Research Analyst, Economic Policy Project

Bipartisan Policy Center - Washington, DC

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BPC 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 the only 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 by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both ends of the political spectrum. We are currently focused on health, energy, the economy, housing, immigration, infrastructure, and governance.

BPC is currently seeking a Research Analyst to support activities across BPC’s Economic Policy Project (EPP). The Economic Policy Project is committed to developing bipartisan policy recommendations to enhance the financial prosperity and security of the American people. The project also provides timely analysis of fiscal and economic developments and proposals. Over the past several years, EPP has significantly impacted the national discussion on fiscal 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. Several pending pieces of legislation that are eventually expected to be enacted contain elements of the commission’s recommendations.
EPP has analyzed the timing and the potential consequences of breaching the debt limit. The work has been referenced widely by media outlets and members of Congress. Earlier this year, BPC’s independent projections were cited as a factor in Congress reaching a budget agreement before its summer recess.
Earlier this year, EPP released a paper highlighting the complexities of the U.S. tax system and some approaches that could be used to streamline and simplify it to work better for American households. Several congressional offices have expressed interest in following up on these recommendations.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The position of Research Analyst at BPC is a versatile one, involving a variety of tasks, often simultaneously. Specific responsibilities may include:

Conducting research on economic and fiscal policy issues
Analyzing data to develop policy proposals and budget estimates
Drafting written materials, including blogs, issue briefs, white papers, etc.
Attending stakeholder meetings, taking notes, circulating notes as needed and managing meeting follow-up activities
Assisting with the development of podcasts, videos and other project activities
Assisting with selection and management of interns
Working with project coordinator and events team on the planning and execution of public and private events, as needed
Assisting with project contact management, tracking of project work flow, grant reporting, and coordinating with task force members, advisory committee members, and consultants

QUALIFICATIONS

Interest in 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 work independently and within a team, multi-task, think creatively, express ideas in a non-partisan fashion, and work well in a bipartisan organization
Demonstrated research and organizational skills
Some knowledge of or experience working with the federal budget and/or the appropriations process is a plus
Effective interpersonal skills
Applicant must minimally have completed a four-year undergraduate degree. A graduate degree (in public policy, economics, or a related field) or at least two years of work experience is preferred.

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

EPP’s work in the coming year will have several areas of focus:

Economic Opportunity: Since its inception, BPC has been a leader in proposing comprehensive, bipartisan approaches to financial challenges that face American families, ranging from early childhood and health care costs, to higher education costs. BPC is leading several initiatives to increase the economic security of the American public, including developing bipartisan recommendations on the affordability of higher education, housing affordability, and paid family leave policies, many of which have linkages to the individual tax code. In addition, BPC is crafting an Opportunity Agenda of these policies to make the case across the organization that there is a bipartisan path for action on bread and butter issues facing workers and families in America.
Retirement Security: In 2018, BPC launched Funding Our Future, a campaign of partner organizations that are working to educate and motivate the public about the need for reforms that 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. In addition, BPC continues to provide technical assistance to several congressional offices working on legislation to improve retirement security.
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. In addition, with many pieces of the individual tax code expiring in the coming years, there is an opportunity to revisit some of those components and think through reforms that could make the system work better for American workers and their families.

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 jobs@bipartisanpolicy.org. Please include the title of this job, Research Analyst, Economic Policy Project, in the subject line of the application email.

BPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.