External Relations Director

Class: Exempt/full-time


The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a research and grant-making organization that engages with academics and policymakers to better understand whether and how economic inequality affects economic growth and stability. Core to Equitable Growth’s mission is: building a bridge between the academic and policy communities; conducting in-house, academic-quality research and analysis; providing grants to academic economists and other social scientists to support cutting-edge research on inequality, mobility, growth, and related issues; and making in-house and supported research accessible to the policy community.

The Center has an immediate opening for an External Relations Director. The ideal candidate will be able to lead the organization’s efforts to connect academic ideas on economic inequality and growth to the policymaking community by elevating serious and credible academic research from our growing academic network, including Equitable Growth grantees, Steering Committee, Research Advisory Board, and staff. The External Relations Director will lead a team in building relationships for Equitable Growth in both the academic and policymaking communities. The team, with support from the rest of the staff, will be responsible for devising and implementing a plan to ensure that Equitable Growth’s research is communicated effectively to the policymaking community and for bringing policy issues relevant to Equitable Growth’s mission into the development of our research agenda. The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, highly organized, able to leverage his or her relationships, and able to communicate the relevance of often highly complicated and technical academic research to the policymaking community, while elevating relevant policy issues to academics.


Manage the Washington Center for Equitable Growth’s reputation in Washington, D.C. by developing an external relations strategy that meets the organization’s goals and priorities, which include building a strong presence and supportive environment for Equitable Growth’s grantees and experts seeking to connect their research with the policymaking community.

Specifically, the ideal candidate will:

  • Oversee and develop a comprehensive external relations strategy that reaches the policymaking community, including: federal officials such as members of Congress and executive branch officials; state and local government officials; and partner advocates and research organizations
  • Manage day-to-day efforts to connect the policymaking community with Equitable Growth’s research, analysis, and experts
  • Develop and maintain Equitable Growth relationships with key stakeholders in the academic and policymaking communities
  • Translate the overall vision that promotes Equitable Growth objectives by disseminating original research and analysis among the policymaking communities
  • Coordinate academic engagement and outreach strategy with Equitable Growth’s academic programming team
  • Work in partnership with the Policy, Research, and Communications teams to develop creative approaches to increase the prominence of Equitable Growth’s research, academic grantees, and in-house experts
  • Track and disseminate information related to developments in federal, state, and local economic policy
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience with progressively increasing amounts of responsibility
  • Experience working in economic policy and with economic policy staff members on Capitol Hill and executive agencies required, familiarity with state or local policymaking a plus
  • Highly organized, with strong networking skills and attention to detail
  • 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, start-up environment
  • Commitment to Equitable Growth’s mission and goals

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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