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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a strategic policy organization 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 policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates, and influencing policy outcomes at the federal and state levels. The Center is seeking a Research Analyst/Senior Research Analyst to work with a team of skilled national policy analysts on a range of policy issues and research topics affecting lower-income families and individuals in the United States.
The Research Analyst/Senior Research Analyst will be part of the Data Analysis team and will work on a range of issues related to poverty, economic inequality, and income security, often in collaboration with issue-area specialists across the Center. Topics may include the implications of policy choices affecting cash assistance, taxation and tax credits, food assistance, housing programs, and health programs, as well as income and labor market trends, the causes and consequences of poverty, and techniques of data analysis and poverty measurement. The Data Analysis team is housed within the larger Family Income Support team and works extensively with the Center’s other divisions (federal fiscal, state fiscal, health, nutrition, housing, legislative) and in support of our State Priorities Partnership, a network of independent state fiscal policy organizations.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Analyze household survey microdata in Stata.
- Calculate the anti-poverty effectiveness of government assistance programs.
- Contribute to analyses of major decisions before Congress and the executive branch and assess how their benefits and costs would affect different populations.
- Assess and analyze data and academic research on income inequality, poverty, and anti-poverty policies in the United States and develop and present findings.
- Help with projects focusing on longer-term policy challenges and the need to boost economic security and opportunity for low- and moderate-income households.
- Respond to information requests from policymakers, the media, and other national and state-level organizations.
- Assist in training other researchers at the Center and in state-level organizations in a range of analytical methods and statistical tools, including Stata, and help researchers to compile national, state, and sub-state data from government sources.
- Research Analyst: Minimum of four years’ relevant work experience; or Master’s degree in a relevant field and minimum of two years’ relevant work experience.
- Senior Research Analyst: Minimum of seven years’ relevant work experience; or Master’s degree in a relevant field and minimum of five years’ relevant work experience.
- Strong quantitative skills and a background in economics, mathematics, statistics, public policy, sociology, or a related field.
- Proficiency in Stata, R, Python, or other statistical software and experience analyzing large data sets.
- A demonstrated commitment to accuracy.
- The ability to communicate clearly.
- The ability to work on multiple tasks both independently and as part of a highly collaborative team, often on a time-sensitive basis.
- Familiarity with graphics applications is also an advantage, as is experience with geographic information systems and mapping software.
- Familiarity with U.S. poverty-related programs, policies, and concepts is an advantage but not required.
- An interest in reducing poverty and advancing racial equity.
Terms of Employment: Full-time, exempt position.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits including health insurance, dental and vision care, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, DCAP, and generous vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday schedules.
Bringing diverse perspectives to public policy debates. To expand the diversity of voices that speak with authority in policy debates, we welcome highly motivated candidates — with particular attention to candidates who have experience with communities that are underrepresented in policy debates and who have familiarity with low-income and diverse communities and issues of racial equity.
Please include a cover letter 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, gender, disability, military service, or other protected status under federal or local law.