Work Opportunity with Policy Futures Network

Policy Futures Network has decided to engage a policy researcher, analyst and writer to work with Harry Conaway (PFN Executive Director) on a Project aimed at developing the general design parameters of a New System supporting savings and wealth accumulation for all Americans. The Project will involve significant research, discussions, analysis, writing, and presenting, and the Project’s output will include written reports/articles, podcasts, videos, and participation in meetings and discussions.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please get in touch with Harry Conaway via email (harry.conaway@policyfutures.net) or phone/text (+1 202 495 8500).

The New System Project: PFN is starting a Project to develop the major design parameters (plus significant options) for a new comprehensive, integrated, and lifetime system to support all Americans in (i) saving and accumulating more to meet economic security risks and take advantage of individual/family growth opportunities, and (i) exercising higher levels of individual/family choice about their own need and opportunity priorities (New System).

Among other things, the New System would integrate many of the currently separate approaches the U.S. has adopted and is considering for distinct savings and accumulation goals, including government subsidies aimed at supporting lower-income families. The New System would encompass voluntary and mandatory savings, employer-provided savings, retirement, education, housing, home purchase, food, child support, health and medical needs, unemployment assistance, emergencies, new business creation, “baby bonds”, and more. In addition, the New System would (i) be individual/family focused (“participant friendly”), (ii) reduce economic, racial, gender, age, and other key inequities, and (iii) reflect federal budgetary considerations to support sustainability and allow for an appropriate balancing with other policies and programs. Many design features of the New System would be developed as part of the Project.

Finally, the Project would discuss many significant design options, along with the primary pros and cons, and make explicit how legal, economic, and other policy research, experience, and evidence and how values, priorities, and ideologies relate to the New System and the options.

Project Goals: The Project is aimed at improving long-term, more transparent critical thinking and creativity about how to make U.S. social policies and programs more participant-friendly, more successful in achieving desired social outcomes, and more reflective of other important policies and budget priorities. It is not aimed at generating short-term legislative or regulatory change. Nevertheless, a happy outcome would be to contribute to the building of a long-term vision against which specific legislative and regulatory proposals could be evaluated about whether they move the overall U.S. system toward or away from greater participant friendliness and greater social success.

The key audiences for the Project would be (i) subject matter experts, thought leaders, policy analysts, and policy makers interested in improving US social policy and programs, and (ii) journalists and reporters who are tracking, reporting on, and analyzing issues and proposals on U.S. social policies and programs.

Work Opportunity:  The professional engaged by PFN would have significant experience researching, thinking, and writing about higher-level tax, labor, employment, retirement, savings, housing, equality, family, and other policies that might relate to the New System. While the Project would involve some examination of current law issues, the primary focus would be to develop and assess possible new ideas in light of these higher-level policies. Washington DC policy experience would be a plus.

Here are some additional key qualifications and work features:

  • The professional would be creative, attentive to details, thorough, relentless, patient, organized, good tempered, an effective communicator, effective in critical and constructive discussions, and open to receiving and giving honest feedback. 
  • The professional and PFN would discuss and enter into a written work agreement addressing the more specific aspects of the work relationship. Among other things –
    • The professional would work as an independent contractor or employee, depending on which is more appropriate given the likely nature of the work relationship.
    • The professional would be paid on an hourly basis and the rate would be set in the written work agreement at the start of the Project, based on PFN’s available funds, the professional’s capabilities, and the professional’s likely project activities.
    • The professional would work for and be supervised by Harry Conaway of PFN.
    • Harry Conaway of PFN would review the status of the Project and the professional’s role, performance, and hourly rate three months after the professional commenced work and then every six months thereafter. 
    • The current expectation is that the professional would work about 500 hours on the Project over a 12-month period.
  • PFN is ready to engage the professional as early as June 2022. Also, the professional’s relationship with PFN would cease upon the completion of the Project (the current expectation is that PFN would complete the Project in the first half of 2023), or earlier at the discretion of PFN or the professional.

Interested? If you’re interested in learning more about this possible work engagement with PFN and/or in discussing the Project, the New System, or certain work features more specifically, please get in touch with Harry Conaway via email (harry.conaway@policyfutures.net) or phone/text (+1 202 495 8500). 

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