The Niskanen Center is a public policy think tank and advocacy organization that seeks to build a compelling case for the mutually reinforcing relationships between the free market and the welfare state; individual liberty and social justice; social cohesion and multicultural pluralism; and economic well-being and environmental protection. We believe that conserving a free, competitive, and democratic society requires radical departures from existing policies. Accordingly, we work closely with the governing elites’ network in Washington, D.C. to advance meaningful and concrete change. 

Evidence consistently shows that innovation and entrepreneurship are good for America; supporting flexible immigration policies and creating opportunities for both immigrants and Americans is fundamental to our success as a nation, and our humanitarian policies, a cornerstone of our nation.

Location: Washington, D.C. (hybrid work environment)

Salary: $60,000-$85,000 based on experience, plus generous benefits package

Department: Immigration Department

Reports to: Government Affairs Manager, Immigration & Director of Immigration 

Travel: Less than 5 percent

Position Overview — Immigration Research Analyst

The Niskanen Center seeks a new analyst for the immigration team to design and lead high-profile original research projects in coordination with senior staff and external collaborators. The analyst will drive portions of our research agenda focusing on legal immigration issues like demographics, work visas, international education, and visa backlogs. The analyst should conduct in-depth statistical analysis and also produce commentary, research memos, blog posts, and op-eds. 

Niskanen’s research is regularly cited in Congressional testimony, relied on by legislators and policy influencers, and reported on by media outlets. For more information, please visit:

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct original research and write studies, reports, white papers, blog posts, and op-eds on the economics of immigration and the effects of proposed immigration proposals
  • Partner with government affairs staff to brief members of Congress and their staff, agency officials, and external stakeholders on policy proposals and their economic impact
  • Monitor pending or proposed policy, legislation, academic research, and rules;
  • Prepare internal communications for key leaders and the Niskanen Board that summarize policy and legislation.

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.A. or higher in public policy, international affairs, or economics;
  • 1-5 years relevant work experience;
  • Experience with statistical programming languages such as Stata, R, or Python;
  • Prior experience with Census data sets such as the Current Population Survey and the ACS, a familiarity with sources of immigration and population data, and experience using data visualization packages;
  • Demonstrated understanding of immigration policy;
  • Ability to translate complex research findings into key takeaways for diverse audiences;
  • Familiarity with immigration policy and a commitment to the vision of immigration policy laid out by the Niskanen Center; 
  • Good oral and written communication skills; and
  • Ability to translate complex research findings into key takeaways for diverse audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to manage independent, long-term projects from start to finish;
  • Action-oriented, creative, and entrepreneurial self-starter who assumes personal ownership of work and is capable of effectively prioritizing and working simultaneously on multiple projects;
  • High degree of integrity and ability to build trust with and collaborate with external stakeholders and partners from a diverse network of organizations and affiliates; and
  • Interest in presenting research to coalition partners and journalists and participating in Hill briefings. 

Benefits and Diversity Commitment

The expected annual salary range is $60,000-85,000, based on experience. In addition, the Niskanen Center offers a comprehensive employee benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance, all federal holidays off, a hybrid work environment, and unlimited paid leave.

The Niskanen Center is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered for employment without discrimination of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. We also seek to expand our professional networks and workplace composition to reflect better our dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

How to Apply

This position is open until filled. Please include a cover letter,  resume, and salary requirements in one PDF file. We will prioritize applications that also include a short writing sample that reflects statistical analysis and includes the methodology. 
Please send all applications to: All applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

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