Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

07/18/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/18/2019 15:48

State Strategies Manager or Senior State Strategies Manager

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a premier policy organization informing and shaping federal and state policy to reduce poverty and inequality and build opportunity, seeks a State Strategies Manager or Senior State Strategies Manager for its food assistance policy division. The Center's food assistance policy division undertakes extensive work at both the state and federal levels to strengthen federal food assistance programs, primarily the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), by analyzing proposed changes in government policies, designing and sharing new ideas to improve the programs, providing technical assistance to policymakers, conducting research on the programs, and working with federal and state nonprofits on these issues. Our work also helps to shape public debate with particular attention to the effects of proposed policies on eligible households.

The Center is seeking an experienced issue campaign professional to lead our support of state-level nutrition partners around the country to advance policies and campaigns to reduce hunger in their states. Through public education, issue campaigns, and dissemination of data, the Center's state partner organizations can play an important role in informing these high stakes debates and building a broader base of support for SNAP. The State Strategies Manager or Senior State Strategies Manager will lead our work to deepen the capacity of our state partners to develop and execute savvy issue campaigns, work with state legislatures, build and support coalitions and partnerships, and share best practices and learnings related to policy debates, particularly those impacting the lives of low- and moderate-income families and communities.


The Manager or Senior Manager, under the direction of the Vice President for Food Assistance Policy, will:

  • Lead and expand CBPP's efforts to support state groups that are focused on SNAP;
  • Collaborate with the team's policy experts to provide guidance and hands-on technical assistance to state partners and allies on strategies to build support for SNAP;
  • Help develop tailored materials that state groups can readily use in their public education efforts, ensuring that state organizations can access critical data and messaging strategies;
  • Develop creative strategies to help state network organizations and coalitions deepen and expand their partnerships;
  • Lead opportunities to share best practices across states through peer-to-peer communications and training opportunities among state-level anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates; and
  • Inform the Food Assistance team's agenda regarding activities and products that would be most responsive to our state partners' needs.


  • Applicants should have a bachelor's degree;
  • State Strategies Manager - minimum of four years of relevant experience.A graduate degree in a highly relevant area may be substituted for two years of work experience;
  • Senior State Strategies Manager - minimum of seven years of relevant experience. A graduate degree in a highly relevant area may be substituted for two years of work experience;
  • Advocacy experience, an understanding of and familiarity with state legislative context and processes, a demonstrated ability to plan and execute effective and strategic issue campaigns;
  • A strong ability to synthesize complex information for various audiences;
  • A strong track record in supporting effective alliances and collaborations of diverse groups and interests;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, and exceptional organizational, planning, and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience with and passion for SNAP and its role in reducing hunger, or prior work with anti-hunger organizations and networks or other health and human services areas is desirable, but not required.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. and requires travel.


Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits, including generous health insurance options and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, DCAP, and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Terms of Employment: Full-time, exempt position.

Bringing diverse perspectives to public policy debates. To expand the diversity of voices that speak with authority in policy debates, we welcome highly motivated candidates - with particular attention to candidates who have experience with communities that are underrepresented in policy debates and who have familiarity with low-income and diverse communities and issues of racial equity.

Please submit a cover letter with your application. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center.

Please submit your application here.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values andwelcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless ofany protected status under federal or local law including Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.