Researcher / analyst
About the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN): EARN is a nationwide network of state-based research, policy, and advocacy organizations advancing an inclusive, worker-centered economy through state and local policy change and rigorous research. We are the progressive economic policy and research infrastructure in the states, conducting research, providing data analysis, and developing and advocating policies that confront the fundamental imbalances in the workplace in order to create an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealthy. A core part of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), EARN is a growing network of 55 organizations in 43 states and the District of Columbia. The EARN network is coordinated by staff at the Economic Policy Institute and EARN partners.
EARN in the South (EIS), launched in 2017, is an initiative of EARN that seeks to achieve lasting improvements in economic outcomes for working people in the South, while combating racial and gender injustice and reducing inequality. The initiative aims to advance pro-worker economic and racial justice policies throughout the region, through deep cross-state collaboration between EARN members and grassroots organizing and advocacy groups led by, and representing, people of color. EARN currently has partner organizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
EPI seeks an experienced, skilled, and self-starting individual to join our EARN team as the EIS Policy and Economic Analyst to advance EARN’s programs and policy campaigns within our EARN in the South project. This person will conduct research and write reports; analyze state, local, regional, and national economic data; and provide research and policy guidance, customized data products, trainings, and technical assistance to EARN state partners and their grassroots allies throughout the U.S. South Census Region.
We are seeking someone with five (5) or more years’ experience writing, researching, and using data to analyze public policy and the economy – particularly around economic, worker, racial, and gender justice issues. Experience working in the South and an understanding of how the region’s history of racial oppression and white supremacy continue to influence the political economy of the region is highly desired.
This position will be based in the South U.S Census region, with the analyst working from home or at the offices of one of our EARN in the South partners. There will be occasional travel within the region and to EPI’s offices in Washington, DC. This is a grant-funded, 3-year position, with the possibility of extension contingent on funding.
What You Will Do
- Conduct research and analysis in support of EARN in the South projects and campaigns:
- Produce reports, fact sheets, op-eds, blog posts, resource packets, and other documents on a wide range of economic issues and policies, but with particular focus on the challenges facing Southern workers—particularly Black, Brown, and women workers—and policy solutions that raise labor standards and build worker power. Other areas of focus could include issues such as minimum wages, paid leave, and other policies to improve job quality; gender- and racial-pay inequities; mass incarceration; equitable economic development; public sector investment; and climate justice.
- The Policy and Economic Analyst will also produce materials analyzing the regional economy and supporting labor and community representatives on regional Federal Reserve Class C Boards of Directors.
- Collect and analyze data to describe the impact of public policies on working families and the economy.
- Develop and maintain state- and regional-level data packages and tools for EARN state groups and grassroots allies.
- Support EARN state partners in their research and policy work:
- Respond to technical assistance requests from EARN groups and allies, particularly on research, economic policy, and data-related questions.
- Produce custom statistics and data sets for EARN members to use in their analyses and advocacy.
- Review and contribute to EARN member reports and products.
- In collaboration with other EARN staff, develop training opportunities for EARN in the South members and grassroots allies, including webinars and, when possible, in-person training sessions.
- Develop fluency on key EARN issue areas, monitoring relevant research and emerging trends in federal, state, and local policymaking.
- Engage in public debates, policy advocacy, and public education through conference presentations, briefings, expert testimony, and responding to media inquiries.
- Write, edit, and contribute to EPI and EARN reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, snapshots, blog posts, and interactive online content.
- Assist in the management of EARN’s online resources, including the EARN website and EARN in the South listserv.
- Assist in planning and staffing EARNCon, EARN’s annual conference for state partners and allies, as well as periodic EARN in the South regional convenings.
- Other duties as assigned.
Who You Are
Ideally, you have at least five (5) years of relevant experience. We do not expect that every candidate will have this full range of qualifications, but the following qualities and experience are highly desirable:
- A Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, public policy, sociology, or other quantitative social science.
- A strong statistics competency and understanding of econometric techniques, such as those that would be gained through a masters or professional degree in economics, public policy, or a related field.
- Training and experience with analysis of microdata, including using statistical software such as Stata or R.
- Experience with and demonstrated commitment to economic justice and racial and gender equity, such as in a policy research organization, labor union, advocacy organization, or public agency.
- Experience working in the South and familiarity with the region’s history, cultural characteristics, and political landscape.
- Experience with policy research and advocacy; ability to read and analyze policy language; familiarity with state-level policy and legislative process is a plus.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to create materials for a wide range of audiences.
- Ability to represent the organization at meetings and events, as well as with the media and in testimony before state and local government bodies.
- Self-motivated and able to work independently, but also able to collaborate and work as part of a team and with diverse partners.
- Excellent organizational skills, with the demonstrated ability to drive projects to completion.
- Facility with the Microsoft Office Suite, with expertise in Excel. Knowledge of WordPress, Highcharts, and/or GIS a bonus.
- Willingness to handle occasional long hours and travel.
Salary and Benefits
- EPI is a unionized workplace with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). This position is in the bargaining unit and reports to the EARN Research Director/Deputy Director of EARN.
- The salary for the Analyst position ranges from $70,000 to $84,000, dependent on experience, plus benefits. Applicants with seven (7) or more years’ experience may be considered for a Senior Analyst position, with a salary ranging from $85,000 to $100,000 dependent on experience, plus benefits.
- EPI offers an excellent benefits package, including generous paid time off, as well as retirement contributions, medical, vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance.
The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies and centers the policy debates on the economic interests of workers in the United States. EPI is a key institution in the movement for economic justice in the United States and is widely recognized as a source of authoritative analysis on economic trends, with a particular focus on economic inequality.
EPI believes that having a diverse and inclusive workplace not only strengthens the institute’s work but is also essential for understanding and creating economic policies that support all working people. EPI is an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior history of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, caregiver status, or other categories protected by law.
Candidates should send a cover letter highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working at the Economic Policy Institute, resume, and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org with “EIS Policy and Economic Analyst” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.