Senior Policy Analyst-State Pension Issues

Department/Agency of position: 
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Department
Location of position: 
Washington, DC
Salary commensurate with experience
Date Posted: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Closing Date: 
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Job Description: 

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 senior policy analyst for an educational effort on public-sector pensions.

A key area of the Center’s work is reforming state tax and budget systems in order to ensure adequate and stable funds for public investments. This work is conducted largely in concert with members of the State Priorities Partnership, a network of state policy organizations that the Center coordinates.

The senior policy analyst will work to inform often-contentious debates concerning the design and funding of state employee retirement plans. The analyst will work closely with members of the State Priorities Partnership to help them place the specifics of pension funding into their broader context. The goal is to ensure that policy options are examined closely to ensure understanding of their implications for the ability of the state to meet its obligations to current and future retirees, for the state’s current and future fiscal prospects, for the ability of the state to attract and retain a high-quality workforce and deliver necessary state and local services, and for racial, ethnic, and gender equity, among other implications.

The focus of the work will be both the substance and the strategic considerations in defending and advancing sound pension policies.


Develop and maintain expertise on state pension issues and their budgetary context. Create training materials and lead in-person and online trainings. Analyze state pension proposals for their impacts on current employees, retirees, and state budgets. Working with state partners, develop strategies to inform public debates on public-sector pensions. Provide one-on-one technical assistance and coaching to state partners.


At least seven years of experience analyzing tax, budget, and/or economic issues at the state or federal level as legislative staff, executive branch staff, and/or independent researcher or advocate, including experience in analyzing issues relating to the financing of state pensions and advancing pension policy options. A graduate degree in a relevant field may be substituted for two years’ work experience. Demonstrated skill/experience in analyzing complex fiscal policy issues and explaining those issues (both in writing and orally) to broader audiences. Demonstrated skill/experience navigating strategically complex and sensitive issues in a political environment and collaborating closely with a range of stakeholders. A strong alignment with the Center’s mission; a clear understanding of the role that racial inequity plays in our society, systems, and institutions; and a demonstrated track record of advancing public policies that reduce poverty, expand opportunity and promote racial and ethnic equity. A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as public policy, economics, sociology, or political science.

Preferred Qualifications

Minimum ten years of relevant experience preferred. A graduate degree in public policy, economics, or another relevant discipline. Washington, D.C.-based candidates strongly preferred.

Employment Terms: Exempt level Two-year, grant-funded position

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

Compensation Salary commensurate with experience; 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.

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.