Development Writer/Editor

Job Type

Full Time


Details: The salary is commensurate with experience.



Start Date


Application Deadline



820 First Street NE
Suite 510
United States


The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is one of the nation’s leading policy institutes focusing on federal and state issues that affect 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 federal and state policy debates, and influencing policy outcomes. The Center’s expertise spans a range of areas including federal and state budget and tax policy, health care, social insurance, nutrition, housing, income support, and other policies that are important to low-income people. The Center’s funding comes from private foundations and individuals.

The Center has an opening for a full-time writer to join its development department, based in the Center’s Washington, D.C. office. This position is not eligible for remote employment.

This position provides an exciting opportunity for an experienced, talented writer to help the Center meet its fundraising goals while learning about its policy and development work. The Development 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, web content, and other materials that help a range of stakeholders understand the Center’s work. The writer must be able to produce outstanding written work, adapt to the Center’s writing style, and collaborate on documents as part of a team. 

The Development Writer will work closely with senior leaders, program directors, and policy analysts across the Center to understand, and write clearly and persuasively about, the issues and the Center’s current and future work. Responsibilities will also include editing development documents drafted by others, often under tight deadlines. The writer will be part of a team of writers who report to the Director of Foundation Writing, within an eight-person development department.

Candidates must have exceptional writing and editing skills and at least five years of experience in a policy, research, academic, or other non-profit organization. Development experience is preferred. A bachelor’s degree is required; a related graduate degree is desirable.


The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of any protected status under federal or local law including Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.


Center staff are offered excellent benefits including two options for health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, a retirement plan, and generous vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and writing sample.