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Policy Analyst, Education

The D.C. Policy Center is looking for a self-motivated and well-organized analyst to work on education policy in the District of Columbia. The ideal candidate will have a deep interest in the District and a broad background in education issues, and will be adept with a variety of data sources and fluent in evaluating and applying high-quality policy research.

The work will focus on supply and demand factors for K-12 education in the District of Columbia in the context of demographic change and socioeconomic disparities, and how the District’s educational institutions can attract, keep, and serve families of all types. Research areas include: the role the city’s educational institutions play in attracting families to the city or certain neighborhoods; how demand for certain types of schools correlates with school location, student demographics, socioeconomic variables, and other factors;  how segregation and concentrated poverty affect school choice and quality; how access to high-quality schools varies by neighborhood; and the role housing and transportation policies play in providing access to quality schools.

General Responsibilities

The incumbent will manage and implement the D.C. Policy Center’s new K-12 education research and policy program. Key responsibilities include:

Experience and skills


Application instructions

Send a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples as a single PDF to jobs@dcpolicycenter.org.

The first round of applications will be considered in mid-July; later applications will be evaluated as needed on a rolling basis.



Independent Fellows

The D.C. Policy Center is looking for journalists, data scientists, and policy wonks of all stripes to write for the Center’s website as independent research Fellows. These data-driven, D.C.-centered analyses of 500-2000 words will focus on topics within the Center’s key policy, including labor markets and labor market conditions, business environment, demographic changes, education, workforce development, infrastructure and transportation, social policies, and housing.

Each piece must include original research or analysis focused on the District of Columbia. The ideal candidate is an independent thinker with excellent research, analysis, and writing skills who can put forward interesting analysis and policy ideas. A publication record and a demonstrated interest in urban data and policy, especially the District of Columbia’s economy or demography, are a plus.

Strong data visualization skills are preferred, but the Center can provide support with data visualizations if needed. While arrangements are flexible, we expect our writers to contribute between one to three times a month.

Application instructions

Send a resume, cover letter discussing your background and research interests, and two writing samples to jobs@dcpolicycenter.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.



About the D.C. Policy Center 

Established in 2016 and currently based in the Federal City Council (federalcitycouncil.org), the D.C. Policy Center is a non-partisan 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 Federal City Council 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.