Jobs at EPI

Budget Analyst

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the nation’s leading progressive economic think tank, is hiring for a tax and budget analyst.

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in economics, public policy or a related discipline and will have experience in either the research or policymaking field. Primary responsibilities of the position will include producing research and written reports on issues regarding the federal budget – both expenditures and revenues. Our goal is to have this analyst lead EPI’s work on federal tax and budget issues. As such, the analyst will need to have or develop deep knowledge of the data, institutions and economics surrounding fiscal policy decisions. Other duties will include communications with media and advocacy groups as well as consultations with policymakers.

Strong writing and quantitative skills are needed for this position, as well as familiarity with data sources to be used in analyzing tax and budget issues. Knowledge and comfort with statistical programming tools (STATA, SAS, R, or other programs) is highly desired. As EPI’s lead on tax and budget issues, this position will also be expected to weigh in frequently on tax, budget and related economic issues on EPI’s blog and maintain a presence on social media.

To apply

Please send resume, cover letter and writing sample to introducing yourself, your background, your skills and your credentials. Use “EPI Tax and Budget Analyst– Firstname Lastname” as your subject line.

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.

Research Assistant

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has an immediate opening for at least one research assistant.  This exciting position will support the research and writing of economists and policy analysts at EPI.  The person(s) hired will work in one or more of the following issue areas:  labor market analysis (including wages, employment, and unemployment), health care, education, retirement security, international economics, the federal budget or EPI’s program on race, ethnicity and the economy.  The experts at EPI examine each of these issues through a “living standards” lens by analyzing the impact of economic trends and policies on low and moderate-income American households.

The successful candidate will have a BA in economics, math, or other related social science field (e.g., public policy or political science) and will also have strong quantitative skills.  The RA is required to be a highly organized and detail-oriented researcher with the ability to gather, analyze, and present a wide variety of economic data.  The RA needs to be able to present findings through tables, figures, and literature reviews and needs to meticulously document the work.  The RA will also assist in the publications process of reports, issue briefs, blog posts, etc.  This position requires strong Excel expertise, including the creation of graphics. It also requires a strong familiarity with some basic economic data concepts, like how to deflate nominal income or wage data to account for inflation. The RA should also have strong oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work well on a team.  Work experience as a research assistant or in a similar position is strongly preferred.  Familiarity with labor market and micro survey data and/or experience analyzing data using SAS or STATA are also strongly desired.

This is a full-time position that offers an excellent benefits package, and a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position also offers excellent opportunities for on-the-job training – for example, EPI RAs receive extensive training to use WordPress.

To apply

Send cover letter, resume and a list of three references to No phone calls please.  The cover letter should state when the applicant will be available to start work.  Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled.

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies on working people in the United States and around the world.  EPI’s mission is to inform people and empower them to seek solutions that will ensure broadly shared prosperity and opportunity.  EPI is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.