Visiting Fellow in Economic Studies

The Cato Institute is seeking applications for a Visiting Fellow position in economics and related social sciences located in DC. Ideal candidates include individuals who would traditionally seek postdoctoral or tenure-track employment at major universities, as well as more senior candidates on leave or sabbatical from academic appointments.

Company Overview:
The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets – turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future. Cato Institute is an EOE.

Responsibilities:

  • Produce policy analyses
  • Write blog posts and op-eds
  • Interact with the media

Requirements:
Candidate must hold a doctoral degree, or be ABD, in economics or related fields. Ideal candidates include individuals who would traditionally seek postdoctoral or tenure-track employment at major universities, as well as more senior candidates on leave or sabbatical from academic appointments.

Compensation will be based on experience and be competitive with major academic institutions. Fellowships can last a semester, academic year, calendar year, or summer.

Qualified applicants should send resumes to:
Jeffrey Miron, Director of Economic Studies
jmiron [at] cato.org

Assistant Editor for Intellectual History, Libertarianism.org

The Cato Institute is seeking applications for a full-time position located in DC as Assistant Editor for Intellectual History at Libertarianism.org. The individual in this role will be contributing to the content on Libertarianism.org. The ideal candidate will be well-read in the libertarian intellectual tradition and have a demonstrated record of writing about libertarian ideas. If you are passionate about intellectual history on libertarianism or have an interest to learn you might be just who we are looking for.

Company Overview:

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets — turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future. Cato Institute is an EOE.

Responsibilities:

  • Expanding Libertarianism.org’s collection of classic libertarian works
  • Selecting, editing, and writing brief prefaces for excerpts from important texts
  • Write essays for Libertarianism.org on topics within libertarian intellectual history
  • Overseeing addition of full-length books and magazines in various downloadable formats
  • Working with narrators and Libertarianism.org’s A/V staff to create audio editions of our essays and books

Requirements:

  • Exceptional writing and proof-reading skills will be important
  • Deep knowledge or passion about libertarian intellectual tradition


Qualified applicants should send resumes to:
Aaron Powell
Research Fellow and Editor, Libertarianism.org
E-mail: apowell [at] cato.org

Fellow, Center for the Study of Science

The Cato Institute is seeking applications for a full-time position as a Fellow in the Center for The Study of Science.

Main duties will include analysis and communication of economic research relating to energy and energy regulatory policies. Those with expertise in public finance, energy economics, natural resource economics, environmental economics, applied microeconomics, or related fields will be strongly considered.

The ideal candidate will hold a doctoral degree (or be ABD) in economics or natural resource economics and have a demonstrated record of excellent verbal and written communication. We are especially interested in individuals who would traditionally be seeking postdoctoral or tenure-track employment at a major university.

We also welcome applications from more senior candidates who would be competitive at the Associate or Full Professor level. Compensation will be based upon experience, and will be competitive with major academic institutions.

Qualified applicants should send resumes to
John Samples
Vice President and Publisher
E-mail: john.samples [at] gmail.com

Policy Analyst, Financial Markets Regulation, CMFA15-07

The Cato Institute seeks a policy analyst to join its Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. The analyst will be expected to produce, solicit, edit, and promote original policy research on policy issues impacting America’s financial markets.

Primary focus will be the regulatory activities of the various financial market and banking regulators, including but not limited to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Reserve, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Potential research areas may include, but are not limited to: market microstructure and fragmentation, investor and consumer disclosures, derivatives regulation, bank capital standards, and resolution of failing institutions.

Position Requirements:

  • Superior research, writing, and communication skills.
  • A Ph.D. in economics or finance, however, applicants with a M.S. in Finance or M.B.A. with exceptional work experience may be considered.
  • A minimum of three years relevant work experience.
  • A commitment to limited government, constitutional principles, and individual liberty.

The position is full-time and located in Washington, DC. Compensation will be commensurate with ability and experience. (Note: All candidates applying for this position must be eligible to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship is not available.)

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, references, and writing samples via email with the announcement number, CMFA15-07, in the subject line to:

Lydia Mashburn
Manager, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Email: cmfa [at] cato.org

External Affairs Coordinator

The Cato Institute seeks an External Affairs Coordinator to support outreach to coalitions groups and Capitol Hill.

This position will provide support to the Director of External Affairs and Director of Congressional Affairs by assisting with targeted outreach campaigns; coordinating publication distribution and updating contact lists; coordinating conference details; supervising department’s interns, and overseeing some administrative duties. Coordinator will assist in planning Cato briefings on Capitol Hill as well as attending other briefings, policy meetings, and national conferences. Ideal candidate will have strong working knowledge of Capitol Hill and nonprofit sectors, and a desire to network regularly with peer groups. Some travel required.

