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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is seeking to hire two Research Assistants (RA) or Associates (title commensurate with experience) to work with a team of highly skilled national policy analysts on a range of spending, tax and low-income policy issues.
The Center is a think tank with a national reputation for rigorous analysis of fiscal policies and an ability to influence policy debates. It has a particular focus on how policies affect lower-income families and individuals, and examines the fiscal implications of policy proposals, how their benefits would be distributed across different income groups, and the extent to which they are likely to achieve their stated objectives.
Both RAs will be part of the Federal Fiscal team and work on a range of federal tax and budget policies, but one will work alongside other RAs supporting all of the team’s senior experts, while the other will work more closely with a single fellow.
Analyze data, develop written analyses and graphic presentations of findings, and evaluate pending legislative and policy options.
Help prepare reports and analyses that pertain both to current policy debates and to longer term challenges facing advanced economies, with an emphasis on the U.S. economy.
Perform other duties as required.
Bachelor’s degree; applicants with advanced degrees will be considered but it is not required.
A commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people.
Strong writing and quantitative skills, and the ability to work on multiple tasks both independently and as part of a highly collaborative team, often on a time-sensitive basis.
A background in economics, public policy, statistics, or any field that requires strong quantitative skills.
Basic facility with econometric software is useful but not required.
Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to accuracy.
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.
This position is an exceptional foundational role for people seeking to build a career in public policy. The RA will work closely with senior staff and other RAs on our research work. Under the supervision of senior experts, the RA will receive strong training in producing meticulous, relevant analyses, and a unique insight into economic data analysis and the policymaking processes. Most of RA’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. The RA will also participate in a program of skill and knowledge development sessions for early-career Center staff.
Former federal budget and tax RAs have gone on to a wide range of analysis and policy roles. Some examples include working at the Council of Economic Advisers, the Office of Management and Budget, the National Economic Council in the White House, the Senate Finance Committee, and at non-partisan national and state research organizations. In addition, RAs have gone from the Center to top graduate programs in economics, law, public policy, statistics.
Terms of Employment
- Full-time; exempt position
- This is a 2-year term position
Please submit your application here: https://cbpp.wufoo.com/forms/q1uhd1hu1yh0gz0/
You will be asked to upload a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and transcripts. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center.
The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, takes affirmative action to insure that discrimination does not occur against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.