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Apply now to be an OK Policy paid intern this Fall

by | July 26th, 2018 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (0)

OK Policy is now accepting applications for paid, part-time internships in our Tulsa office during the Fall 2018 semester! If you’re looking to be part of a team that’s fighting to make Oklahoma better for all Oklahomans, this might be the place for you.

As an OK Policy intern, you may be asked to do things like help with data collection and formatting, write blog posts on state policy issues, assist with our advocacy efforts, help to coordinate events, and help with office administration. Interns work between 15 and 25 hours per week and are paid $11 per hour. We are happy to cooperate with your institution’s requirements for academic credit.

Internships are open to both current undergraduate and graduate students (must have completed a minimum of 24 hours of college credit) and to recent grads (Spring 2018 or later). Go here to learn more and to apply. Applications are due no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, August 7th.

Questions? Reach out to Courtney Cullison (clcullison@okpolicy.org) – she’ll be happy to help you!

OK Policy welcomes three new staffers

by | July 19th, 2018 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (0)

We’re welcoming three new staff members to the OK Policy team!

Rebecca Fine

Starting this week, Rebecca Fine has joined Oklahoma Policy Institute as an education policy analyst. The position is new to the organization and will focus on research and analysis of policies affecting all levels of education, from early childhood to K-12 and higher education.

“Even before bringing on a full-time education analyst, OK Policy has been an important voice on education policies,” said Gene Perry, OK Policy’s Director of Strategy and Communications. “We’re excited for this opportunity to deepen our work on this crucial issue for Oklahoma. Rebecca’s work on education issues from early childhood through college will also help to establish OK Policy’s new role as the Oklahoma partner in the national KIDS COUNT network.”

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ONE WEEK LEFT to apply for Summer Policy Institute

by | May 18th, 2018 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (0)

Summer Policy Institute (SPI) application deadline is ONLY 1 WEEK away! The application deadline is Friday, May 25th, 2018. SPI will be held from July 29 – August 1, 2018 at the University of Tulsa. Please make sure to let all the qualified college students in your life know about this great opportunity! 

 Access the application here. 

SPI brings together highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for an exciting and in-depth learning experience. SPI offers participants a unique opportunity to become better informed about vital Oklahoma policy issues, network with fellow students and leaders in the policy process, and prepare for their future studies and work in public policy-related fields.

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We’re hiring TWO new policy analysts!

by | April 27th, 2018 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

In recent months, lawmakers have taken historic steps to address some of Oklahoma’s most serious challenges. Over the years of advocacy and debate leading to this moment, Oklahoma Policy Institute has played an essential role of informing lawmakers, advocates, and the general public. We have steadily increased our audience and our production of useful and trustworthy information. Now we are hiring two new policy analysts to go even deeper in researching and communicating key analyses of education and criminal justice policies.

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We’re hiring! Apply to be an Operations & Development Associate or Summer Intern.

by | April 4th, 2018 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

OK Policy is seeking an experienced and effective Operations & Development Associate to provide support for our day-to-day operations, donor and grant management, and event coordination. This is a full-time position based in Tulsa. To learn more about the job duties and qualifications, compensation, and how to apply, see our job announcement here.

We’re also accepting student applicants for paid part-time or full-time internships during the summer of 2018! Interns have the opportunity to work as full members of the OK Policy team and participate in nearly all aspects of what we do. Intern tasks may include collecting data, conducting research, assisting with advocacy efforts, writing blog posts on state policy issues,  and helping to coordinate events including the 2018 Summer Policy Institute.

Interns will be based in our Tulsa office, with occasional opportunities to work from home or school. They will be expected to work between 15 and 40 hours per week, depending on their schedules and availability, and are paid $11 per hour.

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We’re now taking applications for the 2018 Summer Policy Institute

by | March 9th, 2018 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

“This is by far the best learning experience I have had in my entire life. I wish it wasn’t over so quickly. I really look forward to seeing the changes and fixing the structural budget deficit.”

Those are the words of a participant in OK Policy’s 2017 Summer Policy Institute, which brought together more than 50 highly-qualified college students for an exciting and stimulating four-day learning experience.

Another student said, “I’m leaving SPI, not only with an incredible amount of knowledge on Oklahoma policy, but with lifelong friends. SPI has revitalized my passion to work towards positive changes within our state, as well as the inspiration and hope from knowing there are so many other Oklahomans that are just as passionate about making positive changes.”

Now is your chance to experience it for yourself!

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Know your county better with CountySTATS 2018

by | March 6th, 2018 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

What are the biggest job sectors in Oklahoma’s 77 counties? What counties have fewer residents today than they did at statehood? How does your county compare for health, income, home values, and educational attainment?

