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, D.C.-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, national and homeland security, the economy, education, immigration, infrastructure, and governance.
BPC is currently seeking a Policy Analyst to support activities across BPC’s Economic Policy Project (EPP) and the Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative.
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 fiscal policy in ways that provide context for its ongoing work:
- In 2010, BPC’s Debt Reduction Task Force—a bipartisan group led by former Senator Pete Domenici and former Office of Management and Budget Director Alice Rivlin—released Restoring America’s Future, a comprehensive deficit reduction plan for the country. Policymakers have already enacted some of the recommendations, but there is more work to be done, and one component of EPP’s ongoing efforts is advancing fiscally responsible policies consistent with that report.
- For several years, EPP has analyzed the timing and the potential consequences of breaching the 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 and Personal Savings, a two-year effort co-chaired by former Senator Kent Conrad 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 with the new administration.
Other significant areas of the Economic Policy Project’s work in the coming year will include student loans and higher education financing, policies that target Main Street growth, and the federal budget process.
BPC’s Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative launched in 2017 to continue and enhance the work of the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. The initiative ensures an ongoing institutional presence for the cause of using evidence and science to inform policymaking, and provides a forum for bipartisan efforts to advance that cause. The initiative will bring together leading experts around the generation and use of evidence in policymaking processes; provide advice and expertise on implementation options and strategies; and support efforts to develop legislation, regulations, policies, and standards to improve the generation and use of evidence in the country.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The position of Policy Analyst at BPC is a versatile one, involving a variety of tasks, often simultaneously. The analyst will be expected to learn about new and evolving policy issues and will interact with policy experts and political leaders.
Specific responsibilities may include conducting research on economic, fiscal, evaluation, statistical, and privacy issues; analyzing data to develop budget forecasts; drafting and editing reports, policy briefs, blog posts, fact sheets, and op-eds; and proactively engaging on other routine tasks such as planning events and communicating BPC’s work through a variety of media.
- Experience conducting policy research, including quantitative and qualitative approaches
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, particularly in writing
- Knowledge of and interest in EPP’s issue areas
- Demonstrated understanding of or experience working with implementation of federal government programs and policies
- 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 and/or the appropriations process is a plus
- Familiarity with program evaluation, risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, or other policy analytic approaches is a plus
- Applicant must minimally have completed a four-year undergraduate degree, preferably in public policy, statistics, business, economics or a related major.
- At least 3 years of work experience (or a graduate degree and some work experience) is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the title of this job, Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project and Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative, in the subject line of the application email.