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Research Analyst, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

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Reports to: Senior Mathematician

Department: Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Staff reporting to this position: None

Position classification: Exempt, full-time


The Washington Center for Equitable Growth, housed at the Center for American Progress, is a new, nonpartisan research and education project that will engage with academics and policymakers to better understand and address the effects of economic inequality in the United States and around the world. An important part of Equitable Growth’s mission includes providing grants to academic economists and social scientists to support new research on inequality, mobility, growth, and related issues. Equitable Growth is seeking a Research Analyst to support and undertake independent research on equitable growth and public policy and support efforts to engage with the academic community. Since Equitable Growth is a new organization, we are seeking candidates who are entrepreneurial, team players, good problem solvers, and interested in helping address the myriad challenges associated with building a new institution.

The position requires strong research, writing, and analytic abilities and experience.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Provide support for research projects in collaboration with internal and external economists on issues related to economic inequality, equitable growth, and public policy.
  • Support efforts to translate academic research into issue briefs and other accessible content; provide materials in support of policy outreach efforts.
  • Draft articles, papers, blog posts, charts, tables, and graphs.
  • Find, analyze, and synthesize relevant information and data.
  • Proofread and edit documents to ensure accuracy.
  • Prepare economic data sets and public opinion research for analysis.
  • Maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Assist in the coordination and planning of meetings and events and other outreach efforts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, statistics, or related field required. Master’s degree or relevant full-time work experience preferred.
  • Strong analytical and research skills are essential. Experience with academic research assistance is strongly preferred.
  • Proven ability to perform quantitative analysis required; familiarity with R, Stata, and/or other statistical and mathematical simulation programs is preferred.
  • Knowledge of widely used economic data sets such as the Current Population Survey, American Community Survey, and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics.
  • Knowledge of politics and policy; legislative or other policy experience a plus.
  • Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4), experience a plus.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to understand economic issues and to communicate them effectively.
  • Ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment.

Equitable Growth description: For the past three decades, America’s top earners have captured an increasingly large percentage of the country’s wealth. While economists have documented this dramatic rise in inequality, less is known about its consequences and the kinds of public policy responses that are best suited to address them. Ingrained public assumptions that policies designed to increase equality would result in lower efficiency, fewer jobs, and slower growth create impediments to policymakers willing to support and advocate for policies that encourage broadly shared growth. This problem is compounded by the fact that policymakers have limited access to academic economists, new trends in research, and organizational resources.

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth’s mission is to:

  • Improve our understanding of equitable growth and inequality by supporting new academic research and bringing together scholars to share their work
  • Build a stronger bridge between academics and policymakers to help ensure that research on equitable growth and inequality is relevant, accessible, and informative to the policymaking process
  • Shape a rigorous, fact-based national debate on equitable growth and inequality by facilitating scholars’ participation in the media and investing in a sophisticated in-house communications and social media effort

American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.

American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to

For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to  

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to:

Or you may write to: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize our progressive agenda: The Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name "American Progress." The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.