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Policy Analyst, Macroeconomics

Title:                       Policy Analyst, Macroeconomics

Reports to:             Director, Center for Data Analysis

Job Summary:  The Heritage Foundation's mission is "to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense." Based on those principles, the main objectives of the Center for Data Analysis are to provide empirical research services to Heritage and to help build, through empirical and other research, publication, and other activities, the intellectual foundation for Heritage conservative public policies. Consistent with this mission, its objectives, and the direction of the Center Director, the Macroeconomic Policy Analyst is responsible for empirical research, publications, and related activities such as public speaking and briefings. This work includes but is not limited to statistical and quantitative analysis, including policy modeling, of national and international economic data and its impact on states, localities, the private sector, and other relevant groups.  The subject matter could include, but is not limited to: trade, labor, financial regulation, and agriculture. The Policy Analyst must excel within a collaborative, team-based policy development environment.

Job Duties:

  • In support of the Heritage mission, engage in the Center's: (1) professional research, analysis, and writing for publication; (2) organization of meetings and events; and (3) representation of Heritage in many settings, including conferences, public events, and legislative hearings and meetings.
  • Engage in original research, author significant and influential papers, and play a leadership role in conservative policy development and advocacy.
  • Interpreting the impact of national and international economic data and projections on states, localities, the private sector, and other relevant groups
  • Collaborate with others across Heritage and in other organizations, including Heritage Action for America, to achieve Heritage objectives.
  • Communicate effectively with staff of Heritage, Heritage Action for America, and other organizations, the public, news media, and, as appropriate, Federal, State, local and foreign officials. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of the Center for Data Analysis.

Skill Factors:

Education:             Masters degree or comparable knowledge of disciplines.  Current enrollment in a Masters program is acceptable.

Experience:           3 to 5 years engagement in policy development and advocacy. Record of influence on policy development. Expert knowledge of theoretical and applied economics and various tools of statistical analysis. Must have the ability to communicate complex, policy-relevant economics issues to broad audiences orally and in writing. 

Communication:  Effective writer and public speaker

Computers:            Microsoft Office and Outlook

Special Skills/Requirements:  

  • Understands and supports the Heritage mission.
  • Accomplished writer and able speaker.
  • Able to communicate policy positions in multiple media, including print and broadcast, and through personal relationships, public speaking and as an expert commentator.
  • Familiarity with leading policy and thought leaders.
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