Senior Fellow - State Fiscal Policy

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a high-caliber strategic policy organization that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity, seeks a Senior Fellow to analyze state tax, budget, and economic policies.

States and localities collect more than one-third of all taxes in the United States and spend half of all domestic public-sector dollars. Their policy choices make a crucial difference in our lives and play an important role in determining if longstanding structural inequities are overcome, remain the same, or get worse. In the next few months and years, state policymakers will face particularly consequential decisions over how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic’s disastrous impacts on state revenues and address disparities rooted in racism and other forms of oppression, as well as in the country’s related extreme concentrations of power and wealth.

In this high-stakes environment, the CBPP and the State Priorities Partnership — the network of independent state policy organizations we founded and coordinate — are advancing racial, social, and economic justice to build the foundations of a stronger future.

The Senior Fellow will be a national thought leader on how state policy can promote equity and reduce poverty.


  • Conduct timely and thorough analyses of state tax and budget issues, including how federal policies affect state budgets.
  • Provide technical assistance to state policymakers around the country.
  • Provide training and strategic advice to state-level nonprofit organizations. 
  • Work products will include short written analyses, longer reports, testimony to state legislatures, interaction with the news media, trainings, and public presentations. 
  • In this work, the Senior Fellow will work particularly closely with State Priorities Partnership groups, at times providing analytic and strategic recommendations and at other times seeking and benefiting from the insights and guidance of Partnership groups.


  • At least 15 years of experience working on tax, budget, and/or economic issues at the state or federal level as legislative staff, executive-branch staff, and/or independent researcher or advocate. A relevant graduate degree may be substituted for two years’ work experience.
  • Demonstrated skill/experience in analyzing complex fiscal policy issues, explaining those issues (both in writing and orally) to broader audiences, and explaining the impact of those issues on families and hard-hit communities.
  • Excellent communications skills, including strong writing, speaking, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong quantitative and analytic skills, including facility with spreadsheets and a commitment to accuracy.
  • A sophisticated understanding of racial equity and structural racism and a clear grasp of how to employ this analysis to improve state policies.
  • A demonstrated commitment to reducing racial, gender, and other inequities.
  • Demonstrated skill/experience engaging effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and allies, and ideally mentoring analysts with less experience.

This position reports to the Vice President for State Fiscal Policy.
Terms of Employment: Full-time, exempt.
Bargaining Unit Status: This is not a bargaining unit position.

Compensation: 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.   

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.