Economics Writer

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations

Day JobThe Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond has an immediate opening for an Economics Writer.

The Economics Writer proposes and writes articles for the Richmond Fed’s economics magazine, Econ Focus; a monthly essay series, Economic Briefs; and other publications. We’re looking for someone with excellent writing skills, a firm grasp of economic principles and current public policy issues, and the ability to understand and interpret economic research to join a highly collaborative team of writers and editors. A successful writer will be able to translate complex ideas in a compelling and accessible manner for a nontechnical audience. Salary and benefits are competitive. The position is located in the Bank’s riverfront headquarters building in Richmond, Va.

With your application, please submit a cover letter, a resume, and 2 – 3 writing samples. Writing samples are most helpful if they are solo-authored and feature economic content. Documents should be uploaded as attachments to your electronic submission. Formatted attachments can include Microsoft Office products, PDFs, JPGs or HTML documents; size for each is limited to 1.5Mb.

Essential job responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Propose and write articles using economic analysis for Econ Focus and the Economic Brief series, incorporating input from Richmond Fed economists and editors.
  • Complete writing assignments for other publications produced by the Research Department, such as conference summaries, articles or speeches for members of the Bank's senior management, and internal briefings.
  • Collaborate with editors and economists on revisions to writer’s articles.
  • Create charts in Excel as appropriate to accompany articles, requiring skill in the appropriate interpretation of data.
  • Keep abreast of evolving economic and public policy issues in the nation and the Richmond Fed’s district.

  • Special Considerations:
  • Candidate should review the FRB Employee Code of Conduct to ensure compliance with issues related to previous employment and prohibited financial interests. The Code is available on the About Us, Careers webpage at
  • Sponsorship is not available for this position.

  • ***The Economics Writer – Intermediate range is $66,500 - $108,000, annually.
    ***The Economics Writer – Senior range is $81,800 - $132,900, annually.
    ***Job title and salary offered will be based on the job responsibilities and the individual’s knowledge, skills, and experience.


  • Undergraduate degree in economics or significant coursework in economics preferred. Graduate degree in economics or a related field or an MBA is advantageous.

  • Three or more years of relevant work experience writing about economic and public policy issues for a lay audience.

  • Knowledge/Skills:
  • Firm grasp of economic principles and ability to apply them to current public policy issues.
  • Ability to understand and interpret economic research.
  • Ability to develop original story ideas on economics-related topics.
  • Ability to write clearly and engagingly on sometimes technical topics for a diverse audience.
  • Capacity to conduct good interviews of economists, business leaders, and policymakers. 
  • Ability to meet deadlines and pay close attention to detail during the fact-checking and proofreading processes.
  • Ability to interpret and analyze economic research and data for use in articles.

  • Other Requirements:
  • Occasional travel may be necessary for interviews or professional conferences.

  • This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, performance standards or requirements, efforts, skills or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change.

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