Associate Director of Outreach

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is seeking an Associate Director of Outreach as part of our outreach team to lead the strategic development, implementation, and management of education programs and research dissemination primarily for the Regulatory Studies Program, Financial Markets Working Group and Technology Policy Program. This role will work closely with members of the outreach, communications, and research teams and reports to the Director of Regulatory Outreach.

Primary responsibilities:

Develop and manage educational programs and forums for policymakers and other key audiences that feature the potential application of Mercatus research in the reform of government institutions and the development of economic and regulatory policies.

Establish and enhance strategies and networks for the dissemination of Mercatus research products to relevant policy audiences, including the responsibility to:
Ensure Mercatus research products are presented to the Hill and other outreach audiences in an accessible and timely manner, and
Identify opportunities for collaboration or research development with other organizations and individuals who would derive value from using Mercatus research.
Assist Mercatus outreach and research teams in evaluating the highest value contribution that Mercatus scholarship can bring to research resources available in a public policy field, including original and derivative research products.
Coordinate internal communications and reporting between outreach team and other Mercatus departments.

Minimum Requirements:

Familiarity and well-established relationships with policy and opinion-shaping communities, especially think tanks, academic researchers and policymakers.
Demonstrated experience building relationships across organizations and with individuals.
Excellent oral skills in translating economics research into layman’s language.
Demonstrated writing skills that effectively communicate research findings.
Proven ability to prioritize, delegate, and coordinate responsibility across teams.
At least five years relevant work experience in policy research/analysis or communications.
Commitment to the mission of Mercatus.
Project management experience is strongly preferred.


Flexible, professional, open office environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship and provides substantial opportunity for professional growth.
Health and dental insurance coverage (which includes paying 100% of the health insurance premium and tax-free reimbursement of all deductible expenses, and paying 100% of the dental insurance premium).
Flexible Spending Accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, 403(b) retirement savings program.
12 free credits per semester at George Mason University.

To apply through our online process, please submit a resume and cover letter, explaining your interest in the mission of the Mercatus Center.

About the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, Mercatus advances knowledge about how markets work to improve people’s lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems. Our mission is to generate knowledge and understanding of the institutions that affect the freedom to prosper and to find sustainable solutions that overcome the barriers preventing individuals from living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives. Founded in 1980, the Mercatus Center is located on George Mason University’s Arlington campus.

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