Deputy Director for Research and Policy

27 Apr, 2020


Deputy Director for Research and Policy

D.C. Policy Center
Washington, DC

The D.C. Policy Center in Washington, D.C.  is looking for an energetic and detail-oriented Deputy Director for Research and Policy. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director for Research and Policy will develop and implement the D.C. Policy Center’s rigorous research agenda to inform policy, with research conducted both internally and in partnership with other organizations. The Deputy Director will also maintain and expand the D.C. Policy Center’s relationships with the broader research and policy communities.

The ideal candidate will have broad knowledge of urban economics and policy and current research in these areas, be adept with a variety of data sources, and have expertise in evaluating high-quality policy research. The ideal candidate will also have strong writing skills demonstrated by a publication history, experience in managing research projects, and have expertise in guiding junior researchers.

A deep knowledge and understanding of the District of Columbia, its government, budget process, demographics, and economy are desirable, but not necessary. Familiarity with evaluating legislative proposals is a plus.

Experience: At least 3 years of relevant experience
Salary range: $70,000 –$95,000
Priority application deadline: May 8, 2020
Start date: June 1, 2020



  • Develop and implement the D.C. Policy Center’s research agenda;
  • Manage the D.C. Policy Center’s Fellows programs by developing research ideas, recruiting writers, guiding their work, and preparing their reports for publication;
  • Provide editing and quality control for research products internally prepared by the D.C. Policy Center;
  • Oversee the D.C. Policy Center’s data catalogue and data collection initiatives, as needed;
  • Support development and fundraising activities by preparing research proposals and sup drafting of grant applications to ensure the longevity of the D.C. Policy Center’s research agenda;
  • Monitor research and policy developments in the fields of urban economics, urban policy, and related areas;
  • Monitor legislative and policy initiatives both in the District of Columbia and in other urban jurisdictions across the nation;
  • As necessary, conduct research and oversee research projects;
  • Work with other staff to oversee content of project-specific publications;
  • Work with other staff to coordinate projects and responsibilities for research assistants and interns;
  • Engage with key stakeholders in government, the private sector, policy and advocacy groups and other research establishments, and coordinate with partner organizations as needed;
  • Attend conferences, meetings, and briefings as a Policy Center liaison, writing summary reports as necessary; and
  • Assist Executive Director in performance evaluations.


Education, Experience, and Skills Requirements:

  • Education and/or relevant experience in economics, public policy, applied statistics, demography, or a related field;
  • Broad knowledge of urban economics and policy and current research in these areas;
  • Solid understanding of academic research standards including standards for principled and ethical use of data;
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills;
  • Proven written and oral presentation skills in a range of formats to both expert and general audiences;
  • Experience in analytical research including in statistical analysis;
  • Competence to undertake high-profile research assignments with multiple deliverables over various time periods; and
  • Strong organizational skills, a high level of attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to learn quickly and work independently in a fast-paced environment.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A keen understanding of the District’s unique policy issues and priorities, and the history and environment that shape them;
  • Experience in mapping and data visualization (GIS, Tableau);
  • Expertise in common statistical programs (e.g., SAS, Stata, or R);
  • Familiarity with survey techniques and qualitative research such as conducting focus groups; and
  • Significant experience extracting and analyzing state-, city-, and tract-level data from national data sources, such as the American Community Survey.


Application Instructions

To apply send a resume, a cover letter, and at least two writing samples as PDFs to Priority deadline is May 8, 2020. After that, applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The start date for this position is negotiable but is ideally June 1, 2020.


About the D.C. Policy Center

Established in 2016, the D.C. Policy Center is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) think tank committed to advancing policies for a strong and vibrant economy in the District of Columbia. The D.C. Policy Center informs policymaking by offering data and analyses on the District’s economy and residents.

The D.C. Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status, or any other protected status under federal or District law. Please contact with any questions.

Job posted: 2020-04-27