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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is seeking to hire a Policy Analyst to work with its highly skilled Housing Policy team. The Center is a strategic policy institute that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing timely, evidence-based policy ideas and strategies, and shaping policy debates at the federal and state levels on a broad array of critical issues affecting low- and moderate-income people.
The Center’s Housing Policy team is a leading source of expertise on federal low-income housing programs with a strong record of advancing policies that improve their effectiveness and help drive the national conversation around affordable housing for low-income people. In recent years, the Housing Policy team’s work has included:
- Ensuring that Housing Choice Vouchers and other federal housing programs for low-income people are adequately funded and effective;
- Advancing federal housing policies that reduce poverty, inequality, housing instability and homelessness; expand families’ access to safe neighborhoods with good schools and other opportunities; and improve people’s health and upward mobility; and
- Developing and promoting innovative housing policies to enable more low-income people to live in decent, affordable homes.
The Policy Analyst will work collaboratively with Housing team members to provide policy analysis, data, and technical assistance to an array of important stakeholders, including policymakers, journalists, and practitioners. This position is an exceptional foundational role for people seeking to build a career in public policy. The Policy Analyst will also participate in a skill and knowledge development program for early-career Center staff.
- Monitors and evaluates the impact of policy proposals (including legislative and regulatory changes), often focusing on how they will affect certain communities such as low-income renters, communities of color, people experiencing homelessness, and families with children.
- Conducts policy research on federal or state legislation or regulations to develop new policy ideas and program recommendations that improve federal rental assistance programs for low-income families.
- Contributes to reports, memos, blogs, public comments, and other products, including critiques of housing budget and policy proposals, that translate complex policies and analyses into digestible information for different audiences.
- Helps explain federal housing policy issues to non-housing experts, including other teams at the Center, partner organizations, state or local advocates, or important stakeholders from other policy areas, such as health care or tax and budget.
- Coordinates with the Center’s State Fiscal Policy team to monitor state housing policy initiatives and provide guidance as needed to policy analysts in the Center’s State Priorities Partnership, a network of more than 40 state-level, independent, nonprofit research and policy organizations.
- Assists team members responding to information requests from policymakers, the media, and other national and local organizations, often on tight deadlines.
- Attends coalition meetings, congressional briefings and hearings, and other events as needed.
- Consults with policy experts, academics, and practitioners inside and outside the Center to help inform the team’s research and policy priorities and advance our policy goals.
- Perform other job-related duties as assigned within the Housing Policy team.
- Ability to understand and analyze the impact and political feasibility of federal and state legislative and regulatory language, including the effect on certain communities, such as low-income renters, communities of color, people experiencing homelessness, families with children, and others.
- Strong writing skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts to a range of audiences including policymakers, advocates, and the media, and to synthesize data and research into clear, effective arguments.
- Solid quantitative analysis skills, including the ability to work in Excel with a variety of data, such as housing program budget data.
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities under strict deadlines.
- Excellent research skills, including the ability to use and interpret a range of sources and clearly summarize findings in writing.
- Meticulous attention to detail and an exemplary commitment to the accuracy and transparency of your analytic work.
- Strong project management skills, including the ability to work independently and collaboratively, stay on top of multiple projects, anticipate obstacles, and meet deadlines successfully.
- A commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people and advance racial equity as part of the Center’s work.
- Knowledge of housing programs and policy issues, especially federal rental assistance programs and policies, is highly desired. However, deep knowledge in all areas of housing policy is not expected.
- A desire to develop or deepen your understanding of federal housing policy and racial equity, particularly institutional and structural racism and its impact on racial and economic segregation.
- A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as public policy, economics, or sociology.
- At least four years’ relevant work experience (as described above). A relevant graduate degree or JD may be substituted for 2 years' work experience.
Salary and title commensurate with experience; excellent benefits, including three health insurance options, dental and vision care, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, and generous vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday schedules.
Terms of Employment
- Full-time; exempt position
Please upload a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample (1-3 pages). 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, gender, disability, military service, or other protected status under federal or local law.