Careers: Senior Director, Fiscal Policy

Apr 11, 2024

About the Peterson Foundation

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is working to secure a healthy, growing economy by addressing America’s long-term fiscal challenges. The Foundation partners with leading policy experts, elected officials and the public to build support for solutions to put America on a sustainable fiscal path. As a non-partisan organization, the Foundation engages in grant-making, partnerships, and research to educate and involve Americans from a variety of perspectives.

Position Summary

The primary role of the Senior Director, Fiscal Policy, is to track, research, analyze and assess the impacts of current, proposed and potential fiscal policies in order to advance the goals of the Foundation. In doing so, the Senior Director will engage with a range of research organizations from across the ideological spectrum to initiate new ideas, refine existing ones, and promote the combination of those most likely to address America’s long-term fiscal challenges. This leader will be expected to coordinate closely with colleagues in the Peterson Center on Healthcare and the communications team within the Foundation.

The incumbent will have significant knowledge of the legislative and policy-making process, and expertise in a range of federal programs. The position reports to the Senior Advisor of the Foundation. It requires a significant presence in Washington, DC with occasional travel to New York City.


  • Develop, maintain, and communicate knowledge of a wide range of fiscal policies.
  • Collaborate with Senior Advisor, staff and senior leadership across the organization to identify and execute research opportunities that help advance the Foundation’s goals.
  • Commission research by think tanks and academic institutions through grants and via contract when necessary with consultancies.
  • Prepare quick analysis of legislation and fiscal proposals that the Foundation can use in public-facing materials, media statements, and fact sheets that advance the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Research and write reports, blog posts, and op-eds on programmatic issues.
  • Expand the Foundation’s profile with policymakers, think tanks, academics, the media, and interested stakeholders through presentations, briefings, research reports, and other communications.
  • Keep informed of projects and policy research of peer organizations and present opportunities for collaboration and amplification of shared work.
  • Understand and adhere to legal requirements associated with the Foundation and its affiliated organizations.

About the Successful Candidate

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; a Master’s degree in law or public policy preferred.
  • Significant experience in economics, public finance, or public policy.
  • Demonstrated expertise in federal fiscal policy and legislation.
  • In-depth knowledge of legislative and policy-making process.
  • Deep network of experts in budget and fiscal policy.
  • Demonstrated skills in collaborating across complex organizations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and analytical skills.
  • Salary and Benefits

    We anticipate that the starting base salary range for the Senior Director position will be $210,000–$215,000, plus eligibility for an annual discretionary bonus. In addition, we offer a generous benefits package designed to support employee health and well-being, including comprehensive health insurance, a substantial 401k match, paid time off, a hybrid work schedule and other flexible work policies.

    To Apply

    We are a dynamic, growing organization that embraces critical thinking, problem solving and innovative ideas. If you have relevant experience and qualifications, please send your resume to

    The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply to our organization. We offer a welcoming community that respects each individual and fosters a diverse set of experiences, perspectives, skills and ideas. We are committed to building a workplace in which every team member can thrive personally and professionally and contribute to our mission.

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