The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Government and Finance Division is accepting applications under its 2021 Graduate Recruit Program for an Analyst in Public Finance. This position will be filled at the GS-09 or GS-11 level (see “Duties” ).
Initial appointments under the Graduate Recruit Program will be made for a period up to 120 days. Initial appointments are expected to convert to permanent, contingent upon the participant’s successful performance, completion of all degree requirements, and availability of funding. Those students who return to school to complete their advanced degree program may be eligible for a permanent position once they obtain their degree.
- The Analyst in Public Finance will work on legislation and oversight issues in the areas of tax policy, small business or economic development, and other public finance policies for Members and committees of the U.S. Congress. The analyst will locate and interpret factual information; conduct research; prepare objective, non-partisan descriptive, background, and analytical reports; and participate in team research projects and seminars. The work also includes briefing congressional staff and Members of Congress. The applicant should be able to demonstrate their proficiency through relevant coursework or experience. Applicants earning an advanced degree in economics are especially encouraged to apply.
- The ideal candidate will have formal training in or experience with microeconomics with an emphasis on tax policy, small business or economic development; knowledge and experience with public policymaking; and/or formal training in public finance and economics. The analyst in public finance is also expected to develop over time the skills necessary to provide legislative analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members of Congress, and their staff at increasingly sophisticated levels.
- Strong writing, research, and presentation skills are essential, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience.
- The analyst position carries promotion potential to the GS-15 level.