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Job Opening: Senior Director, Budget and Data Analytics


First Focus on Children is seeking a full-time Senior Director, Budget and Data Analytics to work closely with the First Focus staff and organizational partners in the Children’s Budget Coalition related to documenting how children’s programs are faring in the federal budget, including analysis related to First Focus on Children’s Children’s Budget series, and conducting both quantitative and qualitative analysis of other federal administrative and research data related to children. This work will include working with policy leads and communications on data analysis and writing and the development of new research projects.

The Director, Budget and Data Analytics will research and analyze federal fiscal proposals and policies and their impact on children and conduct other analyses of administrative and research data with respect to children. Experience with budget data, including the federal budget and appropriations process, and analyzing, interpreting, and disseminating data and identifying patterns from data collected through surveys, administrative, and program data is preferred.

First Focus on Children is a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions. First Focus leads a comprehensive advocacy strategy, with its hands-on experience with federal policymaking and a commitment to seeking bipartisan solutions. Some advocates believe that painting a compelling picture of the problems facing children is enough. First Focus believes awareness is the starting point, not the finish line. First Focus approaches it’s advocacy work, which is performed in partnership with its 501 (c)(4) affiliate – First Focus Campaign for Children – through the following four steps: Raising Awareness, Developing Policy Solutions, Building Will, and Taking Action.


  1. Work with the budget and tax policy team in the production of First Focus’s annual Children’s Budget book, which documents the five-year spending trends for the 180+ federal programs that impact children.
  2. Work with organizations in the Children’s Budget Coalition, which is a collaboration of national child and family advocacy groups working to make children a greater priority in the federal budget.
  3. Analyze new and existing federal budget proposals and their impact on children and families.
  4. Analyze annual President’s budget, congressional budgets, and annual spending bills with respect to their impact on children.
  5. Analyze and disseminate data related to trends and impact on children from administrative and research data, such as the Census Bureau, etc.
  6. Write reports, briefings, fact sheets and other written material regarding the federal budget and other trends related to children for dissemination to various audiences.
  7. Adept at using numbers and facts to tell a story.
  8. Help keep First Focus of Children and the Children’s Budget Coalition websites updated with the latest policy resources and materials.


We’re seeking candidates who excel in data analytics, are detail and results-oriented, and have a passion for improving the lives of children. Bachelor’s degree in related field and 3-5 years experience required.

  1. Proficiency in the areas of federal budget analysis.   
  2. Understanding of or willingness to engage in understanding how federal tax policies impact children and families.
  3. Ideal person will understand federal policy-making process, be adept with key tools in advocacy and policy change, understand the political landscape and be able to work on issues that require bipartisan support to lead to policy change.
  4. Knowledge of federal administrative and research datasets.
  5. Demonstrated skill/experience in developing strategies to affect public policy debates and decisions; and an ability to consider complex budget and tax issues and explain those issues (both in writing and orally) for a broader audience.
  6. Demonstrate the maturity and confidence to work internally and externally to promote the analysis and how it impacts public policy impacting children and families.
  7. Proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Outlook; and be able to prepare graphic presentations and conduct internet research. 
  8. Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision; self-starter.

Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive.


Submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the position and your resume to with “Budget and Data Analytics Job” in the subject line.