Economic Justice Economist

For more than fifty years, the National Partnership for Women & Families has fought for every major policy advance that has helped this nation’s women and families. Our mission is to improve the lives of women and families by achieving equality for all women. Founded in 1971 as the Women’s Legal Defense Fund, the National Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization located in Washington, D.C. with a $9 million budget and $18 million endowment.

Position Summary

The Economist is an integral part of the Economic Justice team, which works to advance laws and policies that promote a fair and family friendly economy (e.g., paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act, pregnancy nondiscrimination, ending sexual harassment, and fair pay). The Economist will support the National Partnership in enacting policies that advance economic justice by conducting original research and providing analyses of existing research on ensuring the economy works for everyone, particularly women of color. They must be organized, proactive and a self-starter, able to take direction from and add value to the work of multiple team members and have a strong interest in workplace and labor force issues, gender equality and racial equity and economic justice.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:

  • Play a central role in the National Partnership’s development of quantitative economic research. Issue areas could include causes and consequences of economic inequality, inclusive of the distributional effects by race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation; productivity; unemployment; and the linkages to research and policy recommendations
  • In partnership with the Vice President of Economic Justice and the Senior Fellow for Research, develop and execute strategic research projects to advance the organization’s research agenda;
  • Partner with other internal and external scholars, experts, and researchers to publish policy-relevant economic research and analysis that improves our understanding of the broader economic consequences of issues impacting women of color;
  • Assist with media, academic, partner, and legislative research and data requests;
  • Participate in the organization’s racial equity change process.

Qualifications

An ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate that they are:

  • Ph. D. in economics or 7 years of experience in a relevant quantitative field;
  • Experience in economic research or policymaking;
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis packages (e.g. Stata, R) and experience with data coding, management, and querying;
  • Experience accessing, managing, and analyzing a variety of different types of quantitative data (e.g. survey data, administrative data);
  • Familiarity with survey design methods and relevant software (e.g. Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey);
  • Expertise in quasi-experimental methods, statistical modeling, and other economic analytical techniques;
  • Appreciation for the potential role of mixed-methods approaches in crafting compelling and policy-relevant research outputs;
  • Ability to interpret statistical output and present on research findings in written and graphical forms as well as verbally;
  • Ability to create research and policy dissemination products and materials to share findings and recommendations with diverse audiences and stakeholders, including federal, state, and local government policymakers; the media; advocacy partners; and professional organizations in a clear and compelling manner;
  • Expertise in U.S. public data sets including Census surveys, econometric modeling, causal inference, labor economics, stratification economics, and economics of gender
  • Highly-motivated by the issues and/or feel a connection to the work we do;
  • A strong interest in public policy, gender, race, and economics;
  • Extremely well organized with the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
  • Comfortable working as part of a team and in a collaborative environment; and
  • Interested in and willing to work on advancing the National Partnership’s racial equity priorities and focus on the intersectional challenges facing women of color.

Classification

The National Partnership recognizes a staff bargaining unit, National Partnership United, affiliated with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union/IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in the NP united bargaining unit. Specific employment terms are subject to collective bargaining.

Salary & Benefits

The minimum salary starts at $117,678 with exact salary based on total relevant experience. The National Partnership provides a generous benefits package that includes three weeks annual vacation time, paid sick time, paid federal holidays plus the last week of December, health, dental, and vision coverage, 403B and SEP-IRA retirement options, and paid family and medical leave for eligible employees. Note that accrued vacation and sick time are currently suspended for new employees while the National Partnership temporarily offers ad-hoc unlimited administrative leave for employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing that we all have a range of caregiving needs, including self-care and care for others during this challenging time.

The Economic Justice Economist is a full-time position based in our Washington, D.C. office and reports to the Vice President for Economic Justice. While our office is currently in a mandatory remote work status due to the COVID-19 pandemic, starting September 6, 2022 we intend to move into a hybrid work environment where staff will be required to be in the office at least 4 days per month, with additional in-office days determined by your role and job responsibilities.

The National Partnership is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to racial equity and social justice. We make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply for open positions. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with other marginalized identities are encouraged to apply. Please see EEO is the Law and Equal Employment Opportunity for more information.

Please submit your resume and cover letter by Thursday, October 6.

The National Partnership is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to racial equity and social justice. We make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply for open positions. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with other marginalized identities are encouraged to apply. Please see EEO is the Law and Equal Employment Opportunity for more information.