JOB: Pittsburgh Budget and Policy Analyst

Pittsburgh Budget and Policy Analyst / Coordinator

Organizational Background

The Economic Justice Circle is a coalition of grassroots organizations committed to creating an economic justice agenda for Pittsburgh and the region with a racial equity lens. The EJC centers the values of transparency, accountability, integrity, and equity. 

The EJC is partnering with the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC), the state’s leading progressive tax, budget and public policy organization. PBPC does nonpartisan research, advocacy and organizing with the goal of creating economic and racial justice in Pennsylvania. PBPC is based in Harrisburg with staff members located across the state. PBPC offers a dynamic environment where research and analysis, advocacy, public education, and organizing are put to work to improve the well-being of low- and middle-income Pennsylvanians. 

The Pittsburgh budget and policy analyst / coordinator will work under the direction of the EJC and with the support of the leadership of PBPC to identify and carry out a policy research and analysis agenda focused on analyzing the budgets of Pittsburgh and related entities (authorities, Allegheny County) from the perspective of racial equity and economic justice. 

We seek individuals who have a solid mix of strong research skills and interpersonal skills who are deeply committed to the ideals of racial and economic justice. The policy analyst / coordinator will work to do detailed analysis of city and other budgets and their impact on different communities, using traditional tools of budget analysis as well other tools, including drawing on the knowledge of EJC members, interviews, and other strategies. The analyst will also help the EJC coordinate meetings and train members and community partners on budget and policy issues of most import to the Circle. 

This is a full-time position based in Pittsburgh, PA. Remote work is possible during COVID-19.

Responsibilities:

  • Create, maintain, and conduct analysis based on the model PBPC uses for state budget analysis, including tax, budget and revenue spreadsheets. 
  • Do data analysis as needed, including with a variety of data sources, including official government census and data. 
  • Work closely with partner groups to turn their vision into reality and make local budgets more accessible and transparent.
  • Participate in the design of research projects with multiple partners.
  • Plan and write research papers, budget analyses, and briefs, possibly including an annual analysis of the mayor’s proposed budget, detailed studies of specific government activities and functions using a racial equity lens, periodic “State of Working Pittsburgh” or “State of Racial Equity in Pittsburgh” reports, periodic vision documents outlining more inclusive economy, and budget proposals that would achieve a more inclusive economy.
  • Draft short, accessible communications (statements, op eds, blogs, etc.) informed by research.
  • Create and give presentations to a diverse group of advocacy groups on local budget and policy issues.
  • Build, grow, and maintain relationships with city officials and other key players in city and county government. 
  • Serve as PBPC’s local expert on the Pittsburgh budget and policy issues that most impact communities of color, poor, and/or working people.
  • Work with PBPC staff to inform state budget and policy work.

Job Requirements: 

  • Proven knowledge of budget and policy issues
  • Excellent writing, analytical and quantitative skills
  • Experience with a variety of research methods
  • Strong ability to communicate technical detail to lay audiences in writing and through public speaking 
  • Ability to prepare data visualizations, including charts, graphs and presentation materials
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work closely with a diverse group of people — from advocates and community organizers to government officials
  • Desire and ability to both work independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and economic justice
  • Strong attention to detail but ability to see the forest through the trees
  • An inquisitive mind and investigative spirit
  • Knowledge of Pittsburgh city and county budgets or budget process a plus.

Job Qualifications

  • A combination of at least four years of education or experience in economics, public policy or related field required. An advanced degree is a plus. 
  • Five-to-seven years experience in government or nonprofit agency a plus.

Other Information 

The work schedule can at times be greater than 40 hours per week and includes some evening and weekend meetings and events, as necessary.  It is not a strictly 9 a.m.-5 p.m. position. Travel is occasionally required around the Pittsburgh region or to state and national conferences related to budget analysis, racial and economic justice.

The Budget and Policy Analyst/ Coordinator is a full-time exempt position. Salary range is $60,000-$80,000 (commensurate with experience) with a generous benefits package including health and dental insurance.

How to Apply

Position available immediately. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and at least three references to jobs@pennbpc.org with the subject line: “Pittsburgh Budget and Policy Analyst/Coordinator.”

The Economic Justice Circle and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers. We value a diverse workforce and have an inclusive culture. We encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, people with records of arrest or conviction, veterans, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.