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Development Writing Associate or Development Writer/Editor

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is one of the nation’s leading non-profits working on public policy issues affecting low-income families and individuals. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state levels, and shaping public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity. It works on budget and tax policy, health care, social insurance, and a range of programs important to low-income people. The Center’s funding comes from private foundations and individuals. 

The Center seeks a writing associate or writer/editor to join the Center’s Development Department. 

This position provides an opportunity for an early-career talented writer to help the Center meet its fundraising goals while learning about its policy, communications, advocacy, and development work. The writer must be able to distill complex policy information and the Center’s role in influencing policy decisions into clear, compelling, and easily understandable proposals, reports, donor communications, and other materials that help a range of stakeholders understand the work of the organization. The writer will work closely with the program staff to understand the issues and the Center’s current and future work. They will also edit development documents drafted by others and participate in executing the organization’s fundraising strategy. The writer will report to the Director of Foundation Giving, collaborate with executive and senior policy leadership, and be a part of a nine-person development team responsible for raising the Center’s budget.


  • Candidates must have exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Development Writing Associate: at least two years of writing experience
  • Development Writer/Editor: at least five years of writing experience
  • Bachelor’s or associate degree in a relevant field
  • Experience writing about policy issues for a research, academic, or governmental organization or as a journalist is preferred
  • Development experience is helpful but not required 
  • Familiarity with Salesforce
  • Proven ability to complete complex and highly detailed work with efficiency and precision in a fast-paced environment also a plus
  • Candidates must be able to produce outstanding written work, often on tight timelines, adapt to the Center’s writing style, and collaborate on documents as part of a team 
  • Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people and advance racial equity as part of the Center’s work, an understanding of the role that racial inequity plays in our society, and a passion for reducing poverty and racial inequities and building opportunity within communities of color.

This position reports to the Director of Foundation Giving

Terms of Employment: Full-time, exempt.

Bargaining Unit Status: This is 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, flexible spending and dependent childcare accounts, and generous vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Please upload a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample with your application. 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.