The Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. BPC drives principled and politically viable policy solutions through the power of rigorous analysis, painstaking negotiation, and aggressive advocacy.
As the only Washington, D.C.-based think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship, BPC works to address the key challenges facing the nation. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both ends of the political spectrum. We are currently focused on health, energy, national and homeland security, the economy, housing, immigration, infrastructure, and governance.
BPC is currently seeking a senior policy analyst with knowledge of contemporary Middle Eastern politics and Islamic religious thought and experience to participate in two new initiatives with the organization’s National Security Project. The first initiative led by former 9/11 Commission Co-Chairs Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton brings together ideologically diverse, high-level experts to develop recommendations for how U.S. counter-terrorism policy should be adapted to limit the appeal and spread of extremist ideologies. The second looks to academic scholarship and modern-day political realities to plan a stable post-ISIS future for the Middle East.
Roles and Responsibilities
The position of senior policy analyst at BPC involves intensive research and writing, independently, in cooperation with other members of the National Security Project, and under the direction of BPC task force members. The role also involves active engagement with task force members, BPC senior fellows and other BPC teams such as communications, development, and legislative. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a familiarity with issues related to the content, structure, and dissemination of extremist ideology, knowledge of social, economic, and political conditions in the Middle East or Muslim world broadly, and an ability to write about these issues clearly, precisely, and quickly.
The senior policy analyst will be expected to undertake extensive independent research and writing projects, often several simultaneously, be able to proofread and edit others’ work in addition to receiving and incorporating edits to your own, identify research questions to drive forward BPC’s policy agenda, and think creatively to develop innovative policy ideas. You will also be expected to help manage the work flow of the two initiatives and think creatively about ways to promote the project’s policy ideas. You will have the opportunity to contribute substantively to BPC policy products, publish your own work, as appropriate, advance within the organization, and directly interact and engage with top leaders in the field. As part of a growing think tank, you will also be expected to work well in a team environment and challenged to think creatively about non-policy issues such as project direction, strategy, and bipartisanship.
BPC also has an affiliate organization—BPC Action—which provides the rare opportunity to both develop policy recommendations and work to pursue their implementation. Thus, outreach and education activities with policymakers and their staffs is also an important component of the position.
- Familiarity and experience with Islamic religious thought, Middle Eastern society and politics, and/or extremism and radicalization;
- Strong policy research skills and the ability to identify and find information relevant to answering specific policy questions;
- Ability to write and edit clearly, quickly and accurately;
- Ability to multi-task on numerous tasks, large and small, in both collaborative and independent situations;
- Strong oral communications skills;
- Comfort with engaging, briefing and communicating with high-level task force members;
- Strong team player;
- Must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree in a related field, a graduate degree is strongly preferred.
- Knowledge of Arabic preferred;
BPC values interaction and collaboration across its departments and policy projects. Periodically there may be opportunities to contribute to new or expanding projects in other policy or functional areas.
BPC offers a highly competitive salary and provides generous benefits. Individuals interested in this position should send resume, cover letter, writing sample, transcript (if a recent graduate), and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include the title of this job, Senior Policy Analyst, National Security Project, in the subject line of your email.
BPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.