Employment

Eastern Washington Office Assistant Job Description

Washington Policy Center is the premier non-profit, independent think tank in Washington state - promoting sound public policy based on free-market solutions. WPC provides accurate, high-quality research through its seven research centers focusing on the areas of agriculture, government reform, small business, environment, health care, education, and transportation.

With four offices in Seattle, Olympia, Spokane and Tri-Cities, WPC’s impact is felt throughout the entire state with an annual budget of $2.9 million and a statewide staff of 18. On average, WPC’s research is in the media five times per day. Dozens of our recommendations have been signed into law or passed by voters at the state and local level.  

Washington Policy Center is now hiring for their part-time Eastern Washington office assistant.  This position offers a great opportunity to gain valuable office experience in a non-profit, public policy environment. This position will work closely with and reports to the Eastern Washington director in Spokane, and also work with key staff in the organization.   

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Organizing publications and materials for WPC events in Eastern Washington
  • Assisting in scheduling and setup of Eastern Washington events
  • Coordinating meetings with Eastern Washington Advisory Board
  • Scheduling meetings with WPC supporters
  • Miscellaneous administrative tasks including maintaining records and office organization
  • Some in-state travel and participation/coordination of WPC events 

Key Requirements:

  • Understand and support WPC’s mission to promote free-market solutions through research and education in Washington state
  • College level degree preferred
  • High level of organization and attention to detail and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects at one time
  • Must exhibit sound judgment in confidential donor matters
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products including Word and Excel  

Details/Benefits: 

  • Hours vary throughout year, but approximately 15 hours/week with flexible scheduling
  • Ability to work additional hours including some evenings at events at discretion of Eastern Washington director
  • The position will work out of WPC’s downtown Spokane office 
  • Salary: $13 per hour 

Contact:  Chris Cargill, Eastern Washington director, ccargill@washingtonpolicy.org or (509) 570-2384


Digital Communications & Publications Coordinator Job Description

Washington Policy Center (WPC) is an independent, non-profit, public policy research organization headquartered in Seattle with additional offices in Olympia and Eastern Washington. WPC has a $2.7 million annual budget, staff of 18 and is one of the largest and most impactful state-based policy organizations in the country.  With a focus on Washington state issues, we promote sound public policy based on free-market solutions through research, events, and extensive media outreach.

WPC improves the lives of the people of Washington by providing accurate, high-quality research for policymakers, the media and the public.

The digital communications & publications coordinator, a member of WPC’s communications team, has an array of responsibilities (including work with traditional publications, visual arts, social media, website and communications) under the direction of WPC’s communications and marketing director.  This position will provide you with an opportunity to thrive in a public policy environment and to grow and learn new skills and network with key business and policy leaders in our state.

Key job functions

  • Detailed proofreading of policy studies to match AP publishing style, as well as maintaining WPC’s internal organization writing style
  • Formatting hard-copy studies for print publication and online distribution
  • Coordinate formatting and printing of Viewpoint quarterly policy magazine with input from senior management and communications director and attend editorial meetings to plan each issue
  • Coordinate printing and production of packet mailings to donor base, 3-4 times per calendar year
  • Occasional writing and editing of original copy for newsletter, website or promotional use
  • Create print marketing documents and maintain inventory of office print promotional materials
  • Maintain relationships with print shops throughout state
  • Maintain website, including posting policy studies, creating event and registration pages, refreshing homepage content, updating speakers bureau, and monitoring research blog
  • Assist with creating mass marketing emails
  • Assist with event coordination duties and operate A/V logistics for policy conferences
  • Prepare print materials, including event invitations, programs and signage, for policy conferences
  • Prepare event PowerPoint presentations
  • Serve as liaison for Young Professionals Advisory Board, specifically with the marketing committee
  • Work with WPC interns to oversee recording and cataloguing of media impressions

Desired education, skills, and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite — Photoshop and InDesign experience are requisite to job function — with some background in Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Social analytics
  • Basic video production (preferable)
  • Graphic design and/or Photoshop
  • Command of English language writing, with background in AP writing style and willingness to adapt to WPC organizational publishing and branding styles
  • Experience in print marketing and periodical publication (preferable)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; and command of correct grammar.
  • A deep respect for deadlines and results.
  • Knowledge of politics and/or public policy.
  • Experience updating a content management system website.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Applicants should familiarize themselves with Washington Policy Center’s mission and goals.  Explore our website at www.washingtonpolicy.org.

