The Researcher will play a key role in furthering the organization’s commitment to researching, analyzing, and facilitating the advancement of informed public policy decision-making at the state and local level in Wisconsin. Primary activities will include serving as a primary or secondary investigator on research projects; researching and writing research briefs and lengthier research reports for publication on the organization’s website and distribution to elected and civic officials; collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing data from various sources, including Wisconsin state government departments and local governments and school districts; and developing effective ways to use and visualize data in Forum publications and via other communications strategies.

While all areas of policy research potentially will fall under the position’s purview, a particular emphasis on issues impacting government and school district finances and operations can be expected. Candidates who possess knowledge of and interest in working on such issues are ideal for this position. The Forum encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply.




A total compensation package starting in the $50,000 range will be offered based on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant. Those who have an extensive combination of academic credentials and professional experience may be considered for a higher starting compensation package. Available benefits include health/dental/vision insurance package, employer-paid life/disability coverage, employer-paid parking, and a generous matching 401(k) program. The Wisconsin Policy Forum is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter via e-mail to Jason Stein, research director, at