Executive Director

Position Title: 
Executive Director
Organization Name: 
The Economic Progress Institute (Rhode Island)

The Economic Progress Institute

The Economic Progress Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit research and advocacy organization working to improve economic security and opportunity for Rhode Islanders, invites applications and nominations in the search for its next Executive Director.

At a time when Rhode Island is facing an unprecedented economic and health care crisis, the Economic Progress Institute is uniquely poised to play an instrumental role in advocating for policy and budget decisions that will best address the immediate needs of Rhode Islanders with low and modest incomes, while also positioning the state for a speedier economic recovery.

The Institute is seeking a leader to collaboratively set a vision for the next stage of its work, building on its strong reputation on issues impacting the economic vitality of Rhode Island residents and the state, and carrying forward a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in all aspects of its internal operations and public-facing work. The incoming Executive Director will be the lead spokesperson for the Institute, promoting issues to audiences including funders, elected officials, and the media, while uplifting community organizations and voices. They will be responsible for the overall management of the organization and will work with the staff and Board of Directors to establish and implement strategic direction and the annual work plan, ensuring that the organization continuously improves its policies and practices in a manner consistent with its DEI commitment. The Executive Director will collaborate with the board to lead ongoing fund development and ensure strong fiduciary oversight of the budget and operations.

To be successful, the next Executive Director will bring strong capabilities related to strategic planning, operational and financial excellence, and staff management, as well as an understanding of the policymaking and implementation process. The position requires strong analytic skills, self-motivation and the ability to manage and inspire staff and to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences. The Executive Director will bring commitment to and experience with embedding values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in an organization or program and commitment to the core values of the Institute.


Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: epi-ed@npag.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

The Economic Progress Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or any other basis. Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.