Work With Us

The Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality’s Economic Security and Opportunity Initiative works to alleviate poverty and inequality, advance racial and gender equity, and expand economic inclusion in the United States. We develop and advance ambitious medium and long-term policy ideas in the following areas: tax and benefits, jobs and education, health and human service delivery, and democracy. Our ideas—which are backed by our rigorous research and analysis and rooted in the lived experiences of people affected by poverty, racism, and sexism—are trusted by our partners, including researchers, advocates, organizers, and policymakers across policy silos and issue areas. We are a growing team of 15 staff, plus 8-12 part-time student workers, funded through philanthropic grants and contracts with partner organizations.

If you share our commitment to economic, racial, and gender equity, consider applying for one of our open positions.

Senior Policy Analyst

The Senior Policy Analyst develops policy ideas supported by qualitative and quantitative evidence, leads highly-collaborative project teams, and produces clear, accurate, equity-focused research.

What You’ll Do

  • Plan, manage, and execute long-term, complex, mixed-methods research projects and shorter-term policy analyses.
  • Develop, write, and promote publications to reach key audiences, including policymakers, administrators, allied organizations, media, funding partners, researchers, and students.
  • Supervise staff and lead project teams.
  • Explore and conceptualize new research and analysis ideas aligned with mission and goals.
  • Build and strengthen stakeholder partnerships.
  • Conduct external engagement activities with key audiences, such as education and technical assistance.
  • Lead public-facing outreach and communications activities and events

What You’ll Bring

We understand that the right candidate may not have all these qualities listed below; however, we are seeking a commitment and excitement to build your skills or experiences in these areas. (Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often only apply to jobs if they meet all of the qualifications. We encourage you to break with that trend and apply!)

  • A high level of knowledge of a broad range of economic security issues
  • Experience developing sound research methodologies, collecting, synthesizing, analyzing, and interpreting data and policies, and developing policy recommendations
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, including the ability to synthesize and clearly express complex ideas tailored for various audiences
  • Race, class, and gender equity and inclusion experience, skills, and values
  • Experience leading teams, supervising and mentoring staff, and managing projects and timelines with a high level of independence
  • Desire and ability to work in a highly collaborative, team-based environment
  • Flexibility & enthusiasm for learning
  • Ability to manage a high volume of work with efficiency
  • Impeccable attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills
  • Facility with public use data (e.g. Current Population Survey, American Community Survey, etc.)
  • Master’s degree or equivalent and 5-7 years of experience

What We Offer

The salary range for the position is $80,000 – $85,000.

Georgetown University offers comprehensive and competitive benefits, including health, dental and vision plans, disability and life insurance coverage, retirement savings programs, tuition assistance, voluntary insurance options, and much more. For more information, visit

The position is designated as hybrid, with an expectation for in-office work 1-2 days per week.

Research Assistant

Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality’s Economic Security and Opportunity Initiative (ESOI) often has openings for part-time Research Assistants (RAs). We’re looking for Georgetown law and graduate students who share a commitment to our mission to develop and advance ideas that alleviate poverty and inequality, advance racial and gender equity, and expand economic inclusion for all in the United States.

RAs will:

  • Conduct policy research on economic security issues and analyze pending legislation, existing laws and policies, and new policy ideas and proposals;
  • Help draft reports, policy briefs, fact sheets, articles, blog posts, op-eds, talking points, public presentations, and other written materials; and
  • Develop charts, infographics, and other visual representations of data.

ESOI RAs will make significant contributions to our current projects, which include research and policy development focused on broad-based economic security policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, postsecondary education, job creation, paid family medical leave, census, tax credits, universal family care, subsidized employment, human services, social determinants of health, and unemployment insurance, all with an intersectional focus on racial equity and gender justice.

RAs should have:

  • Excellent research & writing skills; and

  • Professional, academic and/or lived experience with issues related to poverty, economic justice, social inclusion, racial equity, and/or gender equity.

Interested candidates should send a resume, writing sample, and cover letter (which should include the number of hours you’d hope to work per week–between 10-20 is ideal), to