Academic Relations Manager

Reports to: External Relations Director

Staff reporting to this position: None

Position classification: Exempt/full-time

Summary

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a research and grantmaking organization that engages with academics and policymakers to better understand and address the effects of economic inequality. Important parts of Equitable Growth’s mission include:

  • Programming that brings the academic and policy communities together for the benefit of both
  • In-house, academic-quality research
  • Providing grants to academic economists and other social scientists to support new research on inequality, mobility, growth, and related issues
  • Making in-house and supported research accessible to the policy community

The Center has an immediate opening for an Academic Relations Manager who will work within the External Relations team and with the Senior Director for Policy, the Research Director, and research economists to create, coordinate, and manage relationships and partnerships with scholars and academic institutions working in economics and other social science disciplines related to Equitable Growth’s mission. The Academic Relations Manager will be the main point of contact for academics and will help guide strategy for building a robust and active academic community. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, have proven project management skills, and have a demonstrated understanding of academia and the social sciences as well as the policymaking and advocacy communities.

Responsibilities:
External relations:

  • Help design and implement Equitable Growth’s academic programs in order to grow the Equitable Growth academic network.
  • Organize Equitable Growth’s presence at academic conferences, including highlighting opportunities for networking, supporting the planning of workshops or mini-conferences, and planning receptions and other activities.
  • Help build relationships with relevant university departments and raise awareness regarding grant opportunities and other academic programs.
  • Help develop and implement a strategy for engaging the Research Advisory Board.
  • Connect academics and academic ideas to policymakers and advocates in one to two of Equitable Growth’s core policy issue areas.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Project management:

  • Support Equitable Growth’s academic grants program by supporting publicity efforts of our yearly Request for Proposals and serving as the liaison to Equitable Growth grantees for editorial, communications, and program staff.
  • Help coordinate monthly Seminar Series and Equitable Growth conferences, and support other programming as needed.
  • Advise and support the External Relations Director, Research Director, and other senior staff on high-level academic, policy, and advocacy outreach.
  • Manage partnerships with academic institutions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Overall familiarity with academe, including academic institutions, career structure, and culture, and the policy areas where academics may engage with policymakers and advocates.
  • Three to five years of relevant work experience and/or a graduate degree in economics or another applicable social science.
  • Experience in government or advocacy is a plus.
  • Highly organized, with strong project management and administrative skills and attention to detail.
  • Adept with databases and experienced with (or able to quickly learn) CRM software (such as Salesforce, PeopleSoft, or Raiser’s Edge).
  • Proven ability to work productively with little management or oversight.
  • Able to set goals, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work well on a team and operate under tight deadlines in a fast-paced, high-pressure, startup environment.
  • Commitment to Equitable Growth’s mission and goals.
  • Bachelor’s degree.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@equitablegrowth.org.


Grants and Finance Assistant

Reports to: Academic Programs Manager (directly), Development Manager and Finance & Administration Director (indirectly)

Staff reporting to this position: None

Position classification: Exempt/full-time

Summary

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a new, non-partisan research and grant-making organization that engages with academics and policymakers to better understand and address the effects of economic inequality in the United States and around the world. Important parts of Equitable Growth’s mission include in-house, academic-quality research and providing grants to academic economists and social scientists to support new research on inequality, mobility, growth, and related issues.

The Center has an immediate opening for a Grants Administrator, who will be responsible for providing administrative support to the academic grants program and supporting the administration of awarded grants. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, able to create and maintain systems for tracking awards, a problem-solver, and adept with spreadsheets and databases.

Responsibilities:

Academic Funding Assistance

  • Respond to applicant and grantee questions regarding proposal status, subsequent payments, and other administrative inquiries.
  • Review prospective grantee financial statements and organizational budgets.
  • Review interim and final financial reports to ensure that grantee expenditures are consistent with the approved grant budget.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Administrative and Financial Assistance

  • Oversees and monitors all aspects of the day-to-day administrative and operational activities of academic funding.
  • Working with development, finance and academic programming staff, draft and prepare contracts.
  • Process and track payments and gifts, performing financial due-diligence.
  • Help maintain Equitable Growth’s grants and development management database, and perform necessary updates and data entry to ensure the accuracy and completeness of records.
  • Under the oversight of executive director, development and academic programs staff, draft, proofread and send out administrative correspondence.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in business or administration.
  • Two years of experience, preferably non-profit, university, or philanthropic experience.
  • Incredibly organized and detail-oriented with the ability to propose creative organizing solutions and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to analyze budgetary line items for compliance with budget guidelines.
  • Proficiency with Salesforce or similar data management system and basic computer applications (Word, Excel); willingness and ability to learn additional data software as needed (RaisersEdge, PeopleSoft).
  • Experience with establishing organizational systems to improve efficiency in a changing environment is a plus.
  • Familiarity with 501(c)(3) regulations is desired.
  • Commitment to organization’s mission and goals.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with appropriate discretion.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@equitablegrowth.org.


Policy Analyst, Tax and Public Finance

Reports to: Senior Director, Policy

Staff reporting to this position: None

Position classification: Exempt/full-time

Summary:
The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a nonpartisan research and grantmaking organization that engages with academics and policymakers to better understand and address the effects of economic inequality in the United States and the broader global economy. Important elements of Equitable Growth’s mission include in-house, academic-quality research, and 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 Policy Analyst, Tax and Public Finance, who will monitor academic scholarship relevant to federal tax and public finance policy, communicate the findings through policy-relevant reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, op-eds and other mediums, and play a leadership role in managing Equitable Growth’s tax and fiscal policy work.

