Policy Advisor

THIRD WAY Policy adviser
Application deadline 31 March 2022
Contract type Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apply now

Third Way is a national think tank that was founded back in 2005 to champion modern center-left ideas. Our work is grounded in the mainstream American values of opportunity, freedom, and security.

The Alliance for Entrepreneurial Equity (AEE) 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 conduct research to unpack barriers for minority-owned businesses, create federal policy solutions to take those challenges head-on, connect academia to federal 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 stronger 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 the barriers facing these entrepreneurs 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 major topics of interest.

Key roles and responsibilities

As the Policy Advisor, a typical day might include:

  • 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;
  • Conducting in-depth research and analysis to better understand and explain the barriers facing entrepreneurs of colour; and
  • Working with other members of Third Way’s economic, communications, and outreach teams to help plan and execute events and digital collateral.

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, at a research institution, or in the private sector.