Policy Analyst, Simulations

Washington, DC
Full Time
Center for Data Analysis
Mid Level

Title                     Policy Analyst, Simulations

Reports to:            Director, Center for Data Analysis

Job Summary:        The Policy Analyst, Simulations leads the Center for Data Analysis’ (CDA)

efforts to use micro policy models and databases to analyze the effects of Social Security, health

insurance, financial market regulations, and other policy changes on individuals, families, businesses,

and the other social and economic units of contemporary America.  The Policy Analyst is responsible

for ensuring that analyses are highly professional and comparable with those developed in other

leading public policy research institutions.   

Job Duties: 

  • Ensure that existing microsimulation models and databases are updated on a timely basis and that modeling enhancements and new data sources are incorporated when appropriate. 
  • Work with CDA staff to create and maintain adequate documentation for department research projects.
  • Use results of research to formulate recommendations for public policy consistent with Heritage’s policy and strategic priorities.
  • Collaborate with Heritage staff to analyze various federal budgetary issues.
  • Partner with Heritage staff to write policy reports based on the microsimulation models and databases.
  • Communicate policy analysis at public functions, conferences, and to the national media when necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned


Education:                  Master's Degree in economics, public policy, or related field; or combination of Bachelor’s Degree and relevant experience.

Experience:                 3-5 years’ experience in public policy or related field. Experience with simulations preferred.

Communication:         Able to communicate policy positions in multiple media, especially numerical results.

Technology:                Proficiency with analytical and statistical software, such as R, Python, Stata, or Excel.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.

Other requirements

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, conservative principles, and the Center for Data Analysis’ goals and objectives.
  • Promote policies consistent with Heritage’s priorities; speak with one voice.
  • Professionalism: highest possible degree (adaptability, maturity, integrity and accountability).
  • Initiative: highest possible, requiring only general guidance with high degree of independent action.
  • Innovation: good entrepreneurial skills and willingness to take initiative.





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