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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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We are now hiring for the position of Executive Director. 


Since 2005, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center has worked to make economic security and social opportunity real for everyone living in our state, bringing fresh ideas along with high-quality, credible and independent research and analysis. Now we're looking for a seasoned, visionary, and energetic leader with a strong understanding of policy issues and how the legislative process works to lead this high-profile public policy organization into its second decade.

The Budget & Policy Center uses research and analysis to advance the well-being of Washington communities, improve the economic security and social opportunity of all in the state, and support the essential role of government in promoting a just and prosperous society. Our savvy analysis and use of strategic communications help reshape the conversation about the state's budget -- doing so in ways that throw light on concrete paths to improvement. We pay particular attention to how Washington’s spending and taxing disadvantage low- and moderate-income families. The majority of our funding comes from foundations, several of which provide multi-year support. We also receive significant funding from organizations and individual donors. The Center is governed by a 15-member board of directors. The organization’s current budget of $1 million supports eight staff including the ED.

The incoming Executive Director will inherit an organization with a high profile and an excellent reputation for trustworthy, high-quality, sophisticated research, analysis, and work products. Near-term priorities for the new ED include maintaining trust and working relationships with policymakers, media, community partners, and other constituencies; strengthening development capacity and cultivating major and mid-level donors; building a high-performance team with leadership responsibilities divided among senior staff; and leading the ongoing policy work of the organization.

Ideal candidates for this position will share Washington State Budget & Policy Center’s passion for its mission and possess the range of skills to effectively lead the work of the organization. Candidates should demonstrate talent and experience in nonprofit management, relationship building, policy and budget analysis, and advocacy. Candidates should have excellent written, presentation, and oral communication skills. 

The following personal and professional characteristics are highly desirable: a graduate degree strongly preferred, preferably in economics, public policy, law, or a related field; a minimum of five years of experience in public policy analysis or advocacy with demonstrated capacity to work with policymakers, advocates, media, and coalition partners to think strategically about opportunities to influence public policy; a minimum five years of management experience in a nonprofit organization of similar size/budget; a strong track record of success in fundraising, including cultivation of individual and institutional donors, and others. Read the full position description here.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: (e-mail applications are required and only accepted at this address). For other inquiries contact David Erickson-Pearson at Washington State Budget & Policy Center is an affirmative action employer. Applications from women and persons of color are encouraged. Resume reviews begin immediately.



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Our Legislative Agenda

The Budget & Policy Center's 2015-17 Legislative Agenda calls for an equitable and sustainable revenue system in addition to state investments that will promote a world-class education system; sustain a strong, inclusive middle class; produce high-quality, living wage jobs, and ensure equal opportunity to live healthy and productive lives. Take a closer look here.

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