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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities seeks a Federal Tax Policy Analyst to conduct analyses and design policy proposals across a wide range of federal tax policy issues.
The Center is a non-profit research organization with a mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people. The Center has a national reputation for rigorous analysis of fiscal policies and an ability to influence policy debates. The federal tax policy team is part of the Center’s Federal Fiscal Policy team.
The Center’s federal tax work covers a wide range of tax policy issues. Broadly, the team works to ensure that:
- Federal revenues meet national needs;
- Federal revenues are raised in progressive and economically sound ways; and
- Tax provisions that affect low- and moderate-income households are well-designed.
The Center is highly collaborative and collegial. We work in and across teams to conduct research, co-author reports, and advance our recommendations.
Most of the Federal Tax Policy Analyst’s work will be highly relevant to current legislative developments – including efforts to enact tax reform – so the role offers a unique insight into federal policymaking processes and an opportunity to help influence major policy decisions. Center analyses and experts are quoted frequently in the press and relied upon heavily by policymakers.
- Conduct and write tax policy analyses, including critiquing and designing new tax policy proposals.
- Conceive of and plan new tax policy analyses and other products.
- Organize and lead collaborative research processes within the Federal Fiscal Policy team and across other Center teams.
- Respond to information requests from policymakers, the media, and other national organizations, often on tight deadlines.
- Help to train and supervise the Federal Fiscal Policy team’s budget and tax research assistants/associates and interns.
- Keep up to speed with relevant new research in tax economics, tax law, and other relevant disciplines.
- Keep up to speed with academic research and congressional and media developments to help identify opportunities for the Center to influence policy or public opinion.
- Work with Census data and microsimulation models to analyze tax policies.
- A commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people.
- Strong quantitative skills, including the ability to work with and analyze a variety of data, such as tax filing data, Census and other survey data, and revenue and distributional estimates.
- Strong writing skills, including the ability to explain highly technical concepts to a variety of audiences, including policymakers, advocates, and the media, and to synthesize data and research into clear, effective arguments.
- Strong research skills, including the ability to use and interpret a wide range of sources, such as legislation, regulations, and academic work in tax economics and tax law.
- Highly organized, with an exemplary commitment to accuracy.
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities under time pressure.
- Ability to both show initiative and develop analyses independently, and to work as part of a highly collaborative team.
Preferred or desired
- A graduate degree in a relevant field (including but not limited to economics, policy, law, or applied statistics) is preferred. Ideally at least three years of work experience in a relevant field.
- Proficiency with using Stata, Python, and/or other statistical packages or programming languages (and particularly using microdata to do tax modeling) and desire and ability to learn new programming tools is highly desired.
- Knowledge of tax policy issues, especially federal tax policy issues, is highly desired. However, deep knowledge in all areas of tax policy is not expected. More important is an ability to quickly and thoroughly investigate an unfamiliar policy area, and then help to analyze and develop policies in that area.
- Experience training, supervising, and developing entry-level staff is desirable.
Compensation: Salary and title commensurate with experience; excellent benefits, including three health insurance options; dental and vision care; life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; flexible spending and dependent child care account; and generous vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday schedules.
Please submit your application using the online form below.
You will be asked to upload a cover letter, resume, and writing samples. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center.
No calls, please.
The Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of Race/Gender/Physical Ability/ or Veteran status. The Center values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of any protected status under federal or local law.