Thank you for your interest in working with Alabama Arise. We work every day to build a better Alabama for all through research, organizing and advocacy. We believe in a state that offers justice, mercy and opportunity for everyone, and we believe better public policy is essential to make that vision a reality.

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Alabama Arise is hiring a State Policy Fellow. More details on the position and information on how to apply are below.

Alabama Arise is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, age, disability, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, veteran or military status, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law.

State Policy Fellow

Alabama Arise is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of congregations, organizations and individuals united in our belief that people in poverty are suffering because of state policy decisions. We also recognize the decisive role that racism plays in creating barriers to political participation and economic equality. Through Arise, groups and individuals join together to promote state policies to improve the lives of people living in poverty. Using policy analysis, advocacy and organizing, Arise provides a structure in which Alabamians can engage in public debates to promote the common good.


Alabama Arise is seeking applicants for the State Policy Fellowship Program to work on budget and public policy issues affecting low- and moderate-income communities and communities of color in Alabama.

To expand the diversity of voices that speak with authority in state policy debates, the program identifies highly motivated candidates – with particular attention to candidates having experience with communities underrepresented in state policy debates – with a demonstrated interest in working on public policies that affect people with low incomes and diverse communities and that have implications for racial equity. Fellows are placed with influential state policy organizations across the country.

The Fellowship is a project of the State Priorities Partnership, a national network coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonprofit research organization with a national reputation for rigorous analysis of fiscal policies and an ability to influence policy debates.

Major functions and tasks

Working in independent, highly respected policy organizations located across the country, Fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents and communities of color and promote positive reforms. State Policy Fellows tackle domestic policy challenges in areas such as:

  • Taxes
  • Health care
  • Poverty reduction
  • Population health
  • Criminal justice
  • K-12 and higher education
  • Immigrant rights
  • Youth and adult justice
  • Tribal and Indigenous policy
  • Economic development

The State Policy Fellowship is an exceptional opportunity to develop in-depth policy expertise. Fellowship responsibilities include tracking and analyzing legislative proposals and state budgets as well as conducting research and analysis on state budget, tax and other issues to improve the lives of families from all backgrounds. Fellows also will produce reports and other materials for use by policymakers, journalists, advocacy groups and civic organizations and collaborate with community-based advocates to engage the public on the impacts of public policies on their communities.

Additionally, Fellows will participate in training and career development opportunities, work with mentors, and have access to ongoing training and opportunities for professional growth.

Core requirements
  • A college degree plus two years of relevant research or advocacy experience; OR a graduate degree in a related field acquired within the past two years, or an expected graduate degree before Aug. 1, 2021.
  • Strong quantitative and writing skills.
  • A commitment to improving the well-being of households with low and moderate incomes and building and/or deepening commitment to racial justice work.
  • Demonstrated interest in working on public policies affecting low-income communities, communities of color and LGBTQ communities, and policies with implications for racial equity.
  • The ability to work on multiple tasks both independently and as part of a highly collaborative team, often on a time-sensitive basis.
  • Familiarity with state tax policy issues and concepts is an advantage, but not required.
  • A two-year commitment is expected. Candidates must be eligible to work full time in the United States for the two-year duration of the program.
Additional information

The State Policy Fellow is a full-time position that reports to the Policy Director. The Fellow will earn an annual salary of $50,000, in addition to a full benefits package including health and dental coverage, retirement, paid vacation and sick leave, and generous professional development opportunities.

The position will be based in Arise’s Montgomery office in the long term. At present, all Arise staff members are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to apply

To apply for a State Policy Fellowship with Alabama Arise, please complete the application form and submit the required materials by Feb. 19, 2021. If you have questions, please contact Eric Figueroa at . No calls, please.