About The Fair Budget Coalition
Since its founding in 1994, the Fair Budget Coalition (FBC) has brought together community members directly affected by poverty, human and legal services providers, advocates, faith organizations, and concerned District residents to advocate for a District budget and public policies that meaningfully address poverty and human needs. FBC leverages the collective power of its sixty-plus member organizations to accomplish this work, including by helping them increase the civic engagement of those they serve and by creating processes and structures to ensure that those directly affected by poverty are at the forefront of crafting solutions. FBC’s vision is of a just and inclusive D.C. that supports strong and stable communities, allows low-income residents to live in dignity, and makes it possible for all residents to achieve economic security.
About the Policy Analyst position:
The Fair Budget Coalition (FBC) is seeking an Policy Analyst who under the direction of the Executive Director will work closely with our internal team, Steering Committee and Issue Groups to support policy research and analysis regarding District of Columbia public policies and the DC budget with the goal of developing policy recommendations and creating strategy for us to more directly bridge policy work with budget work.
The successful candidate will have strong knowledge of the District of Columbia’s policy/budget formulation and implementation process, will be knowledgeable on the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods and how to use them in policy analysis and will have exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Policy Analysis and Campaign Support
- Conducting research on new or existing legislation, regulations, policies, and practices
- Maintaining awareness of Mayor and Council policy/budget related current events and educating internal staff and external stakeholders.
- Assisting in the drafting and development of Coalition advocacy related communications including Mayor and Council Budget report cards, policy summaries, tax platforms, budget reports and issue briefs built around our Coalition asks;
- Represent Fair Budget Coalition at external meetings, policy advisory panels, coalitions, working groups and other events as requested
- Create policy notes and briefs for use by Fair Budget Executive Director and FBC staff in external communications including interviews, panels and op-eds
- Supporting the Campaign Manager and the advocacy team in planning and executing relevant issue group and Steering Committee meetings and roundtable discussions
- Create accountability tools holding elected officials accountable for prioritizing FBC recommendations for equitable, just, anti-racist, transformative budget and revenue policies
- Track implementation of relevant legislation and budget policy
- Create opportunities for collaborative education programming with FBC member organizations and spaces where FBC is attempting to build community and engagement
- Interpret, critique, explain, and apply academic and other original research to the policy work; educating staff, membership, and constituency about relevant budget policy and adjacent legislation
- Create educative publications, messaging, and digital content
- Contribute to educative spaces, including community facing events
- As needed, assist the Deputy Director of Operations in the creation and tracking of organizational metrics using qualitative and quantitative research to determine organizational successes and setbacks.
- Create systems for tracking and analyzing policy priorities, and for informing FBC staff and membership on relevant legislative updates
- Undergraduate degree required, Graduate degree preferred
- Two to three years of policy analyst experience preferably in a nonprofit organization
- Excellent communication skills, including ability to present complex information to diverse groups (both internal and external).
- Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects within a deadline-driven environment.
- Collaborative working style, able to create and maintain good working relationships with a variety of internal and external constituencies.
- A personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, including an ability to work collaboratively, share responsibility and credit, and navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with colleagues inside and outside of FBC;
- Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage details, work independently, and follow through with limited supervision;
- Experience and ease with facilitation of meetings and discussions;
- Strong time management skills, with an ability to work effectively under pressure and to prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities;
- Familiarity with DC history, culture, and unique characteristics;
- A commitment to Black liberation;
- A sense of humor;