Part-time Operations Assistant

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

 The part-time operations assistant position offers a great opportunity to gain valuable office experience in a non-profit environment. This position will work closely with and reports to the Operations Manager, and also works with the President of the organization. 

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Recording all accounts payable and fulfilling payments in a timely manner
  • Filing all payments for historical purposes including invoices, checks and credit card charges
  • Reconciling all accounts
  • Recording office vacation and sick leave
  • Coordinating meetings with board of directors and advisory boards
  • Miscellaneous administrative tasks including maintaining financial records and office organization.

 Key Requirements:

  • Understand and support our mission to promote free-market solutions through research and education in Washington state
  • College level accounting classes or degree preferred
  • Experience in QuickBooks, 2013 Premier Edition 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


  • 15 Hours/week with flexible scheduling during office hours: 8:30am-5:00pm, M-F
  • Benefits: Paid sick/safe leave when qualified by law
  • Salary: depending on experience


Braden Goodwin, Operations Manager, (206) 937-9691, bgoodwin [at] washingtonpolicy [dot] 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 minimum wage, which in Washington for 2014 is $9.32/hour.

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 [at] washingtonpolicy [dot] org
Mail: Braden Goodwin
Operations Manager
Washington Policy Center
P.O. Box 3643
Seattle, WA 98124-36343


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