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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Budget & Policy Center has an opening for a Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst. This fulltime position is temporary through the end of 2009 with the possibility of becoming a permanent position contingent on funding.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Monitor and analyze state policy developments and economic trends.
  • Contribute to research, writing, and project management of the Progress Index, a long-term project to measure the state’s progress toward broadly-shared goals.
  • Write policy briefs, blog posts, and longer research reports that include original quantitative analysis.
  • Work in a team to formulate progressive policy alternatives and solutions.
  • Build and maintain databases of fiscal and economic data.
  • Represent the Budget & Policy Center in speaking engagements, stakeholder meetings, and in the media.
  • Assist in coordination and planning of meetings and events.
  • Expertise in an area such as health care, tax policy, housing, or education; ability and willingness to develop broad expertise in other areas.
  • Advanced degree in public policy, economics, or other relevant field.
  • 3+ years of academic or professional experience involving quantitative analysis. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel required, experience with statistical software such as Stata or SPSS preferred.
  • A commitment to accuracy and attention to detail; ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to communicate technical information clearly to non-policy oriented audiences both in writing and through oral presentations.
  • Dedication to the mission of the Budget & Policy Center.
WSBPC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a benefits package that includes employee and dependent health and dental coverage, a 403(b) retirement plan, and personal, vacation, sick, and parental leave.

Send a cover letter, resume, relevant writing sample, and three references to Writing samples should demonstrate an ability to write concisely and clearly and should be appropriate for publication. Please refer to our website for examples. The position is open until filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until June 17, 2009.

The Washington State Budget & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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