Jobs at EPI

Policy and Research Analyst, Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy (PREE)

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is seeking a Policy & Research Analyst to join the dynamic and growing team of its Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy (PREE). EPI is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies on low- and middle-income households in the United States. Established in 2008, PREE is a leader on data-driven analysis of racial and ethnic economic disparities and thoughtful framing of these issues in economic policy discussions.  Through a focused and integrated approach to exploring how race, ethnicity, gender and class intersect to uniquely affect economic outcomes, PREE helps to bolster EPI’s mission to use research and policy analysis to inform and empower people to seek solutions that ensure equitable access to broadly shared prosperity and opportunity.

The PREE Policy & Research Analyst will work closely with PREE and Policy staff to manage the development of a policy agenda for racial economic justice that is informed by historical and empirical analysis of the root causes of racial economic inequality.  This person will also engage with EPI’s Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) to support related efforts at the state level and will serve as the primary point of contact between EPI and the broader community of individuals and organizations working to center racial justice in economic policy.

EPI believes that having a diverse and inclusive workplace not only strengthens the institute’s work but is also essential for understanding and creating economic policies that support all working people.EPI is an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior history of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, caregiver status, or other categories protected by law.

This position is based in Washington, DC. Economic Policy Institute staff are currently working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will resume in-person work at EPI’s offices in Washington when it is safe to do so.

What You Will Do

This position includes both policy-related and research responsibilities.

Policy-related activities:

  • Maintain active engagement with organizations and coalitions focused on reducing racial economic inequality.
  • Develop and maintain external contact lists and resources to target outreach activities related to PREE research and policy products.
  • Coordinate regularly with the EPI policy team to support the work of PREE on relevant policy issues, materials, and events.
  • Develop and maintain a repository of policies, platforms, agendas & movements aimed at reducing racial economic inequality.
  • Keep PREE/EPI informed about emerging policy ideas or legislation that have major implications for racial equity.
  • Respond to internal and external requests for information, data or analysis of specific legislation in coordination with EPI policy and/or communications staff.
  • Engage in public debates, policy advocacy, and public education through conference presentations, briefings, expert testimony, and responding to media inquiries.

Research activities:

  • Collect, organize, and analyze data from published sources and from the Internet.
  • Utilize statistical packages in the economic analysis of times series and cross-sectional data sets.
  • Prepare data visualizations, including charts, graphs, and presentation materials.
  • Prepare background research and memoranda: Conduct literature reviews and summarize relevant background material.
  • Participate in the design and execution of research products, including reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, snapshots, blog posts, and interactive online content.

Who YouAre

Ideally, you have a minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of relevant experience. We do not expect that every candidate will have this full range of experience, but the following qualities and experience are highly desirable:

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in economics, political science, sociology or other related social science field (e.g., public policy).
  • Experience with and demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, economic justice, and worker power.
  • A love of learning and a desire to explore racial, gender and economic justice policy solutions.
  • Experience with policy research and advocacy; ability to read and analyze policy language.
  • Strong research, organizational and time-management skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, but also to collaborate across EPI departments and with external partners.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to create materials for a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to represent the organization at meetings and events, as well as with the media.
  • Familiarity with labor market data.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word.

 Preferred, but not required:

  • Experience with statistical software packages like STATA, R, or SAS.
  • Experience with data visualization and/or publishing software packages like WordPress.

Salary and Benefits

  • EPI is a unionized workplace with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). This position is in the bargaining unit and reports to Director of PREE.
  • The salary for the Analyst position ranges from $70,000 to $84,000, dependent on experience, plus benefits. Applicants with seven (7) or more years’ experience may be considered for a Senior Analyst position, with a salary ranging from $85,000 to $100,000 dependent on experience, plus benefits.
  • EPI offers an excellent benefits package, including generous paid time off, tuition assistance, as well as retirement contributions, medical, vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance.

To Apply

Candidates should send a resume and cover letter highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working at EPI to PREE-jobs@epi.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


Policy and Economic Analyst (Southern Region) – Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) at EPI

About the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN): EARN is a nationwide network of state-based research, policy, and advocacy organizations advancing an inclusive, worker-centered economy through state and local policy change and rigorous research. We are the progressive economic policy and research infrastructure in the states, conducting research, providing data analysis, and developing and advocating policies that confront the fundamental imbalances in the workplace in order to create an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealthy. A core part of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), EARN is a growing network of 55 organizations in 43 states and the District of Columbia. The EARN network is coordinated by staff at the Economic Policy Institute and EARN partners.

