BCP’s vision is that American cities achieve their full potential as engines of economic prosperity. We uncover ideas that work, promote realistic solutions, and forge partnerships that help people in America’s largest cities live free and happy lives.
We are a young, growing public-policy nonprofit. Want to change the world one city (or 100) at a time? Let’s talk.
BCP has no openings at this time, but we’re always looking for talented people at all levels of experience. Email us a resume and cover letter, and let’s talk about how you might help make cities better.
We’re a relatively new organization and growing. Even if you don’t see an opening that matches your skills, there’s a good chance the situation may change soon. We maintain an open-door attitude about resumes, even when no openings are posted.
We want people who can drive results.
BCP prides itself on attracting top talent, but we’re less interested in an Ivy League pedigree than in raw drive and a history of proven results.
We’re particularly drawn to policy expertise backed by extensive work in other fields, and we have a soft spot for journalists who always dreamed of covering a beat and being able to to work on the problems they find.
All job opportunities require excellent organizational, research, writing, and computer skills.
Requirements for specific positions are listed with each job advertisement.
BCP encourages employees in both research and non-research positions to have an impact on problems facing America’s largest cities. We value:
Resourcefulness: We’re part of a long history of start-ups doing a lot with a little; we want to maintain that legacy as we grow.
Meeting people where they’re at: BCP exists in a marketplace of ideas where a lot of education will be required before our information is considered even marginally acceptable. Against that backdrop, we value communication that meets our stakeholders where they’re at, embracing pragmatic, principled and incremental advancement when something more revolutionary is not possible.
We debate ideas, not motives or personalities: We treat those who disagree with our work with respect, challenging their ideas and even their principles, but never their motivations or manner of debate.
Experimentation and innovation: BCP values getting to market early, testing, and iterating rapidly; our culture holds that even the longest-held and most basic products and processes should be regularly assessed.
Entrepreneurship in execution: Our culture and management style should strive for every team member to feel they own a discrete part of the operation, no matter how tactical or minor. We will encourage and reward innovation and initiative, even if the initiatives are not always successful.
Stewardship in resource management: Every dollar we receive came from a person or organization that wants, in their own way, to change the world. They deserve our very soundest stewardship and our utmost respect that is consistent whether they donate $10 or $1 million.
We emphasize individuality while promoting organization-wide collaboration, and foster collegiality amongst staff — in all departments and at all levels. Everyone at BCP is engaged in the mission’s success, and we treat our colleagues with that in mind.
Employees have opportunities to engage with thought leaders and scholars, participate in professional development programs and attend BCP events.
Our team telecommutes and our hours are flexible, which means we place a high value on organized, self-directed talent.
BCP recognizes that in order to produce high-quality research and educational material that informs innovative, practical policy recommendations, we should strive for a workforce that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background. Such diversity within the workforce enhances the relevance and substance of our work.
At BCP, diversity is defined as the characteristics and attributes that make each one of us unique. Our goal is to leverage the varied experiences and ideas that each individual brings for the good of the organization overall.
With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, BCP offers an inclusive, welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.
Better Cities Project helps people in America’s largest cities live free, happy lives. We uncover what works, promote solutions, and forge partnerships that turn ideas into results.