Policy Analyst, Elections Project

Washington   |   Full Time

The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. 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 sides of the political spectrum. BPC prioritizes one thing above all else: getting things done.

BPC works to reconcile the competing aims of highly interested advocates, corporations, and policy experts and design politically viable consensus solutions. We seek out individuals and organizations that are deeply vested in the outcome of its policy projects and ask that they check absolutely nothing at the door, bringing all their passion, political perspectives, and interests to the table. BPC believes that the fundamental strength of American democracy is unity forged amid diversity, and we endeavor to represent this pluralism in all of our policy negotiations.

BPC focuses on policy solutions to strengthen our democracy, promote economic growth, opportunity and inclusion, address climate change and create better health outcomes for all Americans.

BPC is currently seeking a Policy Analyst to support the work of the Elections Project. The Elections Project explores and analyzes the entire election ecosystem, from voter registration to casting a ballot to the counting and finalizing of results. Our goal is to help policymakers enact sustainable bipartisan policy reforms, informed by election officials, that improve the voting experience for a diverse electorate.


The Policy Analyst will play a central role in the development and implementation of the Election Project’s research and advocacy priorities. This analyst role is new and will include all existing priorities of the Elections Project as well as build on newer efforts focused on federal voting reforms. The Policy Analyst must be well-versed in election administration, eager to promote free and fair elections through evidence-based policy research. The position will report to the Director of the Elections Project Matthew Weil and work closely with others on BPC’s elections team.

Specifically, the Policy Analyst will have the following responsibilities:

  • Conduct research on an array of election administration issues
  • Primary responsibility for planning and executing project meetings, roundtables and conferences focused on federal voting policy
  • Responsible for specific project work streams, including developing work plans, organizing and managing key principals, outreach to stakeholders, developing written and visual materials, etc.
  • Primary responsibility for specific assigned project work products, including reports, white papers, issue briefs, blogs, fact sheets, op-eds, and memos
  • Work with the development team to ensure that all development related collateral is accurate, well drafted and timely
  • Participate in the public communication of the project, through podcasts, Facebook Live events and other venues
  • Support elections project communications activities, including developing, reviewing, editing collateral, assisting with social media and other digital collateral
  • Assist with donor maintenance as assigned
  • Oversee work products of junior team members including assigning specific research and writing assignments and editing work products.
  • Assist in management of project interns

Opportunities will arise to contribute to new or expanding projects, so a flexible mindset and willingness to learn on the job is a must.


  • Strong policy background with knowledge of election administration is a must.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in government, public policy, political science, or related discipline preferred.
  • 3 or more years of relevant experience preferred OR Relevant advanced degree and 2 or more years of relevant experience preferred.
  • Work experience as an election official or in the elections space is highly advantageous.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms is essential.
  • Proficiency in Excel required. Experience with data analysis or automation (web scraping and other means of streamlining data collection) is an added bonus.
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills is essential. Experience in advocacy or working with government officials is a plus.
  • Ability to multi-task and effectively prioritize competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Most work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Event planning and coordination experience.
  • Knowledge and interest in election policy, experience conducting policy research, and experience in project management a plus.

The option may be available to hire a candidate at the Senior Policy Analyst level.

BPC offers a highly competitive salary and provides generous benefits.  Individuals interested in this position should send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references.  Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.  BPC does not sponsor employment visas.

BPC is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.

This position is budgeted at 60k.

Prospective candidates are required to be based in Washington, DC.

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BPC is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.