State Priorities Partnership
Washington, Dist. of Columbia, US
Closing date
May 23, 2022

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New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) seeks strategic and visionary leadership with a deep
commitment to using data, communications, and advocacy to advance more progressive and racially
inclusive state policies. NJPP welcomes candidates who want to apply as individuals for the role of
President, apply with another individual for consideration as Co-Presidents, or apply individually with
an interest in serving as a Co-President.

About NJPP
NJPP is New Jersey's go-to nonpartisan institution for independent and evidence-based state policy
research, analysis, and strategic communications. Since its founding in 1997, NJPP has shaped public
conversations and driven policy change to advance economic, social, and racial justice for all New
Jerseyans. Through its strategic use of information, communications, and advocacy, NJPP has earned
its reputation as a "think-and-do tank" and a key resource for legislative and executive branch
policymakers, the media, and advocates across the state and country.

NJPP's approach blends research with strategic communications and outreach to catalyze policy

change. NJPP's efforts reflect the following principles:

  • Effective public policies, arrived at through an open and democratic process, are needed to
advance economic and social justice, promote racial justice and equity, fight climate change,
preserve democratic institutions, and dismantle institutional and structural racism.

  • Government investments and a strong public sector are essential to help people and
communities reach their full potential.

  • The state budget is a moral document that reflects society's values; sound budget practices
and public investments at a level adequate to support human dignity play a critical role in
advancing NJPP's goals.

NJPP is a member of the State Priorities Partnership, a national network that provides financial, policy,
and technical support, coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. NJPP has played a
crucial role in enacting many progressive state policies including: a millionaires' tax; a $15 minimum
wage; adoption and improvement of Paid Family Leave; an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit;
affordable health care; expansion of SNAP and TANF; sensible reforms of corporate subsidies;
increased opportunities for undocumented residents; statewide Earned Sick Days; and electoral
process reforms.

For more information on NJPP, please visit

About the Role
NJPP seeks a leader who understands New Jersey's political and institutional framework and can
work effectively within it to achieve the organization's goals. At the same time, the leader must
demonstrate a commitment to ending institutional and structural racism and achieving racial equity
through policy change.

New Jersey Policy Perspective
137 W. Hanover Street | Trenton, NJ 08618 | (609) 393-1145 |

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President is expected to take a leadership role in day-to-day

operations, including:
  • Supporting staff in maintaining NJPP's strong record of accurate and reliable analyses.
  • Playing a leadership role in raising resources from foundations and individuals necessary to
sustain NJPP's continued operations and long-term growth. The FY'21 operating budget is $1.7

  • Collaborating with a broad and growing coalition of partners to expand the organization's
visibility, relevance, and policy impact.

  • Issuing a compelling call to a wide array of actions, and enthusiastically conveying the value of
NJPP's work to existing and potential allied organizations, as well as new and existing funding
sources including major donors, foundations, and organizations.

  • Working alongside staff to build a robust organizational structure supported by a healthy
operating budget.

  • Taking the lead in creating and maintaining an organizational culture that reflects NJPP's

  • Understanding the importance of a robust partnership with the Board and ensuring fiduciary
responsibility, sound financial management practices, and accountability to the Board.

  • Working with the Board to recruit additional Board members who reflect New Jersey's

Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate is a dynamic and inclusive leader who is passionate about and dedicated to the
mission of NJPP and politically savvy, resilient, and collaborative. The successful candidate will have a
demonstrated record of effective leadership and fundraising, as well as managerial success and
financial management in the nonprofit or public sector.

The next President will possess the following qualities, attributes, and characteristics:

Strategic and Visionary

  • The President must convey a sense of urgency around the critical challenges facing New
Jersey, a commitment to the development of new knowledge, and an understanding of the
importance of NJPP's role in influencing policy to advance economic, social, and racial justice.

  • The President must be a strategic, energetic, and influential leader who can develop and
articulate an inspiring, persuasive, relatable vision for all audiences.

  • The President must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to move comfortably and
confidently among people from all backgrounds.

  • The President must possess outstanding communication abilities, both oral and written.
New Jersey Policy Perspective
137 W. Hanover Street | Trenton, NJ 08618 | (609) 393-1145 |

Grounded in Principles of Racial Equity and Social Justice
  • The President must understand the history of racism and the ongoing impacts of institutional
and structural racism, as written into public policy, tax codes, and budgets in New Jersey and
at the federal level.

  • The President must recognize the essential role of government to redress institutional and
structural racism.

  • The President must honor the leadership of people of color and other communities that are
underrepresented and have a record of effective support for and collaboration with diverse
coalitions led by communities that have historically faced underinvestment and exclusion from
public debate.

Management Acumen

  • The President should demonstrate skill at leading and managing an organization with a strong
race-equity culture, including participatory decision-making, inclusion, heeding voices from
diverse backgrounds, and recognition of organizational power differentials.

  • The President should have keen analytic, management, organizational, and problem-solving
skills that support and enable sound decision-making and empower others to contribute to the
success of an organization.

  • The President will have a record of accomplishment raising resources from individuals and
foundations, however, candidates with persuasive communication skills who have not had
experience fundraising will also be considered.

NJPP anticipates paying an annual salary of $120K to $150K, commensurate with experience, and
dependent on the leadership structure.

How to Apply
To express your interest in this position, please submit an up-to-date and thorough resume, along with
a letter of interest describing how you intend to advance NJPP's commitment to racial equity and
economic justice through public policy via this link.

All inquiries and discussions will be strictly confidential. New Jersey Policy Perspective recognizes that
inequitable policies and biased implementation have disproportionately denied certain sectors of
society - including people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, people with disabilities,
women, and LGBTQIA+ people - access to their basic rights and created an unjust gap in opportunity
and results. We strive to center these communities in the work we do. As part of that commitment, we
strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who represent other marginalized
communities, including those protected by the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.

NJPP acknowledges that people from under-represented groups may not have had access to
traditional pathways to education and career experiences. If your experience is not traditional, but you
feel you have the perspective and skill sets we seek, we encourage you to apply.

The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is identified.

New Jersey Policy Perspective
137 W. Hanover Street | Trenton, NJ 08618 | (609) 393-1145 |

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