The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a nonpartisan research and policy institute that advances federal and state policies to help build a nation where everyone — regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ZIP code, immigration status, or disability status — has the resources they need to thrive and share in the nation’s prosperity.

CBPP combines rigorous research and analysis, strategic communications, and effective advocacy to shape debates, affect policy, and inform effective implementation both nationally and in states. It works closely with a broad set of national, state, and community organizations to design and advance policies that promote economic justice; improve health; broaden opportunity in areas like housing, health care, employment, and education; and lower structural barriers for people of color and others in communities that continue to face systemic barriers to opportunity. CBPP promotes policies that will build a more equitable nation and fair tax policies that can support these gains over the long term. CBPP also shows the harmful impacts of policies and proposals that would deepen poverty, widen disparities, and worsen health outcomes.

CBPP is seeking to hire a Health Projects Associate to join the Center’s Health Policy division. The team works at both the federal and state levels to strengthen health coverage for low- and moderate-income people, promote health equity through Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, and tax policy, and secure adequate, sustainable, and progressive financing mechanisms for public health care expenditures.

The Health Projects Associate will provide critical support to two areas of the team’s work: (1) the Beyond the Basics project, which provides training and resources for health enrollment assisters, and (2) the team’s state Medicaid work, which collaborates with health advocates across the country to advance health equity. The team’s state Medicaid work is largely focused on two grant projects: Together for Medicaid (TFM) and Voices for Health Justice (Voices). The position reports to the Director of Health Coverage Access and works closely with the Director of State Medicaid Strategy.

The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated and highly organized individual with excellent writing and communication skills and an interest in gaining experience in project management and exposure to health policy and advocacy.


Beyond the Basics Project

  • Draft and send project emails to our 5,000+ subscriber list
  • Provide comprehensive logistics and preparation support for project webinars (at least ten annually), including preparing registration pages, formatting slide decks, moderating webinars, managing webinar recordings, and posting webinar materials on the project website
  • Manage project website, including ensuring content is regularly refreshed and well organized, upload new materials, and make suggestions to improve site functionality
  • Design and update a range of written products using Adobe InDesign, including guides, FAQs, and infographics
  • Respond to inquiries in project inbox and triage technical assistance requests to the appropriate policy expert(s)
  • Support the Director of Health Coverage Access with grant maintenance, including assisting with contractor management, providing project data for grant proposals and grant reports, and responding to funder requests
  • Support preparation and administration of partner surveys and propose new content areas for the project based on audience feedback
  • Conduct outreach to attract new subscribers to the project email list

State Medicaid Work

  • Coordinate input from subject matter experts to draft and edit state health partner emails and other written material
  • Support policy staff on calls, webinars, or other events with state and national partners, which includes taking notes, coordinating relevant follow-up, and drafting responses
  • Maintain partner email lists and relevant website pages, including regular monitoring for needed updates, managing the updating process, and posting new material and information
  • Support the drafting process for Medicaid project grant proposals and reports to funders and supporting response to ad hoc funder requests as needed
  • Track and organize grant project materials
  • Support the Director of State Medicaid Strategy with coordinating meetings and events with state partners


  • One to two years’ full-time work experience in project support and/or communications. Relevant experience and exposure to health coverage/enrollment concepts through work or lived experience are highly desirable.
  • Highly organized, attentive to detail, and able to manage multiple tasks for different projects/supervisors (often on a time-sensitive basis)
  • Strong written and oral communications skills and ability to communicate effectively across the team and to a diverse range of audiences, including enrollment assisters, state advocates, consultants and contractors, and funders.
  • Detailed knowledge of and proficiency in Microsoft Office productivity applications, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Interest in graphic design and familiarity with Adobe InDesign and other Creative Suite applications
  • Interest in health policy and ability to grasp new concepts quickly
  • Demonstrated commitment to expanding access to health care, reducing poverty, and advancing racial equity

The Center is operating on a hybrid work schedule that includes at least two days per week in-person at our D.C. office. Role may also involve occasional travel outside the Washington, D.C. region.

This position reports to the Director of Health Coverage Access.

Terms of Employment: Full-time; exempt.

Bargaining Unit Status: This is a bargaining unit position.

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

Please upload a cover letter and resume. 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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, credit information, pregnancy or parental status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, union activities, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.

About Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a high-caliber strategic policy institute that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity and engages on how to raise the revenues necessary to support public investments. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing evidence-based policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state levels, and influencing policy outcomes and program implementation. It focuses its efforts on improving the lives of people with low and moderate incomes and examines how policies affect particular groups, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people. The Center is known for its unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analysis with effective communications that enable policymakers and the media to make use of its work.