Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project

Bipartisan Policy Center - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.5

The Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. BPC drives principled and politically viable policy solutions through the power of rigorous analysis, painstaking negotiation, and aggressive advocacy.

As a leading Washington, DC-based think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship, BPC works to address the key challenges facing the nation. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations with former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who possess views from across the political spectrum. We are currently focused on policy issues related to health, energy, national and homeland security, the economy, education, immigration, infrastructure, and governance.

BPC is currently seeking a Policy Analyst to support activities across BPC’s Economic Policy Project (EPP).

EPP works on a range of issues to develop bipartisan policy recommendations to improve the economic opportunity and security of the American people. The project also provides timely analysis of fiscal and economic developments and proposals. EPP has significantly impacted the national discussion on economic policy in ways that provide context for its ongoing work:
  • In 2016, EPP released the final report of its Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings, a two-year effort co-chaired by former Senator Kent Conrad (D-SD) and the Honorable James B. Lockhart III, former Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. The 19-member commission reached consensus on a comprehensive package of bipartisan recommendations aimed at: growing access to workplace retirement savings plans, improving financial capability, strengthening Social Security and making it sustainable, and facilitating lifetime-income options to protect against outliving savings.
  • EPP has analyzed the timing and the potential consequences of breaching the debt limit. The work has been cited widely by media outlets and members of Congress.
  • Last year, BPC released two papers on higher education policy, focused on analyzing state performance funding systems, student loan reforms, and several of the supply-side factors driving tuition prices upwards. BPC is now in the process of developing bipartisan proposals to inform reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which Congress is expected to take up in the near future.
The Economic Policy Project’s work in the coming year will have several areas of focus:
  • Higher Education Financing and Student Outcomes: Each year, the federal government spends around $100 billion in federal student aid designed to defray the cost of college for postsecondary students. Despite this investment, tuition prices continue to rise, loan balances continue to swell, and student outcomes remain stagnant. To address this issue, BPC is convening policy experts and high-level officials to put forth bipartisan proposals that seek to improve the higher education system for students and their families.
  • Retirement Security: In 2018, EPP launched Funding Our Future, a campaign of partner organizations that are working to educate and motivate the public about the need for reforms to strengthen retirement security for all Americans. The campaign focuses on identifying the challenges and highlighting policy solutions that make it easier to save for retirement, increase retirees’ lifetime income options, and address Social Security’s financial challenges.
  • Fiscal Policy and the Debt Limit: For years, BPC has been a leader in analysis on the federal government’s growing fiscal challenges and the risks of the debt limit. BPC will continue to provide up-to-date analysis on the state of U.S. fiscal policy, the ongoing risks and possible alternatives to the debt limit, and how the growing federal debt limits the federal government’s options to respond to economic and other challenges facing America.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The position of Policy Analyst at BPC is a versatile one, involving a variety of tasks, often at the same time. The analyst will be expected to learn about new and evolving policy issues, and will interact with policy experts and political leaders.

Specific responsibilities may include conducting research on economic and fiscal policy issues; staffing task forces, working groups, and other initiatives that have the involvement of high-level current and former officials; data analysis; drafting and editing reports, policy briefs, briefing materials, blog posts, fact sheets, and op-eds; advising Congressional staff on a variety of economic issues; engaging on other meaningful tasks such as planning events and communicating BPC’s work through a variety of media; and grant writing.

  • Experience conducting policy research, including quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, particularly in writing
  • Knowledge of and interest in EPP’s issue areas
  • Ability to multi-task on numerous projects, large and small, in both reciprocal and independent situations
  • Proven research and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of or experience working with the federal budget and/or the appropriations process is a plus
  • Experience in higher education policy is a plus
  • A four-year undergraduate degree, preferably in public policy, statistics, business, economics or a related major. At least 3 years of work experience (or a graduate degree and some work experience) is helpful.
BPC values interaction and collaboration across its departments and policy projects. Periodically, opportunities will arise to contribute to new or expanding projects in other policy or functional areas.

BPC offers a highly competitive salary and provides generous benefits. Individuals interested in this position should send resume, cover letter, writing sample, transcript (if a recent graduate), and references to [email protected]. Please include the title of this job, Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project, in the subject line of the application email.

BPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.