Program Associate or Program Specialist - Network Philanthropic Engagement

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 and engages on how to raise the revenues necessary to support public 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 levels, and influencing policy outcomes and program implementation. It focuses its efforts on improving the lives of people with low and 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. To advance these goals in the states, the Center co-founded and continues to coordinate and convene the State Priorities Partnership.    

The State Priorities Partnership is the nation’s leading network of state policy organizations working to advance racial, social, and economic equity to build broad prosperity and thriving state economies. The Center’s State Fiscal Policy team works directly with member organizations, the Steering Committee of Partnership directors, and the Partnership’s National Funding Collaborative to implement a shared vision for the network — from cultivating collaboration across state lines to distributing millions of grant dollars. This work is supported by several national and local philanthropic partners with closely aligned priorities and long-term policy goals.

The State Fiscal Policy team seeks a Program Associate or Program Specialist to manage the collection, reporting, analysis, and presentation of critical funder and organizational data, and to provide significant support for the team’s key stewardship and funder engagement strategies. This role works closely with the Director of Network Philanthropic Engagement, CBPP’s grant writers, and others across CBPP and the State Priorities Partnership. The ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented problem solver with solid project management and communications skills and an interest in learning more about how organizational development, grantmaking, and fundraising relationships can drive equitable and antiracist policy change.


The Specialist or Associate will:

  • Identify, collect, synthesize, and analyze financial and program data about the State Priorities Partnership for use in a variety of reports, presentations, and strategic operational documents.
  • Contribute to the conception, writing, and visual design of grant proposals, reports, and other funder-oriented materials as part of the team’s overall funder stewardship and cultivation strategies.
  • Provide technical assistance with prospect research and list management as needed to State Priorities Partnership staff under the guidance of other Network Philanthropic Engagement team members.
  • Participate in team efforts to bring an antiracist and equity lens to all facets of the work, including internal culture and products meant for external audiences.
  • Create and manage a robust calendar for funder engagement, including scheduling and planning monthly convenings of funders, and working with other key staff and Center leadership to ensure implementation and follow up.
  • Serve as a resource for the Network Philanthropic Engagement team and other teams across CBPP to track and map the activities of the State Priorities Partnership, particularly for purposes of resource development.


  • Strong data skills, with an understanding of how to collect, synthesize, and analyze qualitative and quantitative data, including facility with spreadsheets and a commitment to accuracy. Salesforce experience is a plus.
  • Excellent reading, research, and editing skills with impeccable attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage up and across many stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage documents collaboratively, incorporating data and feedback from multiple sources.
  • Ability to multi-task, manage competing deadlines, and demonstrate grace under pressure.
  • Interest in expanding analysis and knowledge about the role that racial inequity plays in our society, and demonstrated commitment to reducing gender, racial, and other inequities.
  • Program Associate-Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience required.
  • Program Specialist-Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience required.

The following qualifications are a plus:

  • Prior experience with fundraising/funder relations or grantmaking programs.
  • Prior experience creating or coordinating donor communications.
  • Experience working with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

This position reports to the Director of Network Philanthropic Engagement
Terms of Employment: Full-time, exempt.
Bargaining Unit Status: This is a bargaining unit position.


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.