Research Director

Albany, NY or Virtual Office in New York

About the Empire Center for Public Policy:

Since 2005, the Empire Center for Public Policy (EC) has been working to make New York a better place to live and work by promoting public policy reforms grounded in free-market principles, personal responsibility, and the ideals of effective and accountable government for all New Yorkers.

About the Research Director Opening:

The Center seeks a Research Director, to work with leadership to: plan, grow, organize and manage its research agenda. This is an exciting time to join a growing team working to expand its presence and impact in the state Capitol and throughout New York.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Commitment to Empire Center’s mission
  • 7+ years of experience in policy analysis/research or a related field
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, advanced degree in related field such as economics, statistics, or policy preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of multiple public policy issues
  • Experience managing experienced and inexperienced researchers
  • Familiarity with the New York legislature or another state legislature
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and relationships
  • Proven ability to produce and oversee the production of fact-based work free from hyperbole, sensationalism and politics

Responsibilities include:

  • Direct, plan, organize and manage the Center’s research agenda
  • Represent the Center in legislative meetings, with local governments and through speaking engagements. Expected travel is 10-30 percent
  • Direct and supervise the work of all research staff and policy analysts and coordinate research and policy development with Center fellows
  • Manage research contracts
  • Author original work related to EC’s policy goals
  • Conduct media interviews, write opinion editorials, testify before state legislature
  • Manage all annual publications, including analysis of data collected on the Center’s transparency website, SeeThroughNY
  • Assist in executing legislative strategy
  • Work with researchers, development and media teams to plan seminars, policy forums and other activities to advance research agenda
  • Primary responsibility for ensuring enforcement of the Center’s Policy on Independence and Integrity of Research
  • Edit and assist in the writing of reports, articles and other materials prepared by other EC researchers and staff


  • Exceptionally strong writing ability, including the ability to turn out clear, clean and concise copy on tight deadlines
  • General knowledge of and interest in the public policy issues on which the Empire Center focuses
  • The ability to talk with a wide range of audiences and inspire new partnerships
  • An affinity with EC’s free-market approach to the public policy challenges facing New York State
  • Familiarity with common PC and/or Mac software, including Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Proficiency in using the Internet, including social media

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing candidate background, interest in the position, a compelling case for why the applicant would excel in this position, why the candidate is interested in Empire’s mission, and salary requirements

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions can be directed to Katelynn Barbosa, Talent Engagement Manager of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.


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Empire Center for Public Policy
30 South Pearl St.
Suite 1210
Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 518-434-3100
Fax: 518-434-3130


The Empire Center is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank located in Albany, New York. Our mission is to make New York a better place to live and work by promoting public policy reforms grounded in free-market principles, personal responsibility, and the ideals of effective and accountable government.

Empire Center Logo "Readers will recall that the Empire Center is the think tank that spent months trying to pry Covid data out of Mr. Cuomo’s government, which offered a series of unbelievable excuses for its refusal to disclose...five months after it sued the government, and one week after a state court ruled that the Cuomo administration had violated the law and ordered it to come clean—Team Cuomo finally started coughing up some of the records."   -Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2021