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Economic Policy Institute

Economic Policy Institute


Executive Assistant
Office of the President

Based in Washington, DC


The Economic Policy Institute seeks a dynamic and skilled professional to join our team in the office of the president as an Executive Assistant. The assistant will coordinate and manage the work of the office of the president and support the president, vice president, and senior staff in day-to-day activities. Ability to handle confidential material and information with utmost discretion is required. The ideal candidate will be resourceful and able to prioritize multiple tasks, including schedule, travel and event planning, meeting coordination, and drafting and formatting high quality documents in a professional and organized manner. A keen eye for detail and accuracy is essential. He/she should have at least five years’ experience in a high-level secretarial or administrative role with a solid understanding of computer and software technology and office equipment. This position is located in Washington, D.C.

About EPI: The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) was founded in 1986 to focus solid academic research and policy analysis on achieving shared prosperity – because every working family deserves a better future, a good job, affordable healthcare, and fair pay. EPI’s trenchant policy impact analysis and solid data work have built its reputation as the most credible and authoritative source on a wide range of economic issues, including wages, tax and budget, immigration, retirement security, and trade and globalization.

What You Will Do

  • Maintain president’s and vice president’s schedules and keep contact database up-to-date.
  • Manage all travel arrangements for president and vice president and prepare, submit, and track expense reimbursements.
  • Develop office organizational and communications systems and protocols as needed.
  • Handle confidential material and information appropriate to the president and vice president function.
  • Serve as “gateway” to the president:
    • Review, prioritize and handle incoming correspondence, phone calls and other details and route where appropriate to facilitate action.
    • Schedule meetings and appointments to ensure president’s and vice president’s calendars are free of conflicts.
    • Prepare, research, and assemble appropriate background materials for president’s speaking engagements and meetings.
    • Plan, coordinate, and manage annual board meetings and quarterly executive committee meetings.
    • Coordinate advanced distribution of materials prior to board meetings electronically or by mail.
  • Plan and coordinate EPI conferences, special events and office functions. Liaise with external vendors and caterers to facilitate EPI’s events.
  • Assist with travel arrangements for EPI’s senior staff, board of directors and others doing business with EPI and provide assistance with travel reimbursement where needed.
  • Coordinate senior staff and other internal staff meetings.
  • Assist with resolving technology-related issues for the president and vice president.
  • Assist other staff as requested and appropriate to schedule meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What You Bring

  • A bachelor’s degree is preferred, but may be replaced by additional relevant work experience.
  • At least five years of high-level administrative support experience in a professional office setting.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including ability to proofread, edit, and revise.
  • Superior organizational skills with excellent attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Facility with Microsoft Office, including Excel/spreadsheets.
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of EPI staff and board members; state, federal, and local government officials; the press; universities; unions; foundations; etc.
  • Independent judgment, problem-solving skills, and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Flexible schedule and some overtime required to meet the needs of the Office of the President.
  • Self-starting and positive approach to tasks with a willingness to learn, innovate, and grow with EPI.
  • Unquestionable ethics and commitment to EPI’s mission. Knowledge of and interest in social, political, and economic issues.

Salary/Benefits:

  • EPI is a unionized workplace. This position is in the bargaining unit and reports to the president and vice president.
  • The salary for this position ranges from $60,000 to $68,000 and is dependent on experience.
  • EPI offers an excellent benefits package, including generous paid time off, as well as retirement contributions, medical, vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance.

EPI is an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or caregiver status.

To Apply:
Candidates should send a resume and cover letter highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working at EPI to: sthompson@epi.org, with “Executive Assistant- OTP” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

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