Founded in 2006, ITIF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute—a think tank. Its mission is to formulate, evaluate, and promote policy solutions that accelerate innovation and boost productivity to spur growth, opportunity, and progress. ITIF’s goal is to provide policymakers around the world with high-quality information, analysis, and actionable recommendations they can trust. To that end, ITIF adheres to a high standard of research integrity with an internal code of ethics grounded in analytical rigor, original thinking, policy pragmatism, and independence from external direction.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)—the world’s top-ranked think tank for science and technology policy—seeks a senior policy analyst to conduct research and engage in public policy debates on a range of issues related to antitrust policy, with a particular focus on how it impacts technological innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. ITIF has long focused on this nexus of antitrust issues and now seeks to ramp up its work. This is a full-time, permanent position.
Advancing the legacy of Joseph Schumpeter, ITIF recently launched The Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy for the Innovation Economy, an initiative to develop and promote dynamic, innovation-based antitrust policy. The senior policy analyst will cover antitrust policy as it relates to innovation, reporting to the director of ITIF’s Schumpeter Project. The analyst will conduct research and author reports, blog posts, and op-eds. The position will ideally be based in Washington, DC, but remote work is negotiable.
The ideal applicant will be a seasoned policy analyst with deep knowledge and experience in antitrust economics, particularly industrial organization, including conducting economic analysis of competition questions, both at the industry and economy-wide level. The applicant should have a strong understanding and appreciation of antitrust policy grounded in firm-level innovation capabilities and practices, and should be well-versed in current policy debates surrounding economic competition.
The successful candidate will have the chance to shape and deliver an exciting program of work on antitrust and innovation and be part of a dynamic and committed team.
Key roles and responsibilities
- Monitor and analyze ongoing policy developments and engage in public debates on the major economic- and innovation-related antitrust issues of the day.
- Carry out in-depth economic research and communicate findings by writing clear and incisive policy reports, op-ed articles, blog posts, and other publications.
- Represent ITIF as a public speaker at conferences, panel discussions, debates, and other events.
- Develop and maintain effective relationships and networks with key stakeholders involved in research and policy.
Experience and skills
- At least five years’ experience as a professional in the field of economics or antitrust policy, with experience focused on current competition policy debates.
- Proven track record of producing high-quality research outputs, policy reports, op-eds, or other forms of policy-oriented communication.
- Advanced degree or equivalent experience in economics, public policy, or political economy, with specific experience or courses on industrial organization and other related areas of economics.
- In-depth knowledge of industrial organization economics, microeconomic analysis, and the history of U.S. antitrust policy.
- Deep understanding and proven ability critique a variety of economic arguments and analyses regarding competition issues and claims.
- Exceptional writing skills, especially an ability to communicate succinctly and persuasively to policy audiences in clear, accessible white papers and readily publishable op-eds.
- Exceptional communication skills (including ability to present effectively in policy debates and speeches, work productively in a team environment, and communicate clearly under pressure).
- Keen interest in and support for technological innovation and innovation policy.
- Passion for engaging in policy debates, speaking at events, and promoting research for influential audiences.
- Ability to meet deadlines and work on multiple projects concurrently is essential.
Any other useful information
To apply for this position, please submit the following to [email protected]:
- Cover letter stating your specific interest and qualifications for the position. Resumes submitted without a tailored cover letter will not be considered.
- Links to three published articles, preferably on competition or innovation-related topics, ideally including at least one op-ed and at least one longer work (such as a magazine feature, an academic journal or law-review article, a professional white paper, or the like).