Vice President for State Partnerships

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 and engages on how to raise the revenues necessary to support public 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 levels, and influencing policy outcomes and program implementation. It focuses its efforts on improving the lives of people with low and 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.

CBPP seeks a Vice President for State Partnerships to build and strengthen powerful and sustainable organizational infrastructure to drive progressive policy change in the states. 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 impacts on households, businesses, and the state budget and how to address disparities rooted in racism, other forms of oppression, and the country’s extreme concentrations of power and wealth.

In this high-stakes environment, CBPP and the State Priorities Partnership (SPP) — the network of 43 independent state policy organizations we founded and coordinate — are advancing policies that promote racial, social, and economic justice and build the foundations of a stronger future. State Priorities Partnership groups exist in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. CBPP supports the members of the State Priorities Partnership to build high-impact, resilient, sustainable, antiracist, and well-led organizations.

No matter the organization’s size, structure, age, or political context, CBPP’s consulting, coaching, and technical assistance help to maximize each group’s effectiveness and that of the network. A nearly 40-person State Fiscal Policy (SFP) Division builds the capacity of Partnership groups and the network overall across policy and research, campaigns, communications, racial equity, and organizational effectiveness — increasingly in cross-cutting ways. A particular focus is a longer-term effort to develop strong in-state advocacy leadership grounded in equitable policies and steeped in strong narrative, deep partnerships, and sophisticated voter engagement that, among other things, improves the presence, brand, and relevance of organizations and their leaders.

The Vice President for State Partnerships provides leadership and strategic direction for CBPP, the State Fiscal Policy Division, and within the division, teams focused on Strategic Policy Initiatives, Network and Organizational Effectiveness, and Network Philanthropic Engagement that are deeply engaged in intentional, multi-year efforts to build the strength and sustainability of Partnership organizations and the network as a whole. The Vice President builds and deepens relationships with CBPP and Partnership funders and helps shape the direction and vision of the network in advancing racial and economic justice.


  • Work with the Senior Vice President of the State Fiscal Policy Division, the Vice President for State Fiscal Policy, and team leads to set the strategic vision and direction of the division and its work with the State Priorities Partnership. Ensure goals and cross-team efforts align with the vision and direction of the Partnership and advance the mission of CBPP.
  • Work with the SFP Senior Vice President and Vice President as well as the division’s team leads on oversight of team operations and development of a healthy team culture, including through team values, goals, work plans, cross-team communication, and meetings.
  • Manage team leads and support them in management of team staff; help guide team members’ professional growth and development.
  • Play a leadership role in the division’s work to create a healthy, equitable, and inclusive culture that enables staff to live out collectively established division values. Help lead the effort to establish antiracism, equity, and inclusion goals for the team, including how the team works together, how it works with the State Priorities Partnership groups and other national and state partners, and how it sets its policy and research agenda.
  • Play a lead role in shaping the strategic direction of the Partnership, including working with network leadership to put the Partnership’s collective vision for equitable, antiracist policy change into action and developing plans and supports for centering antiracism, equity, and inclusion into all facets of Partnership organizations’ work.
  • Carry out a strategy with key members of the SFP division to strengthen the leadership, health, and sustainability of Partnership organizations.
  • Oversee stewardship of the Partnership’s collaborative of funders, including building individual funder relationships and developing fundraising strategy, content for funder calls and briefings, and content for concept memos, proposals, and grant reports.
  • Work closely with the President and the Development team to identify and cultivate funders to support CBPP and the State Priorities Partnership.
  • Oversee key equity and inclusion-focused network initiatives and related funder relationships, including on state-level immigration debates, poverty and opportunity, and broad efforts to center antiracism, equity, and inclusion in the work of the network.
  • Engage and facilitate peer learning among Partnership groups developing narratives and community partnerships with organizations representing people with lived experiences of poverty, racism, discrimination, and the low-paid labor market to advance long-term efforts for antiracist, equitable policy gains.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for CBPP and SPP at conferences, with funders, and presentations via other venues.
  • Participate in the management of the overall organization, including efforts to improve organizational culture and health.
  • The Vice President may, as needed and based on the individual’s interests and capacity, write policy papers and advance recommendations on specific policy issues.


The successful candidate will bring a mix of the following skills and experiences:

  • Exceptional leadership skills, a highly collaborative management style that centers equity and inclusion, and the ability to draw on and develop the talents of people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. 
  • Ability to clearly and consistently articulate a sophisticated understanding of racial equity and structural racism, its impact on policy, and the centrality of this analysis to policy change. Ability to integrate that knowledge into work projects and interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class, and other group identities within the context of job responsibilities and projects.
  • Keen awareness of multiple group identities and their attendant dynamics, and ability to consistently bring a high level of self-awareness, empathy, and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and directly with colleagues, match intent and impact in interactions, and resolve conflicts and misunderstandings, especially across difference. Ability to consistently give both positive and developmental feedback to support learning, excellence, and personal growth.
  • Ability to build and sustain robust, authentic, productive working relationships with colleagues across race and other group identities, including CBPP staff, Partnership staff, and external partners.
  • Understanding of policies and programs that dismantle structural barriers to equity and opportunity, ability to develop high-level vision and strategy to affect policy, and ability to balance the needs and demands of many stakeholders and competing priorities and interests.
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills, particularly the ability to communicate in compelling ways to a wide range of stakeholders about the importance of policy change, racial and ethnic equity, and advocacy campaigns.
  • Experience working in a network/federated environment, with strong understanding of the dynamics of a network and how to operate within them.
  • Exceptional ability to respond to multiple demands in a complex, fast-paced, and rapidly changing policy environment.
  • Proven effectiveness at fundraising.
  • Ten years of relevant experience; a graduate degree in a relevant field is highly desirable. 

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


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.