Four-year degree in political science, communications or related field and 1-2 years experience preferrable. Must be detailed-oriented, possess strong written and interpersonal skills, and have a dedicated interest in the political process. Familiarity with free-market policies a plus. Salary commensurate with experience. Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Heather Curry, Director of External Affairs: hcurry [at] cato.org.

Policy Analyst, Digital Money and Finance

The Cato Institute seeks a policy analyst to address the monetary and financial regulatory policy implications of ongoing developments in internet and electronic payments technology. The analyst will be expected to produce, solicit, edit, and promote policy research on issues concerning  digital currencies, electronic (including mobile) payments, and money laundering and terror finance regulations that may either hinder or promote the continued development of these and other non-bank payment technologies.

The position requires superior research, writing, and communication skills. A Ph.D. in economics is preferred. A background in information technology would also be preferred. A minimum of three years relevant work experience is required. Compensation will be commensurate with ability and experience.

Qualified applicants should send their resume, cover letter, references, and writing samples with the subject line “Application: Digital Money and Finance Policy Analyst” to:

Lydia Mashburn
Manager, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Email: lmashburn [at] cato.org

Senior Major Gift Officer

The Cato Institute seeks senior major gift officer with at least five years of successful fundraising or equivalent sales experience. This is a tremendous opportunity to join a dynamic and high-achieving development team as it works to grow Cato’s $25+ million annual budget.

The senior major gift officer will own a portfolio of major donors and drive an individual strategy for each donor to cultivate and solicit support. The successful candidate will have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, a strong writing capability, the ability to balance shifting and competing priorities, the capacity to adjust strategies and tactics quickly in response to new information, the discipline to keep meticulous records, and a willingness to travel extensively.

Candidates must have a strong affinity for public policy and Cato’s mission. Knowledge of “moves management” is a plus.

The senior major gift officer will be based in Washington, DC. Cato will also consider a regional office for the right candidate.

Salary will be competitive for a senior-level nonprofit position in the Washington, DC, area and commensurate with experience. Compensation package will include incentives for hitting fundraising targets.

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

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter describing: a) your alignment with Cato’s mission, and b) your salary requirements
  • A development/sales oriented writing sample

Materials should be emailed to Claire Dixon, executive director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire [at] talentmarket.org. All materials should be sent in one PDF file.

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. No phone calls, please.

Legal Associate Program

The Cato Institute invites graduating law students and recent law school graduates to work at our Center for Constitutional Studies for up to a year, starting after the bar exam. This is an opportunity to assist with projects ranging from Supreme Court amicus briefs to policy papers, the Cato Supreme Court Review, and more. Compensation commensurate with ability and experience may be available, but applicants are also encouraged to apply for funding through their law schools and other organizations.

Interested students and graduates should email a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample, along with any specific details of their circumstances (availability, whether your law school will fund you for a certain time, etc.), to Anthony Gruzdis, agruzdis [at] cato.org. This is a highly competitive program, so to maximize your chances of working with us, please also apply to our internship program (see below for short description and application instructions). Legal associates accepted through our internship program receive double the standard intern stipend and are responsible for all normal intern duties on top of assignments for the Center for Constitutional Studies.

Anthony Gruzdis
Center for Constitutional Studies
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
email: agruzdis [at] cato.org

Intern

The Cato Institute is seeking interns for the summer, fall and spring terms. Responsibilities include research assistance to Cato’s policy directors, assisting at Cato events, some clerical chores, attendance at Cato events, and weekly seminars and readings. Candidates should be undergraduates, regardless of major, recent graduates, or graduate students who have a strong commitment to individual liberty, private property, free markets, peace, toleration, and limited government. The monthly stipend is $700 paid in two monthly installments. Information on the program is available online. If you require additional information, please e-mail intern [at] cato.org.

[ For additional information on employment opportunities with free market organizations, see job banks at Institute for Humane Studies.]

Cato Calls for Papers

The Cato Institute seeks papers and proposals on a wide range of policy issues. The Institute’s publications include books, the Cato Journal, Regulation Magazine, Cato Policy Report, and the Policy Analysis, Briefing Papers, Foreign Policy Briefings, and Social Security Choice series. A review of the documents at www.cato.org should give you an idea of the subjects that interest us and the style and tone appropriate for policy studies.

Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced, preferably in 12-pitch or pica, on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Leave extra space around the title and byline. Margins on all four sides of the page should be at least 1 inch.

Notes should be done per the Chicago Manual of Style (Style A). They may be typed at the bottom of each page or preferably at the end of the manuscript. Notes should be double-spaced.

Please send hard copy: At this time, Cato does not accept submissions by fax or email. Manuscripts will be returned if a self-addressed, stamped envelope is enclosed.

Send proposals or papers to Submissions Editor, Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20001.