Career Opportunities


Research Analyst, Research Division

OVERVIEW

The Council of the District of Columbia is starting a new division dedicated to policy research and economic analysis within the Office of the Budget Director. The new division will provide the Council with analysis that is relevant, timely, and nonpartisan. It will prepare Policy and Economic Impact Statements and provide authoritative, objective and timely policy research and analysis to the Council on topics of importance to promote efficient and effective governance. The division will gather information by conducting literature reviews, consulting with subject matter experts, analyzing data, building economic impact forecasts, researching the choices that other jurisdictions have made when faced with similar policy questions, and participating in policy forums and conferences. The Research Division will offer immediate help for short requests, produce issue briefs on matters of ongoing concern, and release in-depth reports on substantial policy and legislative matters. When needed, it shall develop a range of policy options for Councilmembers to consider, weighing the pros and cons of the various choices.

The Research Division is seeking an experienced professional to conduct research and analysis on a broad range of policy topics that are relevant to improving the health, safety, and well-being of District residents. The position is ideal for someone who is intellectually curious, organized, and has experience creating high-quality written products with meaningful insights and actionable recommendations in a timely manner. The person must have outstanding interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively in a politically sensitive environment. Previous experience in a policy research institution, legislative body, state or local government, or news media outlet is preferred.

For more information about this position, please refer to the vacancy announcement.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist Councilmembers and staff with policy research and data analysis and financial oversight

  • Develop approaches for analyzing the policy and economic impacts on the District of legislative action or policy proposals. Use economic modeling software to assess impacts.

  • Prepare research briefs and reports to Councilmembers, staff and the public

  • Present research findings in various forums, including in internal meetings with Councilmembers and their staff and external events such as policy forums or conferences

  • Monitor and keep abreast of Council legislative activities, legislation and developments

REQUIRED/PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree preferred) in public policy, public administration, political science, economics, journalism, social science, or a related field

  • Relevant experience producing high-quality written products using qualitative and/or quantitative analysis covering topics relevant to the District government

  • Strong analytical and critical-thinking skills, including the ability to distill complex ideas and insights into easily understandable and compelling research products

  • Outstanding written, oral, and presentation skills, including the ability to organize and convey information clearly to a variety of audiences

  • Ability to successfully plan, track, and complete research projects from initial conceptualization to timely delivery

  • Demonstrated ability to create written products with a focus on relevance, precision of language, analytical integrity, effective organization, compelling narrative, and meaningful insights.

  • Ability to collaborate with others in a constructive and professional manner to gather information and produce publishable papers in a timely manner

  • Ability to build and manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders, subject matter experts, and District employees

  • Self-motivated worker who thrives in a fast-paced and high-energy work environment

  • Commitment to the Council’s public service values and promoting the health, safety, and well-being of all District residents

  • Proficiency using business intelligence software such as Tableau, economic models such as REMI, or statistical analysis is a plus

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The Council of the District of Columbia offers a compensation package that includes:

  • Competitive salary ranging from $60,000 to $100,000;

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage;

  • Long- and short-term disability program;

  • 457(b) program with a 3 percent employer match and a 5 percent entirely-employer funded contribution;

  • 13 to 26 days of annual leave, based on years of employment; 13 days of sick leave; 8 weeks of paid family leave; 11 paid holidays;

  • Subsidized transportation;

  • Subsidized use of an off-site gym.

applications

Job applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and a DC Government Employment Application to jobs@dccouncil.us. Please refer to the full applications instructions in the vacancy announcement.