Jobs at EPI

Research Assistant

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has an immediate opening for a research assistant. The research assistant (RA) position supports the research and writing of economists and policy analysts at EPI. The RA will work on a variety of issue areas, including macroeconomic and labor market analysis (including wages, employment, and unemployment), the federal budget, EPI’s program on race, ethnicity and the economy (PREE), and state-level economic and policy analysis. The RA must be highly organized and detail-oriented and have the ability to gather, understand, analyze and compellingly present a wide variety of economic data. The RA must be able to present findings through tables, figures, and literature reviews and needs to meticulously document how their work is produced. The RA will also help the research department coordinate the work of external researchers working on EPI projects and publications. The ideal candidate is passionate about progressive economic policies, is eager to undertake rigorous quantitative research, and is organized and collaborative.

The RA job at EPI is a substantive position, with the vast majority of the RA’s time spent engaged in quantitative and qualitative research and writing. This position also offers excellent opportunities for on-the-job training; for example, EPI RAs receive extensive training to use STATA and WordPress, and are offered support if they want to learn R and version control and collaboration tools like Git/Github. Past EPI RAs have gone on to complete advanced degrees in social science, law, and other public policy fields. Former RAs are employed in tenured or tenure-track jobs in academia, for institutions like the Federal Reserve or the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), or in other DC or state-based think tanks. There is no other entry-level policy job in DC that offers work as substantive or training that is deeper and more relevant for those wanting to begin a career in progressive policy.

About EPI: EPI is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies on typical families in the United States. We see our mission as ensuring that the economic interests of low and middle-income households are given their proper due by policymakers. 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 essential for understanding and creating economic policies that support all working people. EPI is committed to hiring applicants of all backgrounds and identities, and encourages women, people of color, and persons from other historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Collect, organize, and analyze data from published sources and from the Internet;
  • Acquire extensive knowledge of official data sources (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census, Department of Commerce, Moody’s, Compustat, etc.);
  • Utilize statistical packages in the economic analysis of times series and cross-sectional data sets
  • Prepare data visualizations, including charts, graphs, and presentation materials;
  • Use WordPress functions and options to generate EPI web content and maintain existing online data repositories;
  • Prepare background research and memoranda: Conduct literature reviews and summarize relevant background material;
  • Participate in the design and execution of research projects, including the description of data sources, data sets and research results;
  • Respond to media and partner requests in coordination with the communications department, including interfacing with journalists, partner organizations, and the offices of policymakers;

Qualifications and Requirements

Required skills include:

  • Undergraduate degree, preferably  in math, economics, or related social science (political science or public policy, for example);
  • Strong quantitative skills and comfort with data software;
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills;
  • Strong attention to detail, and ability to manage up and across the organization;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities under pressure, trouble-shoot, and meet short- and long-term deadlines;
  • 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;
  • Previous experience as an intern or research assistant at a research institute or think tank;

Salary and Benefits

  • EPI is a unionized workplace. This position is in the bargaining unit and reports to the Director of Research;
  • The salary for this position starts at $45,000-47,000, depending on relevant 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;

To apply: Candidates should send a 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.

Media Relations Specialist

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a nonprofit national research and analysis organization, is seeking a Media Relations Specialist in our communications department. The ideal candidate for the position will have experience in planning and implementing media relations and communications strategies, through outreach to reporters, writing and sending press releases and other materials, and managing EPI’s social media accounts. He or she will build and maintain relationships with reporters and members of the media to ensure that EPI’s work is covered in the press. He or she will help conceive, write, and edit material for EPI’s regular “Economic Snapshot” and edit “Working Economics,” the EPI blog. The successful candidate will have at least 2 years of experience pitching to news and media outlets and a successful track record in media relations managing tight deadlines and creating meaningful work on a regular basis. The position requires a thoughtful, organized, and results-oriented professional, who applies both a mission- and metrics-driven approach to marketing and communications in a fast-paced environment. This position is located in Washington, D.C.

About EPI: The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) was founded in 1986 to focus solid academic research and policy analysis on the needs of workers and their families. EPI believes all workers and their families deserve a better future, a good job, quality healthcare, and fair pay. EPI’s trenchant policy impact analysis has helped build its reputation as a highly credible and authoritative source on a wide range of economic issues, including wages, tax and budget, immigration, retirement security, and trade and globalization.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists in developing and implementing all media and social media strategies for promoting research reports, EPI events, and other activities, and organizational image. This includes writing media advisories and press releases, pitching stories to reporters and producers, fielding and processing press requests, coordinating press events, and posting on social media sites. Ensures EPI protects and promotes its image in a proper, coordinated, and consistent manner.
  • Maintains EPI’s media relations database, builds press lists, and supervises the preparation of daily clips. Follows economic news closely to ensure that EPI is represented, and builds relationships with reporters who cover EPI.
  • Maintains EPI’s social media accounts, posting content regularly, promoting EPI researchers, and participating in coalition work online.
  • Edits and posts content to the EPI blog, newsroom, and other areas of the EPI website.
  • Identifies opportunities—and develops materials with other relevant staffers—to promote and publicize organizational initiatives and activities.
  • Aids in the development, implementation, and management of external communications efforts. Acts as representative of EPI in external coalitions and liaises with researchers and designer on developing relevant materials.
  • Responds to media requests for information and facilitates media interviews with spokespeople, authors, and researchers. Aids in development of news releases, news materials, fact sheets and talking points for publicity of the organization’s programs.
  • Serves as editor for communications materials, including news releases, news materials, online content, and program announcements. .
  • Preps researchers for interviews and facilitates crews coming to the office or researchers going to studios. Cultivates and enhances collaborative working relationships within the press.
  • Helps develop the Economic Snapshot—conceiving, writing, editing, and coordinating the weekly release of short pieces of research, working in close coordination with the Graphic Designer and members of the research team.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements

Required skills include:

  • Two to four years of related experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to write crisp, concise press releases under sometimes-tight deadline pressures
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage up and across the organization
  • Superior interpersonal skills, with proven ability to work effectively as a team member and independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities under pressure, troubleshoot, and meet short- and long-term deadlines
  • A strong interest in social issues, especially related to the economy, workers. and inequality
  • A keen awareness of the news cycle and how EPI’s work might fit into it

Preferred, but not required:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university in communications, journalism, media relations, or economics
  • Knowledge of Cision or other media relations program is a plus
  • Attention to detail
  • Social media experience
  • A working background in politics, labor, campaigns, journalism, nonprofits, marketing
  • A strong digital background, including graphic design and/or social media
  • Journalism contacts in relevant beats, including the economy, labor, education and immigration

Salary and Benefits

  • EPI is a unionized workplace. This position is in the bargaining unit and reports to the Director of Media Relations.
  • The salary for this position ranges from $55,000 to $68,000 and is 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.
  • 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 record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or caregiver status.

To apply: Candidates should send a resume and cover letter highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working with EPI to achieve our mission to with ”Media Relations Specialist” 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.