Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst – Anti-Poverty Project


The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, one of the nation’s premier policy organizations, seeks a policy analyst or senior policy analyst to help implement a new project aimed at reducing poverty through state-level public policy improvements.

The analyst will work closely with the project’s director, other poverty and budget experts at the Center, and state-level analysts and grass-roots groups, to accomplish the project’s goals, which include identifying and developing promising state policy options and strategies to make anti-poverty programs more effective and responsive; building the knowledge and skills of state groups working to reduce poverty; identifying opportunities within state budgets to increase and sustain funding for efforts to address poverty; and producing reports and other publications to elevate issues of poverty in the states and advance best practices for poverty alleviation.

Specifically, the analyst will write policy papers on state budget and poverty issues; provide technical assistance to state-level policymakers around the country; design, coordinate, and conduct webinars and in-person workshops; and provide training, help with data analysis, and strategic advice to state-level nonprofit organizations. Work products will include short written analyses, longer reports, testimony to state legislatures, interaction with the news media, and public presentations.

The position will be an integral part of the Center’s State Fiscal Project which partners with a network of 41 state policy organizations to advance solutions to some of the nation’s most challenging economic and social problems, paying particular attention to the effects of policies on low- and moderate-income families and individuals. Center reports receive broad distribution and press attention and play a key role in affecting public debates and policy outcomes.

Candidates should have:

•Significant experience (a minimum of five years strongly preferred) working on tax and budget issues and/or anti-poverty issues at the state or federal level as legislative staff, executive-branch staff, and/or an independent analyst or advocate;
•A relevant graduate degree;
•Demonstrated skill/experience in developing effective strategies to improve public policies;
•A demonstrated capacity to organize complex work projects, especially those involving multiple stakeholders, and keep them on track;
•Excellent quantitative and analytic skills, including a facility with spreadsheets and a penchant for accuracy;
•Excellent communications skills, including strong writing and interpersonal skills;
•Demonstrated success working with diverse communities;
•Demonstrated skill/experience in analyzing complex fiscal and/or anti-poverty policy issues and explaining those issues (both in writing and orally) to broader audiences; and,
•A demonstrated commitment to reducing poverty and other social and economic inequities.

Some travel is required. Salary: Commensurate with experience, excellent benefits including health insurance, life and long term disability insurance, retirement, flexible spending accounts and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to tpaden@cbpp.org.

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

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 considered discriminatory under applicable law.

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