The Policy Analyst is pivotal to Equitable Growth’s mission-critical work building a bridge between cutting-edge academics and the policy community. The ideal candidate will be an exceptional writer with the ability to effectively communicate complex ideas, and a strategic thinker with a demonstrated interest in research-based policymaking.

Working under the direction and guidance of the Senior Director for Policy, the successful analyst requires excellent time and project management skills and the ability to meet deadlines on key deliverables.

Responsibilities: Research and Writing

  • Contribute to Equitable Growth’s efforts in identifying existing research questions and academic research in tax and public finance.
  • Monitor and analyze new and existing academic literature on tax and public finance and communicate findings in written products (including reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, and op-eds) as well as in person at briefings and other events.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of current tax and public finance issues.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities: Project Management

  • Work independently to develop and manage internal and external projects and priorities in the tax and public finance arena, from conception to completion.
  • Working with the External Affairs team, maintain the relationships, networks, and database of tax experts and contacts in tax arena, including academics, policymakers, and advocates.
  • Perform other duties as as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics or public policy; advanced degree preferred.
  • Proven ability to apply academic research to real-world issues and present concise explanations of complex analyses.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including a solid track record of effective communication with both academic experts and policy stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable quantitative (statistical, econometric) and qualitative (observational, interviews) research experience.
  • Strong self-starter with previous project management experience.
  • Proven track record of meeting goals and deadlines as an individual and part of a team; ability to effectively prioritize.
  • Commitment to Equitable Growth’s mission and goals.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@equitablegrowth.org.


Special Assistant

Reports to: Executive Director

Staff reporting to this position: None

Position classification: Non-exempt, full-time

Summary
The Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a nonpartisan research and analysis organization that engages with academics and policymakers to better understand and address the effects of economic inequality on economic growth and stability, is seeking to fill the position of Special Assistant. The Special Assistant supports the Executive Director in matters of scheduling and preparation for private and public meetings, including academic speaking engagements, policy briefings, and congressional testimony. The position requires strong administrative, operations, data entry, and scheduling skills, as well as solid research and writing skills. A passion for economics as an academic discipline and policy arena, a working knowledge of the important academic and policy players with whom Equitable Growth is or may be engaged is strongly preferred.

Responsibilities
The Special Assistant’s primary responsibilities for the Executive Director are to:

  • Coordinate the scheduling needs of the executive director, working with senior staff
  • Coordinate the travel arrangements for the executive director, working with senior staff
  • Coordinate day-to-day email and telephone correspondence for executive director with other staff
  • Coordinate the processing of expenses and contract payments for executive director with finance and legal staff
  • Coordinate and initiate the preparation of briefing materials and public and private presentations for executive director and other senior staff, working with other staff
  • Help coordinate event logistics involving the Executive Director, working with other staff
  • Administer entries and reports in Salesforce data base
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Requirements and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 1-to-2 years of relevant experience (Relevant internships are considered experience)
  • Strong administrative and scheduling skills are essential
  • Strong detail-oriented multitasking skills are essential
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential
  • Ability to work well within a team and rapidly prioritize in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Microsoft Outlook experience and Data entry skills are essential. Familiarity with Evernote, Dropbox, and Salesforce preferred
  • Knowledge of economics and economic policy a plus
  • Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) experience a plus

Equitable Growth provides a competitive compensation and benefits package. Equitable Growth is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@equitablegrowth.org.


Special Assistant, Policy

Reports to: Senior Director, Policy

Staff reporting to this position: None

Position classification: Non-exempt (hourly)/full-time

Summary
The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a non-partisan research and grant-making organization that engages with academics and policymakers to better understand and address the effects of economic inequality in the United States and the broader global economy. Important elements of Equitable Growth’s mission include in-house, academic-quality research, and grant-making 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 opening for a Special Assistant to provide administrative and logistical support for Equitable Growth’s wide array of content and programming, connecting the dots between the scholarly and policy communities. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, detail- and task-oriented, and able to prioritize.

Responsibilities
Provide administrative and logistical support for Equitable Growth’s Policy, External Affairs, Communications, and Research teams, as well as others as needed, including:

  • Schedule in-house and external meetings/calls for the Senior Director for Policy and the Research Director, and, when appropriate, for the External Relations Director, Policy and Government Relations Manager, and Academic Relations Manager.
  • Book travel.
  • Process reimbursements.
  • Coordinate with the Special Assistant to the Executive Director to prepare background memos for meetings, conferences, and speaking engagements attended by Equitable Growth senior staff.
  • Support the Communications team by assisting with public and private convenings, with duties including but not limited to preparing background memos, printing and collating materials/handouts, assisting on contracts and invoices, providing day-of speaker management, and assisting on other event logistics.
  • Support the Academic Grants program, including but not limited to conducting grantee outreach, participating in the grant review process, and supporting the development of written product, events, and outreach flowing out of Equitable Growth’s academic network.
  • Support the development of Equitable Growth’s in-house policy-relevant content, including assisting in the production of Equitable Growth’s “Value Added” column, providing research support, and drafting policy content.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, follow through, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, startup environment.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong research and analytic skills.
  • Familiarity with economic policy issues.
  • Proficiency with basic computer applications (Word, Excel); willingness and ability to learn additional data software as needed (i.e., Salesforce, Evernote).
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the social sciences.
  • 1-2 years of relevant experience. (Relevant internships are considered experience.)
  • Familiarity with 501(c)(3) institutions strongly preferred.
  • Commitment to Equitable Growth’s organizational mission and goals.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@equitablegrowth.org.