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Research Assistant

The Heritage Foundation's mission is "to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense."  Based on those principles, the main objectives of the Center for Data Analysis are to provide empirical research services to Heritage and to help build, through empirical and other research, publication, and other activities, the intellectual foundation for Heritage conservative public policies.  Consistent with the mission and those objectives and the direction of the Center Director, the Research Assistant is responsible for assisting both the director and research staff in undertaking research and writing projects, responding to information requests from Hill staff and journalists, tracking legislation and helping to design and maintain web-based products and pages.


Job Duties:

  • Create and manage databases that support the Center’s policy analysis.
  • Write briefing materials and short publications.
  • Conduct statistical analysis.
  • Prepare materials for Heritage websites.
  • Provide research support for management and staff.
  • Assist with special projects, events and meetings.


  • Job Type: 

  • Education:

    B.A. in economics, advanced degree preferred.
  • Experience:

    Entry level. Familiarity with policy research techniques and the production cycle for policy analysis.
  • Skills:

    • Formal training in econometrics and database construction methodologies
    • High level of web skills and interest in web products
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Perform a wide variety of assignments with creativity and high energy
    • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the department's goals and objectives.
    • Strong research capabilities and must show initiative and ability to work independently