State Fiscal Policy

14 May, 2020


State Fiscal Policy

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Washington, DC

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 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 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 disastrous impacts on state revenues and address disparities rooted in racism and other forms of oppression, as well as in the country’s related extreme concentrations of power and wealth.

In this high-stakes environment, the CBPP and the State Priorities Partnership (SPP) — the network of independent state policy organizations we founded and coordinate — is advancing racial, social, and economic justice, which are among the foundations of a stronger future.


  • The analyst will conduct timely and thorough analyses of state tax and budget issues, regularly using an equity and anti-poverty lens;
  • Provide technical assistance to state-level policymakers around the country and provide training and strategic advice to state-level nonprofit organizations; and
  • Write policy papers.
  • Work products will include short written analyses, longer reports, testimony to state legislatures, interaction with the news media, trainings, and public presentations.
  • The analyst’s initial focus will likely be on analyzing state policy responses to the pandemic-induced revenue crisis, documenting the human costs of cuts in funding for schools, health care, and other state services, identifying policies that reduce structural inequities and help families and communities overcome barriers and be resilient, and communicating those results to policymakers and other audiences.
  • In the course of doing this work, the analyst will 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 working on tax, budget, and/or economic issues at the state or federal level as legislative staff, executive-branch staff, and/or independent researcher or advocate. A highly relevant graduate degree may be substituted for two years of work experience;
  • Demonstrated skill/experience in developing state-level strategies to improve public policies;
  • Excellent communication 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 (both 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, including mentoring analysts with less experience;
  • A demonstrated commitment to reducing racial, gender, and other inequities;
  • Some travel is required.

This position reports to the Vice President for State Fiscal Policy.

Terms of Employment: Full-time, exempt position.

Bargaining Unit Status: This is a bargaining unit position.


Salary and title commensurate with experience; excellent benefits, including three health insurance options, dental and vision care, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, and generous vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Please include a cover letter and resume 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.

Job posted: 2020-05-14