Senior Researcher

The Senior Education Policy Researcher will be the “face” of the Forum’s education research portfolio. He or she will play a key role in furthering the organization’s commitment to researching, monitoring, and improving the quality of public policy decision-making and academic performance across the spectrum of Wisconsin’s schools, school districts, higher education institutions, and early childhood education facilities. Primary activities will include serving as primary investigator and project manager for education research projects; researching and writing research briefs and lengthier reports for publication on the organization’s web site and distribution to elected and civic officials; creating and designing education policy research projects that are consistent with the organization’s research agenda; collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing data from various sources, including Wisconsin state government and local school districts; and developing effective ways to use and visualize data in Forum publications and via other communications strategies. The Forum values candidates with diverse backgrounds and encourages them to apply.



 Master’s degree in a related field preferred. Preferred fields include public policy, public administration, political science, education, statistics, journalism. Bachelor’s degree in a related field and substantive work experience may be substituted.


We offer a starting salary in the $62,000-$67,000 range, based on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant. Candidates with an extensive combination of academic credentials and professional experience may be considered for a higher starting salary. Available benefits include health/dental/vision insurance, employer-paid life/disability coverage, employer-paid parking, and a generous matching 401(k) program. We maintain a flexible work environment and we are considering additional flexibility post-pandemic that will include increased opportunity to work remotely. The Wisconsin Policy Forum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Reports to

Research Director, Wisconsin Policy Forum


Madison or Milwaukee office

Due to COVID-19, our offices are currently operating with employees working remotely.

How to Apply

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