Policy and Research Analyst, Full-Time

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Policy and Research Analyst, Full-Time

The Data Foundation is a non-profit think tank based in Washington, D.C. that seeks to improve government and society by using data to inform public policymaking. Our research and educational activities proactively and rapidly address relevant, emerging data-related needs in the country with the goal of devising realistic solutions, accelerating policy coordination, and advancing innovation. The Data Foundation values diversity and transparency in pursuit of an equitable, data-informed society.

As the country’s leading data policy think tank, the Data Foundation supports informed dialogue and thought leadership on emerging strategies and applications for accessing, using, and applying data in ways that are useful for decision-making. By collecting, sharing, and using data in new ways, government and society can become more effective, more efficient, and more open.


The Data Foundation is currently seeking early career researchers and policy analysts to support ongoing policy and research activities. The analyst position is flexible to accommodate partner projects, proposal development, research execution, and policy engagement. This position requires familiarity with the federal policy environment and some research training. Ideal candidates will have some familiarity with or knowledge about federal laws, regulations, or policies that relate to how agencies collect, organize, and use data. Potential areas of expertise could include research, data science, natural science, statistics, policy analysis, performance management, evaluation, computer science, or privacy.

This non-supervisory position may be based in Washington, DC or virtual in the United States, with expectations for and EDT work schedule.

The Data Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • Provide subject matter expertise on relevant data policies and practices in the federal government
  • Conduct primary research on issues that relate to data policies, including privacy technologies, artificial intelligence, confidentiality protections, data sharing approaches, or other aspects of data infrastructure or management.
  • Draft white papers and articles, and develop policy options on issues related to the availability, use, and protection of survey and administrative data for decision-making
  • Develop relevant policy briefs, blog posts, and fact sheets that address timely issues of relevance to the Data Foundation
  • Plan and support events sponsored by the Data Foundation to provide lay-accessible dialogue about relevant concepts and issues
  • Lead or support ongoing working groups related to government data strategies


  • Experience conducting and using policy research
  • Willingness to work in a non-partisan capacity
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, particularly through written materials
  • Knowledge of and interest in data policy, evidence-based policymaking, statistical policy, evaluation policy, science policy, or privacy policy
  • Demonstrated understanding of or experience working with implementation of federal government programs and policies
  • Ability to multi-task on numerous projects, large and small, in both collaborative and independent situations
  • Demonstrated research and organizational skills


Applicant must have a relevant graduate degree. Experience in policy, research, or analysis is preferred. Work experience will not be considered as a substitute for a master’s degree.


The Data Foundation offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and education. The position is budgeted at $48,000.

Individuals interested in this position should email a (1) cover letter explaining your interest in the position, (2) cv or resume, (3) single-authored blog article or publication, and (4) contact information for three references to careers@datafoundation.org. Please include the position title in the subject line of the email. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled with initial reviews beginning on September 5, 2021. Multiple positions may be filled from this posting.