Senior Editor for Equity

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, while also supporting efforts to ensure progressive fiscal policies that can support these 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 level, influencing policy outcomes on a range of critical issues, and advancing strong implementation through a variety of strategies. CBPP focuses its efforts on improving the lives of people with low or moderate incomes and examines how policies affect particular groups, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people. CBPP 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.

CBPP seeks a Senior Editor for Equity to collaborate with policy experts to produce written products that advance the Center’s policy goals and support our ongoing commitment to centering equity within our policy and research work.

The Senior Editor for Equity will work closely with policy staff to distill complex concepts into clear, compelling language and visuals for papers, blog posts, statements, and other documents, ranging from restructuring content to line editing and copy editing.

The Senior Editor for Equity also will collaborate with editorial team colleagues, policy staff, the Center’s VP for Equity and Inclusion, the Equity and Inclusion working group, and other internal stakeholders to develop guidance for adopting asset-based framing in our products; provide strategic guidance on how to communicate about the role of systemic and institutional inequities across programs and policy; and identify effective language for communicating about equity-centered policy solutions.

The Senior Editor for Equity role offers an opportunity for a talented communications professional to help produce products that shape the news and public debate, and advance policies that build opportunity, promote equity, and reduce poverty. A candidate with excellent written communications skills, a strong background in communicating about intersectional issues of racial equity and policy, and enthusiasm for working to advance the Center’s mission will thrive in the role.

Responsibilities:

  • Edit policy analyses, statements, blog posts, other documents, and graphics for structure, content, and language to make them more accessible and effective for an array of key audiences, including federal and state policymakers, opinion leaders, media, partners, and the general public.
  • Lead efforts to develop guidance for writing effectively and intentionally on issues of equity, including for the Center’s style guide, in collaboration with internal stakeholders and drawing on best practices in the field; advise on other equity-related projects.
  • Support Center policy and research staff in writing about issues of equity, with a focus on racial and ethnic equity, including providing technical assistance and advice on individual products.
  • Coordinate complex research and analysis projects for publication involving multiple products or policy departments.
  • Work closely with a wide range of internal clients, including the Center’s leadership, policy analysts, and the communications staff, to assist with the planning and the production of major analyses.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or 4-8 years of equivalent relevant experience working in communications.
  • At least 7 years of experience writing or editing in a deadline-based environment focused on government and policy.
  • Exceptional writing, editing, leadership, and project management skills.
  • A proven track record of producing outstanding written work — from original writing or editing — often on tight timelines.
  • Experience writing about policy issues and issues of racial and ethnic equity, including the incorporation of asset-based framing, and adapting written work to a variety of audiences and formats.
  • A demonstrated understanding of racial equity and structural racism and a commitment to advancing equity through the Center’s communications work.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to share and receive feedback constructively.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to working collaboratively with teammates and other colleagues, and contributing to an equitable and inclusive team and organizational culture.
  • Commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people and advance equity.

The Center is operating on a hybrid work schedule that includes at least two days per week in-person at our D.C. office.

This position reports to the Editorial Director.

Terms of Employment: Full-time; exempt.

Bargaining Unit Status: This is a bargaining unit position.

Compensation: 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.