Senior Policy Analyst, Clean Energy Innovation

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)—the leading think tank for science and technology policy—seeks a senior policy analyst for its clean energy innovation policy program. The successful candidate will analyze a wide range of policies that have the potential to influence the national and global transition to a low-carbon energy system, such as research, development, and demonstration funding, taxation, and regulation. The duties will include authoring original and secondary research in multiple formats and presenting research findings at public events for audiences in the policymaking and advocacy community in Washington, D.C., and beyond. The analyst will be an active member of this community through engagement with other organizations and personal networking. The analyst will be based in Washington and report to ITIF’s senior fellow for clean energy innovation policy. The position is funded with philanthropic support for one year and may be renewed contingent on future funding.

The analyst must have excellent written and oral communication skills and a record of publishing high-quality policy-relevant analysis. The analyst must have an existing base of knowledge and relationships in the energy innovation policy field to draw upon. And the analyst must be a detail-oriented, intrinsically motivated self-starter who is able to work autonomously as well as collaboratively.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Conduct a qualitative and quantitative research program on clean energy innovation policy at the federal and possibly other (local, state, regional, global) levels.
  • Write and present clear and incisive policy analyses in a variety of venues and formats, including reports, conferences, op-eds, one-on-one meetings, and social media.
  • Engage in respectful dialogue and discussion with colleagues who have diverse viewpoints and backgrounds.


  • Ability to communicate clearly with expert and non-expert audiences.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively on analytical products in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Graduate degree in public policy, energy technology, or a related field.
  • Three years or more of relevant experience, preferably at the federal or international level.
  • Keen interest in clean energy, innovation, and public policy.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please submit the following to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter stating your specific interest and qualifications for the position.
  • Resume.
  • Sole-authored writing sample of at least 2,000 words on a topic relevant to the position.

Research Assistant, Center for Data Innovation

The Center for Data Innovation is seeking a research assistant to contribute to projects on data-driven innovation in the retail sector, examining policy issues such as automation, e-commerce, digital payments, anti-counterfeiting, cybersecurity, supply chains, and delivery logistics. In addition, the research assistant will be responsible for drafting and editing content for the Center’s weekly newsletter.

The ideal applicant should have a background in technology and public policy, as well as exceptional research and writing skills. Individuals with a strong interest in public policy issues related to artificial intelligence, open data, and the Internet of Things, are especially encouraged to apply. This position will be based in Washington, DC and will report to the Center’s associate director.

Please note that due to ongoing uncertainties about COVID-19, applicants must have their own computer, a broadband Internet connection, and a safe and appropriate place to telework.

Essential responsibilities:

  • Assist in writing and conducting research for reports, regulatory filings, and op-eds.
  • Provide research support (e.g., drafting literature reviews, collecting and analyzing data, checking sources, writing citations, preparing presentations, etc.).
  • Attend and summarize hearings and events and track legislation and regulations.
  • Track important news and legislation related to data-driven innovation.
  • Write clear and concise summaries of select news articles each week for website and newsletter.
  • Identify and summarize new data sets and data visualizations each week for website and newsletter.
  • Post and schedule content for website and social media.
  • Draft and edit weekly newsletter.


  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in public policy, economics, political science, statistics, information science, computer science, or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in technology and public policy.
  • Experience collecting and analyzing quantitative data.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent research, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Experience designing presentations and copyediting publications.
  • Proactive and flexible, with an ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.

Application process:

To apply for this position, please submit the following to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter stating your specific interest and qualifications for the position (1 page, max). Resumes submitted without a tailored cover letter will not be considered;
  • Resume (2 page, max); and
  • Writing sample, preferably on a topic related to tech policy (2-3 pages max).

Applications will be considered until the position is filled (last updated April 2, 2021).