Jobs

PPI is currently looking for one full time position.

PPI hires interns for Spring, Spring and Winter. We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2018 only. PPI has no set term for start and end dates for each semester.


Assistant Director of Reinventing America’s Schools Project

Public Affairs Intern – 2018

Editorial Intern – 2018

Economics Intern – 2018

Education Policy Intern – 2018


Assistant Director of Reinventing America’s Schools Project

The Progressive Policy Institute’s Reinventing America’s Schools Project seeks an Assistant Director who has worked in the nonprofit or public policy space and is an experienced project manager and leader. An ideal candidate will have covered or have had experience working on education or other domestic public policy topics.

ABOUT PPI

PPI is a nonprofit think tank that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics for the 21st century. PPI was the main purveyor of policy innovations to Bill Clinton’s New Democrats — break-the-mold ideas that also migrated to Britain and other democratic countries around the world under the rubric of the “third way.” Today, PPI remains at the forefront of promoting a pragmatic and responsible progressivism with a focus on center-left issues in areas such as economic growth, education reform, and regulatory reform.

ABOUT REINVENTING AMERICA’S SCHOOLS

America needs a 21st century model of public education geared to the knowledge economy. Charter schools are showing the way, because they provide autonomy for schools, accountability for results, and parental choice among schools tailored to the diverse learning styles of children. David Osborne’s book, Reinventing America’s Schools, explores the new paradigm of public education that is emerging to fit the realities of the 21st century.

 

Our mission going forward is to convince and help more districts adopt 21st century models. Today there are 4-6 such districts, depending upon how one counts them (New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, Denver, Memphis, and Camden, N.J.). We hope to help double that number over the next 3-4 years.

 

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Assistant Director will support the project and serve as a manager. He/she will identify ways our work can encourage organizations, elected officials and school district leaders to take up our recommendations for change. Additionally, the role will be responsible for the following:

 

Administration, Operations, and Grant Management

  • Manage the day-to day activities of the project including:
    • With the project’s director, set the project’s strategic direction, with an emphasis on further developing a strategic plan that promotes our long-term vision;
    • Translate the high-level vision and strategy into practical action by the Project’s team.
  • Support and advise director in decision-making;
  • Maintain effective operation of activities and events in coordination with other staff and consultants;
  • Coordinate project communications, policy, and advocacy activities, including meetings and conference calls as needed;
  • Coordinate communications and grant requirement compliance with grant funders, consultants, partners, and stakeholders;
  • Coordinate with other administrative staff at PPI to oversee, develop, maintain, and update policies and procedures, including personnel, financial and operations;
  • Provide program evaluation and data analysis;
  • Occasionally edit reports, op-eds, policy briefs, and other writings that incorporate field-based interviews, policy expertise, strong data analysis, and persuasive writing and storytelling;
  • Implement strategies that will yield significant attention to our reportage and advocacy.

 

Personnel Management

  • Coordinate and supervise project staff and consultants in coordination with project director;
  • Provide information to PPI leadership and consultants.

 

Financial Management

  • Assist in developing and overseeing project budgets;
  • Monitor grant budgets, including revenue and expenses;
  • Ensure effective tracking, record-keeping, documentation, and reporting in coordination with external grant project directors to ensure compliance with laws and funding requirements;
  • Assure grant fiscal accountability, including timeliness, compliance, and budget fidelity.

 

Community Outreach

  • Represent the RAS Project at meetings, committees, and events;
  • Research and maintain a working knowledge of emerging issues and trends pertaining to education reform;
  • Respond to professional and public requests for information;
  • Work in partnership with director to produce workshops, conferences, and meetings with and for the education community.
  • Find opportunities for project members and consultants to influence community leaders, through speeches, workshops, meetings, and articles.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate should have experience with project management, managing staff, and external relationships. Candidate should have at least seven years of work experience.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in a non-profit or public organization.
  • Project management experience required.
  • Able to work with a broad diversity of professionals and have a professional demeanor.
  • Responsible, reliable, professional, and punctual.
  • Able to travel to meetings, trainings, and events across the United States.
  • Experience supervising staff and interns.
  • Strong organizational and program management skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree required.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years of experience in a management or leadership position.
  • Expertise or demonstrated commitment to learning about education reform, with a preferred minimum of two years of experience in the field.
  • Experience with an ability to think creatively about change strategies and tactics.

