Come Work with IFP

IFP is currently hiring for a variety of roles across the organization — join the team!
March 20th 2024

Editor’s note: The job postings listed before are currently closed. We thank all the applicants who applied.

IFP is currently hiring for a variety of roles. See below for an overview of the organization and a description of each open position.

About IFP:

The Institute for Progress (IFP) is a non-partisan think tank focused on innovation policy. Our organization works to accelerate and shape the direction of scientific, technological, and industrial progress. IFP works with policymakers across the political spectrum in Washington, DC to make it easier to build the future in the United States. You can read more about our vision and mission in our founding essay, written by co-founders Alec Stapp and Caleb Watney.

Chief of Staff

The role

We’re seeking a Chief of Staff to increase our capacity across the whole organization. Our ideal candidate is someone who is a jack-of-all-trades with an entrepreneurial mindset. We need help on project management, operations, event planning, grant applications, and more. The Chief of Staff will work closely with IFP leadership on projects in every policy vertical.

This role will report to the Co-CEOs.

The specifics

  • Qualifications
    • We recognize that there are a lot of potential skill sets that may fit into these categories, so we encourage you to apply even if you don’t have experience or background in all of the areas listed below.
    • This role will be a full-time position based in Washington, DC. IFP is a hybrid organization that has three in-person office days per week and two flex days.
  • Responsibilities (in rank order):
    • Operational Oversight: Direct the day-to-day operations of the think tank, guaranteeing streamlined and efficient workflows while supervising budgeting, financial management, and reporting.
    • Project Management: Supervise the planning, execution, and monitoring of projects and initiatives, ensuring their timely delivery, adherence to scope, and alignment with organizational objectives.
    • Strategic Planning: Collaborate closely with the Co-CEOs to devise and implement the organization’s strategic plan, establishing both short-term and long-term objectives. Help develop new systems for preserving organizational process knowledge.
    • Stakeholder Engagement: Cultivate and preserve relationships with key stakeholders, especially managing and maintaining partnerships with external organizations.
    • Staff Management: Provide leadership, guidance, and support to our staff, nurturing a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous learning.
    • Communications and Outreach: Represent the organization at conferences, panels, and events, and contribute to the creation of communication materials that promote our research and policy insights.
  • Salary and benefits
    • Budget for this role is variable based on experience and scope, but we’re happy to talk about compensation early in the process. The position will pay at least $100,000 per year and includes a generous benefits package.
    • IFP offers a highly competitive compensation package determined by a variety of factors when formulating an offer, including but not limited to, roles and responsibilities, work experience, education/training, skills, and expertise.
    • Our benefits packaging for full-time employees includes: unlimited PTO + paid holidays, generous health benefits for you and family dependents, fully paid parental leave, 5% annual retirement plan contribution, and support for productive remote work. 
  • Applying
    • Applications close April 30th, but will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the application form here.

Data Fellow 

The role

Our high-skilled immigration department is dedicated to improving how well the United States can attract and retain superstar talent from around the globe. We’re seeking a data fellow to increase our research and advocacy capacity in this critical area.

Our one-year fellowship is aimed at recent graduates and young professionals interested in policy. The fellowship is an immersive opportunity for candidates to explore how think tanks influence public policy while contributing to counterfactual policy impact in high-skilled immigration. The fellow may also assist the metascience team on data analysis projects.

Data fellows are expected to have an interest in using data in creative ways to tell stories, communicate complex ideas, and inform policy-making.

Fellows will write and contribute to articles, white-papers, and more — we encourage fellows to pursue creative routes that they think might have significant counterfactual policy impact. 

The specifics

  • Qualifications
    • Applicants should be proficient in data analysis using R or similar statistical packages. Data visualization experience is also expected.
    • Applicants do not need to have prior experience or knowledge of U.S. high-skilled immigration policy, but should be interested in keeping the U.S. a destination for the world’s best and brightest. Background knowledge is not required but it is a plus.
    • Ideally, applicants should be willing to live and work in Washington, D.C. If you feel like you might be a great candidate, but aren’t able to do this, please explain why in your application form. 
  • Responsibilities
    • Conduct research and policy analysis to attract and retain international talent to the United States. 
    • Investigate ways that research and policy analysis can be translated into concrete actions and impact.
    • This is a full-time role, for a one-year duration.. 
  • Salary and benefits
    • IFP offers a highly competitive compensation package determined by a variety of factors when formulating an offer, including but not limited to, roles and responsibilities, work experience, education/training, skills, and expertise.
    • Our benefits packaging for full-time employees includes: unlimited PTO + paid holidays, generous health benefits for you and family dependents, fully paid parental leave, 5% annual retirement plan contribution, and support for productive remote work. 
  • Applying
    • Applications close April 30th, but will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible. We’d like candidates to start in Spring-Summer 2024. 
    • Applicants will share a coding sample on any statistical topic, and will be expected to complete a short data task during the application process.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the application form here.  

