Jobs and Internships

The Institute for Policy Studies is a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. We believe progress occurs when people and movements come together to act on powerful ideas based on equity, peace, and the protection of our planet. Since 1963, we have been challenging corrupt power structures that undermine a true democracy. Today, we are uniting people and movements around real, transformational change through independent research, networking across issues, and visionary platforms.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

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Program Assistant - Inequality.org

Program Assistant

Salary: $50,000-$53,000

Position Overview:

The program assistant would support the inequality team at the Institute for Policy Studies, which strives to help reverse the maldistribution of income and wealth that is undermining our democracy, fraying our social fabric, and destroying our planet. What we do:

  • Partner with grassroots and policy organizations to develop and advocate for policy changes that reduce inequality.
  • Publicize the latest statistics, research, and analysis through our Inequality.org web site and accompanying weekly newsletter.
  • Elevate the profiles of diverse champions in the battle against extreme inequality by disseminating their stories, strategies, and lessons through the media.
  • Conduct in-depth original research, with particular expertise on taxation, CEO pay, low-wage workers, the care economy, charity reform, and the racial wealth divide.
  • Disrupt the narratives that legitimate our current levels of extreme inequality by unpacking common myths, building powerful counter-narratives, and enlisting business leaders and high net worth individuals to challenge the inequality status quo.

Responsibilities:

Research support for advocacy campaigns

  • Working with an IPS team to provide research support, including data collection, editing, and fact-checking, for reports and other materials useful for the key campaigns of low-wage worker organizations and other social movement groups working to reverse extreme inequality.

Editorial assistance for Inequality.org and a related weekly newsletter

  • Editing, proof-reading, and writing for the Inequality.org site and newsletter
  • Expanding the research and impact of these outlets through:
    • Designing and implementing a number of marketing strategies to grow our base of subscribers and guest contributors.
    • Compiling weekly and monthly analytics
    • Regular outreach to academics, journalists, and experts.

Advocacy and coalition building

  • Broadening the impact of IPS research and analysis through strategic engagement with allied organizations and policymakers.

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience
  • At least two years of professional experience. Internships, activist roles, and volunteer experience may be considered
  • Excellent research and writing abilities
  • Quantitative analytical skills are a plus but not required
  • Ability to multitask and set priorities under tight deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team and across organizations
  • Experience with and demonstrated commitment to economic justice and racial and gender equity
  • Familiarity with the key drivers of inequality in the United States and globally. Knowledge of one or more priority IPS issue areas, including the care economy, charity reform, and taxation are desirable

Benefits:

We are currently working 100% remotely, but when we reconvene, our office is located in DuPont Circle, with sunny windows and a gym.

Excellent benefits including generous vacation, 403(b) plan upon hire, fully paid dependent health insurance, fully paid life insurance, fully paid long-term disability, optional short-term disability, direct deposit, and flex time.

Full-time salaried, exempt position, preferably located in Washington, DC. This position is included in a union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific employment terms are subject to collective bargaining.

How to Apply:

Please email your cover letter, resume, and a 1-3 page writing sample in a single PDF file to: apply@ips-dc.org with “Program Assistant” in the subject line. Interviews will take place in September.

Due to the large volume of applications, only applicants moving on to the next round will be contacted by the Search Committee. No phone calls, please.

Please submit materials by September 6, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our staff and board, and we actively welcome applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ candidates, and candidates who hold other historically marginalized identities.

Applicants are asked to fill out a confidential survey to assist in evaluating our applicant pool: https://forms.gle/vwoWYwnbrWgq1biF8

Thank you very much for your interest in working with us.

Outreach Coordinator - National Priorities Project

Outreach Coordinator

Salary: $50,000-$53,000

National Priorities Project (NPP) at the Institute for Policy Studies is dedicated to working with movement partners and activists to divest the federal budget from militarized spending on the Pentagon, immigration and law enforcement, and reinvest in human needs.

NPP is a project of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society.

This is a full-time position that reports to Program Director and is responsible for working collaboratively with all IPS staff, interns and fellows.

Position Overview:

The vast U.S. militarized budget presents an opportunity to redirect significant resources, including money, infrastructure, and people, toward human needs. Movements advocating for peace, immigrant rights, and climate change all have a stake in ensuring these resources are used appropriately.

The Outreach Coordinator will serve as project manager for growing collaborations with immigrant rights organizations and movements as well as movements against climate change. The ideal person for this position will have experience or relationships with organizations that focus on immigrants’ rights, climate change, militarism, or related issues. The Outreach Coordinator reports to the NPP Program Director.

This is a full-time position based in either Northampton, MA or Washington, DC. Occasional evenings, weekends and travel are required.

Responsibilities:

  • Work on campaigns with existing partners in the immigrant rights and climate change movements to divest from militarism and invest in human need
  • Develop outreach materials including white papers, messaging, memes or other formats
  • Identify and build relationships with new organizational partners and stakeholders
  • Track project progress including timelines, goals reached and outcomes achieved, and coordinate between multiple stakeholders and partners
  • Contribute writing to issue fact sheets and other summaries of relevant issues
  • Assist with planning for any public events, direct actions or other event logistics with and for partner organizations
  • Contribute original writing to NPP blog on timely topics related to outreach

Qualifications

Required:

  • Commitment to anti-militarism as inseparable from social justice and environmental protection.
  • Ability to show commitment, sensitivity and care to diverse allies and develop priorities together
  • Past work and/or studies in organizing, social justice, or related field
  • Clear written and verbal communication skills and ability to explain complex concepts in an accessible, jargon-free way
  • Highly organized, demonstrated ability to manage competing deadlines and multiple tasks, comfortable creating and following detailed project management plans
  • Comfortable with multiple modes of communication among a geographically dispersed team (video chats, conference calls, direct messaging, texting etc.)

