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.

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.