Location: Washington, D.C.

Salary: $55,000-$65,000 based on experience, plus a generous benefits package.

Department: Social Policy

Reports to: Employment Policy Fellow

To apply, email jobs@niskanencenter.org with “Social Policy – Employment Policy Analyst” in the subject line. Applications received before October 1, 2021 will receive full consideration. Please include a cover letter, resume, and a portfolio of relevant work (e.g., writing and design samples).

The Niskanen Center, a nonpartisan think tank and advocacy organization, is seeking to hire an Employment Policy Analyst to join our Social Policy team. This position will work alongside our Employment Policy Fellow on research, advocacy and policy development related to our portfolio of employment and labor market policy issues, including but not limited to Unemployment Insurance modernization, workforce development policy, and in-work benefits like health insurance and paid family leave.

The Employment Policy Analyst will collaborate on high-profile research projects in coordination with Niskanen staff and external collaborators, produce written material (blog posts, op-eds, white papers), and promote the results through governing networks in Washington, D.C. Niskanen Center policy research is regularly presented in Congressional testimony, cited by legislators and policy experts, and reported by media outlets. Excellent writing, analytic and communication skills are therefore essential, and an entrepreneurial outlook will be welcome.

The Niskanen Center offers a comprehensive package of employee benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, federal holidays, and unlimited paid leave. For employee safety, the Niskanen Center plans to work remotely until community transmission of COVID-19 is effectively suppressed, or vaccines/effective treatments are widely available. 

The Employment Policy Analystwill be expected to:

  • Execute on our portfolio of research and advocacy issues related to employment and labor market policy. Contribute to and take ownership of strategic planning within certain specific sub-areas, such as workforce development, trade adjustment assistance, or collective bargaining.
  • Be conversant in our existing work in this area, including our major framework documents like The Free-market Welfare State and Faster Growth, Fairer Growth.
  • Build and maintain relationships with our coalition partners in civil society and Congressional offices.
  • Conduct novel data analysis using publicly available databases.
  • Collaborate with outside collaborators to produce timely, high-impact, research papers and policy proposals.

A competitive candidate must have:

  • 0-2 years of experience analyzing policy issues in employment, workforce development, and/or labor market policy, or as a professional in related fields.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, leverage resources, tackle new challenges, and think creatively.
  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. public policy, economics, law). Alternative career experience with demonstrated excellence can substitute for formal training.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 2-4 years of experience.
  • An advanced degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. public policy, economics, law).
  • Domain expertise in one or more major federal policies or programs.
  • Experience promoting research or advocating policy issues with think tanks, advocacy and industry groups, and policymakers and staff.
  • Experience developing compelling materials for dissemination across different media (written, graphical, audio, and video).

Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@niskanencenter.org. Applications received before October 1, 2021 will receive full consideration. Please include a cover letter, resume, and a portfolio of relevant work (e.g., writing and design samples).

The Niskanen Center is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be 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 better reflect our dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion.