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.


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.