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:
Eastern Washington Director
The Eastern Washington Director at Washington Policy Center is the face of the organization east of the Cascades. The position serves a variety of functions including fundraising, event coordination, public speaking, policy expertise, board leadership and more. The Eastern Washington Director is one of the top fundraisers for the organization and is part of the senior leadership team – responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of Washington Policy Center in Eastern Washington. It reports directly to the President and CEO and works in coordination with the Development Director, Communications Director, Operations Manager and the Vice President for Research.
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 statewide staff of over 20 people, an annual budget of more than $4 million, and offices located in Seattle and Spokane. We hold approximately 50 events per year ranging from exclusive gatherings of 15-30 people; to conferences and lunches for 200-500; and our annual fundraising gala, the Annual Dinner, with more than 2,500 attendees statewide.
- Fundraising/making financial asks of supporters in Eastern Washington
- Budgeting/financial stewardship for Eastern Washington activities
- Coordination of events in Eastern Washington
- Public speaking before gatherings large and small at locations across Eastern Washington
- Fluent on top policy issues impacting Washington state
- Research/writing on top Eastern Washington issues
- Media representation on all platforms in coordination with the Communications Director
- Manager of Eastern Washington office
- Engage and lead Eastern Washington Advisory Board
- Understand and support WPC’s mission to promote free-market solutions through research and education in Washington state
- Proven public speaking skills
- Experience in successful fundraising/donor relations
- Frequent travel around Eastern Washington and Washington state
- Media experience across traditional and social media platforms
- Management/senior leadership experience
- Exemplary writing and research skills
- Clean driving record
Coles Center for Transportation Director
Washington Policy Center is seeking qualified candidates to join its team of researchers in the role of director for transportation policy.
The primary responsibility of the Director of WPC’s Coles Center for Transportation is to
research and analyze best practices for relieving traffic congestion, with specific focus on highway and transit projects and how tax dollars are spent. We support people getting to the places they want to go the way they choose to get there, not the way government planners want them to get there by micro-managing people’s lives.
WPC promotes public policies that tap free market competition to lower costs and increase service, and promote the broad personal choice and mobility for the traveling public.
The Director oversees the Center’s workplan, performs a variety of research, and write studies and other publications related to transportation issues of statewide significance. The Director also retains and oversees the work of occasional outside contributors and Research Fellows.
To be successful in this position the Director needs to:
- Believe market solutions are the best, most efficient method to address our transportation issues and know that they will make positive change for those living in Washington
- Excel at market-based policy research
- Have strong written and verbal communication skills
- Set the research plan, including determining writing projects, timelines, etc.
- Promote their work through various media channels both traditional and non-traditional
- Cultivate relationships with elected officials, media and donors
- Respond quickly and concisely to all inquiries related to transportation research
- Work with state and national transportation policy experts to maximize coverage of their work
- Seek speaking engagements with civic and community groups statewide
- Create a budget that allows for maximum impact
Additionally, the Director works with the Vice President for Research to manage the Center’s work plan, perform background research, meet project timelines, and ensuring our published work is accurate and fact-based.
Major areas of focus over the years have been:
- Sound Transit’s light rail expansion and agency accountability
- Road Usage Charge (mileage tax) development and implementation efforts in the state
- Advocating for direct user fees and maintaining the users-pay/users-benefit principle in transportation policy
- Puget Sound Regional Council’s (PSRC) regional transportation plan
- Interstate 405 tolls and capacity needs
- Key Facts publications for statewide transit agencies
- State transportation policy goals and reducing traffic congestion
- Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) accountability to the public
- Gas tax transparency and delivering road projects efficiently and on time
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.
- 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
- 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
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 information on WPC's Jennifer Dunn Thomson Scholarship.
Click here for information on WPC's Charter School Graduate Scholarship.