Fiscal Researcher

The Fiscal Researcher will play a key role in furthering the organization’s commitment to monitoring and improving the fiscal health and performance of governments and school districts in Wisconsin. In particular, the position will be responsible for keeping track of and analyzing the finances of Wisconsin’s largest local governments and will be expected to develop and maintain contacts with key fiscal staff in those governments. Other activities will include monitoring and working with other staff on state budget and fiscal issues; serving as primary investigator on fiscal and other research projects (including data collection, analysis, data visualization, and overall project management); writing annual budget briefs and lengthier research reports for publication on the organization’s web site and presentation to elected and civic officials; and assisting other researchers with fiscal analysis pertaining to research projects in various policy areas.

This position is being advertised as a full-time position but part-time applicants are welcome to apply. It may be ideally suited for a seasoned government finance professional who is seeking responsibility and fulfillment from a job that also offers flexibility and substantial but not full-time hours (perhaps 20 to 25 hours per week). WPF values candidates with diverse backgrounds and encourages them to apply.




We will offer a competitive starting salary commensurate with this position’s requirements and based on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant. For exceptionally qualified candidates, we would consider a position title of “Senior Fiscal Researcher” with a higher compensation package. Depending on part-time versus full-time status, available benefits may include health/dental/vision insurance, employer-paid life/disability coverage, employer-paid parking, and a generous matching 401(k) program.

The Wisconsin Policy Forum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This position could be based either in our Milwaukee or Madison office, though we value and offer a flexible work environment, including opportunity to work remotely on a somewhat regular basis.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter via e-mail to Rob Henken, President, at