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The California Budget & Policy Center is currently hiring for a Policy Analyst focusing on K-12 education policy.

About the California Budget & Policy Center

The team at the Budget Center works every day to build a more inclusive California where everyone has the opportunity to participate fully in the state’s economic, social, and political life. This requires our state to make smart policy choices and public investments. By examining the most pressing budget and policy issues and making them accessible and more understandable, we aim to broaden participation in state policy debates and help foster outcomes that work for all Californians, especially those individuals and communities who have not yet shared in our state’s economic prosperity.

Policy Analyst  – K-12 Education Policy

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The California Budget & Policy Center (Budget Center) seeks to hire a Policy Analyst to help lead the Budget Center’s work on K-12 education policy issues and contribute to our work on state budget policy. The successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be to help the Budget Center to analyze and advance sensible policy options to enhance educational opportunities for Californians, including adequately and equitably funding California’s K-12 schools and improving educational outcomes for all students, especially those who are disadvantaged.

How This Position Advances the Organization’s Work

Policy analysts are valued members of the Budget Center’s growing team with responsibility to help develop our strategic agenda, author innovative policy reports, make the case for solutions, and engage almost daily with state, local, and national partners. The Budget Center is committed to advancing equity and inclusion and seeks to create an environment and culture that embraces employee differences.

Roles, Responsibilities, and Qualifications

The responsibilities of the position include analyzing state budget and education policies; researching and writing short reports targeting key policy deliberations; representing the Budget Center before state and local stakeholder groups and policymakers; providing assistance to community groups, legislative staff, and government officials; and analyzing data to identify the impact of state, federal, and local budget and education policies on low- and middle-income Californians and on the state’s fiscal health.

Qualifications for the position include:

  • Strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills, including a demonstrated ability to
    communicate complex topics to non-expert audiences.
  • Ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and think strategically.
  • Self-motivation, ability to work independently, and ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Willingness to work as a part of a team and enthusiasm for building relationships with key
    stakeholders and partners in our work.
  • Facility with numbers, including the use of spreadsheets.
  • Experience in policy analysis or research, including a familiarity with state, federal, and/or
    local budget and policy issues and data sources.
  • Bachelor’s degree plus at least two years of experience in education and/or budget policy
    and research. A master’s degree in public policy, education, or a related field may be
    substituted for two years of work experience.

This position is full-time. The salary range for the position is $60,000 – $85,000 based on experience and includes health insurance, dental and vision coverage, retirement benefits, and paid time off for vacation, sick leave, and  holidays. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, send a resume, writing sample, cover letter, and names of three references to or by direct mail to the address below. No calls please.

Policy Analyst — K-12 Education Policy
California Budget & Policy Center
1107 9th Street, Suite 310
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Budget Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, and any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.