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Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI) is a community of scholars, journalists, activists, and civic leaders who are united by a shared commitment to advancing economic opportunity, individual liberty, and the rule of law in America and its great cities.  MI is independent, creative, and bold, and we are hiring a like-minded Policy Analyst to work closely with MI Fellow Leor Sapir and others.

Mr. Sapir’s work focuses on issues of gender identity and transgenderism.  His highly quantitative and deeply researched writing explores issues around transgenderism, demonstrating how bad ideas translate from fringe academic theory into law and policy.  The Policy Analyst will work with Sapir on opinion pieces, remarks, and policy briefs. In addition to supporting Sapir’s writing projects for MI, the Policy Analyst will—as time permits—have opportunities to work with other MI fellows and to pursue his or her own writing projects.

Job Duties

  • Help program director with state outreach
  • Compile and maintain database of medical research analysis
  • Track media reporting on pediatric gender medicine and help with fact-checking
  • Help program director write reports and issue briefs
  • Maintain contact with partner organizations and individuals collaborating on reform in medicine and education
  • Assist with occasional event planning

Required Skills

  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Good understanding of American government (institutions and processes)
  • Ability to persuasively communicate policy ideas to audiences across the political spectrum
  • Familiarity with MI policy priorities and the work of MI fellows – particularly the work of Leor Sapir– along with a keen interest in supporting and extending this work
  • Curiosity about all relevant aspects of the public debate over pediatric gender medicine and school policy (philosophical, scientific, legal, institutional)
  • Familiarity with academic scientific literature, with an ability to clearly communicate and critique academic research findings to non-experts
  • Willingness to do a large amount of reading up front in order to become familiar with the topic

Preferred qualifications

  • Advanced degree in relevant field
  • Ability to work with and analyze data


MI offers generous benefits, including a hybrid work environment, four weeks paid vacation, a Summer Fridays program, paid paternity/maternity leave, medical and dental coverage, medical and dependent care FSA, mental health benefits, remote medicine, paid company cell phone, life insurance, and a 401(k) with a company-funded match.  MI staff also benefit from the opportunity to collaborate and socialize with prominent scholars in our policy space.

The salary range for this position is $58,500/year to $75,000/year.  The salary offered to a candidate will depend on skills, experience, and education.

To apply, please fill out the form below.  Be sure to include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in MI and working with Mr. Sapir
  • Writing sample: please include an op-ed length policy commentary or links to previously published commentary public policy.  You can either include a link to the writing sample or append it to your cover letter.
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