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Research and Administrative Assistant

Research and Administrative Assistant

The Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives is seeking a full-time research and administrative assistant to join its expanding policy team in Washington, DC. The RAA is an integral part of the Center’s work, providing research assistance to Center scholars, giving administrative support to the Center, and managing the Center’s digital media. If you are a bright, detail-oriented, intellectually curious hard worker, with an interest in monetary policy and financial regulatory reform, we encourage you to apply!

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The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution—individual liberty, limited government, and free markets—turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future.

Cato established the Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives in 2014, responding to a growing need for robust research on and analysis of the expansive role central banks and government regulation of finance began to play in the economy after the 2008 crisis and ensuing recession. The Center is dedicated to revealing the shortcomings of today’s centralized, bureaucratic, and discretionary monetary and financial regulatory systems and to identifying, studying, and promoting alternatives more conducive to a stable, flourishing, and free society. Cato Institute is an EOE.


  • Provide research assistance for a team of monetary and financial markets scholars, including (1) finding sources and writing literature reviews, (2) distilling complex information into intelligible documents for use in policy analyses and Op-Eds, (3) finding and visualizing moderately complex monetary and financial markets data, (4) providing background on new topics, and (5) other projects as assigned.
  • Give administrative support to the Center and its scholars.
  • Manage and create content for the Center’s social media.
  • Draft the weekly CMFA “Big Change” newsletter.
  • Draft short form Center publications summarizing events and research.
  • Help administer the Center’s online forum,
  • Oversee the CMFA interns.
  • Report on congressional hearings and events relevant to the Center’s portfolio.
  • Monitor monetary and financial markets media and analysis.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BA or equivalent, with degrees in economics or finance preferred, or courses taken in banking, finance, and economics.
  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills.
  • Ability to understand, synthesize, and distill complex information and scholarly and legal materials, particularly in the fields of monetary policy and financial regulation.
  • Willingness and ability to expand knowledge of money, finance, and banking policy topics.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel.
  • A commitment to the Center’s mission to identify and promote alternatives to existing monetary and financial regulatory systems that are more conducive to a stable, flourishing, and free society.
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