Research Analyst, Peter G. Peterson Foundation

About the Peterson Foundation

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established by Pete Peterson – businessman, philanthropist, and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce. The Foundation is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the nature and urgency of key long-term fiscal challenges threatening America’s future and to accelerating action on them. To address these challenges successfully, we work to bring Americans together to find and implement sensible, long-term solutions that transcend age, party lines and ideological divides in order to achieve real results.


We seek to achieve our mission by developing broad reach, a high impact public profile, expert positioning, and communications strategies directed toward public policy areas and the American public at large.


To accomplish our objectives, we seek creative, committed, and knowledgeable individuals from diverse professional backgrounds who are able and willing to explore new technologies and approaches, as well as use more traditional means, to move forward the public policy debate on our issues.


Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice President, Research, the Research Analyst will carry out research and analyses on current economic and budgetary issues facing the United States.


The successful candidate will be part of a team of policy analysts researching and writing about budgetary and economic policies. The team also oversees the work of grantees and external partners. In recent months, the team has published analyses of some of the major budget proposals before the Congress, worked with leading policy analysts from think tanks across the political spectrum to develop proposals for reducing the deficit, and prepared primers on the budget for the public.



  • Publishing analyses of budget proposals from the Congress and administration
  • Summarizing important economic and fiscal reports for a general audience
  • Providing research support to the foundation’s top leadership
  • Helping management identify new areas for research and funding
  • Developing and managing relationships with potential and existing grantees
  • Collaborating with colleagues from other departments on joint projects



  • A bachelor’s degree – and coursework in economics, mathematics, and statistics – are required
  • Strong skills in Excel and PowerPoint are required; experience with statistical software is helpful
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills, including the ability to gather, synthesize, and summarize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. A clear and effective writing style is a must
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Applicants should be able to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally
  • Experience taking initiative and the ability to work independently. A self-starter
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently and remain attentive to details. Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced, fluid environment
  • Deep interest in U.S. economic and budget policy


The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

If you have the requisite qualifications and experience, please send your résumé and a brief letter summarizing your interest to: No phone calls please.