Research Assistant/Associate-State Fiscal Policy

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience.



Start Date



820 First Street Southeast
District of Columbia
United States


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 research assistant or research associate for a two-year term serving in the Center’s State Fiscal Project (SFP). States and localities collect more than one-third of all taxes in the U.S. and spend half of all domestic public sector dollars. While core state investments that produce better outcomes for children and families — and strengthen the economy in the long-run — are currently threatened by structural weaknesses in state revenue systems and by federal policy decisions, this is also a moment in which states can step forward as beacons of sensible, forward-looking policy. 


In this high-stakes environment, the State Fiscal Project works to ensure that all communities are economically secure and have the opportunity to thrive through responsible state tax and budget policies. SFP analyzes fiscal policy developments and proposals, develops policy ideas and advances improvements, and engages lawmakers, other organizations, and the media to encourage public debate on these issues.


The team also coordinates and provides technical assistance to a network of 42 state-level policy groups engaged in on-the-ground state fiscal policy work that is advancing racial, social, and economic justice. The research assistant plays an integral role in advancing SFP’s analytic work and technical assistance to state groups.  



  • Collects and analyzes data and engages in fact-checking

  • Develops written analyses and graphic presentations of findings

  • Analyzes pending legislative and policy options, using academic research and other resource materials 

  • Assists in preparing major reports and analyses on key state fiscal policy issues

  • Anticipates the needs of more senior analysts and produces analysis and information, even when not explicitly requested

  • Provides information to policymakers, the media, and state-level analysts 

  • Other duties, as assigned



  • Must have strong quantitative skills and a background in public policy, economics, or related fields. 

  • Must demonstrate initiative, strong writing and communications skills, a commitment to accuracy, and the ability to work on multiple tasks, often on a time-sensitive basis. 

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred; some work experience highly desirable. 

  • A commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people

Terms of Employment

·       Full-time; exempt position

·       This is a 2-year term position

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.


Excellent benefits, including generous health insurance options and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, DCAP, and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter with your application. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center.