Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Research Associate

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is a bipartisan, non-profit organization committed to educating the public about issues that have significant fiscal policy impact. The Committee is made up of some of the nation's leading budget experts including many of the past Chairmen and Directors of the Budget Committees, the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office, and the Federal Reserve Board.

The Research Associate will contribute to the organization’s analysis of federal tax, health, disability, budget, and economic policy issues. The individual will join a growing team of policy thought leaders, and work directly with other staff to conduct research, collect and compile budget data, edit and fact check publications, and perform some administrative tasks as requested. We are looking for a team player with a strong interest in federal fiscal policy.  

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support policy staff by conducting research on various fiscal policy topics.
  • Edit, proofread, and fact-check a variety of policy papers, blogs, memos and other materials.
  • Help to build an online interactive federal budget database, including by collecting and compiling budget data from a variety of sources.
  • Contribute to writing of policy papers, issue briefs, op-eds, background memos and blog posts.
  • Help staff coordinate public and private policy related events.
  • Perform various administrative duties.


Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced team environment.
  • Strong quantitative and writing skills, with excellent attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with Excel, Powerpoint, and internet-based research tools.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize work to meet multiple deadlines. 
  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Some knowledge of fiscal policy and familiarity with CBO and OMB documents preferred 

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and writing sample no longer than six pages to When applying, please write “Research Associate” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Salary and title commensurate with experience. 

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is committed to fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive working environment. The Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status and other such factors in accordance with US state and federal laws.