Senior Policy Analyst: Elevating Puerto Rico in Budget and Policy Debates

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Washington, DC

About the Job

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is the premier national policy organization working to ensure that the federal budget plays an active role in reducing poverty and expanding opportunity for everyone in the United States.

We are now hiring a Senior Analyst to lead our federal work related to Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico’s fiscal and economic challenges are deep and interwoven: economic depression, governmental debt, a shrinking population, widespread poverty, hurricane-battered infrastructure, disempowering territorial status, and limited governance and civil society capacity. Full recovery will require an active federal role, a significant increase in federal funding, and short-term and long-term strategies for ensuring Puerto Rico’s prosperity. Those new strategies will need to include new policy approaches (for example, better mechanisms for funding Medicaid); new political strategies (for example, involving mainland organizations and political leaders in advocacy for Puerto Rico to a much greater degree than in the past); and new relationships between organizations in Washington, D.C. and on the island.

The new Senior Analyst will conduct research and work closely with key stakeholders to play a sophisticated analytic and strategic role to inform and help shape federal policy on Puerto Rico issues.


  • Produce public analyses and private guidance to policymakers — and to others working on these issues — on a range of federal issues directly relevant to Puerto Rico, including particularly Medicaid and other health programs, nutrition assistance, refundable tax credits and other tax provisions relevant to Puerto Rico, Social Security, SSI, and appropriations.

  • Work closely with the Center’s federal budget and tax experts, as well as with other Center experts already working on various dimensions of the Puerto Rico crisis in health care, nutrition, housing, tax, or other areas, and with individuals elsewhere working in this area, including the San Juan-based Center for a New Economy.

  • Produce quick-turnaround analyses of various issues before Congress that could substantially affect Puerto Rico.

  • Develop deeper-dive reports analyzing certain challenges the island faces, the shortcomings and inadequate nature of current federal policies toward the island, and options for reform.

  • Connect to organizing and advocacy groups representing the Puerto Rico diaspora — responding to policy queries from them, speaking at convenings, and participating in strategic conversations so that diverse organizations can put forward consistent and compelling policy recommendations to address problems facing Puerto Rico and its many vulnerable residents.


  • Expert knowledge of federal policy issues related to Puerto Rico and demonstrated experience working collaboratively with stakeholder organizations on Puerto Rico issues.

  • Excellent communications skills, including strong writing and interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate with policymakers and constituent groups.

  • Strong knowledge of federal budget process and legislative process.

  • 7+ years of related experience.

  • Graduate degree in a relevant discipline preferred.

  • Bilingual English and Spanish preferred.

  • Demonstrated capacity to organize complex projects, especially those involving multiple stakeholders, and keep them on track.

  • Proven ability to think strategically about opportunities to affect policy.

  • Proven ability to respond to multiple demands in a complex, fast-paced, and rapidly changing policy environment.

  • Demonstrated commitment to reducing poverty and other social and economic inequities.


Salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits (including health insurance, vision and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, and DCAP), and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.