Economic Policy Advisor

Third Way Policy adviser
Location Washington DC
Application deadline 28 February 2021
Contract type Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary Salary to 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 to focus on minority-and women-owned small business and entrepreneurship. This position is for someone who is passionate about devising and advancing 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 help support women- and minority-owned small businesses grow as well as those in left-behind communities.

Key roles and responsibilities

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

  • Authoring high-impact written reports, memos, and op-eds that persuasively explain how we can support entrepreneurs and small business owners, with an emphasis on women- and minority-owned businesses as well as those in left-behind communities;
  • Analyzing proposed policy ideas and assessing their impact on the United States;
  • Meeting with a diverse cross-section of external partners including Hill and
    Administration staff and leaders in industry, nonprofits, and academia;
  • Conducting in-depth research and analysis to better understand and explain the economy; and
  • Working with other members of Third Way’s economic, communications, and outreach teams to help plan and execute events and digital collateral.

**Please note all duties and events will be completed virtually until Third Way has established a return-to-work plan, 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 and small business policy in the United States and a passion for expanding racial and gender equity in our economic system;
  • A demonstrated ability to write clearly on complex topics for an audience of non-experts;
  • Experience and/or passion for working together to build groups and diverse coalitions;
  • A graduate degree or an undergraduate degree in a relevant field plus relevant work experience working on US economic policy in government, as a journalist, at a research institution, or in the private sector; and
  • A Senior Economic Policy Advisor designation is available based on more advanced/independent experience in many of the qualifications above.