The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has an immediate opening for a Program Associate. This is a full-time, Washington, DC-based position.

Job Description: The Program Associate for the Domestic Program at CEPR is responsible for a variety of important duties within the organization. The position plays an essential role in a number of daily tasks focused on releasing material for public or private audiences. These tasks include proofreading and formatting documents for publication and disseminating these via mailing lists or our website. For economic releases, this includes gathering and graphing various economic data. The position also includes time for research and writing as part of a team or independently. The Program Associate is responsible for various operations in the office, including answering incoming inquiries, assisting in the arrangement of meetings or conferences, and other miscellaneous tasks.


  • Successful candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree (preferably in economics or a related field) as well as an interest in economic justice.

  • Candidates should have some or all of the following: strong knowledge of the political landscape; experience using economic data; experience at a nonprofit, union, or similar environment with a track record of successful work; experience with publication layout/design, website content management, and email distribution programs; and knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, graphing and visualization software (Tableau preferred but not required) and graphing best practices; and the ability to learn new software and skills quickly.

  • A successful candidate will also have excellent attention to detail, ability to handle multiple projects and coordinate workflow, ability to work independently and with a team, good written and verbal communication skills, a sense of humor, and a shared commitment to CEPR’s mission and values.

  • Other experience with Photoshop or Illustrator, statistical analysis, website design and maintenance, or video and audio production/editing is not required but desirable.

Salary & Benefits: CEPR offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. This position will be represented by the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local #70, AFL-CIO.

Closing Date of Position: Friday, February 15, 2019 (at 11:59 PM, Eastern time).

In rare, extenuating circumstances, the application period may be extended or shortened. In the event that the application period is shortened, CEPR will update this posting to notify candidates that they have seven calendar days remaining to apply.

To Apply: Send the following, in a single PDF file, to apply[at]cepr.net with the subject line “Program Associate”:

1. a cover letter;

2. a résumé; and

3. a writing sample on a relevant policy-related topic of no more than 1,000 words, or a description of a project you have completed independently or at another organization.

Please do not submit additional information apart from the items listed above. You may address your cover letter to the Program Associate Search Committee if you wish.

Search committees usually make a decision within three weeks of the deadline of the application. If you have any questions, please email cepr[at]cepr.net, the contact for the Program Associate Search Committee. Absolutely no calls or faxes.

Organization Description: CEPR was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. In order for citizens to effectively exercise their voices in a democracy, it is necessary that they be informed about the problems and choices that they face. An informed public should then be able to choose policies that lead to an improving quality of life, both for people within the United States, and around the world.

Toward this end, CEPR conducts both professional research and public education so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options. The professional research is oriented towards filling important gaps in the understanding of particular economic and social problems, or the impact of specific policies, both domestically and globally. The public education portion of CEPR's mission is to present the findings of professional research, both by CEPR and others, in a manner that allows broad segments of the public to know exactly what is at stake in major policy debates. As part of its public education initiative, CEPR utilizes research findings and analysis to challenge the myths, assumptions, policies and institutions that perpetuate economic and social inequality.

CEPR's founding scholars include senior economist Dean Baker; Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of CEPR; and Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts.

CEPR is an equal opportunity employer that considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.