The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a nonpartisan research and policy institute that advances federal and state policies to help build a nation where everyone — regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ZIP code, immigration status, or disability status — has the resources they need to thrive and share in the nation’s prosperity.
CBPP combines rigorous research and analysis, strategic communications, and effective advocacy to shape debates, affect policy, and inform effective implementation both nationally and in states. It works closely with a broad set of national, state, and community organizations to design and advance policies that promote economic justice; improve health; broaden opportunity in areas like housing, health care, employment, and education; and lower structural barriers for people of color and others in communities that continue to face systemic barriers to opportunity. CBPP promotes policies that will build a more equitable nation and fair tax policies that can support these gains over the long term. CBPP also shows the harmful impacts of policies and proposals that would deepen poverty, widen disparities, and worsen health outcomes.
CBPP coordinates a highly effective network of state-level fiscal policy organizations in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico called State Priorities Partnership. CBPP and Partnership groups have long succeeded in producing federal- and state-level policy change that builds prosperity in low-income communities and advances racial and economic equity. We have particular expertise in shaping state and federal tax and budget policies as they relate to issues of equity.
Climate change poses great risk to people living in communities that have faced systemic under-investment. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) includes billions of dollars in funding that state, local, territorial, and tribal governments can use to respond to the climate crisis. These include both direct federal grants as well as “direct pay” tax credits that allow (for the first time) tax-exempt entities like state and local governments to receive funding through the tax code. The amount of funds available could create new economic opportunities and make a crucial difference to the climate resiliency of marginalized communities, but much of how these provisions will work is uncertain and complex and, without additional support, communities of color and low-income communities could face even greater investment disparities if better-resourced communities are better positioned to access the funding the Inflation Reduction Act makes available.
CBPP seeks a Lead Researcher to lead a new project focused on helping marginalized communities access and make the most of the IRA climate funds. The Lead Researcher will influence, review, and summarize Treasury guidance about these funds, lead the production of a “train the trainer” module aimed at helping intermediary organizations and others understand how to maximize the climate resiliency impacts of the IRA in marginalized communities, and support a cohort of Partnership groups working on the ground with community- based partners to make the most of the IRA in six states.
The Lead Researcher will be an established policy professional with substantial experience examining public policy issues related to taxation and/or climate resiliency. They will also demonstrate a history of commitment to racial and economic justice, and ideally have engaged directly in pursing policy change in ways that build power in historically excluded communities.
CBPP is currently operating on a hybrid work schedule of two in-office days (Tuesday and Wednesday) per week, as well as the first Thursday of each month in our Washington, D.C. office.
This position reports to the Director of State Fiscal Policy Research.
Terms of Employment: full-time, exempt. Two-year term position.
Bargaining Unit Status: This is a bargaining unit position.
Salary for the role starts at $140,000 annually, with the exact salary to be determined based on total relevant experience, excellent benefits (including health insurance, vision and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, and DCAP), and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.
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.
Please upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to state fiscal policy analysis. Please submit your application here.
Washington, District of Columbia, United States