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The Minnesota Budget Project is hiring a Policy Analyst to produce analysis, identify and advocate for policy solutions, and collaborate with state and national partners to advance public policies that expand opportunity and economic security to all Minnesotans, particularly Minnesotans with low incomes and Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Current policy focus areas include affordable health care and child care, as well as responding to emerging state and federal issues. The Policy Analyst’s portfolio of policy focus areas could adapt to include other areas that reflect their experience and expertise.

The Policy Analyst works in close collaboration with other members of the Minnesota Budget Project team, including the project director, and engages with state and national partners, to advance the organization’s analysis and policy change goals.

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, particularly in the areas of budget, tax, and economic policy. The Minnesota Budget Project is an initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN). Driven by its vision of a healthy, cooperative, and just society, MCN is dedicated to enhancing and improving cultural humility, intentionally creating inclusive and accessible spaces, and working to end disparities in power, money, access, and resources within the nonprofit sector and in government decision-making at the local, state, and federal levels.

The Minnesota Budget Project is the Minnesota partner in the national State Priorities Partnership (SPP), a network of more than 40 nonprofit research and advocacy organizations that fight for a just and equitable America. Through SPP, the Policy Analyst 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.

Job Type:
Full Time

Salary: Starting salary range $50,000 - $60,000 per year plus benefits

Functions and Tasks:

Research and Analysis (45 percent)

  • Research and write data-driven analytic materials to influence and inform the policy debate and advance the mission of the project, including issue briefs, newsletter articles, fact sheets, and blog postings. Frequently apply a racial equity lens in the production of analytic products.
  • Conduct policy and/or fiscal analysis of budget and policy proposals active in the policy debate, administrative data, academic research, and public data sets.
  • Identify potential new analytic and research projects that further the project’s policy agenda and mission.
  • Stay current on literature and trends related to the Policy Analyst’s issue areas of focus.
  • Share research findings with policymakers, partners, and the public through presentations and media interviews.

Policy Advocacy and Partnerships (40 percent)

  • Influence and inform the policy debate through advocacy and policymaker education activities.
  • Represent the Minnesota Budget Project before constituency groups, policymakers, and the media through testimony, media interviews, presentations, and other means.
  • Build and strengthen relationships, including by participating in coalitions, to support success in this role and advance the project’s policy agenda and goals. Provide technical assistance and be a resource to coalition members and other partners.
  • Identify policy options and advocacy strategies, in collaboration with the project’s director, to inform and advance the project’s policy agenda.
  • Stay current on the policy debate related to the Policy Analyst’s issue areas of focus, including by monitoring relevant state legislative activity.

Other (15 percent)

  • Contribute to funder communications related to the Policy Analyst’s areas of focus, including grant proposals and funder reports.
  • Contribute to the project’s annual workplan and policy agenda development processes.
  • 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.
  • Options to participate in internal working groups including those related to equity and inclusion, internal culture, and working environment at MCN.
  • Perform other job duties as assigned.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • BA or BS or equivalent experience, plus three years of experience, in public policy, public finance, public health, economics, or other related fields.
  • Competency with research methods and statistics. Data analysis skills, including proficiency with Excel.
  • Experience conducting policy and/or fiscal analysis.
  • Strong writing and presenting skills, including the ability to articulate a policy argument and clearly communicate complex information to a variety of audiences.
  • Experience working with policymakers, advocates, community members, and/or other constituencies to develop policy options and advocacy strategies to advance public policy goals.
  • Experience with legislative and/or budget processes at the state or federal level.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically.
  • Working knowledge of word processing software.
  • An understanding of how policy issues intersect with racism and economic and social inequality, and experience applying a racial equity lens to policy work.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Preferred Education, Experiences, and Skills:
  • 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.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Requires registering as a lobbyist with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board
  • Frequent participation in repetitive motion activities including typing on a computer keyboard. 
  • Requires the ability to work for several hours at a time at a desk and computer monitor. 
  • Frequent travel to the Minnesota State Capitol and occasionally to other locations in the Twin Cities metro area. 
  • Requires occasional state and national travel, including overnight and multi-day travel, primarily for conferences and training opportunities. 
  • Requires occasional extended work hours, particularly during the legislative session. 
  • The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits will be working remotely until at least July 31, 2021. 

Additional Information:

Reports to: Minnesota Budget Project Director

Classification: Regular, Full-time (40 hours per week), Exempt.

Compensation:Starting salary range $50,000 - $60,000 per year plus benefits listed below.


  • Health insurance: MCN currently pays 90% of the cost of the full-time employee’s premium portion and 70% of the cost of the employee’s dependent coverage, if elected by the employee. (For employees working 20-39 hours per week, MCN’s contribution is prorated based on hours worked per week)
  • Dental Insurance: MCN currently pays 75% of the cost of the full-time employee’s premium portion and 50% of the cost of the employee’s dependent coverage, if elected by the employee. (For employees working 20-39 hours per week, MCN’s contribution is prorated based on hours worked per week)
  • Retirement plan: MCN contributes 3% of the employee’s income to the 403b and will match an additional 2% dollar for dollar, for a total potential employer contribution of 5%.
  • Other voluntary benefits: Vision, hospital confinement, short-term disability, accident, specified disease, term life, and whole life (Employee needs to pay the full premium.)
  • Long-term disability and life insurance
  • Section 125 (flex) plan
  • Personal Development Fund
  • Three weeks of vacation, 2 personal days, 4 days of summer hours plus 11 major holidays (vacation accrual varies based on employee tenure).

How to Apply:

We are currently reviewing applications, but position is open until filled. Please submit a cover letter and resume online to apply:
The cover letter should describe your interest in the position and include an explanation of your connection to our mission, and how your experience relates to the qualifications and responsibilities outlined in the job description.

 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.

We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, familial status, ability, veteran status, membership or non-membership in a labor organization, sexual orientation, size, status with regard to public assistance, or genetic information. We are committed to the principle of equity and are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of individuals. MCN is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

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