Anam Circle

Anam Circle is an interdisciplinary and intergenerational community-based public policy think tank and innovation lab that provides policy analysis and research for community groups and local governments in the Greater Capital District of New York and surrounding regions. We provide thought leadership, applied problem solving, policy analysis and research, policy innovations, community assessments, strategic planning, scenario planning, table top simulation exercises, community education, mobilization and engagement; environmental governance; and technical assistance and capacity building to advance environmental, social and economic sustainability and resilience in local urban, rural and coastal communities. Anam Circle’s work can be used to guide important and timely policy decisions and to make better evidence-based decisions. We specialize in systems analysis, systemic change, nonlinear “wicked problems”, participatory community engagement and behavior-based human dimensions (attitudes, norms, frames, narratives and behaviors). Anam Circle is an initiative of the Anam Earth Center for Sustainability and Culture, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based organization.

Anam Circle engages experienced policy fellows and senior policy analysts to train, guide, mentor and work collaboratively with talented and capable undergraduate and graduate students (junior analysts) to examine the environmental, social, economic and governance dimensions of current and future public policies. Anam Circle fellows and analysts are trained in advanced public policy analysis, research skills, report writing and participatory public engagement.  As members of a collegial team, Policy Fellows,  Senior Policy Analysts and Junior Analysts work collaboratively to conduct policy research, collect data and provide analysis of the environmental, social, economic and governance issues as a service to community groups, local governments and other public and community agencies. Specific projects may include: (1) conducting data collection and policy research; (2) conducting policy analysis; (3) generating policy reports based on the findings of the research and analysis; (4) hosting town hall meetings and other public engagement activities to inform and mobilize local leaders, officials and community members; (5) engaging the community in participatory planning processes; and (6) providing technical assistance and training for capacity building. Policy Fellows provide training, guidance and mentoring for Junior Analysts, and provide significant initiative and thought leadership.

 

Anam Circle Fellows

 

Joseph A. Murphy, J.D.

Joe is a public policy analyst and communications strategist focusing on renewable energy, land use and sustainability.  Joe is currently researching and drafting model local laws to promote best practices and ecosocial transformation in renewable energy, sustainable local economies and sustainable watershed management.  Joe earned a B.S. in journalism, an M.A. in economics and a J.D. degree and has studied environmental communications.  He has practiced law in New York City and Albany in the areas of commercial and health care litigation, energy regulation and government procurement.  He previously served in various administrative, management and board positions in banking, higher education and non-profit organizations.  In his personal life, Joe has been a filmmaker, playwright and author.  His narrative skills complement Joe’s background in the social sciences to inform his analyses of how communications strategies and issues framing can promote or constrain the acceptance and implementation of public policies.

 

 

Policy Fellow Position Description: As a member of a collegial team, Policy Fellows work collaboratively with Senior Policy Analysts and Junior Analysts to conduct policy research, collect data and provide analysis of the environmental, social, economic and governance issues as a service to community groups, local governments and other public and community agencies. Specific projects may include: (1) conducting data collection and policy research; (2) conducting policy analysis; (3) generating policy reports based on the findings of the research and analysis; (4) hosting town hall meetings and other public engagement activities to inform and mobilize local leaders, officials and community members; (5) engaging the community in participatory planning processes; and (6) providing technical assistance and training for capacity building. Policy Fellows provide training, guidance and mentoring for Junior Analysts, and provide significant initiative and thought leadership.
Qualifications: Advanced degree (Ph.D., J.D., or Masters Degree or equivalent) and 5 or more years of public policy analysis experience; policy expertise in one or more areas; competence in research skills; experience in project management and participatory public engagement; excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent computer skills; supervisory experience; and mentoring and/or training experience.

 

 

 

Senior Policy Analyst Position Description: As a member of a collegial team, Senior Policy Analysts work collaboratively with Policy Fellows and Junior Analysts to conduct policy research, collect data and provide analysis of the environmental, social, economic and governance issues as a service to community groups, local governments and other public and community agencies. Specific projects may include: (1) conducting data collection and policy research; (2) conducting policy analysis; (3) generating policy reports based on the findings of the research and analysis; (4) hosting town hall meetings and other public engagement activities to inform and mobilize local leaders, officials and community members; (5) engaging the community in participatory planning processes; and (5) providing technical assistance and training for capacity building. Senior Policy Analysts may provide some training, guidance and mentoring for Junior Analysts.
Qualifications: Advanced degree (Ph.D., J.D., or Masters Degree or equivalent) and 2 years of public policy analysis experience; policy expertise in one or more areas; competence in research skills; experience in participatory public engagement; excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent computer skills; and some mentoring or training experience

 

 

Junior Analyst Position Description: Under the direction of a Policy Fellow or Senior Policy Analyst, Junior Analysts work collaboratively in small teams to conduct policy research, collect data and provide analysis of the environmental, social, economic and governance issues as a service to community groups, local governments and other public and community agencies. Specific projects may include: (1) conducting data collection and policy research; (2) Conducting policy analysis; (3) generating policy reports based on the findings of the research and analysis; (4) host town hall meetings and other public engagement activities to inform and mobilize local leaders, officials and community members; (5) engage the community in participatory planning processes; and (5) provide technical assistance and training for capacity building.
Qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate student status, and working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree; excellent written and verbal communication skills; some completed coursework in public policy, environmental sciences or social sciences; excellent computer skills; and a strong interest in one or more public policy issues.

 

 

Download position descriptions below:

Anam Circle Fellow and Sr Analyst Position Description

Anam Circle Jr Analyst Position Description