Posted: Jun 13, 2022

Senior Vice President for State Fiscal Policy and State Engagement Strategy

Salary: Annually
Application Deadline: N/A

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a high-caliber strategic policy institute that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity, while also supporting efforts to ensure progressive fiscal policies that can support these investments. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing evidence-based policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state level, influencing policy outcomes on a range of critical issues, and advancing strong implementation through a variety of strategies. It focuses its efforts on improving the lives of people with low or moderate incomes and examines how policies affect particular groups, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people. The Center is known for its unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analysis with effective communications that enable policymakers and the media to make use of its work.

About Our State Work 

CBPP’s work at the state level is multifaceted. A central component is the State Priorities Partnership (SPP), a network founded and coordinated by CBPP that includes independent state policy organizations in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. SPP is led by a steering committee made up of some Partnership directors as well as other key staff from Partnership groups. CBPP and the SPP groups are known for their capacity to blend rigorous, timely analysis with effective communications and strategic capacities that help them drive policy impact at the federal and state levels.  

SPP groups work to build deep, long-lasting, collaborative partnerships with state-level organizations and constituencies — including organizing and community groups, people with lived experiences of racism and other forms of discrimination, poverty, housing instability, and health inequity — to ensure that those most affected have a central role in setting policy goals and strategies for achieving those goals.   

CBPP’s State Fiscal Policy (SFP) division works with the SPP network to promote tax, budget, and economic and health security policies at the state level. SFP provides support to SPP groups in areas including organizational development and fundraising, technical assistance on policy issues, and communications and advocacy campaign assistance. SFP also promotes sound state fiscal policies through independent research and analysis and effective communications, informing state and national policymakers, advocates, the media, and others on state fiscal conditions and key policy issues. 

SFP identifies harmful state fiscal policies that are rooted in racism and other forms of systemic oppression, long-standing racial inequities in many state tax and budget systems, and policy steps that states can take to promote equity in these systems. SFP also engages in extensive internal work to advance racial equity and an inclusive office environment and supports SPP members in their efforts to center equity and inclusion in their organizations and work. 

Fundraising for the SPP network is a key part of SFP’s work as well. SFP coordinates a collaborative of national funders that support SPP organizations. SFP raises and regrants to SPP groups substantial resources for core organizational support, targeted organizational strengthening, and work in specific policy areas. 

CBPP engages advocates and partners at the state level to maximize the impact of federal health, nutrition, housing, income assistance, and other policies and programs and advance state investments in these areas. Other CBPP policy teams lead this work in coordination with SFP.  

The Role 

CBPP seeks a Senior Vice President for State Fiscal Policy and State Engagement Strategy to lead CBPP’s roughly 40-person SFP team; operate as a strategist, in partnership with other CBPP leaders to advance progressive state policies; and serve as a senior leader for the organization.   

The individual will lead efforts to: set a vision and strategic goals for SFP; ensure that SFP works collaboratively with other CBPP teams; provide strategic support to SPP members; ensure that CBPP’s research is aligned with state needs, opportunities, and challenges; support fundraising for the SPP network and an effective re-granting process; ensure that CBPP provides high quality technical assistance across policy, campaigns, communications, and organizational development; and build a team and work environment that is equitable and inclusive. 

The role will support collaborations across CBPP policy divisions on state-level work and on efforts to engage state groups in federal policy debates, and provide thought leadership on strategies to advance state policy agendas. 

The individual will help to set a strategic vision for SPP — including considering and refining its place in the broader progressive infrastructure — while fostering collaboration and ensuring that both CBPP and SPP are accountable to funders for working toward key policy and organizational objectives. 

The individual has three direct reports: 

  • VP for State Fiscal Policy, who oversees the research, communications, and advocacy campaigns team; 
  • VP for State Partnerships, who oversees teams that assure network effectiveness, philanthropic engagement, and various strategic policy initiatives; and
  • Director of Strategic Grantmaking, who oversees CBPP’s re-granting efforts.



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.  

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