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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is creating a new position to lead our policy work related to Puerto Rico. The Center is a national policy organization working to ensure that the federal budget plays an active role in reducing poverty and expanding opportunity for everyone in the United States. This position would conduct research and work closely with key stakeholders to play a sophisticated analytic and strategic role to inform and help shape federal policy on several key Puerto Rico issues.
Puerto Rico’s fiscal and economic challenges are deep and interwoven: economic depression, governmental debt, a shrinking population, widespread poverty, hurricane-battered infrastructure, territorial status, and limited governance and civil society capacity. Full recovery will require an active federal role, significant increases in federal funding, and both short-term and long-term strategies for ensuring Puerto Rico’s prosperity. Those new strategies will need to: 1) include new policy approaches, such as better mechanisms for funding Medicaid; 2) involve mainland organizations and political leaders in federal-level advocacy for Puerto Rico to a greater degree than in the past; and 3) involve building stronger relationships between policy and advocacy organizations in Washington, D.C. and those on the island.
- Producing public analyses and private guidance to policymakers and to others working on these issues on a number of federal issues directly relevant to Puerto Rico, including Medicaid, nutrition assistance, housing, and tax policy; and working closely with CBPP experts and other organizations on these issues, including the San Juan-based Center for a New Economy;
- Working with allied organizations, including advocacy groups representing the Puerto Rico diaspora, and congressional staff to help advance policy goals at the federal level to address problems facing Puerto Rico and its vulnerable residents;
- Participating in strategic conversations so diverse organizations can put forward consistent and compelling policy recommendations; and
- Serving as an articulate, careful, and thoughtful representative of CBPP in congressional coalition and other relevant meetings.
Expert knowledge of federal policy issues related to Puerto Rico and familiarity with the federal budget and legislative process.
- Knowledge of the key nonprofit leaders, organizations, and coalitions working on these issues both on the island and in the continental U.S., and experience working collaboratively with these stakeholders to assist and strengthen Puerto Rico.
- Experience in advocacy and advancing policy goals, and sound strategic judgment to navigate the complex political nature of this work.
- Excellent communications skills, including strong writing and interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate with policymakers and constituent groups.
- 7+ years of related experience; a graduate degree in a relevant discipline (preferred); and bilingual English and Spanish (preferred).
- Demonstrated commitment to reducing poverty and other social and economic inequities.
We recognize that it may be challenging to find one person with the mix of analytic skills and other qualifications that we have laid out. Our point in highlighting these requirements for the position is to indicate that the work involved goes well beyond doing analyses and writing reports, and includes outreach/coalition work and direct advocacy with congressional offices.
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.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of any protected status under federal or local law including Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.
Please submit your application here.