Fiscal Policy Analyst

The State University of New York (SUNY), the nation’s largest and most comprehensive system of public higher education, invites applications for the position of Fiscal Policy Analyst at the Rockefeller Institute of Government (RIG) in Albany, N.Y. Created in 1981, the Rockefeller Institute of Government is a public policy think tank providing cutting edge evidence-based policy. RIG’s mission is to improve the capacities of communities, state and local governments, and the federal system to work toward genuine solutions to the nation’s problems. Through rigorous, objective, and accessible analysis and outreach, the Institute will give citizens and governments facts and tools relevant to public decisions.

The Fiscal Policy Analyst will report directly to the President of the Rockefeller Institute of Government.


Position Summary

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy research arm of the State University of New York, conducts numerous studies on federal, state, and local government finances; on public-policy issues that involve relationships among those three levels of government; and on policy and management issues in New York State. The Institute’s research relies on extensive and highly detailed analysis of data on government expenditures, revenues, and other indicators.

The Fiscal Policy Analyst is responsible for identifying key data sources, obtaining data sets essential to Institute research, analyzing such data, and conducting policy analyses using quantitative and qualitative information. The Institute’s work emphasizes state and local finances, including government revenues, budgets, and economic and other factors that influence public finances. Research associated with the position ranges broadly, including government spending on services, trends in higher education and health finances, and changes in property tax burdens. In some cases, the Fiscal Policy Analyst will obtain and analyze data identified by other Institute research staff. In other cases, the incumbent will be responsible for independently identifying and obtaining such data.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identifying, obtaining and analyzing key data for various research projects.
  • Use sophisticated statistical programs to deliver quick, compelling interpretations of fiscal data.
  • Review the key elements of the Institute’s quarterly reports on state tax revenues, including the economic factors underlying such tax revenues.
  • Serve as a project coordinator for various Institute research projects.
  • Develop and write grant proposals for funded research.
  • Gathering and analyzing state-supplied statistics on tax collections.
  • Researching and writing reports, blogs, and policy briefs on state/local government fiscal issues and other policy matters.
  • Supervising data analysis and other work by one or more graduate student assistants in the Institute’s Fiscal Analysis Program.


Demonstrated competence in the following

  • Identifying and procuring essential data sets for Institute research in varied policy areas.
  • Analyzing fiscal and other policy issues.
  • Building professional relationships and interacting with staff in federal, state, and local government agencies, private-sector organizations, and with other Institute researchers to obtain and analyze data.
  • Communicating effectively, including superior writing skills.



Education: Master’s degree in economics, business, public policy, or related field required; PhD preferred.

Experience: At least three years of professional experience in conducting research into public finance and other policy issues required, with at least five years preferred; experience in writing for publication; strong knowledge of Census and other major data sources.

Skills: Outstanding analytic skills, including both quantitative and qualitative analysis; ability to manage multiple priorities and supervise staff; excellent interpersonal, project management, and computer skills; excellent writing ability.

Salary: Minimum salary of $75,000 commensurate with experience. Excellent fringe benefits.



Interested candidates are invited to apply online. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates may be requested to submit a writing sample as part of the search process.


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