Employment & Scholarships


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 high-quality and innovative solutions for policymakers, the media and the general public. We have a statewide staff of 20, an annual budget of $3.5 million, and offices located in Seattle, Olympia, Tri-Cities and Spokane. We hold approximately 50 events per year ranging from exclusive gatherings, conferences and lunches for 200-300 and our Annual Dinner with more than 2,000 attendees.

WPC’s research centers are the core of the organization. We focus on key areas including Agriculture, Education, Environment, Health Care, Government Reform, Small Business, Transportation and Worker Rights/labor reform issues.

 


The Washington Policy Center is now accepting applications for the following positions:

Young Professionals Director

Washington Policy Center is searching for a Young Professionals Director to build upon the current momentum and take WPC YPs to the next level. This position is ideal for a highly motivated, self-starter who has skills in project management, event coordination, relationship building, communications & marketing, team management, and organization.

This position sits on the senior leadership team, reporting directly to the President and CEO and works closely with the Communications, Development and Eastern Washington teams.  The YP Director manages a team of 1-3 people.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee a 15-member Young Professionals advisory board who meets quarterly and in committees
  • Develop and implement annual plan for Young Professionals program
  • Track all membership information, event attendance and program metrics using WPC’s CRM and report on status of goals and objectives to leadership quarterly
  • Manage Young Professional expense budget
  • Oversee Young Professionals College Club program, working closely with club leaders to implement strategy and growth on campus
  • Manage team of 1-2 Young Professional Coordinators

Key Qualifications:

  • Understand and support our mission to promote free-market solutions through research and education in Washington state
  • High level of organization, attention to detail and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects at one time with success and accuracy
  • Skilled with technology with the ability to quickly learn new programs
  • Ability to interact accordingly with current and prospective members in person, through email and over the phone
  • Public speaking at events and gatherings

For the full job description, including the full lists of responsibilities, qualifications, and specifics, click here.

 

Operations Coordinator

Washington Policy Center is searching for a Operations Coordinator to keep the day to day operations of our organization in an efficient, orderly state. The position is full-time, non-exempt for overtime position with full benefits that works out of our Seattle office. The position works closely with and reports to the Operations Manager. The position’s primary role is the accounting function which allows the organization to run smoothly and be a good steward of money given to the organization. The position also has some additional office responsibilities such as recording paid-time off, managing basic office equipment, IT concerns and office organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Recording all accounts payable and related expenses
  • Fulfilling payments in a timely manner
  • Recording all contributions to the organization and working with our Development team to ensure our accounting and fundraising databases are reconciled.
  • Providing detailed expense reports to department heads on a quarterly basis and as needed.
  • Filing all payments for historical purposes including invoices, checks and credit card charges
  • Recording office vacation and sick leave
  • Managing general office equipment and some basic IT troubleshooting
  • Miscellaneous administrative tasks including maintaining office organization.

Key Requirements:

  • Understand and support our mission to promote free-market solutions through research and education in Washington state
  • Previous accounting or bookkeeping experience required
  • Previous experience using QuickBooks in an office setting and working with third party applications 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 Outlook, Word, Excel, and Teams

For the full job description, including the full lists of responsibilities, qualifications, and specifics, click here.

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 12 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.

Click here for more information.


Scholarships

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

Click here for information on WPC's Charter School Graduate Scholarship.