The answers to these questions and more can be found in Oklahoma Policy Institute’s newly redesigned and updated CountySTATS fact sheets for 2018. These colorful, 2-page fact sheets display key statistics and charts about residents of each of the state’s 77 counties, covering demographics, education, health, and the economy. You can find the fact sheets and interactive charts for every county in Oklahoma here.

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OK Policy announces new staff and expanded leadership team

by | January 31st, 2018 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (2)

Sabine Brown

We’re excited to announce the addition of Sabine Brown and Jessica Vazquez to the Oklahoma Policy Institute staff.

Sabine joins as our new Outreach & Advocacy Coordinator and as our primary staff person coordinating the grassroots Together Oklahoma coalition. Sabine grew up in Germany in the family of a U.S. service member but has called Oklahoma home since 1998. Before joining OK Policy, she served as the Oklahoma Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. Sabine earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Health Science from the University of Oklahoma and was a physician assistant prior to discovering advocacy work. She lives in Bixby with her husband, Eric, and their two children.

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Meet our new Board members!

by | January 2nd, 2018 | Posted in OK Policy | Comments (0)

Oklahoma Policy Institute is excited to announce the appointment of three new members to our Board of Directors – Kara Berst of Ada, Dr. Jason Kirksey of Stillwater, and Erika Lucas of Oklahoma City.

Kara Berst

“Kara, Jason, and Erika are all successful young professionals who will add geographic, occupational, ethnic, and political diversity to OK Policy’s governing body and ensure that the organization continues to expand its scope and impact among key constituencies across Oklahoma,” said current Board chair Ann-Clore Duncan of Edmond. 

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Five reasons to donate today to OK Policy

by | December 27th, 2017 | Posted in Blog, OK Policy | Comments (0)

We know there are many worthy organizations and causes reaching out to you this time of year asking for support. Whether you are a first-time donor or long-time supporter, here are 5 reasons to make a tax-deductible donation to Oklahoma Policy Institute today.

1. Facts Matter: On the state policy issues that matter most – from the budget and taxes to health care, poverty, and criminal justice – you know you can always rely on OK Policy to put out reliable, research-driven data and analysis. Resources such as our Online Budget Guide, County Fact Sheets, and Legislative Primer, as well as our daily In The Know, are among the sources of information that you count on every day throughout the year to understand public affairs in Oklahoma. Your donation will help us continue to dig up and publicize the facts.

2. There are Two Sides to Every Debate: When one side controls the legislature and all statewide offices, competing perspectives can easily be overlooked or overwhelmed. Through our issue briefs, blog posts, op-ed columns, and presentations, OK Policy often is the most credible and compelling voice arguing the other side, whether it’s making the case for protecting our revenue base or opposing the expansion of predatory consumer loans. Your donation will ensure that two sides will continue to be heard.

3. 49th is Not OK:  Even though Oklahoma’s economy is improving, about one out of every six Oklahomans, and more than one in five children, continue to live below the federal poverty level. On a whole range of health and social indicators, Oklahoma ranks among the states with the worst outcomes. One of OK Policy’s core convictions is that we need purposeful strategies aimed at expanding opportunities for all Oklahomans. We put forward thoughtful, practical policy proposals that will lead to a more prosperous, healthier, better educated state.  Your support allows us to conduct the research and advocacy that will lead to better policy outcomes.

4. We’re Having an Impact: Not so long ago, OK Policy was a lonely voice sounding the alarm about the state’s structural budget deficit, the underfunding of state services, and the need for new permanent revenues. Today, thanks in part to OK Policy’s steady, effective work, these themes are expressed by  elected officials from both parties and broad swaths of the population. While the state’s onerous supermajority requirement prevented passage of a widely-supported bipartisan revenue package last month, we’ve had some real victories, including repeal of the next scheduled income tax that would have further hampered efforts to bring the budget back into balance. Please donate now to help us continue to make a difference.

5. There’s More Work To Do: The year ahead is going to be an especially crucial one for Oklahoma. We will have the chance to enact long-pursued solutions to address chronic budget shortfalls, make our state tax system fairer, and revisit State Question 640. At the same time, critical medical and food safety net programs serving hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans will be under unprecedented threats from federal and state lawmakers. We need your help to marshal the research and coordinate the advocacy that will ensure real progress is made in 2018.

We hope this is reason enough to convince you to make a one-time or recurring year-end donation to OK Policy  We greatly appreciate your support, and wish you all the best during the holiday season.

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