Washington State Budget & Policy Center: Policy Analyst

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Washington State Budget & Policy Center: Policy Analyst


The Washington State Budget & Policy Center, a policy and research organization, is seeking a sharp and savvy policy wonk to join our top-notch team of analysts. This position offers a terrific opportunity for someone passionate about social change to use research and data analysis to develop policy ideas and p new policy solutions to strengthen the well-being of all Washingtonians.

The Washington State Budget & Policy Center

At the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, we believe that Washington can be a state where all children have access to great schools, where people have what they need to support themselves and their families, where our environment is healthy and our economy is strong, and where all communities can thrive. And we believe that a person’s race or ethnicity should not determine their health, income, wealth, educational attainment, or access to opportunity. 

We advocate for public policies that ensure the state budget and tax code sustainably and equitably invest in the priorities that serve all Washingtonians, and advance social and economic policies that lift up families with low and moderate incomes, eliminate disparities based on race, and give all Washingtonians the opportunity to thrive.


The policy analyst will join a high-performing and fun team of analysts who endeavor every day to develop public policies that make Washington a great state. The analyst will focus on supporting the policy team in developing analysis with a public policy portfolio that may include issues such as health, child and family policy, social services, education, employment and work and others. The policy analyst reports to the deputy director.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with partner organizations and key stakeholders to develop bold policy proposals and advance those legislative priorities in the state capital.
  • Analyzing the impacts of state and federal budget and policy decisions on people with low and moderate incomes and communities of color.
  • Developing relationships with community organizations, state policy makers, and advocacy groups to collaborate and advance policy solutions that advance the well-being of all state residents.
  • Writing policy briefs, blog posts, and research reports that include original quantitative analysis – and collaborating with colleagues in the production of their policy analyses.
  • Public speaking, giving presentations and working with the media.
  • Assisting with data analysis and compilation of indicators related to child and family well-being.
  • Assisting the whole team with convening panels for our annual policy conference and plan other community events.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • A strong, demonstrated commitment the organization’s mission and to advancing equity in all forms (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ability, immigration status, language ability, or neighborhood of residence), and an understanding of institutionalized forms of discrimination and racism;
  • Expertise in an area such as human services, health care, housing, education, tax policy or public finance; ability and willingness to develop broad expertise in other areas;
  • 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.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel;
  • A commitment to producing high-quality products and the ability work well independently, as well as with a team; and
  • Advanced degree in public policy, economics, sociology, political science, or a relevant field or a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience in quantitative data analysis, coalition organizing or legislative advocacy.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience analyzing state or federal policies and budgets;
  • Experience using an equity lens in research, communication, and/or outreach;
  • Familiarity with the legislative process and how research, communications, and outreach work together to shape public policy debates;
  • Experience producing data visualizations using Adobe Creative Suite or other design tools;
  • Proficiency with a statistical package such as SPSS, STATA, or R;
  • Skills and experience in legislative advocacy, coalition organizing, and media relations.


The salary for this position ranges from $45,000 to $55,000 per year, depending on experience. The Budget & Policy Center offers a benefits package that includes employee health and dental coverage and subsidized coverage for dependents, a 403(b) retirement plan, and personal, vacation, and sick leave. The Budget & Policy Center offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, vision, and dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, and flexible spending accounts. We also offer four weeks of paid vacation and five personal days per year in addition to 10 paid holidays and generous sick leave. Our office is located in the heart of downtown Seattle, with service from bus routes, light rail, and trains from around the region. 

This position is weekdays during regular business hours however, some travel and limited evening and weekend coverage of policy meetings may be required.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, résumé, relevant writing sample, and three references to jobs(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org. Writing samples should be 3 to 5 pages and demonstrate an ability to write concisely and clearly. 

The application deadline is April 27, 2018.

The Budget & Policy Center is committed to fostering diversity within our organization and our communities, and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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