Jobs and Internships

Thank you for your interest in the Budget & Policy Center. Our current openings are listed below.

Communications Manager

The central role for this communications position is to use the high quality research and analysis of Budget & Policy Center to shape the debate and create policy change.

The communications manager ensures that analyses and other products are available and useful to policymakers, advocates, media, and the public and helps build the reputation of the Budget & Policy Center as a knowledgeable and respected source of information and analysis on state budget and fiscal issues.

Effective and consistent communication is central to our success as an organization. We aim to communicate a positive and proactive vision for the state to achieve more widely shared prosperity. We strive to be seen by media members as the go-to source for information on the state budget, revenue issues, and policy issues that expand opportunity and economic security for low and moderate income Washingtonians.

Core Responsibilities    

  • Be a conduit to the media, including pitching stories, arranging meetings with editorial board staff, scheduling interviews, promoting our blog and other products, and maintaining and expanding the organization’s existing relationships with the press;
  • Identify potential media stories, gaps in news coverage of important fiscal issues, and opportunities for the Budget & Policy Center to impact news coverage;
  • Provide framing, messaging, and editing of research, outreach, and development products and act as final review/quality control for all organization materials (policy, outreach, development);
  • Draft op-eds, statements, speeches, press releases and other communications tools on behalf of staff and partners when necessary;
  • Lead development of communication and dissemination plans for all organizational projects and products;
  • Engage larger progressive community in framing and narrative conversations and guidance;
  • Explore creative and innovative ways to share our research and highlight our staff as subject experts;
  • Maintain organizational website and manage social media platforms.

Desired Qualifications and Skills

The position reports to the executive director. Three to five years of communications experience required.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with strategic planning and project management;
  • Ability to multitask and manage several projects at one time;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication; strong editing skills and experience giving presentations and trainings;
  • Clear articulation of mission and commitment to organizational vision;
  • Experience as an effective ambassador with all external partners;
  • Creative and innovative ideas for effective advocacy;
  • Strong understanding of Washington state politics and policy advocacy world;
  • Existing relationships with core partners, members of the media, and lawmakers.       

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position. The salary range is $55,000 - $65,000 depending on qualifications and experience. The Budget & Policy Center offers a comprehensive benefits package including health and dental insurance, life and long term disability insurance, retirement, flexible spending accounts and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

To Apply

Position is open until filled but candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To apply, submit a resume, a 1-2 page cover letter specifically addressing your interest in and qualifications for this position, three relevant writing samples, and a list of four current references by email to jobs (at) 


We are committed to fostering diversity within our organization and communities and candidates from diverse backgrounds.

The Budget & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, takes affirmative action to insure that discrimination does not occur on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.


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