Reports To: Executive Director and Chief Economist

Class: Exempt/full-time


The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a nonpartisan research and grantmaking organization dedicated to advancing evidence-based ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth. Important elements of Equitable Growth’s mission include in-house, academic-quality research as well as grantmaking to academic economists and other social scientists to support new research on inequality, mobility, growth, and related issues. Building a stronger bridge between academics and the policy community is key to our work, with the goal of making new research relevant, accessible, and informative to the policymaking process.

Equitable Growth has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant to conduct research on the various channels through which economic inequality may (or may not) impact economic growth and stability, specifically helping with and conducting data analysis on the U.S. labor market and economic policy. Research topics will include analysis of policies that affect economic opportunity, economic mobility, family formation and stability, among other Equitable Growth research and policy priorities.


  • Provide research support to the executive director, including conducting literature reviews, performing quantitative and qualitative data analysis, developing new ways to present data, and preparation and fact-checking of manuscripts and research reports
  • Support efforts to translate academic research into issue briefs and other accessible content
  • Draft talking points, speeches, blog posts, columns, papers, charts, tables, and graphs of economic data
  • Maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility
  • Work with colleagues to plan meetings, events, and assist with scheduling
  • Represent Equitable Growth at certain meetings and events
  • Proofread, fact-check, and edit documents to ensure accuracy and clarity
  • Assist Executive Director in grant reviews
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in economics, public policy, or related field required
  • Two years of research or analytical experience in economic policy or related fields preferred
  • Demonstrated writing and research skills
  • Ability to understand assigned issues and communicate them effectively to a lay audience
  • Thorough knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Strong empirical skills, with demonstrated experience in statistical software required
  • Ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to multitask and work well under tight deadlines
  • Commitment to Equitable Growth’s mission and goals
  • Non-profit or research team experience a plus

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is actively committed to promoting and maintaining the importance of diversity to its work. We encourage everyone across the spectrums of race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, age, gender identity and expression, educational background, sexual orientation, and religion to apply.

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