Current Openings:

Economic Policy Associate

New York, NY or Washington, D.C.

The Century Foundation (TCF), a progressive New York–based think tank, is seeking an Economic Policy Associate to do research and publish reports that promote economic security, expanding opportunity, and shared prosperity. The Associate will report to the director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, which seeks to reinvigorate the conversation and promote policy prescriptions that fulfill the crucial and positive role of government in the economy and on people’s lives. The Rediscovering Government Institute (RGI) is currently focusing on developing a pro-active agenda to create a high wage economy for all. The Associate will also join the labor policy practice, reporting to a senior fellow working to remake the nation’s social contract to accommodate a changing future of work.

The Economic Policy Associate will collaborate on numerous projects, provide research assistance, and author publications. In addition, the Associate will play a key coordinating role for the high wage economy project. This will involve conceptualizing and organizing events to promote The Century Foundation’s research and create constituencies for change, as well as coordinating the work of outside researchers.

The position is based in either TCF’s New York or Washington, D.C. office.

Qualifications:

  • Policy or research experience in reducing economic inequality and promoting labor rights
  • A keen understanding of economic policy and how to apply research methods to critical questions
  • Demonstrated aptitude in quantitative data analysis
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, including for both expert and popular audiences
  • Strong coordination and organizing abilities, as well as attention to detail
  • A relentless passion for policy change, public service, and improving economic security, opportunity and mobility.
  • 2–3 years+ experience (preferably in workforce policy, labor organizing, poverty, or infrastructure/transportation)
  • A bachelor’s degree required; a graduate degree is a plus

Responsibilities:

  • Produce original analysis of data including graphs, charts, tables that help inform policy discussions and make complicated issues more compelling
  • Author and contribute to research papers
  • Coordinate and conceptualize the work of outside authors on projects
  • Engage relevant stakeholders in developing and promoting policy reforms
  • Organize conferences and events for the RGI initiative.
  • Assess, describe, explain, and provide commentary pieces about current debates and data
  • Analyze the effects on income inequality of proposed or enacted policies

About TCF:

The Century Foundation is a progressive public policy think tank that seeks to foster opportunity, reduce inequality, and promote security at home and abroad. Founded in 1919 by the progressive business leader Edward Filene, the TCF pursues its mission by conducting timely, non-partisan research and policy analysis that informs citizens, guides policymakers, and reshapes what government does for the better.

TCF is based in New York, with a satellite office in Washington, D.C. Its fellows come from academia, journalism, and public service, but share a commitment to the TCF’s abiding belief in the power of ideas.

Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to [email protected], with your name and “Economics Policy Associate” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Century Foundation is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. Everyone is encouraged to apply, including women, LGBTQ people, people of color, and people with disabilities


Higher Education Fellow

New York, NY

The Century Foundation (TCF), an independent progressive public policy think tank, seeks an experienced researcher/analyst to serve as a Fellow with the education team, managing work on for-profit education and related issues of accountability, quality, and finance in higher education.

This position is based out of TCF’s New York office.

Requirements:

  • Advanced degree (masters or doctorate) or demonstrated equivalent required.
  • Experience in analyzing, developing, and promoting public policies relating to education, corporate accountability, and/or consumer protection.
  • Exceptional research and analytical skills, both quantitative and qualitative.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience writing for public audiences preferred.
  • Knowledge of, respect for, and interest in, governmental policy-making processes.
  • A commitment to progressive values and interest in TCF’s education research agenda.

Duties:

  • Scoping out, prioritizing, and developing a workplan in conjunction with education team’s leadership.
  • Identifying and executing nonpartisan research and policy analysis projects.
  • Writing reports and short-form commentary pieces.
  • Monitoring policy developments, particularly at the state level, with an emphasis on New York.
  • Meeting with policy makers to hear their perspectives on accountability in higher education, and to offer research-based input.
  • Participating in and leading coalitions focused on postsecondary education and student loan topics.
  • Managing work of policy associates, interns, and/or contractors, when needed.
  • Assisting in identifying and securing partners, funders, and collaborators to leverage impact of work.

This is a full-time position, funded by project grant support.Competitive salary and generous benefits package. Some travel anticipated.

Apply:

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, three references, and a sample of your work (such as a research report or policy analysis memo) to [email protected][Your Name] Higher Ed Fellow” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we regret we are unable to confirm the receipt of your materials or the status of your application. No phone calls or third-party inquiries, please.

The Century Foundation is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. Everyone is encouraged to apply, including women, LGBTQ people, people of color, and people with disabilities.


Editorial Associate

New York, NY

The Century Foundation (TCF), an independent progressive public policy think tank, seeks an Editorial Associate to work closely with TCF staff and fellows in preparing TCF content for the digital world, in all of our policy areas. The ideal applicant will have a voracious appetite for reading public policy work in a variety of areas, an excellent sense of story structure, a keen eye for detail, and strong writing skills.

Reporting to the Editorial Director, the Editorial Associate will edit everything from short pieces of commentary to full-length reports in policy areas from K–12 and higher education, to labor organizing and workplace fairness, to health care and social insurance, to civil rights and social justice, and more. TCF needs someone who can help make this content readable, appealing, and error-free. The Editorial Associate will be the lead editor on all short-form TCF content, which entails managing the short-form editorial calendar and often, working on multiple fast-turnaround pieces a day. TCF needs someone who can help writers hone their arguments and clearly convey their ideas in a way that is accessible to TCF’s multiple audiences—often quickly.

In addition to editing duties, the Editorial Associate will write commentary (op-ed style) and fact pieces that support TCF’s various policy areas and research agendas. Some of these pieces will be timely and reactionary to breaking news; others will accompany full-length reports in a shorter, more accessible way; and still others will be evergreen fact pieces, building up TCF’s repertoire of content in its issue areas.

Qualifications

  • At least two years of experience in editing public policy, in journalism, or in a related field.
  • Excellent editing, writing, and communication skills, including for both expert and general audiences.
  • An understanding of and appreciation for public policy, including its design and implementation.
  • A facility for understanding complex data and optimum data visualization.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with editing for the web, online publishing tools, and HTML. Experience with WordPress, in particular, is a bonus.
  • Working knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • The ability to be a self-starter who also can work well in TCF’s highly collaborative environment.
  • A desire to work with progressive-minded people on ideas that matter.
  • A relevant college degree is preferred but not required.

Responsibilities

  • Line edit, copy edit, and/or proofread multiple pieces a week, ranging from 1,000-word commentary pieces to 20,000-word reports to the occasional book.
  • Work with policy and communications teams on tracking content pieces through TCF’s process, from idea generation to final product.
  • Work closely with fellows and policy associates to ensure their ideas come through clearly in both headlines and text, for a variety of audiences.
  • Manage the short-form editorial calendar, encompassing commentary and fact pieces for TCF’s website.
  • Write short-form pieces on various policy areas as needed.

About TCF:

The Century Foundation is a progressive public policy think tank that seeks to foster opportunity, reduce inequality, and promote security at home and abroad. Founded in 1919 by the progressive business leader Edward Filene, the TCF pursues its mission by conducting timely, nonpartisan research and policy analysis that informs citizens, guides policymakers, and reshapes what government does for the better.

TCF is based in New York, with a satellite office in Washington, D.C. Its fellows come from academia, journalism, and public service, but share a commitment to the TCF’s abiding belief in the power of ideas.

Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and a list (with URLs) of any published work to [email protected], with your name and “Editorial Associate” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Century Foundation is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. Everyone is encouraged to apply, including women, LGBTQ people, people of color, and people with disabilities.