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Senior Policy Analyst

Position: Senior Policy Analyst

The Louisiana Budget Project conducts research and analysis of state policies and their impact on low- to moderate-income families in Louisiana. We work collaboratively with communities and partner organizations to inform policy debates across a wide range of areas – including state budget, revenue, social, and economic issues – with an eye to reducing poverty and promoting racial equity and widespread economic prosperity that allows all citizens to reach their highest potential.


Responsibilities:

The Senior Policy Analyst reports to the Executive Director. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Primary:
– Analyze state budget and revenue trends and proposals;
– Oversee the day-to-day work of other policy analysts;  
– Build and maintain databases of budget, revenue, social, and economic data;
– Write policy briefs, blog posts, and longer research reports that include original quantitative analysis;
– Monitor and analyze state policy developments and economic trends;
– Work in a team to formulate policy solutions;
– Represent LBP in speaking engagements, stakeholder and coalition meetings, and in the media.

Secondary:
– Assist in coordination and planning of meetings and events;
– Assist with developing communications strategy and messaging;
– Assist with the analysis and development of revenue proposals.

Qualifications:

– Advanced degree in public policy, economics, sociology, political science, or a relevant field strongly preferred (professional experience in social and economic data analysis may be substituted for an advanced degree);
– At least two years of experience as an analyst with a strong basic understanding of statistics, data management, and data reporting;
– A strong commitment to equity in all forms (e.g., racial, gender, income), 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; and
– A commitment to producing high quality products and the ability work well independently, as well as with a team.

Desired Qualifications:
– Experience analyzing state budgets and taxes;
– 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; and
– Experience producing data visualizations using Adobe Creative Suite or other design tools.

Salary and Benefits:  
The salary for this position is competitive and will depend on education and experience. LBP offers a benefits package that includes employee and dependent health, dental and vision coverage, a 403(b) retirement plan, vacation and sick leave.

This position is full-time, and preference will be given to candidates who can work from our Baton Rouge office.

How to apply:

Submit cover letter, resume and at least two (2) writing samples that showcase your writing and analytical ability via email to Jan Moller at jan@labudget.org.

 

The Louisiana Budget Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis 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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