Senior Policy Analyst, State Fiscal Policy

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. It 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. 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 Policy Analyst for its State Fiscal Project. States and localities collect more than one-third of all taxes in the U.S. 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 long-standing structural inequities are overcome, remain the same, or get worse. In the next few months and years, state policymakers will face particularly consequential decisions to address disparities rooted in racism and other forms of oppression, as well as in the extreme concentrations of power and wealth that stem from them. Crucial policy decisions that states will face include how to invest historic amounts of federal aid, and whether and how to raise new revenue for investments in families and communities, or to cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations.


  • Conduct timely and thorough analyses of state tax and budget issues using an equity and anti-poverty lens.
  • Provide strategic advice to state-level organizations engaged in policy advocacy and education.
  • Produce short written analyses, longer reports, testimonies to state legislatures, and public presentations as needed.
  • Interact with the news media, primarily by handling interview requests.
  • Work closely with State Priorities Partnership groups, at times providing analytic and strategic guidance and at other times seeking and benefiting from the insights and guidance of SPP groups.


  • At least seven years of experience, of which five years should be working on tax, budget, and/or economic issues at the state or federal level as legislative staff, executive branch staff, and/or as an independent researcher or advocate. A graduate degree in a relevant field may be substituted for two years of work experience.
  • Demonstrated skill/experience in developing state-level strategies to improve public policies.
  • Excellent communications skills, including strong writing, speaking, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong quantitative and analytic skills, including a facility with spreadsheets and a penchant for accuracy.
  • Demonstrated skill/experience in analyzing complex fiscal policy issues, explaining those issues (in writing and orally) to broader audiences, and explaining the impact of those issues on families and hard-hit communities.
  • Demonstrated skill/experience engaging effectively with staff at partner organizations and mentoring analysts with less experience.
  • A demonstrated commitment to reducing racial, gender, and other inequities.
  • Some travel is required.

While we are currently operating virtually during the pandemic, we are developing policies to support a return to in-office work that may include both telework and in-person work. This position will be subject to those policies.

This position reports to the Deputy Director, State Policy Research.

Terms of Employment: Full-time
Bargaining Unit Status: This is a bargaining unit position.

Please upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to state fiscal policy analysis.


Salary and title 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 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.