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.

Open Jobs

Development Manager

Development Manager

Reports To: Deputy Director

Salary: $52K – $57K

Position Overview: Working under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director and in support of the Director, the Development Manager is primarily responsible for the implementation and coordination of fundraising activities to help ensure that budgeted funding goals of IPS are achieved, as well as the day-to-day management of development systems and infrastructure, including the supervision regular team meetings and the supervision of two associates and an intern.

The Development Manager will also play a lead role in planning and organizing fundraising events, most notably the Institute’s annual Letelier-Moffitt (LM) Human Rights Awards.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Fundraising Strategy

  • Assist Director with the Institute’s case for support and larger fundraising strategy
  • Support program staff in designing and executing viable fundraising plans
  • Provide topline fundraising reports for the Director and Board Development Committee to share at Board meetings

Development Operations

  • Maintain development systems, such as departmental policies and procedures, fundraising income projections, grants pipeline, tax acknowledgements, and the Luminate CRM system for donor information and relations
  • Facilitate and set the agenda for Development team check-ins
  • Monitor the fundraising and development budget
  • Mentor and supervise two Development Associates and an intern each semester

Donor Relations

  • Manage Director and program staff relationships with foundation contacts and major and mid-level donors
  • Cultivate your own relationships with foundation contacts and major donors

Fundraising Activities

  • With support from our LM planning team, plan and organize the Institute’s annual Letelier-Moffitt Awards, and assist with outreach and fundraising efforts
  • Manage biannual integrated online and offline fundraising campaigns and production processes in the spring and fall
  • Managing ongoing campaigns to raise endowment funds for the New Mexico Fellowship, Michael Ratner Middle East Fellowship, and the Saul Landau Next Leaders Internships Fund
  • Write and submit proposals for general support, and provide editing and submission assistance on project support proposals, as needed

Interdepartmental Coordination

  • Coordinate with the Finance and Operations team to reconcile fundraising income between Luminate CRM and Quickbooks (QB)
  • Coordinate with the Finance and Operations team to maintain up-to-date coding, as well as assist with monitoring fundraising income from affiliate projects
  • Coordinate with Communications team to execute online fundraising strategies and donor engagement activities
  • Coordinate with Communications team on digital communications and collateral materials targeted to donors

Required

  • Demonstrated commitment to IPS’s mission and vision
  • 2-3 years of experience implementing fundraising strategies for foundation and individual support
  • Proven ability to create a project plan, set ambitious goals, and achieve them
  • Proven systems orientation and experience in donor database management
  • Excellent written (research, analysis, and editing), verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Understanding of and commitment to maintaining the confidential nature of fundraising efforts and donor information
  • Proven ability to juggle multiple priorities in fast-paced environment
  • Comfort working independently, as well as a commitment to working within a team
  • Mastery of MS Office Suite (especially, Word and Excel, including all mail merge functions)
  • Creativity, curiosity, sense of humor, professionalism, and an 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

  • Experience contributing to funding narratives and foundation grant management
  • Interest in fundraising, philanthropy, nonprofit management, and policy research and advocacy
  • Proficiency in Salesforce or Blackbaud Luminate CRM
  • Willingness and confidence to work with a variety of policy/academic professionals, and to network with the Institute’s broad base of allies and supporters
  • 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.

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 “Development Manager” in the subject line. Applications are due September 13th. 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.

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

Boston Inequality Policy Researcher

Boston Inequality Policy Researcher

Reports To: Director, Program on Inequality

Salary: $50,000 – $55,000, depending on experience. See benefits below.

Position Overview: Full-time position at New England IPS office in Boston, MA.

The IPS Program on Inequality and the Common Good works to 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 and the concentration of wealth and power
    • Publicize the latest statistics, research, and analysis through our Inequality.org web site and accompanying weekly newsletter.
    • Conduct in-depth original research, with particular expertise on drivers of economic inequality that range from tax policy and executive pay to Wall Street speculation and low-wage employers to 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.

PROGRAM FOCUS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Inequality Policy Researcher would initially work on several program areas:

Luxury Housing Research and Disruption. Wealthy investors from around the world are disrupting local real estate markets by moving billions of capital into luxury real estate. Assist in the research of city and state reports addressing these issues, working in partnership with local housing advocacy groups. Work with local jurisdictions to advance public policies to increase ownership transparency and tax luxury housing and vacancies.

Assist Hidden Wealth Working Group. Provide research and policy development assistance to international working group of scholars and activists concerned about growing problem of hidden wealth and the uses of trusts, shell companies, and offshore transactions to avoid taxes and accountability.

Reports and Policies to Reduce Concentrated Wealth and Power. Assist with production of regular reports on billionaires and concentrated wealth and power, such as Billionaire Bonanza. Work to advance tax policies to address extreme inequalities of wealth and power.

Racial Wealth Divide. Research reports and policy initiatives related to closing the racial wealth divide.
See our reports on the racial wealth divide.

Top Heavy Charity and Philanthropic Reform. Work to support advocacy efforts to reform philanthropy and address abuses caused by concentrated wealth and power.

