Senior  Communications Writer and Messaging Strategist

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.

The Center seeks a Senior Communications Writer and Messaging Strategist to join the Communications team. This individual will expand the Center’s capacity to produce accessible, persuasive materials such as talking points, speeches and presentations, issue memos, and other documents for use by CBPP staff and partner organizations to shape the public debate on key policy issues, including how to build an equitable economy. This individual will also help the Center and partner organizations implement pro-active and rapid-response strategies more effectively, both by tracking policy debates to spot critical moments for engagement and by drafting compelling, concise materials — such as op-eds, statements, memos to cable and Sunday show talkers and other influencers, and social media materials as needed — based on Center analysis. In addition, this individual will provide messaging guidance on a range of policy issues and will work closely with the Center’s policy, government affairs, and state campaigns teams, as well as the leadership of the communications team and of the organization, to coordinate the Center’s overall messaging strategy.


  • Write and edit communications materials, including talking points and issue memos to help shape the debate on key policy issues. 
  • Draft speeches and presentations for the Center’s president and other members of the leadership team.
  • Develop materials for pro-active and rapid response communications strategies including op-eds, statements, and issue memos for influencers, and social media materials as needed.
  • Track policy debates in real time and identify opportunities for the Center to engage effectively in those debates.
  • Provide strategic messaging guidance to help shape the communications strategy around key policy issues.
  • Work closely with policy staff, government affairs staff, colleagues on the communications team, and CBPP leadership to ensure a coordinated approach to messaging.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least 7 years of experience writing and messaging in a high-volume, fast-paced environment.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills.  
  • A proven track record of producing outstanding written work — from original writing or editing — often on tight timelines, and of collaborating on documents as part of a team. 
  • Experience writing about policy issues within the Center’s areas of work.  
  • Ability to adapt written work to a variety of audiences and formats, and to write and edit work in a range of voices and styles, including but not limited to Center style.   
  • Experience drawing on public opinion and messaging research to develop and apply messaging guidance.
  • Experience writing and messaging on issues of equity and racial justice.
  • Ability to incorporate feedback constructively. 
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines. 
  • An interest in the details and dynamics of policymaking and shaping the public conversation on policy issues.
  • Campaign, Hill, or Executive branch experience is a plus.
  • Commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people and advance racial equity. 

This position reports to the Editorial Director

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.