Voices for Utah Children Seeks State Fiscal Policy Analyst

18 May 2015 Published in What's New?

Image037 editedVoices for Utah Children is a nonprofit, nonpartisan multi-issue policy research and advocacy organization that works to improve the lives of children and families. Our work includes providing independent analysis on Utah tax, budget and related policy matters, with particular attention to the impact of current or proposed policies on low- and moderate-income persons.

Our fiscal policy work focuses on analysis of specific budget policy and revenue proposals as well as larger economic trends and challenges to advance public and policymaker dialogue on state fiscal matters in Utah. Information is disseminated through a range of methods including reports, briefing papers, and fact sheets that are posted on our website and shared via digital and mass media as well as through meetings with and presentations to policymakers and other organizations in the Utah policy community.

The State Fiscal Policy Analyst will consult and collaborate with other Voices for Utah Children staff as well as other organizations to ensure that analyses are credible, relevant, and timely, and that Voices for Utah Children continues to provide policymakers, advocates, media, and the public with trusted information and analysis on state tax and budget issues.

The Voices for Utah Children Fiscal Policy Analyst will also participate in national networks of similar organizations that exist in other states, including traveling out of state for training and conferences.   

Responsibilities

The State Fiscal Policy Analyst will be responsible for conducting tax, budget and policy analysis and advocacy and will report to the State Priorities Partnership Director.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Analyzing state budget and revenue matters
  • Preparing reports, papers, and fact sheets related to state fiscal policy
  • Researching policy options and developing policy recommendations.
  • Representing Voices for Utah Children before policymakers, stakeholders, the public, and the news media on fiscal policy issues.
  • Working collaboratively with constituent groups.
  • Assisting the State Priorities Partnership Director in writing grants and grant reports.

Qualifications

  • Education: A undergrad or graduate degree in economics, public policy, law, social work or a related field.
  • Skills: 
    • Strong tax policy and budget analysis skills, including the ability to analyze and present data using Excel, R, Stata, or other statistical analysis software.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to use PowerPoint or other presentation programs to communicate complex or technical information clearly to a range of audiences both in writing and through public speaking.
  • Experience:  While extensive experience is not required, candidates will benefit from any experience they may have in public policy analysis, knowledge of the legislative and budget process in Utah, and a demonstrated ability to work with policymakers, advocates, the news media, and constituent groups to influence public policy.

Personal traits:

  • Concern for children and families, especially those growing up in socially and economically vulnerable circumstances.
  • Commitment to excellence.
  • Understanding and valuing of diversity.
  • The ability to multi-task.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences in a variety of contexts.  
  • The ability to contribute meaningful ideas and work productively with other staff members as well as on independent assignments.
  • An eagerness to learn and discover through taking on new challenges.


Applying:

This position could be structured as either full-time or part-time.  Salary commensurate with qualifications; competitive benefit package.

The application deadline is June 15, 2015 or until filled. To apply, submit a resume, policy analysis writing sample, and a cover letter specifically addressing your interest in and qualifications for this position to:

Lincoln Nehring

Voices for Utah Children

747 E. South Temple, Ste. 100

Salt Lake City, UT 84102 

via e-mail to with subject line State Fiscal Policy Analyst.   

For more information about Voices for Utah Children, visit our website: www.utahchildren.org