policies and legislation as they relate to TURA.
  • Tracking and analyzing emerging issues as they relate to toxics use reduction and chemicals management more broadly.

3. Assist in developing and implementing the Institute's goals and priorities by:

  • Collaborating with other TURA agencies and TURI programs to design and implement toxics use reduction policies and activities.
  • Preparing and delivering presentations for conferences and workshops on toxics use reduction, developments under TURA, results of research and analysis, and other topics within the mission of the Institute.
  • Collaborating with the Communications and Outreach Manager to raise awareness of the Massachusetts approach to toxics use reduction and selected activities of TURI.

4. Provide assistance to TURA stakeholders--such as academic researchers, legislators, government agencies, advocacy organizations, industry and the public--in understanding TURA.

5. Research environmental, health and safety information on chemicals in order to support policy research goals.

About TURI: 

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), located at UMass Lowell, is a research and education institute whose mission is to develop and facilitate the adoption of safer solutions to the use of toxic chemicals. The Institute assists companies, environmental health and safety professionals, and communities in their toxics use reduction efforts through education and training, research, grants, laboratory services, information and technical support for companies and communities. 

TURI’s small but diverse and dynamic team of scientists, policy experts, engineers, and other professionals collaborate with businesses and researchers to develop innovative solutions to protect people and the environment from harmful substances. TURI encourages staff to use their creativity, knowledge, and entrepreneurial spirit to solve one of the most pressing public health challenges of today. 

TURI strives to provide a supportive and welcoming work environment that encourages open communication, professional growth, and interpersonal connection. We value empowerment, respect, collaboration, empathy, innovation, and trustworthiness. We offer staff the opportunity to develop a variety of skills while making a positive impact on the world. We are currently working toward an emphasis on environmental justice; we recognize the value and importance of diversity and equality in the workplace and in society as a whole.

TURI has existed since the Toxics Use Reduction Act of 1989 and is funded primarily by the Massachusetts state legislature through the annual state budget process. Applicants are advised that although TURI employees are treated as employees of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, salary funding is contingent upon ongoing legislative appropriations.  

Learn more about TURILearn more about UMass Lowell. 

Minimum Qualifications (Required): 

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental policy, environmental management, occupational health, chemistry, chemical/environmental engineering or related field

Experience:

  • 3 years minimum experience in environmental/occupational policy analysis, preferably with a focus on toxics or chemicals policy

Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

Additional Considerations: 

  • Master's degree in the above or related field
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA)
  • Demonstrated familiarity with laws, policies and approaches to chemicals management at sub-national, national and international levels
  • Knowledge of environmental, health and safety, hazard and/or risk evaluation of substances, toxicology, epidemiology, or other related disciplines
  • Familiarity with chemical hazards and manufacturing industries
  • Experience with underserved communities and environmental justice issues

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

This is an SEIU 888 Professional Union position, Grade P17.

This position allows for a hybrid work environment and includes generous benefits.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.  

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.

 

 

 

 

 

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