Job Opportunity with the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC)

Outreach and Engagement Director

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) is a non-partisan research and advocacy project that provides budget and fiscal analysis and public education in support of policies to improve the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Pennsylvanians.

PBPC’s vision is that all Pennsylvania citizens will enjoy a system of taxation that is fair and progressive, and that raises sufficient revenue to provide quality public services and economic prosperity. The Center is a project of the Keystone Research Center (KRC) and a member of the State Fiscal Analysis Network coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The Outreach and Engagement Director’s role is to build PBPC’s presence in the state by recruiting new coalition members and allies, build our online activist list, and plan and implement annual issue campaigns on tax and budget policy issues. The Outreach Director will coordinate efforts with existing state budget coalitions in Allentown, Pittsburgh, Erie and Philadelphia.

The Outreach Director will have several key areas of responsibility:

(1)   Plan and execute annual budget and tax campaigns with coalition partners.

(2)   Identify, develop, and maintain strategic partnerships and alliances with key organizations and spokespersons.

(3)   Work with PBPC Communications Director to build and manage online organizing including Facebook, email contacts and website.

(4)   Organize PBPC events including lobby days and earned media events.

(5)   Plan educational programs and trainings for partners and activists to strengthen their engagement on budget and tax issues.

(6)   Develop accessible materials and resources for use by partners and allies in the annual budget and tax campaigns.

The position is funded for one year, with continuation funding likely.  The position is based in Harrisburg but staff can work out of the Philadelphia office several days a week.


  • Demonstrable experience managing regional or state-level advocacy campaigns and/or political campaigns
  • Experience with campaign planning and implementation
    • Demonstrable experience building diverse and effective alliances and collaborations
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
    • Professional knowledge of communications, publications, and administration
    • Excellent organizational and planning skills, with a special focus on meeting planning
    • Ability to meet deadlines and problem-solve
    • Familiarity with Pennsylvania policy issue and organizing landscap
    • Excellent interpersonal skills


  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, policy, communication, or related field, and five years of related experience
  • Previous experience managing campaigns and/or building coalitions
  • Ability to travel

Salary: $42,000-$48,000 depending on experience.

Full health and dental benefits, generous vacation and personal leave, employer matched retirement benefit.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Sharon Ward, Director:

The application deadline is September 15, 2013 or until the position is filled.