Center on Budget and Policy Priorities — VP for Communications

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities -- VP for Communications Published: October 13, 2015
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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a leading nonprofit policy institute, is seeking a talented, strategic leader to oversee its dynamic communications team and work closely with its leadership and policy divisions.

The Center shapes key policy debates on federal and state government policies and programs on a range of budget, tax, social insurance, and poverty issues.  It produces highly respected, accessible, and timely research and analyses on critical issues facing policymakers and the nation.  It’s widely cited by media; consistently shapes news stories and editorials in major national and regional publications; distributes papers, blogs, and other content through its well-trafficked web site; produces high-quality graphics and video content; is very active on social media; and responds rapidly to breaking policy developments.

The Vice President will develop and oversee strategies to broaden the Center’s reach to its key audiences, which include federal and state policymakers, opinion leaders, media, national and state partner organizations, and the public writ large. He/she will develop communications plans, create and shape messages, conduct media training for Center policy analysts, and oversee staff who work closely with the nation’s leading print and broadcast reporters, columnists, editorial writers, and bloggers in promoting the Center’s work.  He/she will manage a staff of about 10 that includes traditional and digital media specialists, writers, graphic designers, and web specialists, and will work closely with outside consultants on a regular basis.

The ideal candidate will have at least 10 years of experience developing and implementing strategic communications plans that focus on influencing national and state public policy debates. Candidates must have a successful track record in day-to-day communications strategy and tactical implementation, rapid response, and longer-term planning and evaluation.  Candidates should also have significant management experience.  They should have excellent written and oral communications skills and the ability to work successfully in a very collegial environment.  Familiarity with issues related to budget and tax, health, and /or low-income policies and programs is preferred.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits including comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance options, life and long term disability insurance, retirement, flexible spending accounts and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter via email to Sherry Ettleson of at Please use subject line: CBPP VP Communications. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, takes affirmative action to insure that discrimination does not occur against an employee or applicant 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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