 

Benefits:

  • Position is on-site, 40 hours per week
  • Competitive compensation
  • 403(B) and matching opportunity for retirement savings
  • Excellent health, dental and vision insurance, with options to fit you and your family’s needs
  • A dynamic and ambitious work environment

 

Note: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Please send materials to jobs@ppionline.org with the subject line RAS Asst Director. Please submit all materials as PDFs with your first and last name at the beginning of the file name. No phone calls please. Due to the number of applications, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 


Public Affairs Internship

The Progressive Policy Institute is seeking public affairs interns for Spring 2018.

Spring 2018

PPI is a nonprofit think tank that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics for the 21st century. PPI was the main purveyor of policy innovations to Bill Clinton’s New Democrats — break-the-mold ideas that also migrated to Britain and other democratic countries around the world under the rubric of the “third way.” Today, PPI remains at the forefront of promoting a pragmatic and responsible progressivism with a focus on center-left issues in areas such as economic growth, education reform, and regulatory reform.

An ideal candidate will be a political and news junkie with prior experience working in public affairs. Must have a genuine interest in domestic politics, foreign policy, current national issues and a working knowledge of social media networks. Excellent written and verbal communications skills, strong organizational and multitasking skills, exceptional interpersonal skills, and the facility to drive results and to consistently meet deadlines are a must.

Intern responsibilities:
• Compiling and organizing daily news clips
• Fact checking releases, op-eds, studies, and reports
• Copy-editing
• Updating press and media contact lists
• Assisting with the organization’s viral media and social networking operations
• Conducting research and compiling statistics for editorial and web materials
• Occasionally drafting statements, op-eds and press releases
• Laying-out website and press materials
• Assisting with daily operations
• General office work

Qualifications include:
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office
• Strong internet skills and intuition
• Excellent verbal and writing skills
• Ability to be a team player and to work in a fast-paced environment
• Flexibility and dedication
• Knowledge of AP Style
• Interest in politics and foreign policy
• Intellectual curiosity

Preferred:
• Experience working with press
• Experience working with the blogosphere
• Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suites
• Knowledge of social-networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
• Appreciation for image
• Graphic design sensibility

This opportunity is unpaid.

We are currently seeking interns interested in working (approximately 20 hours) during regular weekday hours, but are flexible to other hours based on students’ needs. This opportunity is unpaid.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 writing samples (2-5 pages in length each) to internship@ppionline.org. Please save all files as PDFs and begin the file name with First Name, Last Name, Document type e.g. John Smith Cover Writing Sample 2.pdf. In your email and cover letter, please mention which semester you are applying for. No phone calls please. Due to the number of applications, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Editorial Intern

The Progressive Policy Institute is looking for editorial interns for Spring 2018.

PPI is a nonprofit think tank that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics for the 21st century. PPI was the main purveyor of policy innovations to Bill Clinton’s New Democrats — break-the-mold ideas that also migrated to Britain and other democratic countries around the world under the rubric of the “third way.” Today, PPI remains at the forefront of promoting a pragmatic and responsible progressivism with a focus on center-left issues in areas such as economic growth, education reform, and regulatory reform.

Editorial interns will:

• Assist in researching, fact-checking, and copyediting policy reports, op-eds, and blog posts for our website.
• Help us find prospective authors and leading thinkers on different policy areas by monitoring policy journals, political magazines, newspapers, and blogs.
• Perform some production duties, such as finding photos and art for our publications and posts, publishing edited blog posts in WordPress, laying out policy reports and memos in Adobe InDesign, and other related tasks.
• Correspond with authors and assist the managing editor in handling workflow.
• Assist with office and general administrative duties.

We are looking for interns with strong writing and editing skills, exceptional critical thinking, a keen eye for detail and accuracy, and familiarity with Microsoft Office and Internet research. Familiarity with Macs, Photoshop, and InDesign is a huge plus.

The ideal candidate is a policy wonk and a political junkie, with experience working on the college newspaper or other publications.

