Research and Policy Analyst – Entrepreneurship
The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) is a bipartisan research and advocacy organization
dedicated to forging a more dynamic, entrepreneurial, and innovative U.S. economy for the 21st
century. With its headquarters in Washington, DC, EIG produces industry-leading data products,
develops original policy ideas, and works to advance creative legislative proposals that will bring
new jobs, investment, and economic growth to communities across the nation. After launching in
2015, EIG has quickly emerged as a leading voice in national conversations about how to build an
economy that works for more people and more places. The economic and social fallout from the
pandemic makes the organization’s work more urgent and applicable than ever.
About the Role
EIG seeks to add a dynamic new research and policy analyst specialized in entrepreneurship, small
business, and firm dynamics, with experience analyzing trends through a geographic lens. The
entrepreneurship analyst will be central to EIG’s efforts to quantify the impact of the COVID-19
pandemic on the nation’s small and young businesses, would-be entrepreneurs, and the very
dynamism of the U.S. economy, and to shape the federal policy response to the crisis.
A successful candidate will bring to the position a varied portfolio of published work. Candidates
should have deep expertise in quantitative and qualitative entrepreneurship-related research and
analysis, policy experience, and familiarity with the theory and literature on economic dynamism.
A successful candidate will also be well-rounded with generalist expertise that reflects
entrepreneurship’s connection to numerous other issue areas, including economic and community
development, immigration, innovation, and financial markets. In addition, a successful candidate
will be self-directed, creative, and eager to make an impact. The analyst reports to EIG’s Director
for Research on a team of five and will work both independently and collaboratively. The position
will interface closely with EIG’s policy, executive, and communications teams, and will perform
the following duties (percentages are approximate):
40% Quantitative and qualitative economic and public policy research:
• Manage, process, and analyze large datasets.
• Analyze policies and proposals across multiple issue areas.
• Read and review related research across relevant fields.
• Work with colleagues and outside stakeholders to cultivate a pro-entrepreneurship policy
agenda for EIG to advance as the economy enters the next phase of recovery.
40% Research and policy writing:
• Independently and jointly devise, contribute to, and produce reports, policy memos, briefs,
blogs, and commentary that translate data insights into actionable policy recommendations
in EIG’s core issue areas and tailored to different audiences.
10% Economic data visualization:
• Utilize mapping and/or data visualization software to bring data to life.
• Train in new software and capabilities as needed.
10% Outreach and network management:
• Liaise directly with outside stakeholders to share EIG data and insights and build the
organization’s network among key constituencies.
• Present to external audiences on behalf of EIG and represent the organization at
conferences and other venues.
• Respond to stakeholder and media requests for data and information as needed.
• Master’s degree in relevant field (e.g. public policy, economics, development).
• Approximately 4-8 years prior work experience in a related field.
• Demonstrated professional expertise in EIG’s core issue areas (entrepreneurship,
dynamism, economic and community development, and geographic inequality).
• Demonstrated fluency in methods of both quantitative and qualitative analysis.
• Deep familiarity with relevant datasets from federal statistical agencies.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Strong portfolio of written work.
• Keen attention to detail and demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing priorities
in a fast-paced work environment.
• Demonstrated knack for visualizing data and information in a variety of different formats;
sound design skills preferred.
• Interest in and familiarity with the policymaking process demonstrated through prior
• Entrepreneurial spirit and desire to work in a fast-paced environment.
• Self-motivated, self-directed, creative, organized, and deeply committed to personal and
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. EIG provides generous health
care and retirement benefits and a generous paid time off and holiday schedule. Applicants should
email their resume, cover letter, a relevant writing sample, and data visualization to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Research and Policy Analyst – Entrepreneurship”.
Please note: This position is based in Washington, DC. In response to COVID-19, EIG staff are
temporarily teleworking. Once the office reopens, the person hired for this position will work in
the EIG office in Washington, DC.
Job posted: 2020-07-27