Jobs at EPI


The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is seeking an excellent editor and writer with keen attention to detail and high editorial standards who can quickly grasp a wide range of economic and public policy issues.

At the core of the position is helping EPI influence the national economic debate by ensuring that our research publications and online features are clearly written, compellingly presented, and understandable to both expert and lay audiences. We are looking for a meticulous, energetic, and hard-working individual who will help uphold EPI’s reputation as a provider of credible, reliable data that helps policymakers, opinion leaders and the general public understand the bread-and-butter issues affecting ordinary Americans.

As editor, you will:

  • Substantively edit, copyedit, and proofread data-intensive reports, online features, and emails to EPI’s 130,000 subscribers to ensure clarity, logical structure, factual accuracy, and adherence to Associated Press and Chicago styles. This includes editing tables and graphs to be easily comprehensible by non-experts, and reviewing edits with authors and research assistants.
  • Coordinate with web team on publication design and data visualization, and with media relations staff on dissemination of EPI’s research products.
  • Edit short weekly email newsletter and write and edit occasional marketing materials, fact sheets, infographics and other projects targeting lay and media audiences.
  • Potentially oversee freelance editors on applicable projects and manage the publications workflow when the publications director is absent.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, public policy, or related field.
  • Work experience: 5 years of experience in editing (copyediting, substantive editing, and proofreading) and writing. Editorial project management is a plus.
  • Knowledge: English-language use and abuse; basic publication design; messaging concepts and principles; website content concepts; grasp of current domestic policy issues and economics a plus.
  • Skills: Superior editing and writing skills; thorough knowledge of editorial marks; proficiency in editing and tracking in MS Word; thorough knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style and AP Stylebook; basic proficiency in MS Excel and WordPress; skills and interest in data visualization is a plus.
  • Capabilities: Ability to prioritize, juggle more mundane tasks with meatier projects, and set and meet deadlines with grace and good humor. Ability to work with diverse individuals as well as independently. Capacity to maintain an attitude of respect and humility with experts while championing the reader’s right to understand. Proven ability to quickly get up to speed on new topics.
  • Conditions: Occasional evening overtime when on tight deadline. Weekend work is not encouraged as EPI is committed to maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

To apply

If this sounds like you, please send a cover letter explaining your suitability for the job, resume, writing sample (under 1,000 words), and editing sample (if possible showing your edits in tracked changes) to Use “EPI Editor – Firstname Lastname” as your subject line. Applicants may be asked to complete an editing test.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. EPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Pay is commensurate with experience. EPI offers an excellent benefit package and a superb working environment with friendly and knowledgeable coworkers dedicated to EPI’s vision of an economy that works for all Americans.

Job announcement updated October 8, 2016

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.

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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.