EARN in the South (EIS), launched in 2017, is an initiative of EARN that seeks to achieve lasting improvements in economic outcomes for working people in the South, while combating racial and gender injustice and reducing inequality. The initiative aims to advance pro-worker economic and racial justice policies throughout the region, through deep cross-state collaboration between EARN members and grassroots organizing and advocacy groups led by, and representing, people of color. EARN currently has partner organizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

EPI seeks an experienced, skilled, and self-starting individual to join our EARN team as the EIS Policy and Economic Analyst to advance EARN’s programs and policy campaigns within our EARN in the South project. This person will conduct research and write reports; analyze state, local, regional, and national economic data; and provide research and policy guidance, customized data products, trainings, and technical assistance to EARN state partners and their grassroots allies throughout the U.S. South Census Region.

We are seeking someone with five (5) or more years’ experience writing, researching, and using data to analyze public policy and the economy – particularly around economic, worker, racial, and gender justice issues. Experience working in the South and an understanding of how the region’s history of racial oppression and white supremacy continue to influence the political economy of the region is highly desired.

This position will be based in the South U.S Census region, with the analyst working from home or at the offices of one of our EARN in the South partners. There will be occasional travel within the region and to EPI’s offices in Washington, DC. This is a grant-funded, 3-year position, with the possibility of extension contingent on funding.

What You Will Do

  • Conduct research and analysis in support of EARN in the South projects and campaigns:
    • Produce reports, fact sheets, op-eds, blog posts, resource packets, and other documents on a wide range of economic issues and policies, but with particular focus on the challenges facing Southern workers—particularly Black, Brown, and women workers—and policy solutions that raise labor standards and build worker power. Other areas of focus could include issues such as minimum wages, paid leave, and other policies to improve job quality; gender- and racial-pay inequities; mass incarceration; equitable economic development; public sector investment; and climate justice.
    • The Policy and Economic Analyst will also produce materials analyzing the regional economy and supporting labor and community representatives on regional Federal Reserve Class C Boards of Directors.
    • Collect and analyze data to describe the impact of public policies on working families and the economy.
    • Develop and maintain state- and regional-level data packages and tools for EARN state groups and grassroots allies.
  • Support EARN state partners in their research and policy work:
    • Respond to technical assistance requests from EARN groups and allies, particularly on research, economic policy, and data-related questions.
    • Produce custom statistics and data sets for EARN members to use in their analyses and advocacy.
    • Review and contribute to EARN member reports and products.
    • In collaboration with other EARN staff, develop training opportunities for EARN in the South members and grassroots allies, including webinars and, when possible, in-person training sessions.
  • Develop fluency on key EARN issue areas, monitoring relevant research and emerging trends in federal, state, and local policymaking.
  • Engage in public debates, policy advocacy, and public education through conference presentations, briefings, expert testimony, and responding to media inquiries.
  • Write, edit, and contribute to EPI and EARN reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, snapshots, blog posts, and interactive online content.
  • Assist in the management of EARN’s online resources, including the EARN website and EARN in the South listserv.
  • Assist in planning and staffing EARNCon, EARN’s annual conference for state partners and allies, as well as periodic EARN in the South regional convenings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Who You Are

Ideally, you have at least five (5) years of relevant experience. We do not expect that every candidate will have this full range of qualifications, but the following qualities and experience are highly desirable:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, public policy, sociology, or other quantitative social science.
  • A strong statistics competency and understanding of econometric techniques, such as those that would be gained through a masters or professional degree in economics, public policy, or a related field.
  • Training and experience with analysis of microdata, including using statistical software such as Stata or R.
  • Experience with and demonstrated commitment to economic justice and racial and gender equity, such as in a policy research organization, labor union, advocacy organization, or public agency.
  • Experience working in the South and familiarity with the region’s history, cultural characteristics, and political landscape.
  • Experience with policy research and advocacy; ability to read and analyze policy language; familiarity with state-level policy and legislative process is a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to create materials for a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to represent the organization at meetings and events, as well as with the media and in testimony before state and local government bodies.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, but also able to collaborate and work as part of a team and with diverse partners.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the demonstrated ability to drive projects to completion.
  • Facility with the Microsoft Office Suite, with expertise in Excel. Knowledge of WordPress, Highcharts, and/or GIS a bonus.
  • Willingness to handle occasional long hours and travel.

Salary and Benefits

  • EPI is a unionized workplace with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). This position is in the bargaining unit and reports to the EARN Research Director/Deputy Director of EARN.
  • The salary for the Analyst position ranges from $70,000 to $84,000, dependent on experience, plus benefits. Applicants with seven (7) or more years’ experience may be considered for a Senior Analyst position, with a salary ranging from $85,000 to $100,000 dependent on experience, plus benefits.
  • EPI offers an excellent benefits package, including generous paid time off, as well as retirement contributions, medical, vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance.

