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MPI’s internship program has trained more than 120 future migration scholars and policy analysts. Interns have opportunities to publish, and more than half of MPI’s interns are now published authors in the field of migration. We offer Research and Editorial/Communications internships. 

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Migration Policy Institute

Senior Executive, International Program

Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst/Research Director, International Program

The Migration Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion or physical ability. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Senior Executive, International Program

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of migration policies, is seeking to fill a senior management position in its International Program. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work for the premier global migration think tank and help shape immigration policy around the world. This senior post requires demonstrable leadership and management skills, as well as broad knowledge of the migration field. The successful candidate will be expected to lead a team in developing and promoting policy ideas that improve outcomes for all who engage the immigration system. The position will be located in Washington, DC, but alternatives (such as Brussels, Belgium) may be considered. Salary, benefits, and title will be highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Duties:

  • Serve as a member of MPI’s executive team and assume overall responsibility for designing, managing, and executing policy research projects for MPI’s International Program, ensuring rigor and quality in all of the program’s work products.
  • Work within MPI’s senior management structure to develop and implement a strategic vision for MPI’s International Program, identify and pursue new funding opportunities, and maintain and build effective relationships with funders and external collaborators.  
  • Oversee the development of research methodologies for new projects and supervise the International Program’s team of analysts.
  • Represent MPI and promote its research and policy ideas in the media and public and private settings.

Required:

  • Advanced degree in public policy or a closely related field (PhD preferred) and a minimum of ten years of experience with strong relevance to MPI’s work.
  • A proven track record of leading and managing multidisciplinary teams and overseeing qualitative and quantitative research methodologies for public policy research projects.
  • Excellent understanding of the role of public policy in shaping labor market institutions, immigration policy, immigration systems, and immigrant integration policy and systems, as well as the ability to analyze, write about, and explain policy issues persuasively.
  • Demonstrated capacity in fundraising and development, and access to a wide network of decision-makers and opinion leaders in migration and adjacent fields.
  • Substantial publications record, both in the immigration and integration policy fields, and distinction in the research and public policy worlds.

Strongly Preferred:

  • Professional fluency in a foreign language, in addition to native-level English.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and short unedited writing sample to hr@migrationpolicy.org. Please do not send edited journal articles or coauthored papers; the ideal writing sample is short, nontechnical, and accessible to a lay audience. Please reference “International Program” in the subject line and include a line telling us how you heard about this position.

Applications are due by April 30, 2015. Due to the expected large number of applicants, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Migration Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability. Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst/Research Director, International Program

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of migration policies, is seeking to hire a policy analyst, senior policy analyst, or research director for its International Program. Successful candidates will have an opportunity to work for the premier global migration think tank and help shape immigration policy around the world. The position is “rank open,” that is, candidates who qualify for either policy analyst, senior policy analyst, or research director will be considered. The successful candidates will be expected to be able to propose and promote policy ideas that improve outcomes for all who engage the immigration system, and fully understand and explain the role of public policy in shaping immigration policy and systems, immigrant integration policy, and labor market institutions. The position can be located in Washington, DC or Brussels, Belgium. Salary, benefits, and title will be highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Duties:

  • Work within the International Program’s strong team culture to design, manage, and execute policy research projects and ensure rigor and quality in all of MPI’s International Program products.
  • Work with MPI colleagues across all programs, as well as with external collaborators, to conduct innovative research and write influential reports, policy briefs, and articles on immigration policies in North America, Europe and its periphery, and Asia.
  • Represent MPI and promote its research and policy ideas in the media and public and private settings.
  • Identify funding opportunities, develop appropriate research methodologies for new projects, and produce successful funding proposals. Applicants for work in the Brussels office will have a demonstrated ability to respond to EU research calls.
  • Depending on rank and level of expertise, lead other MPI analysts on specific research projects.

Required:

  • Advanced degree in public policy, economics, or a closely related field (PhD preferred).
  • A minimum of six years of experience for the senior analyst or research director positions, and a minimum of three years of experience for the policy analyst position.
  • Exceptional thinking, writing, and editing skills.
  • Excellent understanding of how labor markets operate and how immigration policy affects them; how and why immigration systems are designed the way they are and how they can be reformed to deliver better outcomes for all; the role of integration policy in delivering such outcomes; and what kinds of policy tradeoffs are required to institute reforms.
  • Sound knowledge of the qualitative and quantitative research methodologies required for designing and implementing public policy research projects.
  • Ability to break down, analyze, and clearly communicate policy issues for nontechnical audiences, and ability to visualize, present, and explain data effectively.
  • Familiarity with the immigration and integration policies of major immigrant-receiving countries other than the United States, including knowledge of current immigration/integration trends, debates, and policies; work-permit and visa policies in immigrant-destination countries; and labor market dimensions of immigrant integration policy.
  • To be considered for a Brussels-based position, candidates must have extensive experience with EU institutions and policies, in addition to a proven track record seeking and managing multi-country, EU-funded projects.

Strongly Preferred:

  • Substantial publications record, both in the immigration and integration policy fields, and standing in the research and public policy worlds appropriate for the position for which one applies.
  • Experience conducting original statistical analysis, particularly by using household survey data and administrative datasets.
  • Experience with public speaking and working with the media.
  • Specialized expertise in migration, immigrant integration, human capital, and associated policy issues in a specific region (such as the European Union, the Middle East and North Africa, Central America, the ASEAN countries, etc.)
  • Professional fluency in a foreign language, in addition to native-level English.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and short unedited writing sample to hr@migrationpolicy.org. Please do not send edited journal articles or coauthored papers; the ideal writing sample is short, nontechnical, and accessible to a lay audience. Please reference “International Program” in the subject line and include a line telling us how you heard about this position.

To be considered for the Brussels position applicants must have EU work authorization.

Applications are due by April 30, 2015. Due to the expected large number of applicants, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Migration Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability. Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Employment Opportunities: Due to the large volume of applications received, we regret that we are not able to respond to individual inquiries regarding application status. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.