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 will require genuinely radical departures from existing policies. We work closely with the network of governing elites in Washington, D.C., to advance meaningful and concrete policy change. 

Location: Washington, D.C. (hybrid work environment; we are currently operating under a voluntary in-office structure)

Salary: $57,000- $75,000 (based on qualifications) and a generous benefits package 

Department: Climate Department

Reports to: Research Manager for Electricity Transmission

Travel: None

Position Overview

We are seeking a transmission analyst to expand the Niskanen Center’s growing body of work in permitting and siting transmission lines to bring more clean energy on the electricity grid. The ideal individual will be sharp, communicative, excited about transmission’s role in the transition to a clean energy grid and enthusiastic about Niskanen’s unique positioning in the think tank and advocacy world. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain knowledge of current transmission policy issues, stay abreast of academic research, and cultivate an understanding of the politics surrounding transmission; 
  • Research and write memos for internal use, and contribute to original studies, reports, white papers, blog posts, and op-eds. The analyst must work independently, leverage resources, tackle new challenges, and think creatively.
  • Assist senior staff to prepare for presentations, panels, and media interviews.
  • Participate in meetings with agency staff and congressional staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.A. in public policy, engineering, energy systems, or another relevant field;
  • 0-4 years relevant work experience;
  • Understanding of climate policy;
  • Good oral, research, and written communication skills; 
  • Strong time management skills; 
  • Ability to translate complex research findings into key takeaways for diverse audiences; and a
  • Commitment to and passion for climate policy, and familiarity with Niskanen’s vision for change.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree;
  • Familiarity with the electricity industry, transmission siting, NEPA requirements, or FERC regulations;
  • Proven experience developing, engaging, and collaborating with a robust and diverse network of organizations and experts;
  • 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; and
  • High degree of integrity, ability to build trust, communicate effectively, and collaborate with senior leadership.

The Niskanen Center is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all employment applicants 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 better our dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

How to Apply

This position is open until filled. Please include a cover letter, resume, (1) writing sample, (3) references, and salary requirements in one PDF file. Send all applications to:  We will begin reviewing submissions no earlier than Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

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