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Research Assistant Position

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities seeks a Research Assistant
Washington, DC

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a national think tank in Washington, DC, is seeking to fill a research assistant position to work on budget and tax issues. Specifically looking for graduates with excellent quantitative and analytic skills and a strong background in economics, public finance, and/or public policy.

Research Assistant - Federal Budget and Tax Policy

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-profit policy institute, is seeking a research assistant to work with a team of highly skilled national policy analysts on a range of federal budget, tax, and low-income policy issues. The Center has attained a national reputation for its unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analyses with activities designed to enable policymakers and the media to make use of its work.

The research assistant works on current federal policy budget and tax issues, particularly those affecting lower income families and individuals. The Center examines the long-term budget implications of such proposals, how their benefits would be distributed across different income groups, and the extent to which they are likely to achieve their stated objectives. The position involves collecting and analyzing data, developing written analyses and graphic presentations of findings, analyzing pending legislative and policy options, and utilizing academic research and other resource materials. The RA assists in preparing major reports and analyses that pertain to major decisions pending before Congress and the Executive Branch. In addition, the RA provides information to policymakers, the media, and other national organizations.

Candidates must have strong quantitative skills and a background in economics, mathematics or public policy. Applicants must demonstrate strong writing skills, a commitment to accuracy, and the ability to work on multiple tasks, often on a time-sensitive basis. Some familiarity with statistical applications is desirable. We will consider applicants with a bachelor’s or master’s degree; some work experience is desirable. A two-year commitment is expected. Start date would be in June.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits, including two health insurance options; dental and vision care; life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; MERP; DCAP; and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Please send a resume with cover letter, a short writing sample, and a transcript (an electronic scanned copy) by e-mail to: price@cbpp.org

The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, takes affirmative action to insure that discrimination does not occur against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.


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