Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst

Overview

The Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) is seeking a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst to lead its research and analysis on New York State fiscal policy.

FPI is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and education organization with a mission of improving public policy to better the economic and social conditions of all New Yorkers. FPI has a longstanding reputation as an authority on New York State tax and budget policy, and is a vital resource for both legislators, advocates, and the media. FPI conducts research, publishes reports, and advances policy proposals on current topics of debate in state and local fiscal policy.

The analyst will be chiefly responsible for producing analysis of the state budget and of fiscally significant legislative and policy proposals, as well as working on new, programmatic policy recommendations. FPI’s research covers the major areas of state fiscal policy: taxation, economic development, economic security, healthcare, education, and general government services.

The analyst will collaborate closely with the Executive Director on policy matters, but must be able to work with substantial autonomy and self-direction.

In addition to strong research and analysis skills, this position requires strong written and oral communication skills. The analyst will be responsible for producing publishable written analysis, and for collaborating with other policy staff as needed. The analyst may be called upon to speak at conferences and panels, and to engage in other public events as a representative of FPI.

The analyst does not have to bring deep research experience across all relevant issue areas, but must be highly motivated to apply their analytical skills to a broad range of fiscal policy issues.

Responsibilities & Requirements

Responsibilities 

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to develop FPI’s policy agenda and determine research priorities.
  • Research fiscal and economic policy in New York State, especially with an eye to issues of economic, social, and racial justice.
  • Produce new, independent analysis of contemporary issues in New York State fiscal policy that reflects FPI’s expertise.
  • Develop policy proposals relating to major areas of the New York State budget, including taxation, economic development, economic security, healthcare, education, and government services.
  • Lead collaborative research projects with FPI’s partners, including academia, grassroots advocates, and organized labor.
  • Keep up to speed with state and local political developments to identify opportunities for FPI to influence policy or public opinion.
  • Respond to inquiries from policymakers, the media, and advocates, often on tight deadlines. Take a lead role in briefings of legislators and their staffers.
  • Train new policy staff as they join our team in the future.

Requirements 

  • A commitment to FPI’s mission.
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to explain highly technical concepts to policymakers, advocates, and the media, and to synthesize data and research into clear, effective arguments.
  • Strong research skills, including the ability to use and interpret a wide range of sources, such as legislation, regulations, and academic work in fiscal policy and economics.
  • Familiarity with budget analysis, including revenue estimating and program costing, and proficiency with Excel.
  • Ability to manage research projects and to handle multiple responsibilities under time pressure.
  • An ability to work independently, as well as an ability to lead a highly collaborative team.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. A master’s degree in a relevant field, such as public policy, economics, or political science, is preferred.
  • At least five years of experience working in fiscal, economic, or tax policy, especially in state or local government, or in a policy-focused organization similar to FPI. Years of graduate study in a relevant field (including economics or public policy) beyond master’s level may substitute for work experience.

Preferred or Desired

  • Strong quantitative skills, including experience with statistical packages.
  • Relevant work experience, or a PhD or other equivalent degree beyond the master’s level.
  • Experience training, supervising, and developing entry-level staff.

Work Environment

FPI is currently a fully remote work environment, with plans to establish an office in New York City as its staff grows over the next two to three years. Our team will have regular in-person meetings in New York City.

Occasional travel to Albany may be required, particularly while the state legislature is in session.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary range of $60,000-$95,000, depending on experience; health insurance and vision care, retirement plan, vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Terms of Employment: Full-time, exempt.

How to Apply

Please include a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples with your application. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to FPI’s mission.

Please submit your application to info@fiscalpolicy.org with the subject line “[Last name] – Policy Analyst”.

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Fiscal Policy Institute

The Fiscal Policy Institute 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.