Jobs at EPI



The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a nonprofit Washington D.C. think tank created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers, seeks a new President.

Achieving shared prosperity by raising the economic status of working class Americans is the primary mission of EPI. EPI believes every worker deserves a better future, a good job, affordable healthcare, and fair pay. EPI works to shape the way policymakers think about the economy to persuade them to adopt policies that are good for working Americans. For over thirty years, EPI has been an unimpeachable source for timely, irrefutable national, state and local economic data on workers and the economy.

Media outlets, allied organizations and policymakers rely on EPI to bring clarity to national and state dialogues about the economy’s impact on working families. By consistently and explicitly making gender, race and ethnicity a central part of their analyses—often providing data that cannot be found any place else—EPI promotes and disseminates effective and comprehensive policy solutions. EPI has an unparalleled breadth and depth of analytical skill and economic policy knowledge and has an established network of state partners and national organizations and engagement efforts.

EPI’s research is cutting-edge, original, and reliable. Its work spans a range of economic policy issues, including education; federal budget, deficits and taxes; health; immigration; jobs, wages and living standards; labor policy; macroeconomic performance; public investment; race, ethnicity and the economy; regulation; retirement; and trade and globalization. And, EPI’s Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) equips sixty local and state network members with accessible data, technical assistance and messaging to advance local and state policies to lift wages and protect workers. Through these partnerships, EPI is able to impact policy well beyond Washington.

EPI seeks a talented President who can bring EPI’s years of experience to bear, advocating for an economic agenda that delivers higher wages and economic security to working people across the spectrum. EPI is looking for a President who has a vision for future growth and success, a collaborative style, is media savvy, who has a keen understanding of economic policy and its impact on working families, and has exceptional fundraising skills. This person will need to demonstrate how s/he can build on EPI’s past success while also moving EPI to a new, even more effective level of performance.

For an entrepreneurial leader who can make a long time commitment to EPI, this position presents an enormous opportunity to improving the lives of working Americans.

Current Circumstances:

We welcome candidates who are skilled and strategic leaders and fund raisers, with the ability to substantively advance and communicate our work, and who share our commitment and values. A PhD in economics is preferred, although not required. We also encourage other candidates who understand economics and demonstrate other critical and relevant strengths to apply.

EPI’s role as a trusted, objective and vital source of research, analysis and advocacy in the national debate is critical. But the pressing economic problems of income inequality, poor wage growth, and diminished worker bargaining power compel us to intensify our efforts particularly at the state and local level through our EARN program, a national network of public policy thinkers and activists. We seek a new President to lead EPI’s growth through expanded research, activism and impact on federal policy, state and local initiatives, and through a broader, strategic use of social media.

Strategic leadership and communication, fund raising and organizational development will be central to the President’s work. The new President will also have the opportunity to complement his or her skills and shape the role of the organization in filling the vacant post of Vice President, who recently retired.

We will explore these goals and topics through open dialogue with top candidates.

The Position:

The challenge and the opportunity facing the new EPI President are building on and shaping the next chapter of EPI’s story. The successful candidate will be a pragmatist who understands the current political realities and who understands how EPI can make the greatest difference in achieving an economy that ensures shared prosperity. The President must be a strategic and visionary thinker who understands long-range planning, and is nimble and flexible in order to achieve EPI’s goals. S/he must be skilled and comfortable in the role of educating a variety of audiences regarding the importance of improving economic policies that impact workers.

Working with the Board of Directors, more than 35 staff members ( who are members of the IFPTE union) and a budget of approximately $6M, the next President will be an influential leader with deep knowledge and understanding of economic policy. S/he will have the capacity to communicate a coherent and compelling vision as well as the experience and aptitude for building teams and engaging with national and state partners who share common values and goals across many sectors. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate strategic acumen in charting a path toward success and the wisdom and flexibility to adapt to changes in the political landscape and opportunities as they arise. S/he will be capable of taking responsibility for raising the funds necessary to accomplish EPI’s mission – and for sustainably growing the organization to meet today’s and future needs.