About EPI

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies and centers the policy debates on the economic interests of workers in the United States. EPI is a key institution in the movement for economic justice in the United States and is widely recognized as a source of authoritative analysis on economic trends, with a particular focus on economic inequality.

EPI believes that having a diverse and inclusive workplace not only strengthens the institute’s work but is also essential for understanding and creating economic policies that support all working people. EPI is an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior history of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, caregiver status, or other categories protected by law.

To Apply

Candidates should send a cover letter highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working at the Economic Policy Institute, resume, and writing sample to earn-jobs@epi.org with “EIS Policy and Economic Analyst” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


Human Resources Director – Economic Policy Institute

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the nation’s leading progressive economic think tank, is seeking a collegial, dynamic, proactive, experienced Human Resources Director to oversee and implement all functions related to the full cycle of human resources, payroll, and benefits.

EPI is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that investigates the impact of economic trends and policies on typical families in the United States. EPI currently employs around 50 people and has a budget of $11 million. Our mission is centering the policy debate on the economic interests of workers and low and middle-income households. EPI is a key institution in the movement for economic justice in the United States and is widely recognized as a source of authoritative analysis on economic inequality and racial and gender justice. EPI is a unionized workplace, and the HR Director will work closely with the staff union to share information, address concerns, and build a strong, equitable, and welcoming organization.

EPI believes that having a diverse and inclusive workplace not only strengthens the institute’s work, but is essential for understanding and creating economic policies that support all working people. EPI is an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior history of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, caregiver status, or other categories protected by law.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. EPI staff are currently working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will resume in-person work at EPI’s offices in downtown Washington when it is safe to do so.

What You Will Do

  • Administer and oversee employee benefits; recommend changes where beneficial.
  • Manage and coordinate employee review processes, assuring completion within prescribed deadlines.
  • Lead diversity, equity, and inclusion process to strengthen ongoing work on recruitment, retention, and workplace atmosphere.
  • Participate in staff union negotiations and ongoing consultations.
  • Oversee job descriptions and research compensation ranges for new hires, promotions and annual updates. Periodically survey wage comparability/internal equity.
  • Coordinate posting, recruiting, and on-boarding new team members.
  • Coordinate off-boarding of departing employees.
  • Complete/oversee payroll processing (currently using ADP Workforce Now) and suggest potential process improvements.
  • Perform payroll audits.
  • Maintain payroll system/databases.
  • Administer electronic timesheets and leave requests/banks.
  • Monitor and assure that all legal requirements and reporting functions are met regarding payroll and benefits.
  • Financial reporting: Assist Director of Finance and Administration and other staff in reviewing and maintaining consistent records to prepare regular financial reports.
  • Assist in developing processes and customized reports for allocations and budgeting.
  • Create and/or update HR documentation, including personnel policies, office procedures, employee handbook, benefit handbook.
  • Interact with staff to address all ongoing personnel issues (including questions on benefits, policies, etc.).
  • Initiate and oversee the full cycle of any work visas.

Who You Are

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, business or a related field OR equivalent experience
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in Human Resources
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience in a unionized workplace
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience in payroll administration (Preferably ADP Workforce Now)

Preferred

  • Human Resources Certifications (PHR, SHRM-CP).
  • Working knowledge of administrative and supervisory principles and practices; compensation and benefits administration; organizational planning.
  • Strong people skills, positive approach to problem-solving, team player.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position will range from $100,000 to $120,000, depending on experience. EPI offers an excellent benefits package, including generous paid time off, as well as retirement contributions, medical, vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance.

EPI is a unionized workplace with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). The human resources director is not in the union.

To Apply

Candidates should send a resume and cover letter highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working at EPI to: hr@epi.orgApplications without a cover letter will not be considered.


President – Economic Policy Institute

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan Washington-based think tank established in 1986, seeks a new president. EPI carries out intellectually rigorous research and policy analysis to advance the interests of working families through economic policy, often challenging conventional wisdom and fundamentally shifting the terms of debate.

Today EPI is a key progressive voice in national, state, and local policy debates over inequality, wage stagnation, the minimum wage, fair trade, macroeconomics, racial and gender inequality, immigration, labor standards, unions, education policy, and retirement security. EPI’s research is recognized for its intellectual rigor and empirical foundation.

