Jobs at EPI

Visiting Economist – Economic Policy Institute (EPI)

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has an immediate opening for a one-year position as a visiting economist. Preferred areas of research include labor economics or public economics, but a wide range of specialties will be considered. All candidates, however, must do research that is highly relevant to federal policy debates and have a deep familiarity with how economic research intersects with policymaking. If funding permits, the position could be extended or made permanent. We prefer a candidate with at least 3 years of experience, but will consider candidates at all levels of experience, with the salary reflecting the experience of the successful candidate.

A core responsibility for this position will be overseeing short, rigorous literature reviews on an ongoing basis to inform EPI internal decision-making, as well as our partners and funders, about the most up-to-date research findings on particular issue areas. The economist will review research, analyze data, and evaluate policy proposals to identify how policymakers can most effectively address inequality and boost incomes and living standards for workers and their families. The economist will produce original work and data analysis as well as contribute to group research efforts and will provide technical assistance and support to EPI partners and policymakers. The ideal candidate is technically proficient, deeply familiar with the literature across at least one or two other areas of economic and policy debates outside of their primary field, and committed to progressive economic change. Excellent organizational abilities and written and oral communication skills are required.

EPI is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies on typical families in the United States. Our mission is centering the policy debate on the economic interests of 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 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.

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. Under the appropriate circumstances, g this position could be full-time remote (with occasional trips to DC and other travel potentially required).

What You Will Do

  • Oversee the production of frequent short literature reviews summarizing the state-of-the-art in research findings across a range of policy-relevant questions, as well as critically evaluating key research or policy papers. These reviews will be less technical than journal articles and must be understandable to non-academic economic policy analysts and researchers, but must be rigorous and display in-depth familiarity with the extant research literature.
  • 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 impact that federal economic policies have on working people.
  • Collect and analyze data to describe the impact of public policies on working families and the economy.
  • Produce custom statistics and data sets for EPI partners and the media when it furthers EPI’s mission.
  • Review and contribute to EPI reports and products.
  • Serve as a key EPI spokesperson on your issue areas.
  • Engage in public debates, policy advocacy, and public education through conference presentations, briefings, expert testimony, and responding to media inquiries.

Who You Are

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

  • A PhD or equivalent in economics, public policy, sociology, or another quantitative social science.
  • A strong statistics competency and understanding of econometric techniques.
  • Training and experience with analysis of microdata, including the use of statistical software such as Stata or R.
  • Demonstrated deep familiarity with the extant research literature across a range of economic areas.
  • Familiarity with high-profile federal policy debates.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to create materials for a wide range of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and coordinate with colleagues.
  • Ability to represent the organization at meetings and events, as well as with the media and in testimony before 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.

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 Research Director.
  • Salaries for economists at EPI are competitive. They range from $103,495 for a freshly-minted PhD to $151,500 for a senior institute economist with 17 years of 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 highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working at EPI, resume, and writing sample to  research-jobs@epi.org with “Visiting Economist” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Economic Analyst – Economic Policy Institute (EPI)

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has an immediate opening for an Economic Analyst. The Economic Analyst will analyze data and evaluate policy proposals to identify how policymakers can most effectively boost incomes and living standards for low- and middle-income families. The analyst will engage in work across a number of issue areas, especially federal budget and taxes, social insurance programs (with a particular focus on unemployment insurance), and labor market trends. The analyst will produce original work and data analysis as well as support group research efforts and provide technical assistance and support to EPI partners and policymakers. The ideal candidate is passionate about progressive economic policies, is able to undertake rigorous quantitative research, is organized and collaborative, and has excellent written and oral communication skills. We are considering candidates with a range of experience as an analyst.

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 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, D.C. 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. Staff will be given ample notice of this return (3 months).

What You Will Do

  • Conduct research and analysis in support of EPI’s mission to ensure that the economic interest of typical workers and their families are well-represented in policy debates.
  • 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 impact that federal economic policies have on working people.
  • Collect and analyze data to describe the impact of public policies on working families and the economy.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of EPI’s data infrastructure.
  • Support EPI partners in their research and policy work through technical assistance, particularly on research, economic policy, and data-related questions.
  • Produce custom statistics and data sets for EPI partners and the media when it furthers EPI’s mission.
  • Review and contribute to EPI reports and products.
  • Develop fluency on key EPI issue areas, monitoring relevant research and emerging trends in federal 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 reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, snapshots, blog posts, and interactive online content.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Who You Are

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

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, public policy, sociology, or another quantitative social science.
  • Familiarity with state or federal fiscal policy.
  • 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 the use of statistical software such as Stata or R.
  • Experience with and demonstrated commitment to economic justice and racial and gender equity, such as in a labor union, advocacy organization, or public agency.
  • Experience with policy research and advocacy; ability to read and analyze policy language.
  • 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 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/Benefits

  • EPI is a unionized workplace workplace with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). This position is in the bargaining unit and reports to the Research Director.
  • The salary for this position starts at $64,000 for a freshly-minted graduate with an advanced degree but no experience. We would consider more experienced applicants.
  • Our Senior Analyst track (open to those with roughly 7 years of experience) starts at to $85,000.
  • 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 highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working at EPI, resume, and writing sample to research-jobs@epi.org with “Economic Analyst” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

State Economic Analyst / Senior State Analyst – 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 research, policy, and advocacy organizations in 43 states around the country and the District of Columbia. 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 a State Economic Analyst to advance EARN’s programs and policy campaigns by conducting research; analyzing state, local, and national economic data; and providing research and policy guidance, customized data products, and technical assistance to EARN state and local partners. We are seeking someone with 3 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 on state or federal fiscal policy is a plus. Applicants with 7 or more years’ relevant experience may be considered for a Senior State Economic Analyst position.

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

  • Conduct research and analysis in support of EARN 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 impact that state and federal fiscal policy have on working people. The State Economic Analyst will also support work analyzing regional economies and the role of regional Federal Reserve Banks. Other areas of focus could include issues such as minimum wages, economic development, unions and worker power, economic impacts of structural racism, and gender-pay inequities.
  • Collect and analyze data to describe the impact of public policies on working families and the economy.
  • Develop and maintain state-level data packages and tools for EARN state groups.
  • 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.
  • Assist in developing training opportunities for EARN members, including webinars and conference 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 listserv.
  • Assist in planning and staffing EARNCon, EARN’s annual conference for state partners and allies, as well as other network events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Who You Are

Ideally, you have at least 3–5 years’ 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 Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, public policy, sociology, or another 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 the use of statistical software such as Stata or R.
  • Experience with and demonstrated commitment to economic justice and racial and gender equity, such as in a labor union, advocacy organization, or public agency.
  • Experience with policy research and advocacy; ability to read and analyze policy language; familiarity with state-level policy and legislative process is a plus.
  • Familiarity with state or federal fiscal policy, monetary policy, and the Federal Reserve system.
  • 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.
  • 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. This position is in the bargaining unit and reports to the EARN Deputy Director.
  • The salary for the State Economic Analyst position ranges from $70,000 to $84,000, dependent on experience, plus benefits.
  • The salary for the Senior State Economic Analyst position ranges 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.

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 earn-jobs@epi.org with “State 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.