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The Minnesota Budget Project is hiring a Research Analyst to produce timely and credible research and analysis on a range of policy issues that improve economic opportunity for low- and moderate-income families, reduce racial disparities, and promote sound fiscal decision-making in Minnesota. Research focus areas include tax policy and the racial justice implications of policy decisions, as well as responding to emerging state and federal issues as assigned.

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 $45,000 - $55,000 per year plus benefits

Deadline: October 1

Functions and Tasks:

Research and Analysis

  • With direction from the Minnesota Budget Project Director and Deputy Director, produce analytic materials that 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 rigorous analysis of policy and budget proposals active in the policy debate, administrative data, academic research, and public data sets.  
  • Respond to technical assistance and research requests from other members of the Minnesota Budget Project team and state-based and national partners.  
  • Collaborate with the Director and Deputy Director to identify potential analytic and research projects that further the project’s mission and fall within the workplan and policy agenda. 
  • Stay current on literature, trends, and activities related to the Research Analyst’s areas of focus, through activities including attending conferences and meetings, and monitoring state legislative activity.  
  • Build and maintain relationships to support success in this role, and as directed, to inform the project’s workplan and policy agenda. Provide technical assistance and be a resource to partners. 
  • May involve sharing research findings with partners, policymakers, media, and the community through presentations and other means. 


  • Contribute to the project’s annual workplan and policy agenda development processes. 
  • Options to participate in internal working groups including those related to equity and inclusion, internal culture, and working environment at MCN. 
  • 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 or equivalent experience in public policy, economics, public finance, or a related field, plus 1-2 years’ experience conducting policy and fiscal analysis.
  • Strong quantitative and analytic skills, including proficiency with spreadsheet and statistical software. Competency with research methods and statistics. 
  • Working knowledge of word processing software. 
  • Strong writing and presenting skills, including the ability to articulate a policy argument and clearly communicate complex information to a variety of audiences.
  • An understanding of how policy issues intersect with racism and economic and social inequality, and experience applying a racial equity lens to policy work.
  • Ability to prioritize, manage multiple tasks, and complete assigned projects under time constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Preferred Education, Experiences, and Skills:
  • Knowledge of tax policy and public policy issues affecting low- and moderate-income people and communities of color.

  • Familiarity with the legislative and budget processes at the state and/or federal levels.

  • 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. 
  • This is a union bargaining unit position.
  • The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits will be working remotely until at least October 4, 2021. 

Additional Information:

Reports to: Minnesota Budget Project Deputy Director

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

CompensationStarting salary range $45,000 - $55,000 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).
  • MCN employees may be eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

How to Apply:

Deadline to apply is October 1. 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.

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.

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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