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Project Associate, Economic Policy Project

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 focused on policy issues related to health, energy, national and homeland security, the economy, education, immigration, infrastructure, and governance.

BPC is currently seeking a Project Associate to support activities across BPC’s Economic Policy Project (EPP).

The Economic Policy Project is committed to developing bipartisan policy recommendations to enhance the financial prosperity and security of the American people. The project also provides timely analysis of fiscal and economic developments and proposals. Over the past several years, EPP has significantly impacted the national discussion on economic policy in ways that provide context for its ongoing work:

For several years, EPP has analyzed the timing and the potential consequences of breaching the federal debt limit. The work has been cited widely by media outlets and members of Congress. With more fiscal impasses (including another debt limit fight) on the horizon, EPP continues to provide information and analysis that helps to move the policy debate in a productive direction.

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-ND) 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: increasing 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. EPP staff will continue to educate policymakers and the public on these important issues and advance the report’s recommendations among lawmakers on Capitol Hill and officials in the administration.

In 2018, BPC launched its Task Force on Higher Education Financing and Student Outcomes. Composed of former lawmakers and higher education leaders from across the political spectrum, the task force is focused on developing reforms that boost affordability and accountability in the U.S. higher education system. In particular, the task force has its sights on reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and is developing recommendations on FAFSA reform, federal accountability systems, higher education data reforms, and the federal-state relationship in higher education financing.

Other significant areas of the Economic Policy Project’s work in the coming year will include policies that target Main Street growth, economic opportunity, and the federal budget.


  • The position of Project Associate at BPC is a versatile one, involving a variety of tasks, often simultaneously. Specific responsibilities may include:
  • Assisting the project team with research, analysis, and writing for project materials, including blogs, issue briefs, white papers, etc.
  • Coordinating, scheduling, and tracking all project workflow for EPP’s Higher Education Task Force (and other EPP initiatives as needed), including managing deadlines for collateral development, grant reporting, meetings, etc.
  • Assisting with the planning, coordination, and execution of public events and private stakeholder meetings including booking space, coordinating attendees, and preparing materials as needed
  • Serving as the project’s point of contact with various task force members, advisory committee members and consultants
  • Project contact management, including maintaining CRM mailing lists
  • Attending stakeholder meetings, taking notes, circulating notes as needed and managing meeting follow-up activities
  • Assisting with the development of podcasts, videos and other project activities


  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, particularly in writing
  • Interest in conducting policy research, including quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • Experience simultaneously organizing and prioritizing multiple workstreams with competing priorities efficiently and effectively
  • Ability to multi-task on numerous projects, large and small, in both collaborative and independent situations
  • Demonstrated research and organizational skills
  • Some knowledge of or experience working with the federal budget policy, economic policy, or higher education policy is a plus
  • Applicant must minimally have completed a four-year undergraduate degree, preferably in public policy, statistics, business, economics or a related major. Some (1-2 years) full-time work experience preferred.

BPC values interaction and collaboration across its departments and policy projects. Periodically, opportunities will arise to contribute to new or expanding projects in other policy or functional areas.

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, Project Associate, Economic Policy Project, in the subject line of the application email.

BPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.