Research Assistant, Economic Policy

  • Reports to: Managing Director, Economic Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Economic Policy
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for an economic Research Assistant. The position is open to those with expertise or interest in economic policy. The Research Assistant will assist policy experts in developing policy analysis and recommendations across a wide range of subjects relating to the U.S. economy, which include macroeconomics; inequality; employment and wages; financial markets; budget and taxes; consumer protection; and international trade.

The position requires strong research, writing, and analytic abilities as well as an ability to effectively work with others on the economic team-and throughout the organization-in order to provide assistance with the production of original research papers and the analysis of current and proposed policy. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work with large-scale economic databases to construct and manage data files, using one or more of the commonly used statistical software packages, such as SAS, Stata, R, and Python.


  • Provide research support on key policy areas, analyzing data sets; reading and summarizing existing research; and reviewing state and federal legislation, among other things.
  • Draft policy memos, talking points, charts, issue briefs, reports, op-eds, blog posts, and other briefing materials.
  • Review relevant laws, regulations, and other policy documents.
  • Prepare economic data sets and research for analysis.
  • Prepare outlines and first drafts of columns, policy briefs, and reports.
  • Coordinate projects and provide scheduling, administrative, research, and writing support as needed.
  • Provide operational support to the team, assisting in the coordination and planning of public and private meetings and events; processing and filing forms; and providing other administrative support to assist with the management of the team—including grant reports.
  • Begin to develop expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, public policy, or related field.
  • One to three years of experience.
  • Experience with data or statistical analysis is a plus.
  • Strong analytical and research skills are essential.
  • Proven ability to perform quantitative analysis.
  • Ability to accurately analyze quantitative and qualitative data is essential.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Knowledge of politics and policy, especially economic policy.
  • Ability to understand economic issues and to communicate them effectively.
  • Ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfort working under pressure and meeting tight deadlines.
  • Ability to multitask.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Training or experience in one or more commonly used statistical software package, such as SAS, Stata, R, and Python.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70.

American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.

American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to:

Or you may write to: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title and department of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

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