Senior Policy Analyst, Budget & Tax Center

The North Carolina Justice Center is the state’s leading research and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming North Carolina’s prosperity into opportunity for all. Our organization is comprised of projects that provide in-depth expertise on seven major policy areas. Our staff of researchers, community educators, litigators, public policy advocates, and communications specialists use our unique five-strategy approach to improve the lives of North Carolinians with low to moderate incomes.

The Budget and Tax Center (BTC), a project of the NC Justice Center, is the state’s leading source for information on how fiscal and economic policies shape the opportunities available to working families. Because of its long-standing reputation for credible analysis and well-researched proposals, a wide range of organizations and leaders turn to the BTC for leadership in setting the NC policy agenda. The BTC informs and affects public policy decisions by producing credible and timely reports and providing expert guidance to the media, advocates, policy makers, and the public.

BTC is seeking a temporary, full-time Senior Policy Analyst (expected duration of 12 months) to join its team of experts working to help North Carolina overcome unprecedented economic and fiscal challenges. This position will provide analytic and strategic support to the project’s work on poverty, safety net programs and public policies that advance well-being. The Senior Policy Analyst works to document and analyze economic conditions in North Carolina with an eye to policy solutions that can support low-income North Carolinians and communities of color in the state, with a focus on poverty. This position will additionally support anti-hunger partners working towards system and policy change in North Carolina.

The Senior Policy Analyst is responsible for analyzing the annual release of poverty and income data from the US Census Bureau, researching anti-poverty topics and writing policy briefs and reports that engage partners, the public and policymakers through partnerships, mass-media, new media, and presentations to advance solutions to poverty that are equitable.

In addition, the Senior Policy Analyst will contribute to and have the opportunity to lead on policy campaigns with team members and partners that advance systemic change by identifying effective models, convening partners to develop shared work and supporting the development of advocacy strategies. A particular area of focus will be on federal and state anti-hunger policy including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The successful candidate will have strong interest and a minimum of seven years of experience analyzing economic and poverty policy issues with the goal of promoting public policy decisions that address the needs of low-income communities; an advanced degree or commensurate years of work experience in public policy or related field; familiarity with state legislative processes and anti-poverty programs; excellent quantitative analysis skills, including advanced competency in Excel; superior written, oral and presentation skills, and prefer working in a team environment. A strong commitment to equity and inclusion is required. Availability to travel and work some evenings and weekends required.

The Justice Center offers inspired co-workers committed to social justice through progressive fiscal and economic policies, as well as a competitive salary within the non-profit sector and commensurate with experience and education based on the Justice Center collective bargaining scale (minimum starting salary $59,900) and excellent benefits, including but not limited to: six weeks paid time off, paid parental leave, twelve holidays, retirement plan contribution and match, flexible spending account, high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage. This position is in the Justice Center’s bargaining unit, represented by the National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320.

To apply send a cover letter, resume, and professional references as a single PDF file, that has your name in its title, and “Senior Policy Analyst” in the subject line to

Our organization is committed to equity and inclusion. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. The Justice Center does not discriminate on the basis of person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, age, disability or genetic information.