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Associate Director for Economic & Tax Policy

The Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. BPC drives principled and politically viable policy solutions through the power of rigorous analysis, painstaking negotiation, and aggressive advocacy.

As a leading Washington, DC-based think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship, BPC works to address the key challenges facing the nation. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations with former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who possess views from across the political spectrum. We are currently focused on policy issues related to health, energy, the economy, education, immigration, infrastructure, and governance.

BPC is currently seeking an Associate Director for Economic and Tax Policy. BPC’s Economic Policy Project (EPP) works on a range of issues to develop bipartisan policy recommendations to improve the economic opportunity and financial security of the American people. We provide timely analysis of fiscal and economic developments and proposals and has significantly impacted the national dialogue. For example:

  • Earlier this year, EPP released a paper highlighting the complexities of the U.S. tax system and some approaches that could be used to streamline and simplify it to work better for American households. Several congressional offices have expressed interest in following up on these recommendations.
  • In 2016, EPP released the final report of its Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings, a two-year effort co-chaired by former Senator Kent Conrad (D-SD) and the Honorable James B. Lockhart III, former Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. The 19-member commission reached consensus on a comprehensive package of bipartisan recommendations aimed at: growing access to workplace retirement savings plans, improving financial capability, strengthening Social Security and making it sustainable, and facilitating lifetime-income options to protect against outliving savings. Several pending pieces of legislation that are eventually expected to be enacted contain elements of the commission’s recommendations.
  • EPP has analyzed the timing and the potential consequences of breaching the debt limit. The work has been referenced widely by media outlets and members of Congress. Earlier this year, BPC’s independent projections were cited as a factor in Congress reaching a budget agreement before its summer recess.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The associate director is responsible for assisting the director of economic policy in the following areas: setting strategy and budget for EPP’s work; conducting detailed research and analysis; managing relationships with stakeholders and experts; overseeing initiatives and managing staff; and providing guidance and leadership alongside the director. The position of associate director at BPC is a versatile one, involving a variety of tasks, often at the same time. The associate director will be expected to learn about new and evolving policy issues, and will interact with policy experts and political leaders in efforts to develop consensus-driven recommendations.

In addition to this core work, this position will advise and assist other BPC policy teams on issues related to the individual tax code, such as paid family leave, child care costs, and low-income housing. The successful candidate will also be able to provide strategic leadership for the organization as we explore additional tax policy areas.

Specific responsibilities for the position may include conducting research on economic and tax policy issues; staffing task forces, working groups, and other initiatives that have the involvement of high-level current and former officials; data analysis; drafting and editing reports, policy briefs, briefing materials, blog posts, fact sheets, and op-eds; advising congressional staff on a variety of economic issues; grant writing and funder updates; and engaging on other meaningful tasks, such as planning events and communicating BPC’s work through a variety of media.

In partnership with BPC Action, our sister 501(c)4 lobbying organization, the associate director will help conduct outreach to gather information and build support for the project’s policy recommendations by meeting with Members of Congress and staff and other federal and state officials.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of five years of work experience in economic/tax policy
  • A graduate degree (preferably in public policy, economics, or a related field) or equivalent additional work experience
  • Strong background in economic and/or tax policy, with an expertise in one or more of the following issue areas: the individual tax code (strongly preferred), retirement security, the federal budget, and paid family leave
  • Experience conducting policy research, including quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both in writing and speech
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and within a team, multi-task, think creatively, express ideas in a non-partisan fashion, and work well in a bipartisan organization
  • Demonstrated success organizing and managing projects, meeting deadlines, and supervising staff
  • Demonstrated ability to develop ideas and execute them
  • Knowledge of or experience working with the federal budget and/or the appropriations process is a plus
  • Experience working with executive and/or legislative branches or a demonstrated understanding of congressional or agency operations

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

EPP’s work in the coming year will have several areas of focus:

  • Economic Opportunity: Since its inception, BPC has been a leader in proposing comprehensive, bipartisan approaches to financial challenges that face American families, ranging from early childhood and health care costs, to higher education costs. BPC is leading several initiatives to increase the economic security of the American public, including developing bipartisan recommendations on the affordability of higher education, housing affordability, and paid family leave policies, many of which have linkages to the individual tax code. In addition, BPC is crafting an Opportunity Agenda of these policies to make the case across the organization that there is a bipartisan path for action on bread and butter issues facing workers and families in America.
  • Retirement Security: In 2018, BPC launched Funding Our Future, a campaign of partner organizations that are working to educate and motivate the public about the need for reforms that strengthen retirement security for all Americans. The campaign focuses on identifying the challenges and highlighting policy solutions that make it easier to save for retirement, increase retirees’ lifetime income options, and address Social Security’s financial challenges. In addition, BPC continues to provide technical assistance to several congressional offices working on legislation to improve retirement security. Between Social Security’s financing and the tax-advantaged nature of retirement savings, many of these issues relate to the federal tax code.
  • Fiscal Policy and the Debt Limit: For years, BPC has been a leader in analysis on the federal government’s growing fiscal challenges and the risks of the debt limit. BPC will continue to provide up-to-date analysis on the state of U.S. fiscal and tax policy, the ongoing risks and possible alternatives to the debt limit, and how the growing federal debt limits the federal government’s options to respond to economic and other challenges facing America. In addition, with many pieces of the individual tax code expiring in the coming years, there is an opportunity to revisit some of those components and think through reforms that could make the system work better for American workers and their families.

BPC offers a highly competitive salary and provides generous benefits. Individuals interested in this position should send resume, cover letter, writing sample, transcript (if a recent graduate), and references to [email protected]. Please include the title of this job, Associate Director for Economic & Tax Policy, in the subject line of the application email.

BPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.