Job Opportunities at the Tax Foundation

We’re a 79-year-old nonpartisan, non-profit located steps away from the White House in Washington, DC. We regularly work with policymakers on both sides of the aisle to help fix problems in national and state tax codes and 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 ensure that that the politicians and media are informed and honest. At the state level, we use our research to foster competition between 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 different publications, including all 100 of the largest national outlets and the papers of record in all fifty states, 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

Tax Foundation seeks a Manager of Donor Communications who will be responsible for our direct mail (house file) and acquisition programs to increase the number of supporters and revenue. Several thousand individuals support Tax Foundation programs each year, and this position will direct sophisticated and timely content (mail and e-mail) to them to warrant continuing and increased giving. This person must be self-starting and organized, able to set and meet metrics and deadlines, and ready to join an amazing team of fundraising professionals. The right candidate must also believe strongly in the Tax Foundation mission of pushing the tax reform debate toward smarter policies. The Manager of Donor Communications will report to our Vice President for Individual & Foundation Giving and will be located in Washington, DC. Here are a few regular duties that can be expected:

  • Setting and meeting schedules for our direct mail house file and acquisition programs, including supervising outside direct mail and printing vendors
  • Communicating with small-dollar donors (thank you letters, welcome packets, recognition), documenting interactions, and using moves management techniques and research to identify gift prospects
  • Cultivating and preparing up-to-date house file and donor mailing lists
  • Monitoring continuously and reporting regularly on program metrics, keeping accurate records and analyzing results to recommend improvements
  • Assisting with writing creative and compelling content, incorporating the latest news and TF achievements
  • Maintaining a keen understanding of industry trends and make appropriate recommendations on Tax Foundation’s fundraising strategy

Ideal Skill Sets

  • A minimum of three years of experience in non-profit individual donor fundraising, or equivalent experience in strategic planning, persuasive communications, sales, or a related job
  • Results-oriented, strong organization skills, and solid attention to detail
  • Able to think strategically, drive projects, meet deadlines, develop and execute plans effectively
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and donor-engagement skills, projecting a positive and optimistic attitude
  • Good judgment, discretion, and maturity

Benefits Salary range is $50,000 to $62,000, depending on qualifications and 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


Manager of Media Relations

Tax Foundation seeks a Manager of Media Relations who will be responsible for placing our experts and ideas in national and state newspaper, TV, radio, and online news outlets. This person must be a self-starting multitasker who can thrive in a fast-paced environment (~80 publications per year to a variety of audiences), knows or can quickly get to know the media landscape, and who can juggle multiple requests from news outlets at a time. The ideal candidate recognizes that the news never sleeps, and possesses a natural enthusiasm for following all things news, politics, and policy. The right candidate must also believe strongly in the Tax Foundation mission of pushing the tax reform debate toward smarter policies. The Manager of Media Relations will report to our Vice President of Operations, and will be located in Washington, DC. Here are a few regular duties that can be expected:

  • Preparing and executing media strategies for specific policy areas in collaboration with others at TF
  • Placing our experts and ideas in the news, pitching and booking interviews
  • Tracking and expanding the level of media coverage, both overall and related to specific policy areas
  • Maintaining all appropriate media contact lists and databases, and continuously expanding these lists with new contacts and relationships
  • Generating ideas for opinion pieces written by TF experts, assisting with creation of these articles and then placing them with top-level news outlets
  • Continually composing and editing articles and press releases for the media
  • Ensuring the Tax Foundation protects and promotes its brand
  • Maintaining a keen understanding of industry trends and make appropriate recommendations on Tax Foundation’s outreach strategy

Ideal Skill Sets

  • Several years of experience in communications, media relations, journalism, or public relations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as editing skills
  • Strong project management skills and ability to multi-task, set priorities, and follow through
  • Solid understanding of the news cycle and how to effectively interact with reporters and producers
  • Experience using media monitoring and social media platforms
  • Willingness to build and maintain strong relationships with national and state media outlets

Benefits Salary range is $56,000 to $68,000, depending on qualifications and 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, resume, three writing samples (preferably published), and one sample news release based on any Tax Foundation publication, 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


Policy Analyst (State Policy)

Tax Foundation seeks an Analyst to join our four-person state policy team. The state team produces four major annual studies and dozens of smaller reports each year, testifies and presents on tax proposals across the country (32 states so far this year), and works with friends at the national level and in the states to promote smarter, pro-growth tax policy. Our organization and experts are cited by the media over 10,000 times annually. Our state team has received a number of awards for our influence on state policy.

The successful candidate will be responsible for completing high-profile annual projects, developing new projects that advance the effectiveness of our research agenda, and producing blog posts, op-eds, letters to the editor, and longer reports that advance principled tax policy. Tax Foundation experts regularly represent our work in legislative testimony, media appearances, and presentations in front of key stakeholders. Good speaking, good writing, and good attitude are a must. The right candidate must also believe strongly in the Tax Foundation mission of pushing the tax reform debate toward smarter policies. The Analyst will report to our Director of State Projects and will be located in Washington, DC. Here are a few regular duties that can be expected:

  • Developing and maintaining knowledge of current state tax policy and economic issues, and identify new research opportunities. She or he will contribute substantively and regularly to our Tax Policy Blog
  • Researching and writing studies, reports, and op-eds on state tax issues. Ability to navigate and utilize major data sources (such as BEA and Census) are key.
  • Assisting in expanding the Tax Foundation’s presence with policymakers, academics, the media, and interested stakeholders, through responses to inquiries and briefings to key stakeholders

Ideal Skill Sets

  • Experience or training in economics, public finance, public policy, political science, or government
  • Able to work independently on projects, from conception to completion; to work under pressure; and to interface well with all departments of the organization and represent Tax Foundation in a highly professional manner
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and enjoy working with a team

Benefits Salary range is $48,000 to $60,000, depending on qualifications and 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, resume, and three writing samples (preferably published) 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