Jobs at EPI

Communications Director

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the nation’s leading progressive economic think tank, is seeking a Communications director who is dynamic, articulate, collaborative, collegial, creative, and committed to advancing policies that improve the lives of working people. The communications director guides a talented communications department staff responsible for helping our widely respected experts educate policymakers, advocates, the media, and the public about ways to solve some of the country’s toughest economic problems. This is a great opportunity for someone eager to play a role in tackling income inequality, stagnant wages, racial and gender pay gaps, and power imbalances in the workplace.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead EPI’s external communications and dissemination strategy (media relations, digital publishing, dynamic web content, social media, digital engagement, emails, and events), ensuring that working people have a voice in the public debate on EPI’s priority issues and that EPI, its scholars, and its research shape that debate.
  • Oversee communications team members (and consultants when appropriate), implementing EPI’s external communications, evaluating processes and results in order to maximize impact while safeguarding EPI’s reputation as the go-to source for high-quality research on kitchen-table economic issues.
  • Engage the communications team in designing and deploying new communications tools and relationships to reach new audiences at the national, state, and local levels while increasing the engagement of current audiences.
  • Report to the president of EPI and participate in the determination of organizational goals and projects as a member of EPI’s senior management team, keeping the communications team informed and involved.
  • Serve as a strategic partner and internal consultant to research, development, and government relations staff, providing them with products that help them meet their goals while ensuring unified, consistent, and effective messaging aligned with organizational priorities.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of public affairs and related experience, preferably in a mission-driven environment.
  • Knowledge and expertise in communications, journalism, media relations, digital strategy, social media, print and digital publishing, editing, and email marketing.
  • Strong foundation in politics and economic/social/labor policy.
  • Experience using web platforms for public relations, social media, and content management.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills.
  • Exceptional management skills to direct a creative communications team and strong organizational, budgeting, contract negotiation, and staff development skills.
  • Facility with handling multiple long- and short-term projects, and the capacity to change focus based on organizational needs.
  • Capacity to build trust, confidence, and consensus around priorities within the department, across departments, and with partner organizations.
  • Ability to travel as necessary.
  • Ability to be flexible with schedule, working evenings or on weekends as needed to meet tight deadlines. (However, EPI values work-life balance, and staff are discouraged from working long or irregular hours on a routine basis).

To apply: Please send a cover letter articulating your interest in this particular job, along with a resume to Communications-jobs@epi.org, with the subject “Communications Director.” Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Pay for this position is commensurate with experience. EPI offers a competitive salary and 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. The communications director is not in the union but manages some union staff members.

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.

Director of Government Relations

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the nation’s leading progressive economic think tank, is seeking a Director of Government Relations who is dynamic, collaborative, collegial, articulate, creative, and committed to advancing policies that improve the lives of working people. The person in this role will ensure that policymakers and advocates gain access to EPI research and initiatives that support their efforts to improve wages and working conditions for low- to middle-income workers and their families.

Responsibilities

Serve as the primary liaison between EPI and legislative offices, Congress, and the executive branch:

  • Ensure that policymakers are aware of EPI research products and policy recommendations;
  • Provide technical assistance grounded in EPI’s research and mission to develop legislative initiatives;
  • Engage and involve EPI in congressional issue conferences, hearings, briefings, and legislative actions.

Coordinate projects between the EPI research, policy, and communications departments.

  • Develop plans and strategies for congressional outreach, policy initiatives, and coalition activities;
  • Develop materials on key policy issues for the public, advocates, and media.

Represent EPI in outreach activities, including key partnerships focused on policy advocacy.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, with a minimum of 6-10 years of experience in government affairs, policy, or organizing/engagement work, preferably in a mission-driven environment;
  • Strong knowledge of federal legislative and regulatory processes, and a foundation in economic, social, and labor policy;
  • Experience working with Congress strongly preferred;
  • Political experience and proven ability to develop and maintain relationships with a variety of constituencies;
  • Excellent writing, editing, verbal communications, and project management skills;
  • Comfort and experience with public speaking;
  • Experience with media a plus;
  • Capacity to build trust, confidence, and consensus around priorities within EPI and with partner organizations.

Salary/Benefits

  • EPI is a unionized workplace. This position is in the barganing unit.
  • Pay for this position is commensurate with experience. The salary range for this position, dependent on experience, is $70,000-$95,000 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 EEO employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage everyone across the spectrums of race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and religion to apply.

To apply: Please send a cover letter articulating your interest in this particular job, along with a resume to policy-jobs@epi.org, with the subject “Government Affairs.” Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Research Assistant

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has an immediate opening for a research assistant. This position will support the research and writing of economists and policy analysts at 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. EPI’s mission is to ensure that the economic policy addresses the interests and concerns 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. 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.

Requirements include:

  • BA in economics, math, or other related social science field (e.g., public policy or political science);
  • Strong quantitative skills;
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented with ability to gather, analyze, and present a wide variety of economic data;
  • Ability to present findings through tables, figures, and literature reviews with meticulous documentation;
  •  Assist in the publications process of reports, issue briefs, blog posts, etc.;
  • Strong Excel expertise, including graphics creation;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work well on a team and to work on several projects simultaneously;
  • Previous work experience as a research assistant or in a similar position is a plus;
  • Familiarity with labor market and microeconomic survey data and/or experience analyzing data using SAS or STATA desired.

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 is a full-time position that offers an excellent benefits package, and a starting salary in the range of $45,000-47,000 (depending on experience). This position also offers excellent opportunities for on-the-job training. For example, EPI RAs receive extensive training to use STATA and WordPress. 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 Organisation 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.

EPI is an EOE employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage everyone across the spectrums of race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and religion to apply.

To apply, send cover letter, resume and a list of three references to research-jobs@epi.org. 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.