We are currently seeking interns interested in working (approximately 20 hours) during regular weekday hours, but are flexible to other hours based on students’ needs. This opportunity is unpaid.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 writing samples (2-5 pages in length each) to internship@ppionline.org. Please save all files as PDFs and begin the file name with First Name, Last Name, Document type e.g. John Smith Cover Writing Sample 2.pdf. In your email and cover letter, please mention which semester you are applying for. No phone calls please. Due to the number of applications, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Economics Internship

The Progressive Policy Institute is seeking economics interns for Spring 2018.

PPI is a nonprofit think tank that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics for the 21st century. PPI was the main purveyor of policy innovations to Bill Clinton’s New Democrats — break-the-mold ideas that also migrated to Britain and other democratic countries around the world under the rubric of the “third way.” Today, PPI remains at the forefront of promoting a pragmatic and responsible progressivism with a focus on center-left issues in areas such as economic growth, education reform, and regulatory reform.

An ideal candidate will be someone with a thorough knowledge of and passion for economics and policy. Must have a genuine interest in domestic politics, foreign policy, and current national issues.

Economics intern’s primary responsibility:

• PPI’s economic research and policy work spans a wide range of topics, including the data-driven economy, the impact of regulation on innovation, and policies to improve production, investment and job growth, and more. The economics intern will assist PPI’s economists and contributors in researching and copyediting policy reports, op-eds, and blog posts for our website.

An Economics intern may also:

• Perform some production duties, such as finding photos and art for our publications and posts, publishing edited blog posts in WordPress, maintaining a social media presence, laying out policy reports and memos in Adobe InDesign, and other related tasks.
• Assist with office and general administrative duties.

Qualifications:

• Coursework or other proven knowledge of economic tools and thinking
• Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
• Excellent research and writing skills
• Working knowledge of politics and policy
• Strong organizational and multitasking skills
• The ability to self-start and meet deadlines

We are currently seeking interns interested in working (approximately 20 hours) during regular weekday hours, but are flexible to other hours based on students’ needs. This opportunity is unpaid.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 writing samples (2-5 pages in length each) to internship@ppionline.org. Please save all files as PDFs and begin the file name with First Name, Last Name, Document type e.g. John Smith Cover Writing Sample 2.pdf. In your email and cover letter, please mention which semester you are applying for. No phone calls please. Due to the number of applications, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Education Policy Internship

The Progressive Policy Institute is seeking an education policy intern for Spring 2018.

PPI is a nonprofit think tank that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics for the 21st century. PPI was the main purveyor of policy innovations to Bill Clinton’s New Democrats — break-the-mold ideas that also migrated to Britain and other democratic countries around the world under the rubric of the “third way.” Today, PPI remains at the forefront of promoting a pragmatic and responsible progressivism with a focus on center-left issues in areas such as economic growth, education reform, and regulatory reform.

The ideal candidate is an education policy wonk with previous or current education experience (B.A. in Education, TFA, M.Ed., teaching, etc.) and experience working on the college newspaper or other publications. The ideal candidate will also be familiar with ESSA, charter school policy, and our Reinventing America’s Schools project prior to beginning the internship.

The education policy intern will:

  • Assist in fact-checking, proofreading, and copyediting policy reports, op-eds, and blog posts for our website
  • Conduct research and compile statistics for editorials and reports
  • Monitor education websites and publications to help us stay up-to-date with the latest education news and innovations in education reform
  • Update and communicate with our list of over 7,000 interested parties
  • Attend education forums and panel discussions in Washington, D.C.
  • Update social media for Reinventing America’s Schools
  • Assist with daily operations and perform general administrative responsibilities.

 

Qualifications include:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Strong research skills
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to task-switch and work on multiple projects
  • Knowledge of AP Style
  • Strong internet skills and intuition
  • Interest in education reform
  • An understanding of/ familiarity with the ideology behind PPI’s education project
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Reading David Osborne’s Reinventing America’s Schools prior to beginning the internship

 

We are currently seeking an intern interested in working (approximately 20 hours) during regular weekday hours, but are flexible to other hours based on students’ needs. This opportunity is unpaid.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 writing samples (2-3 pages in length each) to elanghorne@ppionline.org with the subject line: Education Policy Internship.

Please save all files as PDFs and begin the file name with First Name, Last Name, Document type e.g. John Smith Cover Writing Sample 2.pdf. In your email and cover letter, please mention which semester you are applying for. No phone calls please. Due to the number of applications, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.