Economic Policy Advisor/Economist

Third Way Economist
Location Washington DC, United States
Application deadline 31 August 2021
Contract type Fixed term
Hours Full-time
Salary Commensurate with experience
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Third Way is a national think tank that champions modern center-left ideas.

Our work is grounded in the mainstream American values of opportunity, freedom, and security. But we identify as center-left, because we see that space in U.S. politics as offering the only real path for advancing those ideals in the century ahead.

Our agenda is ambitious, aspirational, and actionable. It is built on the bedrock belief that for political movements to succeed in our political system, they must relentlessly re-imagine their policies, strategies, and coalitions.

We are fighting for opportunity, so everyone has the chance to earn a good life; progress on social issues, so all have the freedom to live the lives they choose; and security, so we are protected from 21st century global threats.

The role

Third Way is looking for an Economic Policy Advisor with quantitative skills. This position is for someone who is passionate about devising, advancing, and explaining policy solutions that help American workers recover and thrive in a post-COVID era. This person will unpack and analyze economic trends and data, convey this information to an informed audience through written and digital content, and collaborate internally and with external partners to develop and advance policy ideas that promote economic opportunity.

Key roles and responsibilities

As the Economic Policy Advisor, a typical day might include…

  • Conducting data-intensive research and analysis on a wide range of economic issues and conveying this work in an accessible manner to general audiences;
  • Authoring high-impact written reports, memos, and op-eds that compellingly promote specific economic policies.
  • Analyzing proposed policy ideas and their impact on the United States;
  • Meeting with a diverse cross-section of external partners including Hill and Administration staff and leaders in the industry, nonprofits, and academia;
  • Working with other members of Third Way’s economic, communications, and outreach teams to help plan and execute events and digital collateral; and
  • Developing and deepening expertise on economic issues, which may include topics such as jobs and employment, wages and benefits, health care, taxes, and the federal budget.

**Please note all duties and events will be completed virtually until Third Way reopens its office which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at which point this position will be located in Washington, D.C.

Experience and skills

This might be the job for you, if you have…

  • An understanding of economic policymaking in the United States;
  • Can effectively analyze and present economic data, including microdata;
  • A demonstrated ability to write clearly on complex topics for an audience of non-experts;
  • A graduate degree or an undergraduate degree in a relevant field plus relevant work experience working on US economic policy AND with economic data in government, as a journalist, at a research institution, or in the private sector; and
  • A Senior Economic Policy Advisor or Economist designation is available based on more advanced/independent experience in the qualifications above.

Other useful information

In the Third Way Culture, we are looking for…

–Self-starters: People who see and seize opportunities, take risks, learn from failure, and will bring a sustained passion for our mission.
–Collaborators: People who work in teams—sharing ideas, brainstorming, co-authoring products, and advancing its shared priorities.
–Creators: People who fosters divergent thinking; that aren’t afraid to take on the orthodoxies of the left or the right. Team members come up with original insights, find unique ways to look at data, and challenge their preconceptions.
–Results-oriented: People who function with an organizational commitment to clear objectives, ambitious timelines, accountability for results, and a focus on impact.
–Respectful: People who embrace the diverse perspectives of everyone and fosters the values of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness at all times.