Jobs at EPI


EARN Director

The Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) is a nationwide network of state and local multi-issue research, policy and advocacy organizations.

EARN, coordinating with other key national research groups, constitutes the core progressive research and policy infrastructure for moving state and local policies addressing wages, jobs, and income inequality. EARN groups also work on economic development, retirement security, and other issues broadly related to the economy, such as education, health policy, manufacturing, and the environment. EARN is a collective “think tank” sharing the best ideas and strategies from the state and local level, while also helping to communicate national campaigns from a local perspective. EARN promotes progressive economic change through research, strategic communications, and advocacy.

The network includes 59 state and local organizations in 44 states and 26 national partners. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) serves as the hub of the network, with dedicated EARN staff who provide technical assistance, help to coordinate joint projects among network partners, and organize an annual EARN conference. The EARN Director reports to EPI’s president and works closely with the EARN advisory group, a steering committee composed of leaders within the network.

The EARN Director

The Economic Policy Institute is seeking an EARN director who is dynamic, creative, collegial, and passionate about addressing income inequality and advancing policies that raise wages, strengthen labor standards and build stronger worker organizations at the national, state, and local level. The successful candidate must have strong research, policy, advocacy, fundraising, and communication skills and substantial experience in state policy.

The EARN director has three primary roles:

1) Developing relationships and projects with EARN partners, raising funds for EARN activities and collective projects, consulting regularly with leadership of EARN organizations, organizing and managing network communications and events (including the annual conference), and assisting state-based organizations to advance a progressive agenda;

2) Promoting and strengthening the EARN network—interacting with funders, national policy organizations and national networks of state organizations on behalf of the EARN network;

3) Overseeing the EARN staff at EPI and managing the budget, including by ensuring that grants are executed according to all grant requirements.

Responsibilities include:

Organizational Leadership and Vision

  • Establish EARN’s vision, goals, and priorities in partnership with EPI and the EARN advisory group and other EARN directors and stakeholders.

Program Development and Implementation

  • Lead the development and implementation of a coordinated, proactive policy agenda, commissioning research papers, and hosting national and regional meetings and the annual EARN conference.
  • Provide support to EARN partners in developing strategies on priority issues.
  • Raise necessary funding for the ongoing operation of EARN.
  • Evaluate EARN strategies and their success in advancing EARN’s mission.

Qualifications include:

  • Minimum of five years of experience in one or more of the following areas: program development, policy, research, advocacy, or management in a non-profit organization.
  • State or local policy experience.
  • Excellent management and staff development skills.
  • Ability to develop and implement innovative and strategic priorities.
  • Strong awareness of the intersection of race, gender and class.
  • Passion for improving the lives of working families.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including public speaking, and the ability to communicate complex ideas and research.
  • Experience in fundraising from foundations and major donors.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a close-knit, collaborative team.

Salary: Pay commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample (3 to 5 pages) to:, subject line: EARN Director.

EARN is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion/creed, color, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, military status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, marital status or partnership status.