Preferred/Desired:

  • Two to five years’ work experience in organizing, immigrant rights, climate change, or other related field
  • Experience building diverse coalitions and campaigns
  • Ability to articulate connections between militarism, climate change, immigration, racism and related issues

Benefits:

We are currently working 100% remotely, but when we reconvene, our office is located in DuPont Circle, with sunny windows and a gym.

Excellent benefits including generous vacation, 403(b) plan upon hire, fully paid dependent health insurance, fully paid life insurance, fully paid long-term disability, optional short-term disability, direct deposit, and flex time.

Full-time salaried, exempt position, preferably located in Washington, DC. This position is included in a union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific employment terms are subject to collective bargaining.

How to Apply:

Please send in the following materials in a single PDF to apply@ips-dc.org with “Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the position and any related experience
  • Your resume
  • Three references
  • A writing sample not exceeding 2 pages in length. We prefer non-academic papers, perhaps a blog post, or a press release.

Please submit materials by September 6, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Due to the large volume of applications, only applicants moving on to the next round will be contacted by the Search Committee. No phone calls, please.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our staff and board, and we actively welcome applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ candidates, and candidates who hold other historically marginalized identities.

Applicants are asked to fill out a confidential survey to assist in evaluating our applicant pool: https://forms.gle/PzUnJAL2VjeE17r37

Thank you very much for your interest in working with us.

Development Associate

Development Associate

Salary: $50,000-$53,000

Reports to: Development manager

Position Overview:

Working under the supervision of the Development Manager, the Development Associate is primarily responsible for the implementation and coordination of fundraising activities to help ensure that budgeted funding goals of IPS are achieved. This person will provide a wide range of development support to IPS’s projects.

The Development Associate will also play a lead role in developing our donor stewardship strategy and expanding IPS’s foundation prospecting capacity. The position will also lead in planning and organizing fundraising events, most notably the Institute’s annual Letelier-Moffitt (LM) Human Rights Awards.

Responsibilities:

Donor Engagement and Communications

  • Enhance IPS’s major giving and monthly giving programs through implementing best practices, conducting prospect research, stewardship planning, and coordinating with staff
  • Manage planned giving portfolio
  • Assist with donor messaging strategy to promote positive donor relationships and drive donor retention
  • Under the supervision of the development manager, assist with the management of IPS relationships with major and mid-level donors by tracking touchpoints with these segments of individual donors. Conduct follow-up as necessary
  • Assist the development manager with developing regular communication newsletters and emails for special donor segments
  • Manage and lead the planning of individual giving campaigns such as year-end appeal and Giving Tuesday, drafting metrics and helping develop goals to increase in giving.
  • Support individual giving programs, such as IPS’s sustainers
  • Draft meeting notes for various endowment campaigns and project-specific fundraising meetings
  • Draft executive outreach to individual and union sponsors and congressional letters as needed to facilitate events that will advance fundraising goals
  • Leverage second languages if available to communicate as needed in instances that will advance fundraising opportunities

Events

  • Arrange cultivation events and travel, and attend in-person and virtual events to help with our donor stewardship goals
  • Help plan, organize, execute and manage IPS fundraising events, showing logistical prowess in: communication with speakers and vendors, registration, venue set-up, day-of plans, and follow-up
  • Manage event and program consultants for event support
  • Work with the communications team to develop high-quality event collateral

Foundations

  • Assist with foundation grant proposal writing and reporting
  • Incorporate foundation prospecting into weekly and monthly duties, identifying new potential sources of funding for general support and individual assigned projects as needed

Interns

  • Assist with coordinating the hiring of Next Leader Development Interns throughout the year, including reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates

Qualifications

Required:

  • Demonstrated commitment to IPS’s mission and vision
  • 1-2 years of experience implementing fundraising strategies for foundation and individual support
  • Proven systems orientation and experience in donor database management, experience with EveryAction preferred
  • Excellent written (research, analysis, and editing), verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Understanding of and commitment to maintaining the confidential nature of fundraising efforts and donor information
  • Proven ability to juggle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfort working independently, as well as a commitment to working within a team
  • Master of MS Office Suite (especially, Word and Excel, including all mail merge functions)
  • Demonstrated ability to create budgets for grant applications and reporting
  • Creativity, curiosity, sense of humor, professionalism, and enthusiasm for meeting and working with a wide range of individuals
  • Understanding of institutional and individual donors’ needs and perceptions
  • Passion for social justice and commitment to building a program on anti-oppression principles

Preferred/Desired:

  • Experience contributing to funding narratives and foundation grant management
  • Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese
  • College degree preferred but not required

Benefits:

Excellent benefits including generous vacation, 403(b) plan upon hire, fully paid dependent health insurance, fully paid life insurance, fully paid long-term disability, optional short-term disability, direct deposit, and flex time.

Full-time salaried, exempt position, preferably located in Washington, DC. This position is included in a union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific employment terms are subject to collective bargaining.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, three references, and a brief writing sample to apply@ips-dc.org with “Development Associate” in the subject line. The deadline for this position is October 5th. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls, please.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our staff and board, and we actively welcome applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ candidates, and candidates who hold other historically marginalized identities.

Applicants are asked to fill out a confidential survey to assist in evaluating our applicant pool: https://forms.gle/c1oSh1s77x5Fs8ws6

Thank you very much for your interest in working with us.

Open Internships

We have no open internships at this time.

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