Jobs at EPI

Economist/Researcher I, Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy (PREE)

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the nation’s leading progressive economic think tank, is seeking a Ph.D. for a new position as Economist/Researcher I for EPI’s Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy (PREE). EPI launched PREE in 2008 to provide a more focused and integrated approach to exploring and explaining how race, ethnicity, gender and class intersect to affect economic outcomes for working people of color in the United States. By interpreting broad economic trends and policies through the lenses of race, ethnicity and gender, 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 Economist/Researcher will be responsible for assisting the Director of PREE in planning and executing research that documents and explains economic disparities by race, ethnicity, gender and social class; explores the role of structural racism in shaping these differences; and analyzes the racial, ethnic and gender dimensions of major policy choices. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated history of research that uses empirical data to examine racial economic disparities in housing, criminal justice or higher education, or with a research focus on economic outcomes for Hispanic, Native American and/or Asian American populations. This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars eager to do impactful research aimed at influencing the national dialogue on race and ethnicity, and in pursuit of racial and economic justice. Recent Ph.Ds are encouraged to apply.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conducting original research, analyzing economic and demographic data, and evaluating and developing policy proposals related to communities of color and other areas of expertise
  • Preparing written reports, op-eds, blog posts and other documents accessible to multiple audiences
  • Engaging networks of academics, researchers, advocates and policymakers on issues and policies affecting communities of color
  • Providing technical assistance for policymakers, advocacy organizations and unions
  • Serving as an EPI spokesperson on issues and policies affecting communities of color, as well as issues related to other areas of expertise
  • Contributing to EPI’s data and statistical analysis infrastructure
  • Occasional travel to attend meetings and/or present research

Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in economics or related field, including sociology, public policy, or urban planning
  • Demonstrated research experience using quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Deep understanding of existing data sets that can be used to assess racial disparities related to area of expertise, including the existing literature on these topics
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills
  • Ability to work closely with others as part of a research team, as well as work independently
  • Ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical audiences, including the research community, the advocacy community, policymakers and the media
  • Experience with policy analysis and development of policy proposals (preferred)

Salary/Benefits:

  • EPI is a unionized workplace. This position is in the bargaining unit.
  • The salary for this position, dependent on experience, is $100,605 or higher annually, 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.
  • EPI is an Equal Opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, or other categories protected by law.
  • To apply: Please send a cover letter articulating your interest in this particular job, along with a resume to PREE-jobs@epi.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Senior State Policy Coordinator

About the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN): EARN is a nationwide network of state-based research, policy, and advocacy organizations working towards an economy that works for everyone. EARN partners constitute the core progressive research and policy infrastructure for shaping and promoting a better economic future in the states. The EARN network is coordinated by staff at the Economic Policy Institute and EARN partners.

EPI seeks a dynamic and skilled person to join our EARN team as the Senior State Policy Coordinator to advance EARN’s programs and policy campaigns, help lead our new EARN in the South program, and provide programmatic support and technical assistance to EARN state partners. We are seeking someone with 7 to 10 years’ experience working on economic justice campaigns at the state level who has a deep understanding of the role structural racism plays in economic outcomes.

What You Will Do

  • In consultation with the EARN Director and Deputy Director, build and maintain strong relationships with EARN partners:
    • Coordinate cross-state work groups on key economic justice issues.
    • Develop, coordinate, and facilitate issue webinars for EARN partners.
    • Identify new issue areas for collaboration.
    • Disseminate the policy, research, and advocacy work of EARN partners and EPI.
    • Respond to technical assistance requests, in coordination with EARN/EPI staff.
  • Coordinate with state and national allies on EARN issue priorities.
  • Help coordinate EARN in the South, a new project intended to create a cross-state agenda for inclusive and equitable economic progress in the South.
    • Help design and administer grant process for EARN in the South partners.
    • Help facilitate EARN in the South planning sessions.
    • Develop a series of EARN in the South webinars to facilitate cross-state sharing of best practices and policy, research, and advocacy strategies.
  • Monitor relevant state and local policy issues and emerging trends by tracking state and local policy proposals.
    • Analyze state legislation.
    • Prepare fact sheets, memoranda, and other policy products.
    • Share trends and best practices with EARN partners and allies.
  • Represent EARN/EPI in outreach activities to EARN partners, policymakers, and state and national partner organizations, including grassroots networks and labor unions.
  • Prepare issue resource packets, written reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, op-eds, blog posts, and other documents accessible to multiple audiences.
  • Assist in planning and staffing EARNCon, EARN’s annual conference for state partners and allies.