Assist with other research topics and write for wide variety of audiences on these matters.

Required

      • Educational background in economics, public policy, statistics/mathematics, computer science, or another social science field.
      • Strong computer skills and experience with statistical software, such as Tableau, STATA, R, Excel, SPSS, and GIS.
      • Excellent organizational skills, with strong attention to detail.
      • Ability to present data in visually compelling ways for a general audience.
      • Self-motivated and able to work independently, but also able to collaborate and work as part of a team and with diverse partners.
      • 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.

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.

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 by October 15 with “Inequality Policy Researcher-Boston” in the subject line. Interviews will take place in October.

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.

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

Washington DC Inequality Data Researcher

Washington DC Inequality Data Researcher

Reports To: Global Economy Program Director
Salary: $48,000 – $52,000, depending on experience. See benefits below.
Position Overview: Full-time position in Washington, DC.

The Inequality team at the Institute for Policy Studies 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 drivers of economic inequality that range from tax policy and executive pay to Wall Street speculation and low-wage employers to 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

Produce research tied to advocacy campaigns

  • Work with an IPS team to analyze data for reports, interactive graphics, social media shareables, and other materials that are useful for the key campaigns of low-wage and immigrant worker organizations and other social movement groups working to reverse extreme inequality.
  • Fact-check data in reports, op-eds, fact sheets and other products.

Provide research support for Inequality.org and a related weekly newsletter

  • Take primary responsibility for maintaining and expanding the “Facts” section of the site, which features Tableau charts on the latest inequality-related data on income, wealth, global, gender, race, health, and climate change.
  • Help with posting and other web site maintenance tasks and find ways to incorporate data into blog posts.

Required

  • Educational background in economics, public policy, statistics/mathematics, computer science, or another social science field.
  • Strong computer skills and experience with statistical software, such as Tableau, STATA, R, Excel, SPSS, and GIS.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to present data in visually compelling ways for a general audience.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, but also able to collaborate and work as part of a team and with diverse partners.
  • 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.

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.

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 by October 15 with “Inequality Data Researcher” in the subject line. Interviews will take place in October.

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.

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

Administrative Assistant and Events Coordinator –Boston

Administrative Assistant and Events Coordinator – Boston

Reports To: Program Director of the IPS Program on Inequality and the Common Good
Salary: $44,000-$47,000 (plus benefits below)
FTE: Two year position with full benefits and the possibility of renewal contingent upon funding
Position Overview: IPS is a progressive internationalist think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. In partnership with dynamic social movements, we work to turn transformative policy ideas into action. As Washington’s first progressive multi-issue think tank, IPS has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for over five decades — from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960s through the environmental, women’s, anti-corporate and other movements to the anti-war and global justice movements of the 21st century.

The New England office of IPS, located in Boston, hosts the Institute’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good, an initiative that focuses on the dangers growing economic inequality poses for our democracy, economy, and civic life. The Program maintains a robust online presence centered around the Inequality.org website and a weekly email newsletter, develops educational tools for strategic social justice constituencies, and supports short- and long-term public policy campaigns aimed at reducing inequality.

IPS-New England seeks to hire a high-energy, entrepreneurial and detail-oriented individual for the position of Administrative Assistant & Events Coordinator. This is an entry-level, salaried two-year position with full benefits and the possibility of renewal contingent upon funding. This person will work out of the Boston office in Jamaica Plain and report to the Program Director of IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the Administrative Needs of IPS-NE Staff. Provide administrative support, as needed, to other staff colleagues at IPS-New England office.
  • Manage Operations of IPS-NE Office. Oversee operational needs of the IPS-NE Office, including ordering supplies, managing and trouble-shooting technology (computers, printer, phone system, etc.), coordinating the office calendar, and maintaining a welcoming office environment.
  • Liaise with IPS-DC Office. Create bi-weekly paperwork shipments including checks for deposit, payment & reimbursement requests, and other. Coordinate with DC to ensure smooth inter-office operations.
  • Coordinate Inequality Program Interns and Volunteers. Oversee recruitment and hiring of seasonal interns and volunteers for all projects.
  • Assist with Fundraising Efforts. Track incoming donations, enter data into database, and generate timely thank-you notes and other correspondence. Assist with prospect research, generate donor reports, and assist with other fundraising activities as needed/requested.
  • Oversee Database. Use our database system (in transition from Luminate to EveryAction) to manage contact relationships, create and send e-mail marketing communications, and track fundraising data. Develop training for Boston staff; serve as the Boston Office’s “go-to” person for database technical assistance; make recommendations regarding database improvements/changes.
  • Produce Programmatic and Donor Events. Play a significant role in the planning and execution of 1-2 donor events per year.
  • Coordinate the JP Forum. Plan, promote, and produce periodic events for the Jamaica Plain Forum, a public speaker series, in consultation with the Director. Liaise with speakers, secure co-sponsors, develop outreach materials and social media announcements, ensure good turnout at events, coordinate volunteers, and conduct appropriate follow-up.

