Economic Policy Advisor

Job description

Third Way is looking for an Economic Policy Advisor to focus on minority-and women-owned small business and entrepreneurship. This position is for someone who is passionate about devising and advancing policy solutions that help American workers recover and thrive in a post-COVID era. This person will unpack and analyze economic trends and data, convey this information to an informed audience through written and digital content, and collaborate internally and with external partners to develop and advance policy ideas that help support women- and minority-owned small businesses grow as well as those in left-behind communities.

As the Economic Policy Advisor, a typical day might include…

  • Authoring high-impact written reports, memos, and op-eds that persuasively explain how we can support entrepreneurs and small business owners, with an emphasis on women- and minority-owned businesses as well as those in left-behind communities;
  • Analyzing proposed policy ideas and assessing their impact on the United States;
  • Meeting with a diverse cross-section of external partners including Hill and Administration staff and leaders in industry, nonprofits, and academia; 
  • Conducting in-depth research and analysis to better understand and explain the economy; and
  • Working with other members of Third Way’s economic, communications, and outreach teams to help plan and execute events and digital collateral.

**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.


This might be the job for you, if you have…

  • An understanding of economic and small business policy in the United States and a passion for expanding racial and gender equity in our economic system;
  • A demonstrated ability to write clearly on complex topics for an audience of non-experts;
  • Experience and/or passion for working together to build groups and diverse coalitions;
  • A graduate degree or an undergraduate degree in a relevant field plus relevant work experience working on US economic policy in government, as a journalist, at a research institution, or in the private sector; and
  • A Senior Economic Policy Advisor designation is available based on more advanced/independent experience in many of the qualifications above.

In the Third Way Culture, we are looking for…

  • Self-starters: People who see and seize opportunities, take risks, learn from failure, and will bring a sustained passion for our mission.
  • Collaborators: People who work in teams—sharing ideas, brainstorming, co-authoring products, and advancing its shared priorities.
  • Creators: People who fosters divergent thinking; that aren’t afraid to take on the orthodoxies of the left or the right. Team members come up with original insights, find unique ways to look at data, and challenge their preconceptions.
  • Results-oriented: People who function with an organizational commitment to clear objectives, ambitious timelines, accountability for results, and a focus on impact.
  • Respectful: People who embrace the diverse perspectives of everyone and fosters the values of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness at all times.


  • Participate in Third Way’s comprehensive onboarding program.
  • Meet your Third Way Buddy, be introduced to the entire staff, and start to learn the TW’s culture.
  • Participate in weekly one-on-ones with your manager to ensure you fully understand the expectations of the job.
  • Attend your departmental weekly meetings. You’ll learn about the key goals of your program, how they’re doing, what challenges they face, and how you will contribute.
  • Learn the Program’s work plan for the year and begin to build your initial set of deliverables.


  • Attend program overview sessions to learn more about each team’s contribution to TW’s mission.
  • Incorporate TW’s Style Guide and Production process into your work products.
  • Participate in at least one of our internal Professional Development trainings or a Center for Fun activity.
  • Learn and experience TW’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and respect in the workplace.
  • Develop written advocacy and educational products that advance our work on economic policy.
  • Attend and participate in external meetings and events with other members of your team.


  • Feel a sense of comfort and familiarity with the staff, your team, and your work.
  • Continue to attend weekly departmental meetings with a stronger understanding of your team’s strategic goal.
  • Bring new ideas and suggestions to your weekly one-on-ones with your manager.
  • Complete your 90-day self-evaluation and performance review with your manager.
  • Partner with your manager to establish your long-term goals for the remainder of the year.

Third Way is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.