Equity & Inclusion Fellow

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a high-caliber strategic policy institute that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity, while also supporting efforts to ensure progressive fiscal policies that can support these investments. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing evidence-based policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state level, influencing policy outcomes on a range of critical issues, and advancing strong implementation through a variety of strategies. It focuses its efforts on improving the lives of people with low or moderate incomes and examines how policies affect particular groups, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people. The Center is known for its unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analysis with effective communications that enable policymakers and the media to make use of its work.

An Overview of Equity & Inclusion at CBPP

Background

Since 2017, the Center has been on an intentional equity & inclusion (E&I) journey. This journey included the completion of an internal climate study, enhanced recruitment and hiring practices focused on achieving greater staff diversity, the creation of the first full-time equity and inclusion staff position, the implementation of new internal practices and protocols focused on enhancing inclusion, the implementation of affinity-based training and trust-building initiatives, and the creation of an organizational-wide Equity & Inclusion Workgroup (EIWG). The Center’s policy teams have also become more intentional in how they approach their work through an equity and inclusion lens. These efforts have included greater attention to analyzing the role of race and other social identities in creating and administrating public policy, the disaggregation of data by race/ethnicity, authoring external facing research and policy products that prioritize communities of color and other structurally marginalized communities, forging new and/or deepening existing relationships with organizations in the civil and disability rights communities, and the creation of internal learning agendas to assist teams in creating greater inclusion. Other functional areas and teams at the Center, including Communications, Development, and Government Affairs have engaged in similar practices.

The Current Moment

In March 2022, the Center hired our first Vice President of Equity & Inclusion. Within the first six months, the Vice President of Equity & Inclusion conducted an analysis of the Center’s equity efforts and identified key opportunities for it to strengthen its equity work by embedding foundational equity and inclusion practices within the organization’s infrastructure. As the equity work has grown, the organization has expanded its internal workgroup and allocated additional financial resources. The Center has also identified five priority areas for 2023, which are being led by the Vice President of Equity & Inclusion, in collaboration with the E&I Workgroup. The 2022-23 priorities are as follows:

  1. Establish a sustainable organizational infrastructure to support the Center's expanding E&I efforts and needs
  2. Establish the Center's E&I definition, mission, vision, and values
  3. Institute an E&I learning and development curriculum for staff
  4. Implement an ongoing organizational climate assessment process
  5. Draft the Center's E&I theory of change for public policy

The Fellowship

The Center has established a two-year fellowship with the dual purpose of expanding the Center’s E&I capacity and providing an opportunity for an emerging leader in the E&I field to gain experience, training, and mentorship to help them grow into a future leader. The Center seeks an Equity and Inclusion Fellow who will work in collaboration with the Vice President of Equity & Inclusion, the E&I Workgroup, and Center staff and partners to create, coordinate, and lead both external and internal equity and inclusion projects, training, and other related initiatives.

The E&I Fellow will assist in building the capacity of the staff to effectively infuse E&I concepts by coordinating and supporting current and new E&I initiatives, including developing staff training efforts, assisting with the coordination and management of the Equity & Inclusion Workgroup, and Center Affinity Groups, assisting with research and other benchmarking efforts, and supporting policy teams with incorporating E&I frameworks into their advocacy, research, and policy work.

The successful candidate will work with the Vice President of Equity & Inclusion to address concerns or topics that arise within the organization in relation to equity while also supporting a broader, long-term equity agenda.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide project management support to the Vice President of Equity & Inclusion and other internal and external E&I priorities and initiatives
  • Lead the development and coordination of an E&I professional development program for Center staff
  • Assist in developing, operationalizing, evaluating, and refining principles, goals, priorities, and a work plan for building a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization
    • Collaborate in the coordination and management of the Center’s climate assessment efforts
    • Assist in developing benchmarking metrics and conduct research on theoretical and practical equity-centered policy approaches, theories, best practices, and frameworks
    • Assist in developing key benchmarks and metrics of progress, ongoing assessment, reporting mechanisms, and other accountability measures to ensure concepts of E&I are incorporated throughout the Center
  • Assist in increasing institutional knowledge and capacity for Center staff, for example, by coordinating internal training on topics related to E&I; identify opportunities for external training
    • Support policy teams with the planning and execution of E&I goals and initiatives
  • Manage and support the Center’s Affinity Groups and lead efforts to establish new groups, as needed
  • Co-manage the Equity & Inclusion Workgroup alongside the Vice President of Equity & Inclusion
  • Co-manage cross-organizational consultants supporting the Center’s E&I priorities and initiatives
  • Represent the Center on external workgroups and partnerships to support the ongoing E&I work
  • Assist in the drafting and editing of reports and presentations on the Center’s E&I journey and work

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and 2-3 years of experience working in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives or related positions, preferably within a nonprofit, educational, or similar organization
  • Knowledge and sensitivity to equity, positionality, and intersectionality, including historic and structural barriers to the advancement of diverse people and communities and how these factors can operate in a workplace
  • Strong research and analysis experience around equity theories, professional standards, best practices, and inclusive organizational approaches
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills with the ability to synthesize racial equity practices effectively, persuasively, and creatively to diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to develop and facilitate equity focused training to staff from various professional backgrounds
  • Capacity to work effectively with staff at all levels and facilitate challenging conversations, build rapport and trust, mediate disputes, and collaborate and uplift diverse constituencies
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Excel and PowerPoint, is required
  • Demonstrated capacity to work on multiple complex and detail-oriented projects, often on a time-sensitive basis, and work effectively both individually and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated experience and success participating in and supporting organizational change processes, especially as they relate to E&I.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Center’s mission of reducing poverty and improving the lives of communities of color with low incomes through policy work
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally (estimated 10 percent)
  • Preference will be given to candidates based in the Washington, D.C. area

The Center is operating on a hybrid work schedule that includes at least two days per week in-person at our D.C. office.

This position reports to the Vice President of Equity & Inclusion.
Terms of Employment: Full-time; exempt. This is a two-year term fellowship position.
Bargaining Unit Status: this is a bargaining unit position.

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

Please upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center.

Please submit your application here.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, credit information, pregnancy or parental status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, union activities, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.