Economic Opportunity Director

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Founded in 1988, Pioneer Institute is a think tank focused on four issues: innovation and choice in education and healthcare, economic opportunity, and a healthy civic culture. Our scholars and staff advance ideas rooted in the values of our representative democracy — liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise, fact-based argument and the free exchange of ideas. We develop nonpartisan, academic-quality research and programs, and disseminate proven policy innovations for the betterment of other states and the nation.  

The Institute has a sterling reputation, boasting recognized, first-class policy experts who are passionate about our mission and policy impact. We work closely with an affiliated public interest law firm, PioneerLegal, as well as partners in states across the country.

The Role of the Director of PioneerOpportunity

The Director is a key policy thinker who leads the Institute’s portfolio of work aimed at expanding economic opportunity. The Director will advance policies that enhance economic growth and opportunity, particularly,

  • Entrepreneurship, with a strong sub-emphasis on the critical role of immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Housing and transportation needs
  • State cost competitiveness

The Director will engage with policymakers, the media, business and community leaders, and the public in across New England and the U.S. The Director will:

  • Be the face of PioneerOpportunity
  • Conceptualize research strategy and projects aligned with the Pioneer2025 strategic plan
  • Conduct original research papers, commission and manage research projects, and ensure the development of products that build brand recognition
  • Manage assigned staff and research fellows
  • Develop supporting media (e.g., videos, podcasts) to educate policymakers and the public
  • Actively keep abreast of relevant trends and policymaker discussions
  • Develop opportunities to work also across New England and the country

Preferred Skills/Background

  • Advanced degree in economics or public policy
  • Strong analytical skills and experience, including working with large data sets and using various software for data manipulation, visualization, statistics, and automated reporting
  • Relevant experience or familiarity with state and federal government and economic policymaking
  • High-level critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • The ability to lead and persuade, including excellent communications and networking skills
  • Superb writing and editing skills
  • High energy and commitment to Pioneer’s mission


Salary range related to experience and skills.  Benefits include significant flextime time in addition to 10 paid holidays annually, 85% paid medical and dental, long-term disability insurance and a strong and immediately vesting 401(k) plan Pioneer Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Mary Z. Connaughton, Chief of Operations, Pioneer Institute