Job: Research and Policy Director

The Economic Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute in Washington, D.C. focusing on public policy issues. The Institute stresses real world analysis and a concern for the living standards of working people from both global and domestic perspectives. EPI economists regularly communicate their findings to major media, Congress, and to popular and academic/scholarly audiences.

EPI is searching for a new director of research and policy. The successful candidate will oversee development of the EPI research and policy agenda, and will be responsible for the policy relevance, quality, timeliness, and potential for impact of projects. The director will also help shape development of funding proposals. The candidate hired is expected to continue to develop their own research agenda and also be available for public speaking and media work. The director is responsible for relations with a number of key audiences including policymakers, researchers, and funders.

The director will supervise a staff of approximately 15-20 people, including professional researchers in economics, public policy and related fields, a computer programmer and others. These individuals carry out a broad array of research in areas ranging from tax and budget policy, macroeconomics and education to international trade and finance, labor market economics, health, immigration, retirement and industrial relations.

A significant number of outside researchers affiliated with universities and other institutes also contribute to EPI’s stream of output and activities.

The Economic Policy Institute has a total staff of about 50 people, and includes separate departments of external/government affairs, development, finance, and communications. The director will coordinate activities with these other departments, and will participate in the day-to-day management of the Institute and its resources and report to the president of the Institute.

A strong background of supervisory experience is required, along with significant research/policy experience in academia, government, or a private research organization, and an advanced degree in economics, public policy or a related field. The successful candidate will have a strong publications record; experience in popular writing and speaking is also of great value in this position. Fundraising experience would be beneficial.

The Economic Policy Institute is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Please send resumes and a cover letter to


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