Biotechnology Fellow 

The role

Our biotechnology portfolio explores how we can advance policies that improve U.S. state capacity to accelerate and shape promising innovations in biotechnology and biotechnology governance. Innovations in biology may finally deliver cures to HIV, malaria, influenza, and some cancers. New AI models are unfolding the secrets of the molecular world before our eyes. Spurred by the urgency of the pandemic, we are now closer than ever before to developing technologies to prevent future such outbreaks.

Biotechnology fellows are expected to have a keen interest in these issues and the ways the U.S. government supports and oversees them. Under the guidance of the IFP team, they will explore and become experts in specific biotechnology topics, both from a technical and policy perspective. Fellows will interact with policymakers, write articles and white papers, and more – we encourage fellows to pursue creative routes that they think might have significant counterfactual policy impact. 

The specifics

  • Qualifications
    • Applicants should have a prior track record of work on specific topics within biotechnology and biosecurity (in its many forms, described above), that advance IFP’s mission. 
    • Applicants should demonstrate prior experience in U.S. policy-related work. 
    • Ideally, applicants should be willing to live and work in Washington, D.C. If you feel like you might be a great candidate, but aren’t able to do this, please explain why in your application form. 
  • Responsibilities
    • Conduct research and policy analysis to accelerate and shape promising innovations in biotechnology. 
    • Investigate ways that research and policy analysis can be translated into concrete actions and impact.
    • Establish collaborative relationships with bipartisan policymakers and other stakeholders. 
    • This is a full-time role. 
  • Salary and benefits
    • IFP offers a highly competitive compensation package determined by a variety of factors when formulating an offer, including but not limited to, roles and responsibilities, work experience, education/training, skills, and expertise.
    • Our benefits packaging for full-time employees includes: unlimited PTO + paid holidays, generous health benefits for you and family dependents, fully paid parental leave, 5% annual retirement plan contribution, and support for productive remote work. 
  • Applying
    • Applications close April 30th, but will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible. We’d like candidates to start in Spring-Summer 2024. 
    • Applicants will be expected to share a previous policy writing sample on a topic relevant to biotechnology and biosecurity. 

If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the application form here.

Senior Biotechnology Fellow 

The role

Our biotechnology portfolio explores how we can advance policies that improve U.S. state capacity to accelerate and shape promising innovations in biotechnology and biotechnology governance. Innovations in biology may finally deliver cures to HIV, malaria, influenza, and some cancers. New AI models are unfolding the secrets of the molecular world before our eyes. Spurred by the urgency of the pandemic, we are now closer than ever before to developing technologies to prevent future such outbreaks.

Biotechnology fellows are expected to have a keen interest in these issues. Under the guidance of the IFP team, they will explore and become experts in specific biotechnology topics, both from a technology and policy perspective. Fellows will interact with policymakers, write articles and white-papers, and more. We encourage fellows to pursue creative routes that they think might have significant counterfactual policy impact. 

The specifics

  • Qualifications
    • Applicants must have a strong track record of leading substantive research and policy analysis on issues in biotechnology and biosecurity (in its many forms, described above) that advance IFP’s mission.
    • Applicants should demonstrate substantial experience in U.S. policy-related work, with a record of policy influence and network of strong professional relationships. Ideally, this includes Congressional or Executive Branch experience. 
    • Applicants should be willing to live and work in Washington, D.C. If you feel like you might be a great candidate, but aren’t able to do this, please explain why in your application form. 
  • Responsibilities 
    • Independently identify important federal policy priorities, as well as develop and execute strategies for achieving biotechnology policy goals. 
    • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of current issues and debates in biotechnology development, incentivization and governance. 
    • Have a clear understanding of the most promising routes that research and policy analysis can be translated into concrete actions and impact. 
    • Maintain collaborative relationships with senior bipartisan policymakers and other stakeholders. 
    • Lead engagement efforts, including speaking engagements, representing IFP and meetings, conferences, expert working groups, and other forums. 
    • This is a full-time role. 
  • Salary and benefits
    • IFP offers a highly competitive compensation package determined by a variety of factors when formulating an offer, including but not limited to, roles and responsibilities, work experience, education/training, skills, and expertise.
    • Our benefits packaging for full-time employees includes: unlimited PTO + paid holidays, generous health benefits for you and family dependents, fully paid parental leave, 5% annual retirement plan contribution, and support for productive remote work.
  • Applying
    • Applications close April 30th, but will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible. We’d like candidates to start in Spring-Summer 2024. 
    • Applicants will complete interviews and a work trial as part of their application process.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the application form here.  

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