Jobs and Internships

Vice President for Research

New York’s leading fiscal watchdog and source for unbiased, impactful research on New York City and New York State governmental finances, policy, and operations seeks a Vice President for Research ("VP”). 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:
Please put “VP Research” in the subject line of your email and include a resume and letter if applying.


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

Graphic Design Consultant

We seek a part-time (10-20 hours per week) consultant to work as part of the Communications team designing infographics, interactive charts and maps, and other visual media. CBC is actively producing research on topics that include budgets, housing, mass transit, and other public policies that impact the daily lives of New Yorkers, and needs a creative, motivated, enthusiastic individual to help disseminate CBC’s research findings in a compelling visual way

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Extensive knowledge and experience with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Adobe After Effects a plus.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Organized, detail oriented, and able to meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with data-driven research and conveying complex ideas visually.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to