The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nationally recognized non-profit that conducts research on budget, tax, and other issues and promotes policies to improve the lives of low- and moderate-income people. We are seeking a Research Assistant or Associate (RA) – title commensurate with experience – to work with a team of highly skilled national policy analysts on a range of current federal budget, tax, and low-income policy issues.
The RA will collect and analyze data, develop written analyses and graphic presentations of findings, and use academic research and other resources. The RA will help prepare reports on, and analyses of, major decisions before Congress and the Executive Branch, examining the budget implications of such proposals, how their benefits would be distributed across different income groups, and the extent to which they will likely achieve their stated objectives. The RA will also work on projects for Policy Futures, a new Center initiative that focuses on medium- and long-term policy challenges, particularly the link between budget choices and the need to boost economic security and opportunity for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. In addition, the RA will respond to information requests by policymakers, the media, and other national organizations.
Candidates must have very strong quantitative skills and a background in economics, mathematics or statistics, public policy, or a related field. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to accuracy, strong writing skills, and the ability to work on multiple tasks at the same time, often on a time-sensitive basis. Familiarity with statistical applications is desirable, as is experience analyzing large data sets. We will consider applicants with a bachelor’s or master’s degree (the latter is not required). A two-year commitment is expected.
This position offers an exceptional foundation for people seeking a career in public policy. Under the supervision of senior experts, the federal budget and tax RA will receive strong training in producing meticulous and relevant analyses, and a unique insight into federal policymaking. The RA will also participate in a program of skill and knowledge development sessions for early-career Center staff.
The full job description and application can be found at http://www.cbpp.org/careers/research-assistant-or-associate-federal-budget-and-tax-policy