Project Associate, Higher Education

 Bipartisan Policy Center | Washington DC

About Job

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 Project Associate to join the higher education team within BPC’s Economic Policy Project. The Project Associate will report to the Associate Director of higher education.

Postsecondary education serves as one of the engines of the U.S. economy and as an important source of mobility and opportunity, but America’s higher education system is troubled by high prices and inconsistent outcomes for students. BPC is committed to developing and advancing data-driven and consensus-based policies to improve the system for students and their families. BPC’s higher education work is driven by the pressing issues facing students and the higher education sector; the team has focused on college access and affordability as well as institutional accountability and transparency.

The Project Associate will contribute substantively to the research and policy development activities of the higher education team. This includes communicating with policymakers and their staffs as well as with other research and advocacy organizations working in the higher education policy space. Topics of recent projects include federal/state partnerships to improve college affordability, income-driven repayment plans for student loans, assessing the costs and benefits of college attendance, and expanding federal funding for vocational training.


  • Assisting the project team with research, analysis, and writing for products such as blogs, issue briefs, and reports
  • Coordinating, scheduling, and tracking project workflow for the higher education team, including managing deadlines for written products, collateral development, grant reporting, meetings, etc.
  • Assisting with the planning, coordination, and execution of public events and private meetings
  • Attending stakeholder meetings, taking notes, circulating notes as needed, and managing meeting follow-up activities
  • Working with communications, development, events, and other teams at BPC as needed to facilitate the above


  • A college degree and an additional 1+ years of work experience, education, or a combination
  • Experience conducting or assisting policy research or analysis
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in higher education policy
  • Familiarity with program evaluation, cost-benefit analysis, and/or other policy analysis approaches is a plus
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, particularly in writing
  • Ability to multi-task on numerous assignments, large and small, in both collaborative and independent situations
  • Strong organizational skills

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

This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. BPC is currently a hybrid workplace with most employees working partly in the office and partly from home.

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

This position is budgeted at $53,000. Benefits include health and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, paid personal and sick days, three weeks of vacation, and generous retirement matching.