Salary is DOE.  Washington Policy Center provides a generous health insurance package (medical/dental/vision), vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, Costco membership, and free parking.

After carefully reading the job description, please submit a resume and persuasive cover letter that demonstrate how you meet the specific job qualifications and responsibilities and how sincere interest in this position and the mission of the organization. Your application should also include references.  Submit your application and direct any questions to:

Dann Mead Smith, President
Washington Policy Center
PO Box 3643
Seattle, WA 98124-3643

ph: 206-937-9691 |  dmeadsmith@washingtonpolicy.org 


Development Assistant

Washington Policy Center (WPC) is a non-profit, independent public policy think tank that works to improve the lives of Washington state’s citizens by providing accurate, high-quality and innovative solutions for policymakers, the media and the general public. We have a staff of 19, an annual budget of $3 million, and offices located in Seattle, Olympia and Eastern Washington. We hold approximately 50 events per year ranging from exclusive gatherings of 20-30 people to conferences and lunches for 200-300 and our annual fundraising gala, the Annual Dinner, with over 2,500 attendees.

The Development Assistant position offers a great opportunity to gain valuable fundraising, event planning and administrative experience in a non-profit environment. It is ideal for a recent graduate or someone with 1-2 years experience in office administration or fundraising work.  The Development Assistant works closely with and reports to the Development Manager and Development Director, and also works with the Events Manager and President of the organization.  This is a part-time position (25 hours/week).

Key Responsibilities:

  • Daily processing of donations and updating donor information, using WPC’s database, The Raiser’s Edge
  • Manage acknowledgment letters and tax receipt processes, working closely with the organization’s President and Development Director
  • Regular data entry and database management using The Raiser’s Edge
  • Assist with coordinating WPC’s Annual Dinner, one of the largest policy gala events in the country and WPC’s largest fundraising event each year, with over 2,500 people
  • Assist with coordinating donor events and conferences
  • Miscellaneous administrative tasks including coordination of donor-relation mailings, scheduling and recording donor meetings and preparing meeting information packets

Key Requirements:

  • Understand and support our mission to promote free-market solutions through research and education in Washington state
  • High level of organization and attention to detail and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects at one time
  • Ability to interact well with current and prospective donors in person, through email and over the phone
  • Must exhibit sound judgment in confidential donor matters
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products including Word and Excel
  • Proficient writing skills
  • Database experience preferred, but not required\

Details/Benefits:

  • Start date: January, 2017 (possible training hours available in December)
  • Hours: Part-Time: 25 hours/week

Prefer minimum of 4 days a week, but flexible schedule adjustments per PT position

  • Compensation: $15/hour or DOE
  • Free parking

To apply, submit resume and cover letter to:
Tashina Kreilick, Development Manager, 206-937-9691, tkreilick@washingtonpolicy.org  


Young Professionals Coordinator

Washington Policy Center (WPC) is a non-profit, independent public policy think tank that works to improve the lives of Washington state’s citizens by providing accurate, high-quality and innovative solutions for policymakers, the media and the general public. We have a staff of 19, an annual budget of $3 million, and offices located in Seattle, Olympia and Eastern Washington. We hold approximately 50 events per year ranging from exclusive gatherings of 20-30 people to conferences and lunches for 200-300 and our annual fundraising gala, the Annual Dinner, with over 2,500 attendees.

