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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities seeks a Policy Analyst to conduct analyses and design policy proposals across a wide range of federal budget and economic issues.
The Center is a non-profit research organization with a mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people and has a national reputation for rigorous analysis of fiscal policies and an ability to influence policy debates. The Center is highly collaborative and collegial, working in and across teams to conduct research, co-author reports, and advance recommendations.
The Policy Analyst will part of the Center’s Federal Fiscal Policy team and will work with senior team members who have deep experience in federal budget and tax issues, budget process, and economic policy. Most of the Policy Analyst’s work will be highly relevant to current legislative developments 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 policy analyses, including on appropriations, budget process, and other fiscal and economic policy issues, especially as they relate to low- and moderate-income people.
- Organize and lead collaborative research processes with the Federal Fiscal Policy team and other teams across the Center.
- 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 budget, economics, and other relevant disciplines.
- Keep up to speed with congressional and media developments to help identify opportunities for the Center to influence policy or public opinion.
- A commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people.
- A commitment to advancing racial equity and inclusion across multiple dimensions, in policy analysis and advocacy as well as the Center’s internal and external relationships.
- An exemplary commitment to accuracy, and a high degree of organization.
- Strong quantitative skills, including proficiency with Excel and the ability to work with and analyze a variety of data, such as estimates from the Office of Management and Budget and the Congressional Budget Office.
- 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 fiscal policy and economics.
- Ability to manage processes and to prioritize and handle multiple responsibilities under time pressure.
- An ability both to show initiative and develop analyses independently, and to work as part of a highly collaborative team.
- At least four years of relevant experience. (A graduate degree in an area highly relevant to budget policy analysis may be substituted for 2 years' work experience.)
Preferred or desired
- Experience working on and knowledge of fiscal policy issues, especially federal appropriations, budget process, and economic policy issues, is highly desired.
- Experience working with databases. Experience working with survey data and/or statistical packages is a plus but not required.
- A graduate degree in a relevant field (including but not limited to economics, policy, law, or applied statistics).
- Experience training, supervising, and developing entry-level staff is a plus but not required.
This position reports to the Director of Federal Fiscal Policy.
Terms of Employment: Full-time, exempt position.
Bargaining Unit Status: This is a bargaining unit position.
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 childcare accounts, and generous vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday schedules.
Please upload a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample with your application. 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.