The President will:

  • Provide leadership in developing and implementing EPI’s vision, mission and strategic priorities, and in broadening the progressive movement’s agenda.
  • Support the development of a vibrant future for EPI, and continue to cultivate, expand and make the best use of the Board, staff, and coalition partners.
  • Set goals and priorities that address the most important issues concerning the economic status of working class Americans.
  • Ensure that EPI’s established goals and priorities shape its research and policy work and guide the allocation of resources.
  • Take responsibility for expanding the financial support for EPI, maintaining current and pursuing new philanthropic funding sources, as well as exploring other creative sources of revenue for the organization.
  • Attract, retain and manage a talented professional, high-performing and dedicated research and policy staff who possess the capacity to fulfill the organization’s mission and are empowered to speak for EPI in their areas of expertise.
  • Expand the reach, influence and public recognition of EPI as a trusted leader among labor, worker rights, and other constituency groups.
  • Cultivate relationships with Congress, the media and other stakeholders, and be EPI’s leading spokesperson to raise EPI’s public profile and increase its influence.

Qualifications include:

The ideal candidate for this position will be an inspirational, diplomatic, resourceful, and flexible leader who has a deep understanding of economic issues, a demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of workers and working families, and is committed to building a diverse and talented staff.

Candidates’ skills and experience should include:

  • At least 10 years of senior management experience in either for-profit or non-profit organizations, or government.
  • Bold, visionary, and strategic thinking, with a keen appreciation of the strength of EPI’s work.
  • Deep knowledge of economic policy and research, with experience developing and promoting policy, and experience with the legislative and administrative policy-making process; a PhD in economics is preferred, but not required.
  • Respect and value of economic research and analysis as the foundation of EPI’s work and the root of its credibility, and experience turning in-depth research into accessible products for the media, coalition partners, and other thought leaders.
  • Commitment to and experience in collaborative leadership with a diverse set of labor unions, academics, economists, policymakers and advocates.
  • Commitment to the labor movement as integral to meaningful change for working class Americans.
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors in shaping a vision for an organization.
  • Demonstrated experience and capacity to raise funds from individual donors and foundations.
  • Proven successful experience in budgeting and financial management.
  • A track record of innovation; an entrepreneurial spirit and creativity to envision the future with demonstrated leadership; and administrative skills and experience managing growth.
  • Exceptional communications skills including clear and persuasive writing and public speaking and experience working with traditional and digital media.
  • Proven relationship builder with strong interpersonal skills, experience in coalition building, and working with external stakeholders.
  • Strong management skills that support staff and foster collaboration, problem solving and decision-making experience, and must value diversity throughout the staff.
  • Political savvy and ability to maneuver through complex politics effectively.
  • Intellectually curious with an open mind and a good sense of humor.

Salary and benefits: EPI has a robust benefits package and the salary for the new President will match those of peer organizations.

To apply or suggest a candidate, send a resume and cover letter to with subject line, EPI – President.

EPI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion/creed, color, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, military status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, marital status or partnership status.


Web Developer

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the nation’s leading progressive economic think tank, is seeking a talented and motivated web developer to build front-end and back-end features for our websites. EPI has a small and enthusiastic web & design team, and we are looking to expand our capacity with a dedicated web developer.

The core of the developer’s job is creating and implementing features in PHP, JS, SASS, and a few libraries like D3 and HighCharts. The Institute’s main sites are on WordPress, so experience with the WordPress API is a plus.

if ( ! you.enjoyProgramming() ) { return; }

Get in touch if you are in your element doing things like:

  • learning new javascript frameworks for data visualization;
  • creating custom functionality for WordPress—using code, not (just) plugins;
  • working with Git/Github;
  • doing VPS management as needed;
  • writing smart, readable, well-documented code;
  • using APIs for social, analytics, and other services;
  • turning designs into code;
  • keeping up with web trends;
  • taking on new challenges.

We are looking for someone to work on public-facing projects like feature development, data visualization, interactive charts, and site UX; and also on internal projects like designing features and workflows to streamline our production process.

To apply: If this sounds like you, send a resume and cover letter to introducing yourself, your programming background, your languages and your nerd credentials. Code jokes aren’t necessary but are welcome. Use “EPI Web Developer – Firstname Lastname” as your subject line. Include a creative, custom line of code in the body of your message to let us know you’re the real deal. Links to your Github/StackOverflow/projects/other dev-related presence are a major plus.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Pay commensurate with experience. EPI offers an excellent benefit package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.