Director, State and Local Fiscal Policy Engagement

Department/Agency of position: 
The Urban Institute
Location of position: 
Washington, DC
Wage/Salary: 
commensurate with experience
Date Posted: 
Monday, November 27, 2017
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Job Description: 

At the nonpartisan and nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions through social and economic policy research. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.

Urban’s State and Local Finance Initiative (SLFI) is launching a program of analysis and engagement to promote sustainable state and local fiscal policies. This program will help state and local policymakers update their tax systems to reflect the realities of today’s economy and improve their budget processes so that public dollars go to the areas of highest performance and need. Urban will also be exploring how current federal policy proposals, including the devolution of responsibility for the social safety net, will affect families and communities

The Urban Institute is seeking a talented senior policy expert in state and local finance who brings a high-level of expertise in state government or experience working successfully with senior state officials on fiscal issues, with an understanding of the policy process and a proven track record as a “translator” of research for decision makers and as a “translator” of the needs and priorities of state policy makers for researchers. The Director for State and Local Fiscal Policy Engagement will help Urban choose states in which to share insights from research, study public policy challenges and build relationships with key stakeholders. While engagement with policymakers is a major element of this position, this is not an advocacy position.

The Director for State and Local Fiscal Policy Engagement will also contribute to other major areas of work within Urban, including analyzing the state and local implications for changing federal safety-net policies and formulating evidence-based solutions to grow the Great Lake’s regional economy and job opportunities