Research Assistant/Research Associate
State Fiscal Project
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a
non-profit policy institute, is seeking a research associate or research
assistant to work on state budget and tax issues, particularly as they affect
low-income populations. The Center has attained a national reputation for its
unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analyses with activities designed to
enable policymakers, the media, and community leaders to make use of its work (www.cbpp.org).
The research associate/assistant will be part of
the State Fiscal Project. The Project is a leading voice for equitable tax
systems, adequate revenue streams, and transparency in state budgeting systems,
and includes some of the nation’s leading authorities on state fiscal policy.
The Project also provides assistance to a lively, growing and increasingly
influential network of non-profit policy organizations across the country.
The position involves a diverse mix of
activities, including collecting and analyzing data, communicating technical
research findings to non-technical audiences, preparing graphic presentations of
findings, analyzing pending policy options, and utilizing academic research and
other resource materials. The research associate/assistant helps to prepare
major reports and analyses and provides information to policymakers, state and
local advocates, and the press. Specific areas of focus may include state tax
provisions affecting low-income families such as EITCs, the effects of
climate-change policies on state budgets and family incomes, and trends in state
finances, among others.
Candidates must have strong quantitative skills
and a basic knowledge of economics and public finance. The position also
requires facility with spreadsheets and working with large data sets. Applicants
must demonstrate strong writing skills, a penchant for accuracy, and the ability
to work on multiple tasks, often on a time-sensitive basis. A masters degree in
public policy or a related field is preferred, although we will consider
candidates with a bachelors degree who have relevant work experience. Some
travel is required.
Salary: Commensurate with experience,
excellent benefits, including two health insurance options, life and long term
disability insurance, retirement, flexible spending accounts and generous
vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to:
SFP Research Associate/Research Assistant
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
820 First Street NE, Suite 510
Washington, D.C. 20002
(Information may also be sent via e-mail to
Resumes will be accepted until the position is
The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, takes affirmative action to insure that discrimination does not occur on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.