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25 Oct 2023

Research and Policy Budget Analyst/Economist

NYC Independent Budget Office
 New York, New York County, New York, United States

Job Description

The New York City Independent Budget Office (IBO), a nonpartisan city agency, is recruiting for analytic staff with budget, policy, and economic skills (“IBO Analysts”). IBO’s responsibility under the City Charter is to provide analyses and issue public reports on city budgetary and policy matters in order to enhance the understanding and decision making of elected officials and the public. IBO Analysts will be expected to conduct research and respond to external questions and requests related to an assigned portfolio of select New York City agencies and/or revenue streams. Duties include preparing written reports, presentations, infographics, and testimony for City Council hearings. An IBO Analyst position offers a unique opportunity to work with city financial and administrative data to study and inform public policy.

Qualifications and Skills:

Candidates should be analytic, demonstrate skills in quantitative research and high-quality rigorous policy analysis, and have the ability to write about complicated research and policy issues using plain language for a wide range of audiences. Experience using R, SAS, or similar coding packages to process and prepare large complex datasets is preferred. A commitment to impartial, rigorous analysis of public policy questions is essential.

Candidates should be comfortable interacting with elected officials, government agency staff, policy advocates, among others. An ability to work independently, juggle multiple assignments, collaborate on projects within and across teams, and meet deadlines is critical. Subject-area knowledge or professional experience in any of the following topic areas should be specified in the cover letter:

  • New York City’s budget
  • Municipal finance
  • Economics and/or forecasting
  • Pre-K through 12th grade education policy research
  • Social and community services
  • Criminology or the criminal legal system
  • Public safety
  • Infrastructure and land use

An undergraduate degree in economics, political science, public administration, urban planning, or a related field is required. A graduate degree in a related field or relevant work experience is preferred. Your complete level of education should be indicated in your cover letter or resume.

The salary range is $60,000-$90,000, commensurate with education and work experience.

Other Information:

New York City residency must be established within 90 days of appointment and is required for the first two years of city service, after which employees may reside in Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, or Westchester Counties. Foreign nationals must have a valid permanent resident card (“green card”) or renewable work permit.

The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

As a current or prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. Please review the notice to see if you may be eligible for programs and how to apply at

IBO maintains hybrid work schedules.

How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to by January 20, 2024 Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they are received. Only candidates that are invited to interview will be contacted.

Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Research and Policy. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.