The Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) is looking for a skilled Director, who would direct EARN as an employee of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). EARN is the national infrastructure of state/regional based research/policy organizations advancing a progressive economic agenda. Specifically, EARN is a network of 61 state/regional think tanks (in 44 states), and 25 national affiliates, that promote progressive economic change at the state and local levels through research, strategic communications, policy advocacy, and support for institutions and coalitions that promote equitable, environmentally sustainable growth. EARN groups work on issues of central concern to working families – jobs, wages, income inequality, economic development, and retirement security – and on others issues broadly related to the economy, such as education, health policy, and the environment. The EARN team at EPI acts as the hub for the network, with dedicated staff leading and supporting network and network-member activities. EARN is co-led by state-level groups with rich, deep relationships in communities, cities, and capitals across the country. EARN state groups have been critical to victories on issues such as the minimum wage, earned sick days, innovative unionization, energy efficiency, workforce development, and education.
The director will oversee the EARN staff at EPI (currently two people), develop relationships and projects with EARN partners, oversee technical assistance to EARN groups, raise funds to cover EARN activities and collective projects, manage network events including an annual conference, maintain relations with key policy, research and advocacy partners, and generally assist state-based organizations to advance a progressive policy agenda in the states. The EARN director should bring strong research, policy, speaking, advocacy, fundraising and writing skills and have substantial experience in state policy. The EARN director will be part of the Economic Policy Institute’s management team.
Organizational Leadership, Vision, and Direction
- Establish EARN’s vision, goals, and priorities in partnership with the EARN advisory group and other EARN directors and stakeholders.
- Supervise EARN staff at EPI in their development and implementation of the EARN program.
- Cultivate and maintain effective relationships with colleagues in EARN groups, within EPI, and with other national organizations to identify opportunities for collaborative and complementary program activities.
- Lead the development and implementation of annual EARN priorities and strategies for advancing EARN’s goals and vision. This includes a coordinated proactive policy agenda as well as related programming that will include commissioning papers and hosting national and regional convenings, including the annual EARN conference.
- Supervise and oversee the work of EARN staff at EPI to ensure maximum support of EARN organizations in their missions.
- Provide support to EARN groups in developing strategies on priority issues.
- Raise funds from foundations and other sources for the ongoing operation of the EARN program.
- Conduct research and writing in their own area of expertise.
- Oversee all financial matters that pertain to EARN.
- Evaluate EARN strategies and their success in advancing EARN’s mission.
EPI Management Team
- Work with the EPI management team and the staff of EPI to develop and implement programmatic priorities and to provide vision, inspiration and leadership across all EPI program areas.
- Balance the needs and goals of EARN with the needs and goals of other programs within EPI.
- Participate in EPI management discussions and decisions through senior management team meetings and other processes as needed.
- Take on special projects or broader management duties as needed and mutually agreed upon with the EPI President.
Skills and qualifications:
- Visionary leadership skills.
- Minimum of five years of experience in one or more of the following areas: program development, policy, research, and management in a non-profit or government organization.
- Excellent management and staff development skills.
- Experience with a broad set of issues, constituencies and modalities, including but not limited to economic and social justice, economic development, organizing and translating ideas into action.
- State or local policy experience
- Advanced degree or equivalent experience required.
- Ability to connect a variety of issues to broader trends and new paradigms.
- Strong awareness of the intersection of race, gender and class.
- Excellent writing, verbal, analytical and organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
- Fundraising skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen effectively.
- Ability to develop and implement innovative and strategic priorities.
- Self-starter with ability to set and meet goals.
- Creative thinker and strong analytical skills.
- Ability to travel.
- Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition with colleagues at all levels and the general public.
- Ability to work effectively as part of a close-knit, collaborative team.
Pay commensurate with experience. Excellent benefit package. Equal Opportunity Employer.
Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample (3 to 5 pages) via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be mailed to Alyce Anderson, Economic Policy Institute, 1333 H St NW Suite 300 East; Washington, DC 20005 or faxed to: 202-775-0819. No phone calls please.