Jun 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Duties: The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative (PPI), with offices both at the University of Pennsylvania and in Washington, DC, seeks to increase the University's presence in Washington by delivering timely, nonpartisan faculty research to government decision-makers, on issues that affect business and the economy. To that end, the Issue Brief Researcher/Writer is responsible for all phases of composing policy briefs, for distribution in Washington, that offer policy-relevant insights drawn from faculty research. The Issue Briefs are Penn Wharton PPI's primary research output, and the Researcher/Writer is responsible for the full process of composing the briefs. This includes helping to identify issue brief topics; doing background research in advance of interviewing faculty about their work; doing additional research post-interview, to fill in gaps; drafting and editing the issue briefs; developing charts and tables; and helping to proofread briefs during the production process.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required in Economics, Business, or a related field, and 3-5 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Must demonstrate affinity for policy analysis, as well as an understanding of fundamental economic principles. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills are essential, including the ability to translate complex academic research into language that a knowledgeable, non-academic reader can find both understandable and engaging. Experience using Excel for data analysis and the generation of tables and charts required. Knowledge of other statistical packages a plus. Must have a strong sense of customer service for working with faculty, as well as the ability to work independently.

This position reports to the Managing Director of Penn Wharton PPI, located in Philadelphia.

Reference Number: 07-26130

Salary Grade: PT/26

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: Wharton Initiative for Public Policy

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Job Family: Z-Non-Classified Staff/Non-Unionized Job Grades

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