Program Assistant

Website IPS_DC Institute for Policy Studies

About the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)

IPS is a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. In partnership with dynamic social movements, we turn transformative policy ideas into action.

IPS values the well-being of our staff. We offer generous leave, excellent employer-paid benefits for employees and their dependents, 403b retirement plan with employer match, and flexible work hours. We are currently working 100% remotely, but when we reconvene, our office is located in DuPont Circle, with sunny windows and a gym.

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 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.

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 and a related weekly newsletter

Editing, proof-reading, and writing for the 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.

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.

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: 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:

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

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