Media outlets, allied organizations, and policymakers rely on EPI to bring clarity to national and state dialogues about the economy’s impact on workers, their families, and their communities. By consistently and explicitly making gender, race and ethnicity a central part of its analyses, EPI promotes and disseminates effective and comprehensive policy solutions. EPI has an unparalleled breadth and depth of analytical skill and economic policy knowledge.

EPI’s Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) is an established network of state partners and national organizations. Via EARN, EPI connects and equips almost sixty local and state research, policy, and advocacy organizations 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’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE) explores and explains how race, ethnicity, and class intersect to affect economic outcomes in the United States. PREE’s frequently cited research and policy analysis demonstrates that large racial and ethnic disparities in unemployment, wages, income, poverty, and wealth have persisted over generations; differ by class and gender; and are rooted in policy choices—including the failure to enact needed policies.

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’s next President will have a vision for future growth and success, a collaborative style, media savvy, a keen understanding of economic policy and its impact on working families, and exceptional fundraising skills. This person will need to articulate 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 improve the lives of working Americans.

Current Circumstances

EPI has grown stronger under Thea Lee’s leadership, who has left for a position in the Biden administration. Our core commitment to research and analysis as the source of our credibility and impact has been maintained, and enhanced.  Our program on race and ethnicity and our EARN Network have helped center us on critical issues of our times. As an organization we have become more collaborative and the culture within EPI is quite healthy, buttressed by improved and modernized internal operating systems.  We have enhanced our work in coalition with key partners, and we have strengthened our fundraising and development efforts.  The next President will have the opportunity to build on these strengths, to continue EPI’s growth and to enhance our use of social media to further advance our agenda.

We welcome candidates who are skilled and strategic leaders and fundraisers, with the ability to substantively advance and communicate our work, and who share our commitment and values. A Ph.D. in economics may be useful, although not required. Instead, we encourage candidates who understand economics and provide organizational leadership skills as well as 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. 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, fundraising, and organizational development will be central to the President’s work.

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, about 50 staff members (EPI’s staff is unionized with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union) and a budget of approximately $11 million this year, 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. 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 present 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

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 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 may be helpful, but not required.
  • Respect and value for 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

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

EPI believes that having a diverse and inclusive workplace not only strengthens the institute’s work, but is essential for understanding and creating economic policies that support all working people. EPI is an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior history of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, caregiver status, or other categories protected by law.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. EPI staff are currently working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will resume in-person work at EPI’s offices in Washington when it is safe to do so.


Deputy Communications Director – Economic Policy Institute

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is seeking a Deputy Communications Director, who is enthusiastic, independent and collegial and who will be responsible for helping oversee the work of the department and bolstering the Economic Policy Institute’s digital footprint by increasing traffic to all websites, growing social media engagement, driving event participation, and boosting the number of active email subscribers.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. EPI staff are currently working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will resume in-person work at EPI’s offices in Washington when it is safe to do so.

What You Will Do

Digital audiencebuilding; management

  • Serve as a direct supervisor for Digital Community Associate and oversee day-to-day management of all digital audience-building activity for the following teams: email program, media and social media outreach, and events.
  • Work with teams to set weekly and monthly goals and key performance indicators to measure whether those goals are on track, in coordination with the Communications Director.
  • Oversee, develop, and revamp EPI’s email program, including EPI’s newsletter and action and fundraising emails, in order to expand the list and create more engaged and active email subscribers. This would also include writing text and shaping the look and feel of emails.
  • Mentor communications and other EPI staff on digital best practices, including content strategy, shaping blogs, social media, media outreach, and emails to be digitally friendly.
  • Create media reports and web analytics reports from staff input for both the communications and development departments as well as the EPI leadership and board. Use email platform analytics and web and social media analytics platforms, including Google Analytics, to generate reports as needed.

Who You Are
We do not expect that every candidate will have this full range of experience, but the following qualities and experience are highly desirable:

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • At least three (3) or five (5) years of successful management experience.
  • Experience with building and overseeing successful email programs, including boosting email subscriber lists and building engagement. Must have experience with SEO strategies to build website traffic.
  • Experience leading social and media outreach efforts, with a proven track record helping to build social engagement organically and via paid campaigns and driving media exposure at top tier and cutting-edge media outlets, including print, broadcast, podcasts, etc.
  • Experience tracking analytics for email programs, social and website traffic, and using key performance indicators to drive engagement.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.

