Economic Policy Institute

Economic Policy Institute

Senior State Economic Analyst – EARN Team
Economic Analysis and Research Network

Based in Washington, DC
(currently REMOTE)


About the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN): EARN is a nationwide network of state-based research, policy, and advocacy organizations advancing an inclusive, worker-centered economy through state and local policy change and rigorous research. We are the progressive economic policy and research infrastructure in the states, conducting research, providing data analysis, and developing and advocating policies that confront the fundamental imbalances in the workplace in order to create an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealthy. A core part of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), EARN is a growing network of 55 research, policy, and advocacy organizations in 43 states around the country and the District of Columbia. The EARN network is coordinated by staff at the Economic Policy Institute and EARN partners.

EPI seeks a dynamic and skilled person to join our EARN team as a Senior State Economic Analyst to advance EARN’s programs and policy campaigns by conducting research; analyzing state, local, and national economic data; and providing research and policy guidance, customized data products, and technical assistance to EARN state and local partners. We are seeking someone ideally with 7 years’ experience writing, researching, and using data to analyze public policy and the economy – particularly around economic, worker, racial, and gender justice issues. Experience working on state or federal fiscal policy is a plus.

This position is based in Washington, DC. Economic Policy Institute staff are currently working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will resume in-person work at EPI’s offices in Washington when it is safe to do so.

What You Will Do

  • Conduct research and analysis in support of EARN projects and campaigns:
    • Produce reports, fact sheets, op-eds, blog posts, resource packets, and other documents on a wide range of economic issues and policies, but with particular focus on the impact that state and federal fiscal policy have on working people. The State Economic Analyst will also support work analyzing regional economies and the role of regional Federal Reserve Banks. Other areas of focus could include issues such as minimum wages, economic development, unions and worker power, economic impacts of structural racism, and gender-pay inequities.
    • Collect and analyze data to describe the impact of public policies on working families and the economy.
    • Develop and maintain state-level data packages and tools for EARN state groups.
  • Support EARN state partners in their research and policy work:
    • Respond to technical assistance requests from EARN groups and allies, particularly on research, economic policy, and data-related questions.
    • Produce custom statistics and data sets for EARN members to use in their analyses and advocacy.
    • Review and contribute to EARN member reports and products.
    • Assist in developing training opportunities for EARN members, including webinars and conference training sessions.
  • Develop fluency on key EARN issue areas, monitoring relevant research and emerging trends in federal, state, and local policymaking.
  • Engage in public debates, policy advocacy, and public education through conference presentations, briefings, expert testimony, and responding to media inquiries.
  • Write, edit, and contribute to EPI and EARN reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, snapshots, blog posts, and interactive online content.
  • Assist in the management of EARN’s online resources, including the EARN website and listserv.
  • Assist in planning and staffing EARNCon, EARN’s annual conference for state partners and allies, as well as other network events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Who You Are
Ideally, you have at least 7 years’ relevant experience. We do not expect that every candidate will have this full range of experience, but the following qualities and experience are highly desirable:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, public policy, sociology, or another quantitative social science.
  • A strong statistics competency and understanding of econometric techniques, such as those that would be gained through a masters or professional degree in economics, public policy, or a related field.
  • Training and experience with analysis of microdata, including the use of statistical software such as Stata or R.
  • Experience with and demonstrated commitment to economic justice and racial and gender equity, such as in a labor union, advocacy organization, or public agency.
  • Experience with policy research and advocacy; ability to read and analyze policy language; familiarity with state-level policy and legislative process is a plus.
  • Familiarity with state or federal fiscal policy, monetary policy, and the Federal Reserve system.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to create materials for a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to represent the organization at meetings and events, as well as with the media and in testimony before state and local government.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, but also able to collaborate and work as part of a team and with diverse partners.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the demonstrated ability to drive projects to completion.
  • Facility with the Microsoft Office Suite, with expertise in Excel. Knowledge of WordPress, Highcharts, and/or GIS a bonus.
  • Willingness to handle occasional long hours and travel.

Salary and Benefits

  • EPI is a unionized workplace. This position is in the bargaining unit and reports to the EARN Director.
  • The salary for this position ranges from $85,000 to $100,000, dependent on experience, plus benefits.
  • 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 history of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, caregiver status, or other categories protected by law.

To Apply
Candidates should send a cover letter highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working at EPI, résumé, and writing sample to earn-jobs@epi.org with “Senior State Economic Analyst” 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. Deadline to apply is Friday, November 30, 2020.

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