Policy Analyst, Federal Fiscal Policy

  • Reports to: Senior Fellow, Economic Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Economic Policy
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst focusing on federal fiscal policy. The position requires strong quantitative skills, experience using economic data and research to make compelling public policy arguments, meticulousness, comfort with a fast-paced environment, and a passion for advancing progressive economic policy. The candidate’s primary role will be to conceive and produce rigorous analyses of federal taxes and the federal budget that inform current policy debates. The candidate will support the Economic Policy team’s work on fiscal and overall economic issues.


  • Author and contribute analysis to publications such as reports, issue briefs, and fact sheets that distill key economic and public policy issues for nonexpert audiences, and marshal rigorous research to formulate or argue for proposed tax and fiscal policies.
  • Perform rapid-response research on new issues that arise.
  • Work with other American Progress teams—including other policy teams, Art, Government Affairs, Digital Strategy, and Press—to create engaging and visually compelling research and analysis.
  • Ensure factual accuracy of products.
  • Help build and maintain relationships with allied organizations, outside experts, congressional staff, and other contacts.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and training is required.
  • Approximately three years of relevant work experience.
  • Strong quantitative skills and familiarity with economic data, with a creative approach to using economic data to make compelling policy arguments.
  • Previous experience or significant coursework in taxation and/or federal budget policy.
  • Flexibility as a teammate and a commitment to the Economic Policy team’s goals.
  • Good writing skills and instincts for data visualization.
  • Meticulousness and attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well on a team.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and adapt quickly to new priorities.
  • Political or legislative experience is a plus.
  • Knowledge of advanced statistical software such as Stata, R, or Python is a plus.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70 with a starting salary of $56,000. American Progress offers full and competitive benefit packages. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Please follow the link below to the online application. When completing the application, be sure to combine your cover letter and resume/CV into one Word or PDF file and upload this combined document. The system does not allow for multiple files.

This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.
Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.
Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

American Progress is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is more than a commitment at American Progress—it is the foundation of what we do. American Progress recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and all the other characteristics that make us unique.

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