Job Description

The Research Analyst role at CSI is to advance CSI’s mission to examine the economic and fiscal impacts of policies, and legislation by supporting reports that better inform Coloradans. This includes informative research, data collection, and report construction. This role reports to the Vice President of Policy and Research.


  • Informative Research & Data Collection: gathering background information and collecting data on the policy topics that the CSI Board of Directors and senior management team prioritize.
    • Summarize and communicate the important findings.
    • Locate effective sources.
    • Use integrative data series such as, BEA, BLS, FRED, LMI Gateway, and IPUMS.
    • Amalgamate findings into excel (generate usable databases that properly reflect the data that has been collected).
    • Manipulate and interpret the data for the sake of generating information for the reports.
  • Report Construction: writing and summarizing the data collected and translating it into a reader-friendly format for our audiences.
    • Generate key findings based off research.
    • Translate release findings into social media posts, podcasts, presentations, and press-releases.
    • Collaborate with management and other Research Analysts to curate findings.
  • Report Engagement:
    • Support report release process by communicating with the CSI team.
    • Help to sustain the shelf-lives of CSI research by staying up to date on new data and how CSI can re-interpret ideas.
    • Be informed about the topics that CSI is researching including sharing articles, bill tracking, google alerts, and title board tracking.
  • Administrative Support:
    • Maintain updates in Airtable, Constant Contact, Sharepoint, Donor Perfect, and other software tools.
    • Support webinars, events, and fundraising efforts as needed.
    • Help in preparation for board meetings and membership meetings as needed.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in public policy or economics
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office products; especially excel
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Strong ability to collaborate and work within teams
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to receive and provide constructive feedback


  • Experience working with database platforms
  • Experience working with IPUMS/BLS data
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including occasional evenings

Employment:  Full-Time in-person located in Greenwood Village, Colorado. We strive to provide a competitive compensation package.

Salary Range: $38,000-$50,000 annually depending on experience


  • 401k after one-year of employment; up to 4% match
  • 50% of health insurance premium for individual and family
  • 15 paid vacation days; including majority of holidays and extra days at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Paid sick leave.
  • Annual educational and professional development
  • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Option between childcare or pet-care assistance


About Common Sense Institute (CSI):

CSI is a non-partisan organization dedicated to developing deep insights into critical policy issues facing Colorado.  We believe sound fiscal and economic research is essential to uphold Colorado’s economic vitality, future, and individual opportunity. We examine the economic impact of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws by employing dynamic modeling that accurately measures the impact of each measure on the Colorado economy and individual opportunity. To fully achieve our mission, we actively promote these solutions through the education of policy experts, lawmakers, community leaders, and the general public.

How to Apply:

If you think you might be a good fit, submit the following application materials in one PDF at the link below.

  • Your resume, including your experience
  • A cover letter explaining why you are qualified for this position, why you believe in free enterprise, and what distinguishes you from others.
  • A writing sample.
  • A list of references.

Apply here: https://commonsenseinstituteco.org/contact/careers/common-sense-institute-application/

For more information please visit: www.commonseneseinstituteco.org