Preferred

  • Experience with Google ad grants.
  • Experience with story-telling and general writing and editing of blog posts, press releases, email and website content.
  • Experience taking in-depth research and helping to make it accessible to the widest audience possible, either via editing, or creating collateral to explain it with products such as videos, graphics, etc.
  • Experience working for a nonprofit or think tank, preferably focused on policy change and/or advocacy. (Hill and labor campaign experience a plus.)
  • Experience with WordPress and Monday.com, or other project management systems.
  • Exceptional critical thinking skills — ability to decompose complex problems, attention to detail, prioritize issues, and implement sensible solutions.
  • Passionate about quality, performance, reliability, and scalability.
  • Understand and support the Economic Policy Institute’s mission to use the tools of economics to defend and promote the interests of workers in economic policy debates.
  • Education: B.A./B.S. or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience: 3-5 years of successful supervisory experience
  • Management: Strategic planning, goal setting, mentoring, and celebrating successes

Salary and Benefits

  • EPI is a unionized workplace with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). This position is not in the bargaining unit and reports to the Communications Director.
  • The salary for this position ranges from $85,000 to $115,000, dependent on experience.
  • EPI offers an excellent benefits package, including generous paid time off, as well as retirement contributions, medical, vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance.

About EPI

EPI is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies. Our mission is centering the policy debate on the economic interests of workers. EPI is a key institution in the movement for economic justice in the United States and is widely recognized as a source of authoritative analysis on economic trends, with a particular focus on economic inequality.

EPI believes that having a diverse and inclusive workplace not only strengthens the institute’s work, but is also essential for understanding and creating economic policies that support all working people.EPI is an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior history of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, caregiver status, or other categories protected by law.

To Apply

Candidates should send a cover letter highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working at EPI, resume, and writing sample to communications-jobs@epi.org with “Deputy communications director” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


Digital Community Associate – Economic Policy Institute

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has an immediate opening for a Digital Community Associate, who will be responsible for furthering Economic Policy Institute’s digital profile and reach by posting regularly on social media, assisting in media outreach and coordinating events.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. EPI staff are currently working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will resume in-person work at EPI’s offices in Washington when it is safe to do so.

What You Will Do

Social media and media outreach, and events coordination

  • Daily posting on social media across all platforms; monitor social media for trends and ideas; expand EPI researchers’ platforms; and coordinate with creative team to boost social engagement.
  • Media outreach, including writing press releases;  prepping researchers; fielding media inquiries; and focusing on cutting edge and nontraditional digital outlets to promote EPI voices and research.
  • Coordinate EPI events: develop event themes; do speaker outreach and scheduling; develop run of show; coordinate with graphic designer to set up slides and website events pages; write invitations and coordinate with email team to disseminate; and monitor logistics during events.
  • Assist in the creation of weekly and monthly media and social media reports.
  • Editing and writing blogs posts, and general web content.
  • Performing general administrative work as needed, such as tracking communications department receipts and upload data in a financial management system.

Who You Are

We do not expect that every candidate will have this full range of experience, but the following qualities and experience are highly desirable:

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • At least two (2) to four (4) years of experience with social media posting and analytics.
  • Experience with media outreach, including writing press releases and pitching media.
  • Experience with producing events, including online webinars and in-person events.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.

Preferred

  • Experience with writing and editing blog posts and general website content. Familiarity with AP style.
  • Experience with WordPress, MailChimp, and Monday.com, or other project management systems.
  • Experience working for a nonprofit or think tank, preferably focused on policy change and/or advocacy. (Hill and labor campaign experience a plus.)
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate with EPI staff and outside partners.
  • Exceptional critical thinking skills; ability to decompose complex problems and data, attention to detail, prioritize issues, and implement sensible solutions.
  • Understand and support the Economic Policy Institute’s mission to use the tools of economics to defend and promote the interests of workers in economic policy debates.
  • Education: B.A./B.S. or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience: 2-4 years of communications/social media

Salary and Benefits

  • EPI is a unionized workplace with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). This position is in the bargaining unit and reports to the Deputy Communications Director.
  • The salary for this position ranges from $55,000 to $65,000, dependent on experience.
  • EPI offers an excellent benefits package, including generous paid time off, as well as retirement contributions, medical, vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, tuition assistance, and life insurance.

About EPI

EPI is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies. Our mission is centering the policy debate on the economic interests of workers. EPI is a key institution in the movement for economic justice in the United States and is widely recognized as a source of authoritative analysis on economic trends, with a particular focus on economic inequality.

EPI believes that having a diverse and inclusive workplace not only strengthens the institute’s work, but is also essential for understanding and creating economic policies that support all working people.EPI is an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior history of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, caregiver status, or other categories protected by law.

To Apply

Candidates should send a cover letter highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working at EPI, resume, and writing sample to communications-jobs@epi.org with “Digital community associate” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.