WPC’s Young Professionals (YP) group works to engage, educate and empower the next generation of free-market leaders in Washington state. WPC is the only state-based think tank in the country with a formal young professionals program. Formed in 2010, the group is led by an active, 20-member advisory board made up of young business and community leaders. We have an email outreach list of over 1,000 people in their 20s and 30s who receive WPC research and updates. WPC’s Young Professionals also has four student-run, college campus clubs at the University of Washington, Washington State University, Seattle University and Gonzaga University.

The Young Professionals Coordinator position offers a great opportunity to gain experience in a high-profile, non-profit environment. The position is ideal for a recent graduate or someone with 1-2 years experience in office administration or program management. The Young Professionals Coordinator works closely with and reports to the Communications Director and also works with the Events Manager, Development team and President of the organization. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage and coordinate WPC’s Young Professionals advisory board including scheduling and planning for quarterly board meetings and committee meetings and working closely with the YP Chairman, Vice-Chairman and committee chairs on the newly developed three-year strategic plan for 2017 – 2019.
  • Coordinate WPC’s 5-7 Young Professional events annually which range from statewide debates to social networking events and a Young Professionals Annual Dinner.
  • Manage WPC’s new and expanding college campus clubs at University of Washington, Seattle University, Washington State University and Gonzaga University, working closely with club presidents and other student members to coordinate campus events.
  • Manage the Young Professionals annual operating budget, including a revenue and expense budget.
  • Work closely with WPC’s development team on fundraising efforts for the YP program, including, but not limited to event fundraising and direct mail.
  • Work closely with WPC’s communications team to create print and online tools related to the YP group as well as draft and release WPC’s monthly e-newsletter, The INK: IN the Know.
  • Manage WPC’s Young Professionals social media content on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Key Requirements:

  • Understand and support our mission to promote free-market solutions through research and education in Washington state
  • Organization skills and attention to detail
  • Able to manage multiple tasks and projects at once
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products including Word and Excel
  • Proficient writing skills
  • Some in-state travel

Details/Benefits:

  • Start date: As soon as possible
  • Full time: Hours: 8:30-5:00pm, M-F (some evenings for scheduled events)
  • Vacation: 2 weeks paid (after 3 months)
  • Holidays: 10 paid holidays a year
  • Benefits: 90% employer-paid health (medical/dental/vision) insurance
  • Salary: $32,000 - $35,000 DOE

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Sydney Jansen, Development Director, sjansen@washingtonpolicy.org


WPC’s Janet and Doug True Research Internship Program

Washington Policy Center offers part-time internship positions geared toward undergraduate students and recent graduates for each academic quarter including summer. Interns work approximately 15 hours per week. WPC allows flexible hours to work around the intern’s class schedule while attending nearby colleges and universities. Through the Janet and Doug True Research Internship Program, WPC has had the privilege of excellent interns each quarter since 1999. Former WPC interns have gone on to work in Washington D.C., have run for office, have completed prestigious academic endeavors and have begun successful careers in the private sector. Many credit their interest in policy to their time as a WPC intern.

Research Internship

Research interns work directly under the Center’s research department. 
Their duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research
  • Filing research material
  • Performing administrative tasks
  • Assisting at WPC public policy events

A student in political science, history, or government with an interest in Washington state public policy issues is desired; however, applicants from all majors are eligible. Applicants should have an above average GPA with great communication skills and strong command of search engine utilization and Microsoft Office.

Depending on the institution, WPC’s research internship may be eligible for academic credit. The internship is also a paid position earning the current minimum wage rate. 

To Apply

If you would like to apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Operations Manager Braden Goodwin at the address below. Be sure to include explanation of your desire to work with a free-market, public policy organization like Washington Policy Center. Applications are received on a rolling basis so please also indicate in your cover letter for which quarter you are applying. 

Email: bgoodwin@washingtonpolicy.org
Mail: Braden Goodwin
Operations Manager
Washington Policy Center
P.O. Box 3643
Seattle, WA 98124-36343


Scholarships

Click here for information on WPC's Jennifer Dunn-Thomson Scholarship.