Research Analyst Job Description


FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailNational Priorities Project is seeking a Research Analyst who will contribute to the organization’s core research output. As champions of transparency and open government, NPP’s mission is to make federal budget information relevant, accessible, interactive, and fun, so that a diverse range of voices are reflected in our nation’s revenue and spending decisions. We work to ensure the integrity of our democracy by building public engagement with the federal budgeting process – which has a direct correlation to national policy and programs that affect us all on a very real, day-to-day basis. Learn more about us at

NPP is a national organization based in beautiful western Massachusetts, however remote work from Washington, DC, or other northeastern city will be considered for the right candidate.  At NPP, you’ll have the autonomy to help us grow to meet the opportunity and challenge of these times in a flexible, casual, and supportive work environment. We are a welcoming, open, and inclusive workplace reflective of our organizational values around respect, diversity, and equality.


The Research Analyst works with the Research Director to 1. Produce several of NPP’s core research products, including analysis of the president’s budget request, House and Senate budget resolutions, tax revenue and tax expenditures, and other federal budget topics. 2. Construct datasets for the Federal Priorities Database, with direction from the Director of Data & Technology. 3. Prepare 101-level resources for a general audience on the federal budget and budget process, and deliver lectures and webinars and facilitate workshops on these topics. 4. Produce regular web content including blog posts and short “budget brief” videos for YouTube. 5. Respond to media inquiries, including live radio interviews. 6. Fulfill research requests for constituents and work directly with partner organizations to fulfill research needs. 7. Establish new organizational partners across sectors, including advocacy groups, nonprofits, and other research organizations. 8. Participate in shaping NPP’s goals and strategy, including how best to use new media and other tools to disseminate information and activate constituents to take action in our democracy.


1. Understanding of the federal budget and our political process. 2. Exacting standards for thorough and accurate research and proven talent for producing compelling original work on topics in public policy and/or economics. 3. Highly organized project manager capable of executing every stage of a project, from conception to publishing to communicating with the public about research findings 4. Self-directed and intellectually curious in pursuit of interesting research questions. 5. Creative thinker who identifies new areas for research exploration in order to produce the most complete, contextualized, and useful research products. 6. Ability to work simultaneously on a variety of projects in a fast-moving environment. 7. Commitment to a mission of research for social good and passionate about improving government transparency and civic engagement with data and information. 8. Ability to give and receive thoughtful, constructive feedback to foster a productive and collaborative research environment. 9. Bachelor’s degree in economics or related field plus two to five years work experience in a related research capacity, depending on demonstrated research portfolio. 10. Desire to be part of a small, close-knit team that works toward an ambitious mission.


1. Expertise in one or more of the following areas: U.S. military policy and/or military spending; health care policy; education policy; federal environmental policy; tax policy; social safety net programs; government transparency. 2. Experience working with diverse constituencies. 3. Experience with economic modeling. 4. Graduate degree in economics, public policy, or related field.

SALARY AND BENEFITS Salary for this full-time position is commensurate with the successful candidate’s professional experience within the range of $48,000-$55,000.  We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health/dental insurance, retirement and generous paid time off.

LOCATION NPP’s office is located in Northampton, MA, but we are open to considering a remote location for the right candidate. Candidates will need to be located on the east coast (i.e., Washington, D.C. to New England).

TO APPLY Send cover letter and resume to Search Committee at or 243 King Street #109, Northampton, MA 01060

NPP is an EO/AA employer and committed to a diverse and multicultural staff.