Current openings


Priority deadline: July 29th, 2019

The D.C. Policy Center is looking for a self-motivated and well-organized analyst to support the work of its Education Policy Initiative. Established in 2017, the Education Policy Initiative has created a data-rich landscape of D.C.’s traditional public and public charter schools, with research on participation in by-right schools, future enrollment, and school diversity. The analyst will support upcoming work to produce briefings and research connected to equity and inclusivity, establish a blog with guest contributors, disseminate findings at events, and facilitate meetings with school leaders.

This position is primarily focused on research and data analysis, with additional communication and coordination duties. The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative analysis and writing skills, excellent attention to detail, and a demonstrated interest in the District and local education. The analyst’s work will focus on topics such as the teacher pipeline, exits from public schools, bridging the gap between high school and college or career, the relationship between transportation and school choice, and research-practice partnerships, among other topics. The position will begin with a one-year contract renewable for another year contingent on funding.

Priority deadline is July 29, 2019.

Experience: Entry level
Salary: $55,000 – $65,000

Responsibilities:

  • Support the Director of the Education Policy Initiative by carrying out research tasks such as acquiring data from local or national data sources, conducting literature reviews, and analyzing trends or patterns in complex data sets
  • Create and formathigh-quality data visualizations (including maps), tables,and infographics
  • Assist in writing and delivering feedback on articles and essays (including an independent check on accompanying analyses), reports, press releases, and other publications
  • Prepare essays, reports, and briefings for publication in WordPress and print
  • Contribute to implementation of a large-scale survey executed by an external firm
  • Assist in the coordination and planning of meetings with school leaders
  • Manage projects independently to meet deadlines
  • Additional duties as necessary

Required experience and qualifications:

  • At least three years’ education or experience in economics, public policy, education, statistics, demography, or related fields
  • Experience with education and demographic data sets, such as the American Community Survey (ACS), D.C. educational data files, geospatial data, and survey results. For example, the applicant should feel comfortable downloading ACS estimates and linking them to data from other sources
  • Ability to design and implement analyses of local education data, such as how public school enrollment has changed over time by Ward or local subdivision
  • Some familiarity with statistical packages and/or programming languages (e.g., Stata or R), including experience with large-scale datasets in an applied research setting outside of the classroom
  • Strong writing and communication skills for policy, practitioner, and general audiences
  • Excellent time management skills, with an ability to take initiative, work independently, and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment
  • Experience coordinating events for 20 or more participants

Strongly preferred experience and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and three years’ experience OR Master’s degree and at least one year of experience in economics, public policy, education, statistics, demography, or related fields
  • Robust understanding of D.C.’s local education policy or practice
  • Experience supporting survey design and implementation
  • Experience in mapping and data visualization (e.g., GIS, Tableau)
  • Experience editing publications for wide audiences

Application Instructions

Send a resume, cover letter, one writing sample, and one data visualization sample as a single PDF to jobs@dcpolicycenter.org


Priority deadline: April 8, 2019 – We are no longer accepting applications for this posision

The D.C. Policy Center is looking for a self-motivated and well-organized research assistant to work in a fast-paced think tank focused on the District of Columbia. Our research areas include the economy, education, housing, transportation, business conditions, public safety and criminal justice, demographic change, poverty and economic mobility, and workforce development.

This is an entry-level position primarily focused on research and data analysis, with additional communication and administrative support duties. The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative and writing skills, excellent attention to detail, and a deep interest in the economies of D.C. and the metropolitan region.

Priority deadline is April 8, 2019. After that, applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The start date for this position is flexible, ideally in mid-May. To apply send a resume, cover letter, and two relevant writing samples as PDFs to jobs@dcpolicycenter.org.

Experience: Entry level
Salary: $45,000 – $50,000

Responsibilities:

Research and data support (80%)

  • Support staff by conducting background research on various topics, such as housing, business conditions, and education.
  • Create and format tables, charts, maps, and data visualizations.
  • Support data operations by pulling, cleaning, organizing, and analyzing data.
  • Assist in writing and editing articles, reports, press releases, and other publications for internal and external audiences.

Administrative and general support (20%)

  • Prepare articles and reports for publication in WordPress.
  • Assist senior staff with internal communications and meetings preparation, and provide day-of assistance for meetings and events.
  • Additional duties as necessary.

Required experience and qualifications:

  • Clear and concise writing skills.
  • An interest in economic and social policy issues in the District of Columbia.
  • Education or experience in basic analytical research and statistical analysis.
  • Education or experience in mapping and data visualization (e.g., GIS, Tableau), and interest in expanding these skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and social media.
  • Some familiarity with statistical packages and/or programming languages (e.g., SAS, Stata, R, Python), including experience working with large-scale datasets, and a willingness to develop these skills.
  • Excellent time management skills, with an ability to take initiative, work independently, and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.

Preferred experience and qualifications:

  • Education or experience in economics, business, public policy, education, public health, statistics, demography, or related fields.
  • Analytical research skills and experience in econometrics and statistical analysis, especially experience working with large-scale datasets.
  • Experience analyzing and visualizing data with tools such as SAS, Stata, R, GIS, Tableau, and/or Python in an applied research setting.
  • Experience extracting and analyzing state-, city-, and tract-level data from national data sources, such as the American Community Survey.
  • Knowledge of D.C. government and policies.

Application Instructions

To apply send a resume, cover letter, and two relevant writing samples as PDFs to jobs@dcpolicycenter.org. The priority deadline to apply is April 8, 2019; after that, applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


Rolling applications

The D.C. Policy Center is looking for researchers, journalists, data scientists, data visualization experts, and policy wonks of all stripes to write for the Center’s website as independent research Fellows. Our Fellows produce data-driven, D.C.-centered analyses on a variety of topics, including housing, public health, employment and labor markets, business environments, D.C. history, demographic change, transportation, and criminal justice.

Articles must include original research or data analysis focused on the District of Columbia. The ideal candidate is an independent thinker with excellent research, analysis, and writing skills, as well as a demonstrated interest in urban data and policy, especially the District of Columbia’s economy or demography.

Please note that Fellows are independent contractors who are paid per piece; this is not a full-time or onsite position.

Application instructions

Please send a resume, brief cover letter, and two relevant writing samples to jobs@dcpolicycenter.org. In your cover letter, please include your specific research interests, and 1-3 brief pitches for article(s) that you would pursue as a Fellow. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Note: We also consider submissions from one-time contributors. Please contact jobs@dcpolicycenter.org for more information.

About the D.C. Policy Center

The D.C. Policy Center is a non-profit (501(c)3) think tank focusing on local policy issues in the District of Columbia and the surrounding region. Through data-driven and action-oriented policy research, the D.C. Policy Center’s mission is to bring together policymakers, employers, industry leaders, community advocates, and other stakeholders to advance comprehensive policies that support a strong and growing local economy for all District residents.

The D.C. Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status, or any other protected status under federal or District law.

Please contact jobs@dcpolicycenter.org with any questions.