Who You Are

Ideally, you have 7–10 years’ experience. We do not expect that every candidate will have this full range of experience, but the following qualities and experience are highly desirable:

  • Experience with and demonstrated commitment to economic justice and racial and gender equity
  • A campaigner’s or organizer’s mindset
  • Experience with state-level policy research and advocacy, and an understanding of state policy and legislative process; ability to read and analyze policy language
  • Strong demonstrated project management skills and the ability to manage several projects at once
  • Familiarity with a diverse set of economic policy issues
  • Demonstrated coalition-building skills
  • 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
  • Ability to represent the organization at meetings and events
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to create materials for a wide range of audiences
  • Experience working in a labor union, advocacy organization or public agency focused on economic justice, workers’ rights, or labor law and policy
  • Experience using Microsoft Word and Excel. Knowledge of WordPress a bonus
  • Willingness to handle occasional long hours and travel

About EPI
EPI conducts research and analysis on the economic status of working Americans and their families and proposes policies to protect and improve their economic well-being.

Salary/Benefits:

  • EPI is a unionized workplace. This position is in the bargaining unit and reports to the EARN Director.
  • The salary for this position ranges from $80,000 to $90,000, 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.
  • EPI is an Equal Opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, 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 and resume to earn-jobs@epi.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Human Resources Manager/Director

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the nation’s leading progressive economic think tank, is seeking a self-motivated Human Resources Manager/Director (scope to be determined based on the candidate) to oversee all functions related to the full cycle of human resources, payroll and benefits.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Human Resources

  • Create and update HR documentation, including personnel policies, office procedures, employee handbook, benefit summaries.
  • Administer employee benefits and recommend changes where beneficial.
  • Manage and coordinate probationary and annual review processes, assuring completion within prescribed deadlines.
  • Oversee job descriptions and research compensation ranges for new hires, promotions and annual updates.
  • Periodically survey wage comparability/internal equity.
  • Coordinate posting and recruiting new team members.
  • Maintain confidential personnel files and HR data.
  • Oversee on-boarding of new employees.
  • Address all ongoing personnel issues (including questions on benefits, policies, etc.).
  • Participate in union negotiations.
  • Initiate and oversee the full cycle of any work visas.

Payroll and Finance Support

  • Complete payroll processing (currently using ADP Workforce Now) and suggest potential process improvements.
  • Obtain necessary approvals and documentation to initiate all payroll changes.
  • Administer electronic timesheets and leave requests/banks.
  • Perform payroll audits.
  • Monitor and assure that all legal requirements and reporting functions are met regarding payroll and benefits.
  • Maintain payroll system/databases.
  • Financial Reporting: Assist Director of Finance 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.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, or a related field with at least 2 to 3 years of progressive experience in Human Resources.
  • At least one year of experience in payroll administration and experience with ADP’s Workforce Now system is required.
  • Human Resources Certifications (PHR, SHRM-CP) desired.
  • Working knowledge of administrative and supervisory principles and practices; compensation and benefits administration; organizational planning required.
  • Experience in a unionized workplace preferred.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The salary for this position will range from $80,000 to $100,000, 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 an Equal Opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, or other categories protected by law.

To apply: Candidates should send a cover letter explaining their interest in working at EPI and their resume to: hr@epi.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.