The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) is seeking applications for the following position:

Fiscal and Policy Analyst

We will begin reviewing applications on June 28. We will consider applications submitted after this date if the position remains unfilled.

Please see the attached document for details.

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Examples of Duties

The primary responsibility of a fiscal and policy analyst (FPA) is to be the LAO’s expert in the policy area to which they are assigned. These assignments fall into one of the following units in the office: Economy, Taxes, and Labor; Health, Developmental Services, and Technology; Environment and Transportation; Higher Education; K-12 Education; Human Services and Governance; Public Safety and Business Regulation; and State Budget Condition.

Toward this end, an analyst:

  • Spends considerable time in the field learning first-hand how programs work in practice.
  • Keeps up on the laws and available literature in the program area.
  • Knows and stays in contact with legislative, administrative, and intergovernmental staff, as well as industry groups and nonprofit organizations in the assigned policy area.

The analyst uses this expertise to:

  • Identify and analyze budget and policy issues and develop options and recommendations for the Legislature to address these issues. These analyses are contained in reports, legislative assignments, and initiative and ballot pamphlet write-ups.
  • Testify before legislative committees on fiscal and policy issues.
  • Serve as a fiscal and program resource to legislators whenever needed.

Because analysts are nonpartisan fiscal and policy staff, it is essential their work be objective, analytical, accurate, and thorough. In addition, for the analyst’s work to be useful to the Legislature, it must be solution-oriented and performed in a timely manner.

The unit assignment for these positions have yet to be determined and may be in any of the units listed above.

Typical Qualifications

Applicants must possess a master’s degree in public policy, public or business administration, economics, or a related field that includes a curriculum of economics, statistics, public finance, and policy analysis. In addition, analysts must (1) possess strong quantitative and analytical skills; (2) be able to communicate effectively through clear and concise writing and oral presentations; (3) work well with others in a fast-paced and production-oriented environment; (4) learn, show initiative, and be willing to take on increasing levels of responsibility; and (5) be proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word.

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa.

Supplemental Information

Permanent, full-time. Employees work from the office in Sacramento, CA Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Telecommuting is offered most Mondays and Fridays, workload permitting, but in-person work may be necessary.

For more information regarding salaries for senior fiscal and policy analysts, please visit our website.

We will begin reviewing applications on June 28. We will consider applications submitted after this date if the position remains unfilled.

About The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO)

The LAO has provided nonpartisan fiscal and policy analysis to the California Legislature since 1941. The primary activities of the LAO are to:

Assist the Legislature in all aspects of the budget process through its analytical and oversight activities.

Respond to legislative requests for information about and analysis of the state’s budget and programs.

Conduct independent studies and produce self-generated reports on topics of importance to the state.

We deal with real-world problems that directly affect the public and assist the Legislature in setting budget priorities and state policy for one of the world’s largest economies. Working independently as well as in teams, we serve as the eyes and ears of the California Legislature to ensure that state-funded programs are operating in an efficient and effective manner.