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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


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.