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Policy Analyst, Higher Education Policy

Higher education serves as one of the engines of the U.S. economy, but the current system is plagued with high costs and stagnant outcomes among students. The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is committed to developing a series of data-driven and consensus-based policies to improve the system for students and their families. 

BPC is currently seeking a higher education policy analyst to conduct research and develop reforms. In particular, this analyst will support BPC’s Task Force on Higher Education Financing and Student Outcomes. Composed of former policymakers 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. 

With reauthorization of the Higher Education Act on the horizon, the selected candidate will have the opportunity to work on key issues in higher education policy, meet with experts and stakeholders, and witness firsthand how ideas are debated by principals and translated into policy recommendations.  

Roles and Responsibilities 

The position of Policy Analyst at BPC is a versatile one, involving a variety of tasks, often at the same time. Specific responsibilities may include conducting research on issues in higher education policy; drafting and editing reports, policy briefs, blog posts, fact sheets, and op-eds; and proactively engaging on other meaningful tasks such as planning events and communicating BPC’s work through a variety of media.  

Potential research areas may include, but will not necessarily be limited to:  

  • FAFSA Reform: Analyzing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and developing recommendations on how it can be reformed. 
  • Federal Accountability Systems: Researching current policies that seek to promote quality control at higher education institutions and developing policy options that promote continuous improvement throughout the higher education system.  
  • Higher Education Data Reforms: Analyzing and drafting policy proposals that seek to improve federal data systems and reduce regulatory burdens among institutions. 
  • Federal and State Roles in Higher Education Financing: Developing policy options that reform the federal and state roles in higher education financing.  


  • Experience conducting policy research, including familiarity with quantitative and qualitative approaches 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, particularly in writing 
  • Knowledge of and interest in higher education policy 
  • Ability to multi-task on numerous assignments, large and small, in both collaborative and independent situations 
  • Strong organizational skills 
  • Familiarity with program evaluation, cost-benefit analysis, and/or other policy analysis approaches is a plus 
  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in public policy or economics or 2+ years of relevant work experience is required. 

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 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, national and homeland security, the economy, education, immigration, infrastructure, and governance. 

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, “Policy Analyst, Higher Education Policy,” in the subject line of the application email. 

BPC is an equal opportunity employer.