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 $3 million and a statewide staff of 19. 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.  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.


Executive Assistant

The executive assistant has an array of responsibilities under the direction of the President/CEO and WPC’s operations manager.  This position will provide you with an opportunity to thrive in a public policy environment, network with key business and policy leaders in our state, and assist in helping implement the organization’s new, three-year strategic plan.

The executive assistant provides high-level administrative support to the President/CEO by assisting the president in administrative duties, such as preparing correspondence, scheduling meetings for executives and board committees, and working with the development team to capture meeting information.  This is a key position as WPC implements its new, three-year strategic plan.

Essential Functions

  • Assist in managing schedules, appointments and travel arrangements
  • Work with WPC’s supporter database
  • Produce and proofread a variety of materials
  • Arrange and coordinate meetings
  • Record, transcribe and distribute minutes of some board meetings
  • Monitor, screen, respond to and distribute incoming communications
  • Maintains internal and external WPC member confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential.
  • Helps coordinate board and board committee meetings
  • Prepare and edit correspondence, communications, presentations and other documents
  • Other duties may include, assisting management with a variety of administrative tasks.

Education and Experience

  • Prefer minimum of three (3) years of administrative experience
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred OR High School Diploma with equivalent work experience.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of standard office administrative practices and procedures
  • Interest in WPC’s free-market, public policy mission

Key Competencies

  • Organizational and planning skills
  • Communication skills
  • Information gathering and monitoring skills
  • Problem analysis and problem solving skills
  • Judgment and decision-making ability
  • Initiative
  • Confidentiality
  • Attention to detail and accuracy

Work Environment
This job operates in a professional office environment in Seattle and communicates with WPC’s three other offices around the state.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are typically Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The work schedule may vary depending on business needs.  Occasional overtime may also be required.

No overnight travel is expected for this position. There may be occasional local day travel and some evening events.

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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


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


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