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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a national strategic policy organization that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity, seeks a Project Director to lead a new initiative to support state-based organizations that are working to protect and advance a range of policies and programs that improve child well-being and promote family stability at the federal and state level, including nutrition, child care, and income supports.
The Project Director will manage this dynamic and multi-faceted initiative in a period in which many states are stepping forward as the beacons of equitable and forward-looking policies. The initiative will support imminent state action on pressing opportunities, counter threats on anti-poverty issues, and build longer-term state-based capacity to strengthen safety net programs so that they better create opportunity and promote equity for low-income children and their parents.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for policies and strategies that reduce poverty and racial inequities and build opportunity, a track record in state-based advocacy, a desire to see innovative, high-impact, and equitable state policy change around the country, proven ability to manage complex projects with diverse stakeholders, excellent communications skills, and experience building and sustaining relationships with colleagues and partners across the country.
This position will be part of the Center’s State Fiscal Policy division and report to the Director of State Strategies and Engagement. It is a grant-funded position for 18 months with a possibility of renewal and the continuation of the project.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Project Director will:
- Manage the initiative overall, including executing a vision and workplan to advance child and family well-being through strategic investments and advocacy supports targeted to state partners and tracking progress towards the initiative’s goals;
- Design holistic strategy supports for state partners through trainings, coaching, and peer network supports that leverage and align the expertise of Center policy analysts, communications experts, and strategists to support state partners;
- Supervise the staff supporting the project — the Project Associate/Assistant, State Communications Manager, and consultants — and ensure they have clear roles and responsibilities, workplans, and are working towards maximum impact;
- Oversee the project’s grantmaking to state-based advocacy organizations to achieve policy gains on child well-being, including coordinating grant processes and decisions, conducting diligence to ensure all sub-granting adheres to internal controls, and tracking progress on sub-grantees’ work; and
- Maintain effective relationships with key internal and external stakeholders supporting the initiative.
We’re seeking candidates who excel in project management, understand state-based advocacy, and are skilled communicators. Candidates should have:
- A bachelor’s degree;
- A minimum of seven to ten years of advocacy experience to improve public policies, such as serving as a policy advocate in a nonprofit advocacy organization or working as legislative or executive branch staff;
- A demonstrated capacity to manage complex projects, especially those involving multiple stakeholders, and keep them on track;
- Experience supervising or coordinating diverse staff and stakeholders to work towards common goals;
- Familiarity and experience with a suite of advocacy tools and how they come together, including direct lobbying, administrative advocacy, communications and messaging, and policy analysis;
- Excellent communications skills, including strong interpersonal skills and an ability to translate and synthesize complex issues into easy-to-understand communications;
- Demonstrated skill in applying a racial equity lens to all facets of advocacy work, including communications, policy analysis, and collaborations with partners, as well as experience deepening a racial equity and inclusion approach within an organization, team, or campaign; and
- A passion for policies that reduce poverty and racial disparities and build opportunity.
In addition, the ideal candidate would also have:
- Experience developing state-level strategies to improve policies, including working with communities that are underrepresented in state policy debates;
- Experience working on one or more of the initiative’s focus policy areas, such as nutrition (SNAP, WIC), health care (Medicaid and CHIP), income supports (EITC, paid sick and paid family leave, minimum wage, TANF), and/or early care and education (child care assistance, pre-kindergarten);
- Experience designing trainings and peer learnings for coalitions or networks; and/or
- Experience with grant tracking, grant writing, and foundation stakeholder management.
Some travel is required.
Please submit a cover letter with your application. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the Center’s mission.
Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits, including generous health insurance options and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, DCAP, and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.
Please submit your application here.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of any protected status under federal or local law including Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.