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Policy Research Fellow

The Policy Department is responsible for formulating and advocating ideas that benefit working people and their unions.

The Policy Research Fellow is a full-time, one year position in Washington, D.C. The Policy Research Fellow works with senior department staff to provide data, information, analysis, communications and ideas as needed to support the work of the Policy Department and other departments of the AFL-CIO and has primary responsibility for responding to data requests from AFL-CIO staff.

OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Research in policy areas including economics, budget, tax, collective bargaining, labor standards, trade, health care, retirement security, education, and immigration;
• General data collection and analysis;
• Compiling and assisting in the quantitative and qualitative analysis of data, including data relating to labor markets, unions, and economic conditions;
• Political, economic, and legislative analysis;
• Assisting in the development, design, and organization of materials for meetings and conferences;
• Assisting in the development, planning, and implementation of Policy Department activities;
• Other duties as assigned.
• Some travel may be required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

• B.A. or B.S. recommended, preferably in economics, sociology, political science, or other relevant fields;
• M.A. or J.D. strongly recommended;
• At least 1-2 years relevant work experience (full or part-time, including internships) and demonstrated success in relevant areas;
• Familiarity with government databases, including BLS, FRED, and Census databases;
• Excellent written and verbal skills, including the ability to produce clear and timely analysis;
• Proficiency in utilizing statistical information for policy analysis and advocacy;
• Strong computer skills, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, and proficiency with web based research;
• Demonstrated interest in progressive policy;
• Demonstrated ability to work well within a team;
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments;
• Ability and willingness to learn new skills and subject areas as workflow requires;
• Ability and willingness to work extended or irregular hours as needed.

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