State Policy Fellow

$50,000 yearly
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Multiple States, US
  • Jan 06, 2021
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services Research Strategy-Planning

Job Description

About the Fellowship:

We are now accepting applications for 2021 class of State Policy Fellows. Fellows in this cohort would begin August 2021. Please have your application and materials submitted by February 19, 2021.

The State Policy Fellowship is a 2-year term position. State Fellowship positions are available in the following states.

  • Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma- Tribal Policy
  • Kentucky, Washington- Population Health
  • Alabama, Washington, DC, Louisiana, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania- Tax and Budget Policy

Making a difference for low-income families and communities

State Policy Fellows tackle domestic policy challenges in areas like health care, taxes, anti-poverty policy, education, and criminal justice. Working in independent, highly respected policy organizations located across the country, Fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents and promote positive reforms.

Bringing diverse perspectives to state policy debates

To expand the diversity of voices that speak with authority in state policy debates, the program identifies highly motivated candidates – with particular attention to candidates having experience with communities that are underrepresented in state policy debates – who have a demonstrated interest in working on public policies that affect low-income communities, communities of color, and tribal communities.

Launching careers

State Policy Fellows spend two years with an influential state-based policy organization, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, or the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Fellows research and write analyses on current policy issues; brief policymakers, journalists, and civic leaders; and engage with advocates and community groups.

State Policy Fellows will:

  • Develop expertise in issues such as state budget and tax policies, health care, housing, education finance, tribal policy, family economic security, economic development, and criminal justice.
  • Produce reports and other materials for use by policymakers, journalists, advocacy groups, and civic organizations.
  • Track and analyze legislative proposals and state budgets.
  • Advance effective policy recommendations.
  • Engage with media, policymakers and their staffs, and a broad array of state and community organizations.
  • Collaborate with community-based advocates to engage the public on the impacts of public policies on their communities.

Core Requirements

  • A college degree plus two years of relevant research or advocacy experience; OR a graduate degree in a related field acquired within the past two years, or an expected graduate degree before August 1, 2021.
  • Strong quantitative and writing skills.
  • A commitment to improving the well-being of low- and moderate-income households and building and/or deepening commitment to racial justice work.
  • Demonstrated interest in working on public policies affecting low-income communities, communities of color, and LGBTQ communities, and policies with implications for racial equity.
  • The ability to work on multiple tasks both independently and as part of a highly collaborative team, often on a time-sensitive basis.
  • Familiarity with state tax policy issues and concepts is an advantage, but not required.
  • A two-year commitment is expected – candidates must be eligible to work full time in the United States for the two-year duration of the program.

Additional requirements based on type of fellowship:

In addition to requirements described above, some fellows in the 2021 cohort will be focusing specifically on state tribal policy and population health. Additional requirements for each are listed below.

State Tribal Positions

  • A basic understating of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) history and peoples, the unique political status of tribal governments, the government-to-government relationship and federal trust responsibility, and tribal sovereignty and how this informs and shapes federal, state, and tribal government interactions and policy formation.
  • An interest in building authentic relationships with tribal leaders and working collaboratively combined with a knowledge about national and state agendas, issues, impacts, and trends in policy as they relate to American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and desire to develop a policy agenda that reflects tribal priorities within a state policy context.
  • Direct experience with services to American Indian/Alaska Native communities is preferred.
  • Experience working with American Indian/Alaska Native communities highly preferred.

Population Health Positions

  • Familiarity with population health concepts including public health, health equity, and the social determinants of health;
  • Understanding of the connections between structural racism and health outcomes;
  • Experience working on policies related to at least one of the social determinants of health (including but not limited to food security, health care access, income, housing, or transit);
  • An interest in advancing health equity through state policy; coursework or a degree in public health encouraged but not required.

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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, credit information, pregnancy or parental status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, union activities, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.