State Policy Network

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

State Outreach Associate

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Disciplines: Government Affairs, Litigation, Outreach, Policy
  • Location: 3434 Washington Blvd, 4th Floor Arlington, VA 22201
  • Application Deadline: February 22, 2021


Are you seeking a new career opportunity to help inform and improve public policy? As a State Outreach Associate, you’ll disseminate the latest economic research to diverse constituencies and work closely with the State Outreach Director to help develop strategies that inform and educate public policy stakeholders.

As a competitive candidate, you must be outgoing, results-oriented, and have excellent attention to detail with the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines. To be a successful candidate, you’ll be strategic, creative, self-motivated, and have a strong understanding of market-oriented ideas. State government, Capitol Hill, think tank or policy-related experience and familiarity with basic economic principles are required. It would be helpful to have experience in the Midwest, but it is not required.

Role Responsibilities

  • Help plan and assist with development and execution of effective state-focused outreach strategies and programs that connect Mercatus research with state policy audiences
  • Educate and prepare Mercatus researchers on the evolving context of policy debates and potential opportunities to advance the use of their research by state policy audiences
  • Collaborate with policy research, communications, marketing, and the events teams to ensure that Mercatus research is effectively disseminated to state policy audiences
  • Continuously develop and strengthen effective relationships with state policy makers and staff so that Mercatus research informs and improves public policy
  • Ensure full compliance with Mercatus policies
  • Provide regular and deadline-driven updates and reporting on activities
  • Post-Covid, travel required (roughly 20%-30%). Position is permanently based in Arlington, Virginia


  • A bachelor’s degree in economics, political science or related field
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in public policy and/or related fields (legislative staff, think tanks, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of the state policy-making process (Governor, state legislature, state think tank) or transferable skills
  • Desire to connect cutting edge research with today’s public policy challenges
  • Must be highly organized with the ability to work quickly and effectively in a team environment and facilitate collaboration on projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Understanding of the role of academic institutions, think tanks, and research centers in the policy making process
  • Desire to work effectively in a bi-partisan manner and/or build coalitions on policy issues with various entities
  • Strong oral and written communications, interpersonal, and networking skills
  • Entrepreneurial spirit-demonstrated innovative thinking and pro-active engagement
  • Database experience, with related reporting and editing skills required

Employee Benefits

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. In addition, Mercatus provides excellent benefits to all individual employees, including full health and dental coverage, flexible spending accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, parking/travel benefits, and twelve free credits per year at George Mason University.

About the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

For 40 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has been 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 works to advance knowledge about how markets work to improve our lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying sound economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

How to apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume through our online application process. Your cover letter must indicate your interest in the Mercatus Center’s mission.

Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Arlington, VA