State Engagement Coordinator

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-profit policy institute, and the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative (SFAI), a network of 41 state-level organizations with whom the Center collaborates frequently, conduct research and analysis on a range of fiscal and economic policies. The Center and SFAI have attained national reputations for conducting rigorous, timely analyses and using those analyses to shape public debate, with particular attention to the effects of policies on low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

The Center is seeking a Coordinator to engage state organizations and coalitions in critical state budget and policy debates, particularly as policy decisions are debated that affect the lives of low- and moderate- income families and communities. Through public education, issue campaigns, and dissemination of data, the Center’s state partner organizations can play an important role in informing these high stakes debates.

The Coordinator will:

  • Provide strategic guidance and hands-on technical assistance to SFAI organizations on coalition development and outreach to shape important budget and tax debates and policy outcomes;
  • Support state-level activities to inform legislative and ballot campaigns on state budget and tax issues;
  • Help develop tailored materials that state groups can readily use in their public education efforts, ensuring that state organizations can access critical data and messaging strategy;
  • Develop strategies to help SFAI groups and coalitions deepen and expand their partnerships; and
  • Lead opportunities to share best practices across states through peer-to-peer communications and training opportunities among outreach professionals at the SFAI organizations.


Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree, a minimum of five years of advocacy experience, and a track record of building diverse and effective coalitions, alliances, and collaborations.

Candidates also should have some familiarity with budget, tax, and low-income issues; familiarity with state legislative processes; demonstrable experience with successful strategies to inform issue debates; a strong ability to synthesize complex information for multiple audiences; strong written and verbal communications skills; and exceptional organizational, planning, and interpersonal skills. This position is based in Washington, DC and requires travel.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits, including health insurance and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, DCAP; and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Send resume with cover letter to: Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, takes affirmative action to insure that discrimination does not occur against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

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