Required

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills, both written and verbal, and a high comfort level representing the organization at meetings and public events.
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team in a fast-paced work environment
  • Two years experience working in social change organization or nonprofit sector organization
  • Self-motivated and resourceful. Demonstrated ability to problem solve and “think on your feet” in tricky situations
  • Demonstrated capacity to inspire and support others
  • Strong collaborator with an ability to adapt quickly to changing situations
  • Experience improving systems and processes to make them more efficient and effective
  • Positive attitude and a good sense of humor, along with a commitment to excellence
  • Commitment to the IPS mission and vision
  • Commitment to the IPS working agreements for all staff, including a culture of strong interpersonal communication, feedback, integrity, inclusiveness, and anti-oppression principles.

Preferred, but not required

  • Experience working in EveryAction and/or another donor database
  • Experience working in a virtual environment, collaborating with team members in different physical locations
  • 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.

    TO APPLY Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references in a single PDF File to “Search Admin/Events” to apply@ips-dc.org by October 22, 2019. 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. Thank you very much for your interest in working with us.

Outreach Coordinator - National Priorities Project

Outreach Coordinator – National Priorities Project

Reports To: NPP Program Director
Salary: $42,000 – 45,000, depending on experience. See benefits below.
FTE: This is a one-year, full-time position with benefits.
Position Overview: National Priorities Project (NPP) at the Institute for Policy Studies is dedicated to working with movement partners and activists to ensure that our federal resources prioritize peace, shared prosperity, and economic security for all. In 2014, the project was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for our work on military spending.

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. 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.

NPP is now launching a one-year project to build ties with climate change-focused organizations to illuminate the ties between climate and militarism. Militarism contributes directly to climate change, and it represents one of the more alarming responses to climate threats and climate-related migration. But the U.S. war economy also presents an opportunity to redirect significant military resources, including money, infrastructure, and people, toward implementing solutions to climate change.

The Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for growing collaborations on shifting our war economy to address the climate crisis, working when possible in close collaboration with immigration and workers’ rights organizations. The ideal person for this position will have existing ties and familiarity with individuals and organizations that focus on climate change, immigrants’ rights, and/or workers’ rights. The Outreach Coordinator reports to the NPP Program Director.

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

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with the NPP Program Director and Research Analyst to plan an outreach strategy, including identifying possible partners;
  • Develop outreach materials including messaging, memes or other formats;
  • Conduct outreach and recruit 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.

REQUIRED

  • Commitment to anti-militarism as inseparable from social justice and environmental protection.
  • Past work and/or studies in organizing, social justice, or related field.
  • 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 four years’ work experience in organizing, climate change, immigrant rights or other related field.
  • Experience building diverse coalitions and campaigns.
  • Existing relationships with individuals and organizations that advocate for a bold, progressive approach to the climate crisis.
  • Ability to articulate connections between militarism, climate change, immigration, racism and related issues.

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.

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 October 8, 2018. 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. Thank you very much for your interest in working with us.

Open Internships – Fall 2019

We are now seeking interns to join us in the fall. To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and short (2 pages) writing sample to the following:

To submit your application for the Global Economy or Criminalization of Race and Poverty position, please email nextleaders@ips-dc.org and put the name of your internship/s of choice in the title.

In your cover letter, please be sure to talk about a social movement you are passionate about as well as your skills and experience that would best support the role. You are welcome to apply for more than one position in the same application.

Global Economy Internship

The mission of the Global Economy Project is to speed the transition of the U.S. and global economy from a model characterized by extreme levels of economic and racial inequality and excessive corporate and Wall Street power to one that is equitable and sustainable. This project conducts research and analysis of a wide range of economic issues, including low-wage employment, executive compensation, Wall Street reform, and corporate taxes.

Interns for Global Economy are typically involved in research and writing for the IPS website and our inequality portal at Inequality.org, as well as policy papers, op-eds, reports, and other project materials. Ideal interns will be comfortable working with numbers (no high-level mathematics, but work may involve lots of data). Through mentorship from project director Sarah Anderson, interns will learn to research various government sources, including corporate filings with the SEC and BLS data on labor. Global Economy Interns also sometimes help develop and implement communications strategies on the wide range of issues that the project covers.

Criminalization of Race and Poverty Internship

The Criminalization of Poverty and Race project at the Institute for Policy Studies seeks a detail-oriented intern who is passionate about racial, gender and social justice, about transformative justice and equity for children and youth who are over- disciplined in schools and targeted by the criminal legal system.

The CPR Intern will have an opportunity to work on the development of a transformational alternative-to-school-discipline model in a local DC public school. The program offers hands-on opportunities to work with Restorative Justice Circles and Teen Court models. This intern will compile research, writing, and metrics for assessing movement building within the Families of Incarcerated Children movements and the Poor People’s Campaign.This intern will also play a key role in producing written reports on the above initiatives.

The ideal candidate will be proactive, with solid writing, research, and organizational skills, and possess some knowledge of individual and/or experience with the juvenile or criminal law system or racial justice activism. A focus on equity for, and experience of, intersectional oppressions is a plus.

Get the latest cutting edge progressive analysis and commentary