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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 policy analyst to help design and lead a new initiative to advance racial, ethnic, economic, gender, and other forms of equity through state tax and budget policy.
States and localities collect more than one-third of all taxes in the U.S. and spend half of all domestic public-sector dollars. While core state investments that produce thriving communities are currently threatened by state tax cuts, budget shortfalls, and federal policy decisions, this is also a moment in which states can step forward as beacons of sensible, forward-looking policy.
In this high-stakes environment, the State Priorities Partnership (SPP) – the network of independent state policy organizations founded and coordinated by CBPP – is advancing racial, social, and economic equity to build broad prosperity and thriving state economies.
The analyst will help drive a new initiative to improve the understanding of the link between state budget and tax decisions and equity. The analyst will create written products on topics such as taxes, education finance, higher education and financial aid, health coverage, immigration policy, criminal and juvenile justice reforms, and other issues, with a particular focus on how policy decisions can enhance or impede equity by race, ethnicity, gender, and income.
The analyst will take the lead in providing technical support for SPP groups applying an equity lens to their research and analysis, and devising research and other products that help state groups advance policy work to improve equity. This will include published analyses of the impact of state budget and tax decisions on racial and other forms of equity; overseeing the creation of infographics or other shareables for state policy advocates; designing and organizing trainings; compiling and disseminating tools and best practices; and identifying and disseminating studies that describe the impact of state budgetary decisions on equity. In addition, a senior analyst in this role will have significant responsibility for designing an overall workplan and individual products.
- A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as public policy, economics, sociology, political science, or social work (macro or policy-focused) is required. Graduate degree strongly preferred.
- Senior policy analyst: At least seven years’ experience working on either (a) tax and budget issues at the state or federal level as legislative staff, executive branch staff, and/or as an independent researcher or advocate, or (b) economic and racial justice issues at the state or federal level. Experience in both areas preferred. A graduate degree may be substituted for two years’ work experience.
- Demonstrated skill/experience in analyzing complex policy issues, explaining those issues (both in writing and orally) to broader audiences, and ideally explaining the impact of those issues on people of color, low-income people, women, and other diverse groups.
- Strong quantitative and analytical skills, including a facility with spreadsheets and a commitment to accuracy.
- A demonstrated capacity to organize complex projects, especially those involving multiple stakeholders, and keep them on track.
- Excellent communications skills, including strong writing and interpersonal skills.
- A demonstrated commitment to reducing poverty and other social and economic inequities.
Some travel is required. Title and salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits including health insurance, dental coverage, vision coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement benefits, flexible spending accounts, and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Senior Policy Analyst – EQ/SFP” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin as they are received. Position will be open until filled. Apply early for strongest consideration.
The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, takes affirmative action to ensure that discrimination does not occur 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.