Jobs and Internships

Have a passion for public policy, knack for numbers, and interest in effective government?

The Citizens Budget Commission could use your help.

Director of Operations

CBC seeks a dynamic and energetic Director of Operations (“Director”). The Director will be an accomplished professional with administrative, development, and event planning experience and superior organizational, multitasking, and time management skills.

Reporting to the Citizens Budget Commission’s (CBC’s) President, the Director manages the administration of this $2.5 million nonprofit with 13 to 18 full- and part-time staff and consultants. The Director annually plans and supervises logistics for roughly 10 mid-sized events, 15 Board subcommittee meetings and an Annual Award Dinner. The Director manages communications with the 150 Board members and is a full partner with CBC’s Development Consultant in Board recruitment, retention, and fundraising activities.

Administrative Responsibilities include:

  • Providing day-to-day management and coordination, including facility and financial operations
  • Supervising the External Affairs and Development Associate
  • Preparing for and participating in Board Executive, Investment, and Audit Committee meetings.
  • Drafting and maintaining correspondence and files, including invitations, tax acknowledgements, etc.
  • Supervising and maintaining Raiser’s Edge database
  • Coordinating office relocation in late 2019

Development Responsibilities include:

  • Managing communications with the Board of Trustees and key stakeholders
  • Planning and executing board recruitment and retention initiatives
  • Conducting research on individuals and firms to identify potential Trustees
  • Tracking prospect cultivation activities
  • Soliciting, collecting, and tracking all contributions, including membership dues from the Board of Trustees

Event Management Responsibilities include:

  • Leading event planning and vendor relations for all member events and meetings, with attendees ranging from small (20) to mid-sized (120)
  • Organize and manage Annual Dinner for approximately 650 people, including logistics, vendor relations and efforts to ensure development goals are achieved


  • At least 5 years of management and operations experience, preferably in nonprofit, civic, or policy organizations
  • Development, event planning, and constituent relations experience strongly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • High level of organization and ability to simultaneously execute multiple projects
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge database or similar platforms
  • Collaborative team spirit with capability to work independently
  • Interest in and knowledge of New York City/State government, public policy, and the policy and business community preferred

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to Maria Doulis at [email protected].

Vice President for Research

The VP will be an accomplished research professional with the gravitas and writing, editing, analytic, and strategic skills to ensure this think tank’s work continues to be the highest quality and targets the key issues affecting current and future New Yorkers.

Reporting to CBC’s President, the VP will oversee and direct CBC’s critically important research program, including managing the staff of 10 full-time researchers, graduate interns, and ad hoc consultants. The ideal candidate will be skilled at strategically identifying and designing critical research projects, directing analytics and generating and conveying insightful recommendations across a broad set of policy areas. The VP will be adept at handling complex and multiple responsibilities simultaneously—mixing long-term projects with urgent immediate responses to time-sensitive issues.

Priority is given to projects that assess the fiscal and competitiveness impacts of state and city policies, proposals made during the budget cycle, and subject areas not given sufficient attention by other organizations, including public sector labor relations and debt policy. CBC produces more than 100 publications (reports, policy briefs, and blog entries), testimony, and op-eds annually. Many provide recommendations for improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of governmental activities, including mass transportation, health care, public housing, economic development, and tax policy. Advocacy for those recommendations include op-eds, media interviews, testimony at public hearings, and panel discussions.

The VP must be a proactive strategic thinker, planner, problem solver and executer who shares the President’s and the Board’s commitment to CBC’s core mission to achieve constructive change in the finances and services of New York City and New York State government. The VP must have excellent communication skills and be able to articulate clearly CBC’s purpose, objectives, and research to the business, government, and nonprofit communities, as well as to media and the public. S/he must be able to work closely and collegially with the active and engaged Board and an experienced and committed staff. The VP must possess the skills to collaborate with and achieve actionable results through others, supervise and mentor staff, build strong and sustainable relationships, and interact within all levels of the organization. He or she must have the demonstrated ability to deal with confidential information and act as a liaison between the organization and other constituencies, particularly high- and mid-level government professional and technical staff and private sector leaders.

The desired qualifications are:

  • Appropriate education credentials and research skills (including work with economic and statistical data) with a preference for those with a doctorate in a relevant field;
  • A record of significant accomplishment in producing clear policy-oriented research reports;
  • Familiarity with government institutions and budgetary and financial management practices;
  • Creativity in approaching public policy problems; and
  • A commitment to promoting accountable and efficient government.

To Apply: Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to: [email protected]
Please put “VP Research” in the subject line of your email and include a resume and letter if applying.

Spring 2020 Internship

Research interns work directly with associates to analyze government budgets, collect and analyze data, conduct in-depth policy research, and compose presentations and reports.  Our recent publications address important topics in economic development, pre-k, financing the MTA, tax policy, capital spending, and solid waste collection.

Assignment to research projects and other activities will reflect staffing needs, as well as intern interest and experience. Applicants should study or have a background in political science, economics, public policy or administration, or urban affairs and be interested in the civic affairs of New York State and New York City. Applicants should be proficient in quantitative analysis and have excellent communication and writing skills.

Interns are expected to make a commitment of at least 18 hours per week and can maintain a flexible schedule throughout the semester. College and graduate school internships are paid, and opportunities exist for excellent candidates to stay on for additional semesters and to transition to full-time employment.

This is an exciting opportunity to be introduced to the workings of New York government, gain familiarity with the people and politics that make the State and City tick, and contribute to the larger public policy debates of the day.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to [email protected].