Economic Policy Institute

Economic Policy Institute

Senior State Policy Coordinator
EARN in the South

Based in DC Metropolitan Area
(Remote work from one of the EARN in the South member states possible)


EPI seeks a collaborative and results-oriented individual to join the EARN team as a Senior State Policy Coordinator for our EARN in the South project – a collaboration between research organizations of the EARN Network and grassroots and worker-led, power-building groups in 13 states across the South, working together to win economic, worker, racial, and gender justice reforms in their states and across the region.

We are seeking someone ideally with at least 7 years’ experience working on economic justice campaigns at the state or local level who has a deep understanding of the role structural racism plays in economic outcomes. The ideal candidate is someone with a record of successfully advancing pro-worker policies – developing, initiating, and coordinating effective campaigns; building and supporting coalitions; working with diverse partners; and smartly applying research, policy, and/or other public education materials to build support. Experience working in the South and an understanding of how the region’s history of racial oppression and white supremacy continue to influence the South’s political economy is highly desired. Policy expertise on economic justice and workers’ rights issues is also a plus.

About EPI and EARN
The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies, centering the economic interests of workers in the United States. EPI is a key institution in the movement for racial, gender, and economic justice in the United States and is widely recognized as a source of authoritative analysis on economic trends, with a particular focus on inequality and the forces that diminish the power of people of color and women.

The Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) is a nationwide network of 56 state-based research, policy, and advocacy organizations advancing an inclusive, worker-centered economy through state and local policy change. EARN groups conduct research on the economy, analyze public policies, and collaborate with advocates and community groups to develop and advocate for policies that prioritize racial and gender equity and confront the fundamental power imbalances in the workplace to create an economy that works for everyone. EARN is coordinated by staff at the Economic Policy Institute.

EARN in the South (EIS), launched in 2017, is an initiative of EARN that seeks to achieve lasting improvements in economic outcomes for working people in the South, while combating racial and gender injustice and reducing inequality. The initiative aims to advance pro-worker economic and racial justice policies throughout the region, through deep cross-state collaboration between EARN members and grassroots and worker-led organizations building power with Black and Brown workers. EARN currently has partner organizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

What You Will Do

  • In collaboration with EIS partners, advance pro-worker policy change at the state and local level throughout the South.
    • Creatively build upon the existing regional collaboration between Southern EARN groups, their grassroots and labor partners, and the team at to jointly develop and implement campaigns to win bold reforms.
    • Support Southern partners’ campaigns by working with EPI researchers to develop written reports, issue briefs, talking points, fact sheets, op-eds, blog posts, and other documents that help inform debate and motivate reform.
    • Track the key campaigns, priorities, opportunities, and policy threats at play in Southern states in order to help the cohort develop common strategies to address common policy threats and opportunities and share best practices for policy, research, and advocacy strategies.  
    • Work with communications staff to craft compelling pro-worker messaging and narratives
  • Lead the EARN in the South Learning Community, facilitating collaboration between EARN groups and grassroots and labor partners to drive  policy campaigns and reforms
    • Develop and facilitate timely and informative issue webinars for EARN partners, sharing best practices and policy, research, and advocacy strategies.
    • Coordinate regional working groups on key economic, racial, and gender justice issues.
    • Disseminate the policy, research, and advocacy work of EARN partners and EPI.
    • Respond to technical assistance requests, in coordination with EARN/EPI research staff.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with EARN in the South partners, regional allies, and national organizations working in the South.
    • Plan in-person and virtual convenings and strategy sessions with the support of other EPI and EIS member organization staff
  • Oversee and support administration of grant awards to EIS members and assist in engagement with funders – preparing grant proposals, reports, and other background materials as needed.
  • Represent EARN/EPI in outreach and coordination activities to EARN partners, policymakers, and state and national partner organizations, including grassroots networks and labor unions.
  • Assist in planning and staffing EARNCon, EARN’s annual conference for state partners and allies.
  • Other duties as assigned

Who You Are
Ideally, you have at least a bachelor’s degree and 7 – 10 years’ experience. We do not expect that every candidate will have this full range of experience, but the following qualities and experience are highly desirable:

A commitment to EPI/EARN’s values

  • Experience with and demonstrated commitment to economic justice, building power with workers, and advancing racial and gender equity
  • Familiarity with a diverse set of economic, gender, and racial justice policy issues and the political debates in which they are embedded.
  • Experience working in a state or local policy research organization, labor union, grassroots organization, advocacy organization, or public agency focused on economic justice, workers’ rights, or labor law and policy

Organizing and policy campaign experience

  • A campaigner’s or organizer’s mindset, and experience building and/or supporting coalitions.
  • Experience leading or supporting policy campaigns – especially at the state or local level. Knowledge of how legislative and/or administrative action on economic issues is initiated, supported, and advanced in the state or local context.
  • Networking skills; experience building and stewarding relationships with a diversity of partners.

Ability to get things done

  • Strong project management skills, the ability to manage several complex projects at once, and the flexibility to adapt to a changing landscape.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, but also able to collaborate and work as part of a team with diverse partners.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to frame a discussion and craft arguments within a political/policy context and effectively communicate complex issues to lay audiences.
  • Ability to effectively represent the organization in meetings and events.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the demonstrated ability to drive projects to completion
  • Willingness and ability to handle occasional long hours and travel.

EPI believes that having a diverse and inclusive workplace not only strengthens the Institute’s work but is also essential for understanding and creating economic policies that support all working people. EPI is an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior history of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, caregiver status, or other categories protected by law.

Salary and Benefits

  • EPI is a unionized workplace with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). This position is in the bargaining unit and reports to the EARN Deputy Director.
  • The salary for this position ranges from $87,000 to $100,000, dependent on experience, plus benefits.
  • EPI offers an excellent benefits package, including generous paid time off, a 9.25% employer-provided 401k retirement contribution, eight weeks of parental leave, and fully employer-funded medical, vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance for individual employees.

This position is based at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Remote work from one of the EARN in the South member states is also possible, with the understanding that periodic travel to EPI’s offices will be required. As a condition of employment, EPI requires all staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

To Apply
Candidates should send a cover letter highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working at the Economic Policy Institute, résumé, and writing sample to: earn-jobs@epi.org, with “Senior State Policy Coordinator” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications without all three requested materials will not be considered.

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