Jobs at EPI

Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts and Foundation Relations

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a non-profit national research and analysis organization, is seeking a Senior Development Officer for Major Gifts and Foundation Relations. Ideal candidates for the position will have experience in and knowledge about fundraising in a nonprofit environment. The successful candidate will have at least 5 years of experience managing donor research, cultivation, solicitation and relationship stewardship. The position requires a thoughtful, organized, and results-oriented professional, who applies both a mission- and metrics-driven approach to fundraising.  This position is located in Washington, D.C.

About EPI: The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) was founded in 1986 to focus solid academic research and policy analysis on the needs of workers and their families. EPI believes all workers and their families deserve a better future, a good job, quality healthcare, and fair pay. EPI’s trenchant policy impact analysis has  helped build its reputation as a highly credible and authoritative source on a wide range of economic issues, including wages, tax and budget, immigration, retirement security, and trade and globalization.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Exhibit leadership, creativity and enthusiasm in the individual donor and foundation development efforts as part of a growing and multifaceted development program;
  • Design and execute individual giving plans for major gifts and planned gifts from current and prospective donors;
  • Coordinate efforts to expand the individual donor base at all giving levels and implement practices to increase gift size and maximize retention;
  • Assist in managing the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities by the Institute’s President, Vice President, Board members and others;
  • Develop and oversee prospecting efforts, including conducting research to ensure a robust pipeline of prospective major donors;
  • Keep accurate and real-time records of solicitations and contacts with donors;
  • Manage research and creation of profiles for existing and prospective donors;
  • Assist the Director of Development and the Director of Communications with donor communication strategies, including print and web communications;
  • Initiate and manage cultivation events; and
  • Provide foundation grant support, including preparing proposals and reports, assisting with stewardship of current grants, and working with EPI’s leadership to identify funding opportunities with prospective or current foundation supporters.

Qualifications and Requirements

Required skills include:

  • Five to seven years of fundraising experience, especially with individual donors;
  • Strong skills in prospect research, relationship analytics, and problem solving;
  • Proven ability to build relationships with prospects and donors, exercising discretion and confidentiality;
  • Excellent written, verbal, and analytic skills;
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage up and across the organization;
  • Facility with donor databases;
  • Proven capacity with online prospect research tools;
  • Superior interpersonal skills, with proven ability to work effectively as a team member and independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities under pressure, trouble-shoot, and meet short- and long-term deadlines;
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office, Raiser’s Edge NXT or other CRM database, and Wealthpoint or other donor screening services.

Preferred, but not required:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university;
  • Experience raising funds for social justice or for public policy organizations and universities; and
  • Experience with any of the following systems a plus: Act Blue Charities, Mailchimp, Eventbrite, or WordPress.

Salary and Benefits

  • EPI is a unionized workplace. This position is in the bargaining unit and reports to the Director of Development and Strategic Planning.
  • The salary for this position ranges from $62,000 to $72,000 and is dependent on experience.
  • EPI offers an excellent benefits package, including generous paid time off, as well as retirement contributions, medical, vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance.
  • EPI is an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or caregiver status.

To apply: Candidates should send a resume and cover letter highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working at EPI to development-jobs@epi.org with ”Senior Development Officer” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

State Economic Analyst, EARN Team

The Economic Policy Institute seeks a dynamic and skilled person to join our Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) team as a State Economic Analyst. The analyst will support EARN’s programs and policy campaigns by conducting original research, analyzing state and national economic data, and providing research guidance, customized data products, and technical assistance to EARN state partners. The analyst will also conduct research in support of EPI’s broader institutional priorities. We are seeking someone with 3 to 5 years’ experience writing, researching, and using data to analyze public policy and the economy. Experience working on economic justice campaigns or using data in support of policies to support working families is a plus. This position is located in Washington, D.C.

About EARN: EARN is a nationwide network of state-based research, policy, and advocacy organizations working towards an economy that works for everyone. EARN partners constitute the core progressive research and policy infrastructure for shaping and promoting a better economic future in the states. The EARN network is coordinated by staff at the Economic Policy Institute and EARN partners.

About EPI: EPI conducts research and analysis on the economic status of working Americans and their families and proposes policies to protect and improve their economic well-being. EPI believes that having a diverse and inclusive workplace not only strengthens the institute’s work, but is essential for understanding and creating economic policies that support all working people. EPI is committed to hiring applicants of all backgrounds and identities, and encourages women, people of color, and persons from other historically underrepresented groups to apply.

What You Will Do

  • Conduct research and analysis in support of EARN programs and campaigns:
    • Collect and analyze data using statistical software showing the impact of public policies on working families and the economy.
    • Develop and maintain state-level data packages and tools for EARN state groups.
    • Produce literature reviews, resource packets, written reports, fact sheets, op-eds, blog posts, and other documents on key economic issues and policies, such as minimum wages, economic development, collective bargaining, structural racism, and gender-pay inequities.
  • Support EARN state partners in their research and policy work:
    • Respond to technical assistance requests, particularly on research, economic, and data-related questions.
    • Produce custom statistics and data sets.
    • Review EARN member reports and products.
    • Assist in developing and providing training opportunities for EARN members, including webinars and EARN conference training sessions.
  • Develop fluency on key EARN issue areas, monitoring relevant research and emerging trends in state and local policymaking.
  • Engage in public debates, policy advocacy, and public education through conference presentations, briefings, expert testimony, and responding to media inquiries.
  • Write, edit, and contribute to EPI and EARN reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, snapshots, blog posts, and interactive online content.
  • Assist in the management of EARN’s online resources, including the EARN website and listserv.
  • Assist in planning and staffing EARNCon, EARN’s annual conference for state partners and allies, particularly in developing the data and skills training curriculum.

Who You Are

We are seeking a candidate with the following qualities and experience:

  • At least 3 years’ relevant experience preferred.
  • A masters or professional degree in economics, public policy, or a related field is preferred. Applicants should have a strong statistics competency and understanding of econometric techniques.
  • Experience with and demonstrated commitment to economic justice and racial and gender equity, such as in a labor union, advocacy organization or public agency.
  • Training and experience with analysis of microdata, including the use of statistical software such as SAS, Stata, or R.
  • Experience with policy research and advocacy; familiarity with state-level policy and legislative process is a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to create materials for a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to represent the organization at meetings and events, as well as with the media and in testimony before state and local government.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, but also able to collaborate and work as part of a team and with diverse partners.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with strong attention to detail and a demonstrated ability to drive projects to completion.
  • Experience using Microsoft Word and strong expertise in Excel. Knowledge of WordPress a bonus.
  • Commitment to excellence and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment.
  • Willingness to handle occasional long hours and travel.

Salary/Benefits:

  • EPI is a unionized workplace. This position is in the bargaining unit and reports to the EARN Director.
  • The salary for this position ranges from $75,000 to $85,000, dependent on experience, plus benefits.
  • EPI offers an excellent benefits package, including generous paid time off, as well as retirement contributions, medical, vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance.
  • EPI is an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or caregiver status.

To apply: Candidates should send a thoughtful cover letter highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working at EPI/EARN and resume to earn-jobs@epi.org with State Economic Analyst in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.