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Policy Advocate - Minnesota Budget Project

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits


Organization Summary:

The Minnesota Budget Project seeks a Policy Advocate to work on economic security issues, including affordable health care and child care. The Policy Advocate will conduct analysis, explore policy solutions, and engage with state and national partners in support of policies that expand opportunity and economic security to all Minnesotans, particularly Minnesotans with low incomes and communities of color.

The Minnesota Budget Project has a track record of successfully combining sound research and analysis with advocacy, engagement, and communications strategies to enact policy change. The Minnesota Budget Project is an initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and is the Minnesota partner in the national State Priorities Partnership. Through this partnership, the Policy Advocate has access to trainings, peer-to-peer learning and fellowship with colleagues across the country engaged in similar work, and access to national experts at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.


Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Other
Category: Public Policy Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Full Time Salary: $46,200 - $69,300 per year ($46,200 - $57,750 starting range)
Hours: 40 hours per week 

Primary Duties:

  • Research and write materials that advance the mission of the project, including research reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, and blog postings. 
  • Conduct policy and/or fiscal analysis of budget and policy proposals, administrative data, academic research, and public data sets.
  • Identify potential analytic and research projects that further the project’s mission.
  • Represent the Minnesota Budget Project before constituency groups, policymakers, and the media through testimony, media interviews, presentations, and other means.
  • Participate in coalitions, relationship-building, and advocacy activities in order to advance the project’s policy goals.
  • Identify policy options and strategies that will advance the project’s policy goals.
  • Monitor legislative activity in the Policy Advocate’s areas of focus.
  • Contribute to the project’s work to develop annual work plans, and contribute to funder communications related to the Policy Advocate’s areas of focus, including grant proposals and funder reports.
  • Help create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all individuals in regards to diversity, which may include geography, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, immigration status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, age, ability, and religion.
  • Perform other job duties as assigned.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

  • BA or BS plus three years of experience in public policy, public finance, public health, economics, or other related fields, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience conducting policy and/or fiscal analysis.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Data analysis skills, including proficiency with PC-based spreadsheet and statistical software.
  • Experience working with policymakers, advocates, community members, and/or other constituencies to develop policy options and strategies to advance public policy goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically.
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing software.
  • Experience with legislative and/or budget processes at the state or federal level.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Experience applying a racial equity lens to policy work.
  • Knowledge of health care, child care, and/or other issues affecting low- and moderate-income people and communities of color.
  • Familiarity with relevant policy, advocacy, and organizing organizations and government agencies.
  • Skills in data visualization and/or mapping.


Additional Info:

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

  • Requires frequent use of a telephone, speaking in a clear and understandable manner.
  • Requires frequent participation in repetitive motion activities including typing on a computer keyboard. 
  • Frequently requires the ability to work for several hours at a time at a desk and computer monitor.
  • Requires ability to travel throughout the Twin Cities metro area for frequent meetings and legislative activities, including outside of regular work hours.
  • Requires occasional statewide and national travel, including overnight and multi-day travel.
  • Requires occasional extended work hours.

Reports to: Minnesota Budget Project Director
Classification: Regular, Full-time (40 hours per week), Exempt.
Position Salary Range: $46,200 - $69,300 per year ($46,200 - $57,750 starting range) plus benefits, which include health and dental insurance, retirement plan, Section 125 (flex) plan, long-term disability, life insurance, sick leave, three weeks of vacation plus 32 hours of personal business/summer hours, major holidays, paid parenting leave.

Other: The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is recognized as an Employer of National Service with the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.


How To Apply:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; apply by October 25 for strongest consideration. Please submit a cover letter and resume online to apply:


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