Position Economist Work Hours 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Division Finance Open Date 9/26/2018
Number of Positions 1 Close Date Until filled

Are you ready to put your economic and public policy skills to work to help the City Council shape local policy, provide guidance on public finance and tax policy and pass the New York City budget? If so, the New York City Council’s Finance Division is the place for you.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Working with the other members of the Economics and Revenue Unit to monitor the City’s taxes, analyze changes in tax policy, and in the legislative work related to these taxes;
  • Forecasting the City’s economy and tax revenues as part of the forecast team;
  • Preparing reports and analyses on budget and fiscal matters for Council budget, legislative, oversight, and other committee hearings;
  • Prepare fiscal analyses for proposed legislation and on special research questions as directed by the Finance Division Director and/or Deputy Director/Chief Economist;
  • Staying informed on a broad range of urban public policy and economic issues;
  • Presenting to Council Members and staff on key budget and agency issues; and
  • Advising elected officials and senior staff on the economy, budget and policy matters.


The ideal candidate will balance strong quantitative and qualitative skills. They should have strong writing and public presentation skills. They should be able to explain technical economic or fiscal matters in a clear and concise manner. They should have an interest in public policy evidenced through employment, internships, volunteer work or course work.  Candidates should ideally have a Master’s Degree or better in Economics, Public Administration, Urban Planning, or similar field with a quantitative background including regression analysis.  Computer skills should include the ability to prepare and work with data using software such as E-Views, SPSS, STATA or R.  Familiarity with reading and analyzing legislation or legal analysis a plus.

We are looking for someone who will be able to use their training to analyze economic, budget, and public policy issues within the framework of the laws and institutions which govern the New York City budget, and who can communicate their analysis effectively with elected officials and senior staff.

New York City Residency Required within 90 Days of Appointment

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should forward a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

New York City Council
Administrative Services
Attn: Recruiting Unit/ECON
250 Broadway, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10007



While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.