Researcher / analyst
The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is seeking a Policy & Research Analyst to join the dynamic and growing team of its Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy (PREE).
EPI is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies on low- and middle-income households in the United States. Established in 2008, PREE is a leader on data-driven analysis of racial and ethnic economic disparities and thoughtful framing of these issues in economic policy discussions. Through a focused and integrated approach to exploring how race, ethnicity, gender and class intersect to uniquely affect economic outcomes, PREE helps to bolster EPI’s mission to use research and policy analysis to inform and empower people to seek solutions that ensure equitable access to broadly shared prosperity and opportunity.
The PREE Policy & Research Analyst will work closely with PREE and Policy staff to manage the development of a policy agenda for racial economic justice that is informed by historical and empirical analysis of the root causes of racial economic inequality. This person will also engage with EPI’s Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) to support related efforts at the state level and will serve as the primary point of contact between EPI and the broader community of individuals and organizations working to center racial justice in economic policy.
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.
This position is based in Washington, DC. Economic Policy Institute staff are currently working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will resume in-person work at EPI’s offices in Washington when it is safe to do so.
What You Will Do
This position includes both policy-related and research responsibilities.
- Maintain active engagement with organizations and coalitions focused on reducing racial economic inequality.
- Develop and maintain external contact lists and resources to target outreach activities related to PREE research and policy products.
- Coordinate regularly with the EPI policy team to support the work of PREE on relevant policy issues, materials, and events.
- Develop and maintain a repository of policies, platforms, agendas & movements aimed at reducing racial economic inequality.
- Keep PREE/EPI informed about emerging policy ideas or legislation that have major implications for racial equity.
- Respond to internal and external requests for information, data or analysis of specific legislation in coordination with EPI policy and/or communications staff.
- Engage in public debates, policy advocacy, and public education through conference presentations, briefings, expert testimony, and responding to media inquiries.
- Collect, organize, and analyze data from published sources and from the Internet.
- Utilize statistical packages in the economic analysis of times series and cross-sectional data sets.
- Prepare data visualizations, including charts, graphs, and presentation materials.
- Prepare background research and memoranda: Conduct literature reviews and summarize relevant background material.
- Participate in the design and execution of research products, including reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, snapshots, blog posts, and interactive online content.
Who You Are
Ideally, you have a minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of relevant experience. We do not expect that every candidate will have this full range of experience, but the following qualities and experience are highly desirable:
- A bachelor’s or master’s degree in economics, political science, sociology or other related social science field (e.g., public policy).
- Experience with and demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, economic justice, and worker power.
- A love of learning and a desire to explore racial, gender and economic justice policy solutions.
- Experience with policy research and advocacy; ability to read and analyze policy language.
- Strong research, organizational and time-management skills.
- Self-motivated and able to work independently, but also to collaborate across EPI departments and with external partners.
- 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.
- Familiarity with labor market data.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word.
Preferred, but not required:
- Experience with statistical software packages like STATA, R, or SAS.
- Experience with data visualization and/or publishing software packages like WordPress.
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 Director of PREE.
- 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, tuition assistance, as well as retirement contributions, medical, vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance.
Candidates should send a resume and cover letter highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working at EPI to PREEemail@example.com. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.