The Senior Economist, leads multiple projects within CED’s evolving portfolio of applied economic policy analysis, focusing on U.S. policy issues relevant to CED’s signature sustaining capitalism program issues, including but not limited to, technology and innovation, education, climate, economic change, trade, health policy, regulatory policy, and fiscal/tax policy.
Takes responsibility for the intellectual design as well as the funding, daily management and execution of the CED research and analysis projects assigned in economic policy, directly conducting projects and managing the work of outside experts. Responsible for acquisition of grant support for research and outreach efforts to fulfill CED’s foundation support objective for 2021 of $1 million. Communicates findings in ways that are meaningful and accessible to CED’s core audiences of business leaders and policymakers, including organizing and hosting CED’s Sustaining Capitalism podcasts and Policy Watch webcasts. Serves as the interface with CED Trustees in his/her areas of expertise. Assists the Director of Research in responding to external inquiries from Trustees, policymakers, and the media.
- In collaboration with the Research team serves as an intellectual leader for applied economic policy analysis at CED by identifying leading issues produced by the fast-changing policy environment and the interests of CED Trustees. Designs and implements projects to create high-quality content in applied economic policy analysis. Establishes and maintains a network of outside subject matter experts (SMEs) with whom to collaborate when needed.
- Responsible for acquisition of grant support for research/outreach efforts.
- Conducts multiple policy analysis projects within CED’s evolving portfolio of applied economic policy, focusing on U.S. policy issues relevant to CED’s signature sustaining capitalism program issues, including but not limited to the U.S. technology & innovation, education, climate, economic change, trade, health policy, regulatory policy, and fiscal/tax policy. Conducts the work directly and manages the work of outside SMEs and collaborators. Assumes direct responsibility for each phase of the project [funding, design, execution, writing, and production of other final products (e.g., online, interactive features)] for his/her own projects. Manages and reviews the work of outside SMEs and collaborators for projects that are “outsourced.”
- Develops new content in economic policy analysis.
- Conducts literature reviews, policy analyses, and data analysis, using appropriate analytic techniques. Reaches objective, non-partisan findings within the limits of the research design and proposes evidence-based policy recommendations with input from CED’s Trustees.
- Works with data sets to produce policy-relevant, online, interactive products.
- Reviews content created by CED staff and outside contributors to control quality, integrity, and non-partisan balance of the products produced and effectively upholds internal research and neutrality standards.
- Entrepreneurially develops and executes new content areas and product types (e.g., data analyses leading to online, interactive content; fast turnaround analyses of recent policy developments).
- Identifies, obtains, and manages foundation grants and other funding sources to continue and expand CED’s applied economic policy analysis portfolio.
- Supports the Director of Research or other project leaders in the presentation of findings and policy recommendations to business and policymaking audiences, and acts as an interface in his/her areas of expertise with CED Trustees, policymakers, and the media, leveraging social media and hosting CED webcast and podcast series.
- Interacts effectively with CED Trustees and outside subject matter experts to obtain input and guidance on CED analyses and policy recommendations.
- Collaborates with the communications and the editorial/production staff in the timely production of content that is relevant and accessible to CED’s core audiences of Trustees, policymakers, business executives, academics and the media. These include, but are not limited to, written policy briefs, interactive online content, op-eds, podcasts and webcasts.
- Supports the Research team as well as the Communications department in designing and executing communication plans for policy analysis projects.
- Provides information to media outlets, CED Trustees, business executives, and policymakers, as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Skills:
- Extensive knowledge of U.S. economic policy, with demonstrated expertise in at least one of CED’s areas.
- A demonstrated ability to create content that effectively disseminates analysis of US economic policy.
- Skilled in grant procurement.
- Ability to work with data sets to produce online interactive content.
- A demonstrated ability to creatively develop projects, procure funding, engage experts, and interact with business leaders and policy makers is essential.
- Ability to write for and communicate effectively with a non-expert business and policy audiences is essential.
- Ability to work with data sets to produce policy-relevant, online, interactive products is highly desirable.
- Creativity in developing new content in the economic policy area.
- Creating and developing strategic alliances with prestigious business leaders, external experts, policy makers, and organizations; and increasing the visibility of CED’s content with external audiences and the media.
Education and Experience Requirements:
- Applicant must have a minimum of 5-10 years’ relevant experience in analysis of U.S. economic policy and demonstrated ability to create content that effectively disseminates such analysis.
- Experience in a relevant executive or legislative government agency is highly desirable.
- The applicant should have a graduate degree in applied economics, public policy, economics, or a related field. Demonstrated expertise in at least one of CED’s areas of U.S. economic policy is strongly preferred. A demonstrated ability to creatively develop projects, procure funding, engage experts, interact with business leaders, is essential. Ability to write for and communicate effectively with a non-expert business and policy audience is essential. Ability to work with data sets to produce policy-relevant, online, interactive products is highly desirable. The position requires creativity in developing new content in the economic policy area; creating and developing strategic alliances with prestigious business leaders, external experts, and organizations; and increasing the visibility of CED’s content with external audiences and the media.
The Conference Board invites all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities. If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance with our online application system and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please email Alana Trimmier at Alana.Trimmier@conference-board.org or call at 212-339-0324. Please indicate your full name, contact information and the specific accommodation needed.