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Research Assistant, Domestic Policy

Title:                        Research Assistant, Domestic Policy

Reports To:             Director, Domestic Policy

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.” The Domestic Policy team advances health care and welfare policies consistent with that mission. The Research Assistant will assist both management and staff and conduct research for papers, gather data, and write first drafts of shorter analytical pieces under the supervision of senior researchers.  The Research Assistant also aids the Director with logistical tasks.

Job Duties:

  • Assist senior researchers’ policy work
  • Draft and publish blogs and short research papers under general direction of researchers
  • Assist analysts in logistical preparation of briefings, events and conferences
  • Coordinate and compile materials for department reports, newsletters, and website
  • Provide logistical/administrative support

Skill Factors:

Education:                   B.A required; M.A. preferred (completed, ongoing or enrolled)

Experience:                 1-2 years of research and writing experience

Communications:        Strong writing and verbal communications skills; well organized

Computer:                   Excel and PowerPoint

Special Skills/Requirements:

  • Understand and support Heritage’s mission and vision for America, and the department’s goal and objectives
  • Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills
  • Top-quality research, analysis, writing and communication, with emphasis on accuracy, insightfulness, and timeliness
  • Ability to use computational data analysis programs to organize and prepare data for use in research publications and graphics
  • Professionalism: highest possible character (maturity, integrity, and accountability)
  • Willingness to take direction and to work with others in a team
  • Intellectual curiosity and ability to explore, master and explain policy issues on a tight time frame
  • Basic knowledge of health care and welfare policy
  • Major Plus: basic understanding of statistics
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