Quantitative Analyst, Pension Integrity Project
Reason Foundation
Virtual Office, Washington, DC, or Los Angeles
http://talentmarket.org/quantitative-analyst-reason/

About Reason Foundation

Reason Foundation advances a free society by developing, applying, and promoting libertarian principles, including individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law.

Reason Foundation produces respected, nonpartisan public policy research on a variety of issues and publishes the critically-acclaimed Reason magazine. Together, our top-tier think tank and political and cultural magazine reach a diverse, influential audience, advancing the values of choice, individual freedom and limited government.

The Pension Integrity Project at Reason Foundation offers pro-bono consulting to public officials and other stakeholders to help them design and implement pension reforms that improve plan solvency and promote retirement security. The team’s work includes customized analysis of pension solvency and reform policy design, independent actuarial modeling of reform scenarios, assistance with stakeholder outreach, engagement and relationship management, and more.

About the Opening

The Quantitative Analyst will work with the Pension Integrity Project team to develop actuarially driven analysis of public sector pension plans. The role involves working with pre-built actuarial models, coordinating with consulting actuaries, reviewing and determining the underlying problems with a pension plan facing insolvency, and providing technical, quantitative support to project team members who are interfacing with elected officials on implementation projects.

Responsibilities

  • Work with pre-built actuarial models — either in Excel or R — of public sector pension plans to stress test plan solvency, develop forecasts of pension plan finances based on various changes to the plan design, analyze cost and contribution rate changes based on various changes to the plan design or asset shocks, analyze replacement rate comparisons from proposed benefit changes
  • Work with consulting actuaries to design proposed changes to a pension plan, and guide their modeling work
  • Author research papers, commentaries, or other written products related to public sector pension finance and pension reform topics

Qualifications / Competencies

A qualified candidate will have:

  • 2-5 years experience working in an analyst capacity in the non-profit research sector or private sector; quantitative experience preferred
  • Strong operational knowledge of Excel; some knowledge of R or other statistical programs is a plus but not required
  • Working knowledge of public sector pensions, pension reform, and pension finance (preferred but not required)
  • Master’s degree in public policy, politics, economics, or equivalent field is preferred; candidates with only a bachelor’s degree but with strong quantitative analysis skills will be considered
  • Clear and concise writing skills

Other Details

  • Negotiable; could be work from home, or work from Reason’s offices in Washington D.C. or Los Angeles
  • Project team members are currently located in New York, Arizona, California, D.C., and Colorado
  • Salary will be based on level experience

Application Process

Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file with your full name in the file name:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter that details your interest in working for Reason, why your background is a good fit for this role, your salary requirements, and your location preferences

Please include “Quantitative Analyst, Reason–[Your Name]” in the subject line of your email.

Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire@talentmarket.org.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls please.

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