Third Way is a national think tank that develops and champions modern, center-left ideas.
Third Way’s Economic Program is seeking a fellow to join a dynamic team working to develop and advance a modern economic agenda focused on ensuring work leads to a good, stable life. For some, work in the new economy is richly rewarded. But for most, it’s a painful struggle. Globalization has outsourced good-paying jobs. Technology has replaced workers. Systemic racism devastates communities of color. Unionization has shrunk. Capital is hard to come by. Skills don’t match available jobs. Wages are stuck. Health care is too expensive. And all these problems existed before the current economic and public health catastrophe—now, many are worse.
We are looking for creative policy junkies to help us tackle these tough economic challenges. These issues, and numerous others, will be critical to explore as Third Way addresses the economic recovery and other challenges and solutions for the 21st century.
The fellow will report to the Deputy Director of the Economic Program.
The Third Way Fellows Program is a full-time, 12-month program that comes with a $55,000 annual stipend and two weeks paid vacation, plus healthcare and benefits. It also comes with the chance to meet with top Washington policy players; to co-author papers and work with our policy teams to produce new ideas, research, and insights; to learn our methodology; and to leverage our wide-ranging D.C. network into future career opportunities.
During your time at Third Way, you will learn skills in workflow management, leveraging polarities, meeting facilitation and participation, parallel thinking, dynamic presentation and communication, creativity, design thinking, networking, and interview skills.
Upon completion, our fellows find fulfilling work at other think tanks, congressional committees, private-sector firms, advocacy organizations, and the federal government. They take full advantage of Third Way’s ever-growing network of public policy professionals. If you are a future-oriented thinker and a policy wonk willing to listen and learn, we’d like you to join us.
Please note all duties and events will be completed virtually until Third Way has established a return-to-work plan, at which point this position will be located in Washington, D.C.
The ideal candidate has:
$55,000 annual stipend and two weeks paid vacation, plus healthcare and benefits.
A willingness to work collaboratively on a team while taking initiative on individual projects, an aptitude to multi-task on various assignments in distinct issue areas, and a capacity to solve problems creatively and think outside the box is integral to a successful fellowship at Third Way.
The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in a related field. The fellow will have extensive quantitative experience, including the ability to work with datasets and Microsoft Excel and possibly prior experience manipulating microdatasets in R or STATA. Strong research skills are a must along with an interest in U.S. politics and the political process. Fellows must be able to explain complicated concepts in a way that makes sense to the general public and engages and excites the audience.
While this position requires strong technical skills, Third Way’s success relies on our ability to build relationships and communicate our message. This includes the ability to exercise diplomacy and discretion in dealing with external groups. Finally, fellows must have a deep commitment to strengthening and expanding the middle class.
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