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Senior Policy Analyst, Macroeconomics

Title:                       Senior 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 the mission and those objectives and the direction of the Center Director, the Senior Policy Analyst engages in empirical and other research, publication, and other activities, with particular emphasis on excelling within a collaborative, team-based policy development environment. This work includes but is not limited to producing statistical and other quantitative analyses in areas such as labor, regulation, budget, and financial markets.

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.
  • Produce statistical and other quantitative analyses in, among others, areas such as labor, regulation, budget, and financial markets.
  • 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:                   Ph.D. or comparable knowledge of disciplines.  Current enrollment in a Ph.D. 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:         Good public speaker and thoroughly competent writer

Achievement:              Significant contributions to the public policy debate

Computer:                   MS Office and Outlook

Special Skills/Requirements:  

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the department's goals and objectives
  • Knowledge level: well respected in his/her field.
  • Leadership skills: works well in a team and shows potential to lead others.
  • High level of professionalism.
  • High initiative, but requiring general direction.
  • Innovation:  good entrepreneurial skills.
  • 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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