Employment Opportunities

CTBA is accepting applicants for the Position of Research and Policy Analyst

About The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA): CTBA is a bi-partisan 501(c)(3) non-profit research and advocacy think tank that promotes fair, efficient and progressive tax, spending and economic policies.  CTBA seeks to hire a Research and Policy Analyst.

CTBA is seeking an experienced, self-starting individual to join our CTBA team as a Research and Policy Analyst to advance CTBA’s budget and policy work. This person will conduct research and write reports; analyze state, local, and economic data; and provide research and policy guidance, and technical support to CTBA stakeholders and partners.

CTBA is seeking someone with experience in writing, researching, and using data to analyze public policy and the economy – particularly in areas around state budgets & pensions, housing, or healthcare issues.

This position will initially be a hybrid role, with the expectation of the office reopening in 2022. Periodic travel to Springfield, Illinois, may be required.

What You Will Do

The Research and Policy Analyst position will include, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Identify, analyze, and respond to federal, state and local policy issues including; revenue, budget, tax, housing, and pension policies;
  • Identify emerging fiscal policies;
  • Conduct research and analysis on fiscal, economic and budget issues;
  • Lead and coordinate research projects for other team members;
  • Edit work product authored by other staff;
  • Produce reports, fact sheets, op-eds, blog posts, resource packets, and other documents on a wide range of economic issues and policies;
  • Maintain work product content according to organization protocol
  • Draft legislation and provide policy recommendations;
  • Represent CTBA within various coalitions such as the Responsible Budget Coalition, EPI EARN, and policy specific committees;
  • Cultivate and maintain partnerships with elected officials and their staffs as well as other statewide and national research and advocacy groups, universities and grassroots organizations;
  • Develop and deliver analysis, training, technical support and presentations for other organizations, government officials, legislators and the public;
  • Represent CTBA at media events (e.g., editorial board meetings, press conferences, forums, television/radio/newspaper interviews); and
  • Represent CTBA staff at Board of Director meetings.

Who You Are

While we do not expect every candidate will have this full range of qualifications, the following qualities and experience are highly desirable:

  • A bachelor’s degree in public policy, economics, or a related field plus 3 years of experience in data or policy analysis
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Strong quantitative and analytic skills and experience with the Microsoft Office Suite, with expertise in Excel. Knowledge of GIS a plus
  • Experience in policy research and advocacy; ability to read and analyze policy language; familiarity with state-level policy and legislative process desired
  • Ability to represent the organization at meetings and events, as well as with the media and in testimony before state and local government bodies
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, as well as able to collaborate and work as part of a team and with diverse partners
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to communicate technical information clearly to lay audiences both in writing and through public speaking

The compensation for the Research and Policy Analyst position ranges from $55,000 to $65,000, dependent on experience.

CTBA is an equal opportunity employer.


Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter with the subject “Analyst Position” to CTBA's Director of Policy Analysis, Allison Flanagan at aflanagan@ctbaonline.org.