Policy Advisor

Third Way Policy Advisor
Location Washington DC, United States
Application deadline 28 October 2022
Contract type Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary Competitive salary
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The Alliance for Entrepreneurial Equity is a new and exciting joint venture between Third Way and the National Urban League. It seeks to dramatically increase the opportunity for female and minority entrepreneurs to start and expand successful businesses. AEE will research barriers for minority-owned businesses, create federal policy solutions to address those challenges head-on, connect academia to national policymaking, and convene thought leaders on issues facing minority entrepreneurs. AEE works alongside Third Way’s Economic Program; a dynamic team focused on devising and advancing policy solutions supporting the American worker.

The role

Third Way is seeking a Policy Advisor to join the launch team for our new, multi-year advocacy initiative—the Alliance for Entrepreneurial Equity (AEE)—which will build a more robust and more equitable economy by improving opportunities for female and minority entrepreneurs.

The ideal candidate will work with the program’s Director, Senior Vice President, and other colleagues to increase awareness of these entrepreneurs’ barriers among leaders in Congress, the Administration, and advocacy communities to ensure it becomes a leading public policy issue.

The role would involve delivering high-impact research and analysis through written and digital materials, collaborating internally and with external partners to design and enact structural policy change, and convening events on essential topics of interest.

Key roles and responsibilities

As the Policy Advisor, a typical day might include:

  • Conducting in-depth research and analysis to better understand and explain the barriers facing entrepreneurs of colour.
  • Authoring written reports and memos that persuasively explain how we can support owners of small- and medium-sized businesses, with an emphasis on women- and minority- entrepreneurs 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 the industry, nonprofits, and academia.
  • Working with Third Way’s economic, communications, and outreach team members to help plan and execute events and digital collateral.

Experience and skills

  • 3+ years of experience in small business, financial services, or economic policy with the federal government, a research institution, an advocacy organization, or the private sector.
  • A passion for expanding opportunities for women and communities of colour within our economic system.
  • A demonstrated ability to write clearly on complex topics for an audience of non-experts.
  • Experience balancing short- and long-term projects and meeting deadlines on time with minimal supervision.
  • Experience building coalitions and managing stakeholder relationships among diverse groups and across a variety of viewpoints.
  • Experience working professionally with public sector officials, including Members of Congress, the Administration, and the advocacy community.
  • A graduate degree or an undergraduate degree in a relevant field.