Job Opportunities at the Tax Foundation

We’re a 78-year-old nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank located steps from the White House in Washington, D.C. Our staff brings a balance of time-earned experience and youthful ambition to the table, and we regularly work with policymakers on both sides of the aisle to help fix problems in national and state tax codes. By focusing on effective policies instead of politics, we have curated a reputation as one of the most effective policy think tanks in the nation.

Recently, we’ve analyzed the tax plans of every presidential candidate, bringing their proposals to the national spotlight and ensuring that the politicians and media are informed and honest. At the state level, we use our research to foster competition among the states and advise policymakers on how to improve their tax systems. In 2015, our work was cited in 22,193 news articles in 4,304 publications, including all 100 of the largest national outlets and the papers of record in all 50 states. We produced 73 publications, including 11 books, posted 502 blog posts, and our website got a record 8.5 million views.

Benefits include HSA-based health coverage (TF provides two-thirds of the premium and deposits the amount of the deductible into the HSA), dental and vision coverage, life/AD&D/LTD insurance, 12 holidays per year, 15 vacation days per year, sick leave, early release on Fridays, and a generous 401(k) retirement plan (100% match on first 3%; 50% match on next 2%). The Tax Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V.

We are currently accepting applicants for internshipsclerkships, our Taxes and Growth Fellowship Program, and the following full-time staff positions:


Manager of Donor Communications

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the entire development team to implement and manage a direct marketing strategy with special focus on individual donors and prospects, to increase overall membership and revenue.
  • Manage our monthly direct-mail (house file) and acquisition program, coordinating with outside contractors and other direct mail vendors. Ensure that revenue and expense goals are met and all deadlines throughout the process are adhered to.
  • Assist with writing and editing content of all direct marketing material.  Content should be sophisticated, timely and encourages support.
  • Prepare monthly house file and HNW mailing lists.  Ensure there are no duplications and all fields are accurate.
  • Prepare performance metrics for each campaign. Track progress, analyze results and offer suggestions for improvement.  Reports should be accurate and updated monthly.
  • Coordinate donor correspondence including donor thank you letters, new donor welcome packets, and recognition program correspondence with Manager of Strategic Giving.
  • Coordinate other donor-related materials that are produced or supporting development activities including decals, book markers, tchotchkes, etc.
  • Manage an effective online donor communication plan that not only provides our supporters with information but encourages increased giving.  This should include a welcome e-mail series, weekly electronic newsletters, and periodic updates from staff regarding breaking news and current events.
  • Assist with drafting and editing organization materials including annual reports, chart books, brochures, etc., to ensure they are donor-centric.
  • Participate in general donor strategy sessions.
  • Establish professional and collegial relationships with current and prospective donors in order to secure private support for the Tax Foundation.
  • Document all contact with donors and prospects to ensure positive and purposeful donor relations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. This position reports to the VP of Individual & Foundation Giving. 

Qualifications & Requirements 

  • Passionate about the Tax Foundation, tax policy and economic growth.
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years’ experience in fundraising or communications, ideally in nonpartisan, policy-oriented, 501(c)(3) organizations.
  • Demonstrated record of exceeding goals.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Salesforce or similar CRM database, and Mailchimp.
  • Organized, self-motivated, creative, and able to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards, demonstrate empathetic disposition, and perseverance.
  • Project an optimistic and positive attitude and convey sensitivity to needs of the donors.
  • Able and willing to travel.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and able to drive long distances for several hours at a time.
  • This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Benefits Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include HSA-based health coverage (TF provides two-thirds of the premium and deposits the amount of the deductible into the HSA), dental and vision coverage, life/AD&D/LTD insurance, 12 holidays per year, 15 vacation days per year, sick leave, early release on Fridays, and a generous 401(k) retirement plan (100% match on first 3%; 50% match on next 2%).

Applying Submit cover letter and resume to Mr. Joseph Henchman, VP Operations, Tax Foundation, at henchman@taxfoundation.org. The cover letter should demonstrate informed interest in our organization. The position is open until filled. The Tax Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V