The Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity is recruiting the inaugural CWEO Fellow. The fellow will be a visiting research advisor in the Center and will serve as a key member of the research team and subject matter expert on specialized topics related to workforce development, education, employment policy, and other policies and practices to advance economic opportunity.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to work on key research initiatives with the Center as well as to contribute to emerging topical focuses of the Center. Currently the Center is engaged in research evaluating funding and innovative finance strategies for workforce development and higher education; understanding the intersection of social safety net policies, benefits cliffs, and career pathways; and middle skill job market trends through its work on Opportunity Occupations. The Center would like a Fellow who could contribute to this work and develop new research on topics including, but not limited to automation and the future of work, credentials and licensure, spatial and place-based analysis of job markets and economic opportunity, opportunity in rural markets, job quality, and promoting equality of opportunity.

The fellow may come from a range of professional and educational backgrounds. The expectation is the Fellow would be able to independently produce high quality publishable academic and policy focused research and develop and deliver presentations and engagement with academic and policy audiences on the work. Critical skills are an understanding of approaches to research that may be qualitative or quantitative, topical expertise in an area related to the Center’s research interests, an ability to develop research projects and products, and a desire to work collaboratively with Federal Reserve staff and external partners.

Applicants should submit a resume or curriculum vitae, cover letter, and writing sample via email to to apply. Fullest consideration will be given to those who apply by February 28, 2020. The Fellowship is a residentially based, full time position in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a two-year term and potentially renewable.

The Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity was launched in October 2017 and serves as a national research center on workforce and economic opportunity. The Center led the Investing in America’s Workforce Initiative, produces the Opportunity Occupations Monitor, and in partnership is developing work on innovative finance to advance economic opportunity. The Center aims to utilize research and data to drive innovative strategies between policymakers, funders, and businesses to advance economic opportunity and mobility.


  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree preferred


  • Three to Five years preferred

Knowledge Area/Technical Skills/Certifications and Licenses:

  • Community and economic development
  • CED Specialization (housing/neighborhood stabilization, human capital, small business, or community development finance)
  • Planning and project management
  • Written communications/presentation skills
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Microsoft Office Suite