The Budget Center Is Growing! Join Our Team

The California Budget & Policy Center is adding a number of new staff positions, which will expand our capacity to help promote shared prosperity in our state. We are currently hiring for the following roles:

Policy Analyst  – Health Policy
Policy Analyst  – K-12 Education Policy
Research Associate
Outreach Associate

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 – Health 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 health policy issues and make contributions to our broader 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 improve health outcomes for Californians, including behavioral health (mental health and substance use treatment), health coverage, and the social determinants of health.

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 health 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 health 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 health and/or budget policy and research. A master’s degree in public policy, public health, 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 jselby@calbudgetcenter.org or by direct mail to the address below. No calls please.

Policy Analyst — Health 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.

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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 jselby@calbudgetcenter.org 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.

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Research Associate

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The California Budget & Policy Center (Budget Center) seeks to hire a Research Associate to support the Budget Center’s efforts to analyze and advance policy options to improve outcomes for low- and middle-income Californians.

How This Position Advances the Organization’s Work

Research Associates are valued members of the Budget Center’s growing team with responsibility to support the advancement of our strategic agenda through conducting research and analysis, helping author innovative reports, and interacting almost daily with local, state, 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 conducting literature reviews, collecting and analyzing state and local data, preparing charts and graphics for use in publications and presentations, assisting in the development of publications, participating in public education and outreach activities, tracking state and federal legislation and budget actions, and responding to requests for information from stakeholder groups and policymakers.

Qualifications for the position include:

  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the Budget Center.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Self-motivation, ability to work independently, and ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to work as a part of a team.
  • Facility with numbers, including the use of spreadsheets, and attention to detail.
  • Bachelor’s degree.

This position is full-time and based in Sacramento. The salary range for the position is $45,000 – $55,000 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 jselby@calbudgetcenter.org or by direct mail to the address below. No calls please.

Research Associate
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.

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Outreach Associate

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The California Budget & Policy Center (Budget Center) seeks to hire an Outreach Associate to help plan and implement strategies to expand the organization’s statewide reach and impact, including our presence in key regions across California. The successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be to identify and build relationships with key individuals and organizations, current or potential users of the Budget Center’s research and analysis, and/or “influencers” who play a role in shaping public policy in California.

How This Position Advances the Organization’s Work

The Budget Center’s communications and outreach efforts support these goals by helping ensure that a wide and growing audience has access to our research and analyses and understands how to use these resources to shape budget and policy choices. The Outreach Associate is a new position that will help the Budget Center realize the significant opportunity to engage more directly with key individuals and organizations in targeted regions of the state. This position will also work with other team members to build support for a proactive, people-focused economic agenda for our state. 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 creating, maintaining, and strengthening relationships with partners (individuals and organizations) working on economic and social equity in California; helping to research and identify areas of the state where the organization can and should increase its reach and engagement; coordinating Budget Center convenings and events, including identifying opportunities for briefings/trainings on the Budget Center’s research; writing content for digital outreach (email, social media, etc.); staying up-to-date with, and helping manage database of Budget Center constituents, including key stakeholders and influencers.

Qualifications for the position include:

  • Commitment to social, economic, and racial justice.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • 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.
  • Experience with public policy issues or California’s policy and/or nonprofit community.
  • At least two years of experience in communications and/or outreach in a fast-paced policy,
    political, or nonprofit environment.
  • Knowledge of social media and other digital tools (website content management, graphic
    design, email systems) strongly preferred.

This position is full-time. The salary range for the position is $45,000 – $60,000 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; two relevant writing samples or a digital portfolio; cover letter; and names of three references to jselby@calbudgetcenter.org or by direct mail to the address below. No calls please.

Outreach Associate
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.

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