Policy Analyst, Washington Center for Equitable Growth (WCEG)

Policy Analyst (Washington, DC)

Policy Analyst, Labor Market Policy

Reports to: Director of Labor Market Policy

Staff reporting to this position: None

Position classification: Exempt/Full-Time

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is actively committed to promoting and maintaining the importance of diversity to its work. We encourage everyone across the spectrums of race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, age, gender identity and expression, educational background, sexual orientation, and religion to apply.

Summary:

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a nonpartisan research and grantmaking organization dedicated to advancing evidence-based ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth. Important elements of Equitable Growth’s mission include in-house, academic-quality research, as well as grantmaking to academic economists and other social scientists to support new research on inequality, mobility, growth, and related issues. Building a stronger bridge between academics and the policy community is key to our work, with the goal of making new research relevant, accessible, and informative to the policymaking process.

Equitable Growth has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst, Labor Market Policy, who will oversee cross-cutting narrative work that examines the impact of varied economic policies, including those relating to competition, technology, taxes, macroeconomic stabilization, and labor-law enforcement, on wage outcomes for workers. The Policy Analyst will work with academic researchers in economics and other social sciences, including to translate cutting-edge academic scholarship into content that is easily accessible to the policy community. The ideal candidate will also have substantive expertise on topics related to labor market policy, have a background in conducting novel empirical research, be an exceptional writer with the ability to effectively communicate complex ideas, and have a demonstrated ability to manage projects on a deadline. Familiarity with research and policy debates related to imperfection, competition, and monopsony is also a plus.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate Equitable Growth’s work on the impact of varied economic policies such as tax policy and antitrust on wage outcomes for individuals
  • Conduct and support novel research for the Policy team in support of our labor market policy portfolio
  • Maintain expertise in current and important areas of labor market policy
  • Draft policy briefs, factsheets, and articles, including regular contributions to the Value Added blog
  • Develop and organize policy-relevant meetings and events
  • Collaborate with members of the External Relations and Communications teams as necessary
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent skills gained through work experience) in economics, public policy, or related field
  • At least 5 years professional experience working on economic policy and research
  • Excellent writing, research, and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to perform empirical analysis and present findings to a broad audience
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, follow through, and meet deadlines on key deliverables in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong analytic skills and a demonstrated ability to think strategically
  • Ability to work well and with exceptional initiative, both independently and as part of a team
  • Proven ability to apply academic research to real-world issues and present concise explanations of complex analyses
  • Strong self-starter with previous project management experience
  • Commitment to Equitable Growth’s mission and goals