Title Director
School Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area Department of Economics
Position Description

The project’s work to date has shaped policy discussions at the national and local level, with nearly a dozen of its studies covered on the front pages of major media outlets, such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and cited in congressional testimony and the President’s State of the Union addresses. This work has led to direct impacts on a broad range of decisions by local policy makers, ranging from school districts to housing authorities.

Our team, led by MacArthur “genius” award winner Raj Chetty, John Friedman, and Nathan Hendren, consists of leaders from academia, policy, and management, supported by a staff of approximately 40 members who share a passion to revive the American Dream.

Position Overview

We are now seeking an Executive Director, who will serve as a strategic partner to the founding leaders and help lead the EOP from its current operations to a more robust delivery of high quality economic research and policy consultation. Specifically, s/he will ensure that EOP’s fiscal, operations, human resource, technology, and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization.


  • Serve as strategic partner to the founding directors to refine and implement the strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, staff, and priorities are aligned with EOP’s core mission.
  • Ensure the continued development and management of an efficient organization; establish effective decision-making processes that will enable EOP to achieve its mission.


  • Direct engagement with major project donors to convey broader EOP vision and its mission.
  • Communicate how the organization is structured to deliver on its mission.


  • Strategic development and oversight of Pre-Doctoral Fellows program, consisting of 20+ fellows conducting research assistance for the equality of opportunity project and serving as a foundation for successful graduate student application.
  • Development and management of post-doctoral visitors program.
  • Development and management of visiting faculty program.


  • Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and strengthen internal communications with staff throughout the organization; create a positive work environment that supports EOP’s mission.
  • Oversee people management, including establishing processes for recruitment, selection, and evaluation (for staff, visiting faculty, postdocs, fellows, etc.)
  • Support and motivate the organization’s staff operations.
  • Ensure the high quality operation of finance, communications, HR, and grants management across all teams.
  • Manage operational partnerships with large data partners.
Basic Qualifications
  • PhD, or other advanced degree
  • At least 10 years of overall professional experience
  • Prior quantitative research experience, and experience working in research-based organization
Additional Qualifications


  • Ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems
  • Excellent analytic, organization and problem-solving skills, which support and enable sound decision making
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills
  • Experience advising policy-makers and high-level decision-makers preferable
  • Focused on results


  • Influence
  • Initiative
  • Confidence and enthusiasm
  • Personal obligation to uphold organization’s expectations
  • Strong sense of purpose in holding difficult conversations
  • Personal accountability for consistent application of processes and policies
  • Open and willing to engage other roles when appropriate
  • Adopt a continuous improvement culture, seeking to make good processes better and to elevate those that need work

Please note: Ability to travel, as needed, between Massachusetts, California and Rhode Island and other conference or presentation sites.

Special Instructions

To be considered applications should include the following:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Names and contact information of at least three references.

Contact Information

EOP Search Committee
c/o Damari Rosado
Littauer Center
1805 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email
Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed 4

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Statement
Optional Documents
  1. URL