The Senior Policy Analyst will contribute to existing work as well as new and emerging opportunities, working closely with other team members, other Niskanen staff and fellows, and outside experts and stakeholders.
Department: Social Policy
Location: Washington, DC
Schedule: Flexible hybrid, minimum 2 days in-office per week
Job Status: Full-Time
Experience: 3-6 years (can include internship, graduate, and PhD experience)
Salary: $85,000- $120,000, plus a generous benefits package
Reports to: Director of Social Policy
The Niskanen Center
Named “the most interesting think tank in American politics” by Time magazine in March 2023, the Niskanen Center is a public policy think tank and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening liberal democratic governance and promoting widespread prosperity and opportunity. Our vision of market liberalism is rooted in an effective public sector and a competitive private sector and is committed to upholding the principles of a pluralistic and open society that encourages engagement, cooperation, discussion, and learning.
Realizing our mission requires building on the best of progressive and conservative thought. We unite scholars and policy analysts from across the political spectrum to address pressing policy issues, from climate change to child poverty. We address gaps in policy research and development, translate the best policy ideas across political divides, promote those ideas to policymakers, and build coalitions that cut across partisan boundaries to enact positive change.
The Social Policy Team is responsible for advancing a fundamental premise of the Niskanen Center: ongoing social progress, widespread prosperity, and reduced inequality depend on a vibrant and innovative private sector. To advance this goal, the Social Policy Team engages on several issues such as family economic security, housing, employment, and health.
To support this goal, the Senior Policy Analyst carries out data intensive research and analysis, communicates these findings in easily accessible forms such as white papers, reports, and commentaries, and translates these findings into policy proposals. The Senior Policy Analyst will contribute to existing work as well as new and emerging opportunities, working closely with other team members, other Niskanen staff and fellows, and outside experts and stakeholders. In addition, the Senior Policy Analyst contributes to setting and implementing the team’s strategic direction for family economic security issues.
Successful candidates should have substantive expertise in healthcare with emphasis on supply-side issues, childcare policy, or paid family leave. This position reports to the Director of Social Policy.
This position is based in Washington, D.C. Please note that the Niskanen Center is transitioning to a flexible, hybrid policy requiring staff to work 2 days in-office per week. Staff are welcome to work from the new DC office by Metro Center or remotely from anywhere in the DMV area on remote days.
Data Analysis and Research
Policy Research and Development
Outreach and Engagement
Benefits and Diversity Commitment
Unlimited paid time off; office is closed on all federal holidays plus the week between Christmas and New Years; paid parental leave; 100% health, dental and vision insurance for the employee; 401(k) plan; commuter benefits in DC.
Niskanen Center is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without discrimination of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. We also seek to expand our professional networks and workplace composition to better reflect our dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion.
How to Apply
We only review applications after the deadline: applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET on September 18, 2023. Please include a cover letter, resume, and writing sample combined into one pdf. Be prepared to present additional materials during the interview process.
$85,000 - $120,000 per year