Job Opportunities at the Tax Foundation

We’re a 78-year-old nonpartisan, non-profit think tank located steps away from the White House in Washington, DC. 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 the most effective tax policy think tank in the nation.

We just moved into a new, custom built office with collaborative spaces that allow our staff to work together in a variety of settings. We want to facilitate a work environment that allows you to work the way you work best. Whether it’s providing cutting edge technology to our staff, allowing our staff to take risks and try creative new solutions, or organizing a lunch at a great restaurant during Restaurant week, our management works hard to make the Tax Foundation environment an example of what working in DC should be.

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:


Vice President for Individual & Foundation Giving


We are currently seeking a highly motivated person for the newly created position of Vice President for Individual and Foundation Giving.

The VP will be responsible for planning, implementing, and managing the Tax Foundation’s fundraising programs aimed at maintaining, cultivating and recruiting individual and foundation donors. The VP reports to the President.

Essential Duties

  • Providing overall leadership and strategic vision to the organization’s individual and foundation fundraising activities, including major donor giving, special events, foundation grants, direct mail, and planned giving.
  • Supervising staff responsible for fundraising and gift administration from individuals and foundations.
  • Developing annual revenue targets, donor acquisition goals, and key metrics and continuously monitoring progress towards those goals and metrics.
  • Supervising fundraising activities with emphasis on best practices, donor stewardship and satisfaction, and revenue goals.
  • Playing an active and personal role in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major individual donors, and foundation officers.
  • Collaborating with key policy and communications staff to create synergy between development and programmatic initiatives.
  • Responding to donor questions, concerns, and suggestions.
  • Managing relationships with key vendors and consultants.
  • Managing the departmental budget, and monitoring progress toward budgeted revenue goals.
  • Providing regular updates to the Board of Directors regarding fundraising activities, accomplishments, and challenges.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of all Tax Foundation events.
  • Identifying departmental training and mentoring needs and fulfilling those needs through a variety of internal and external resources.
  • Handling other duties as assigned by the President.
  • Domestic travel required.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • 7 to 10+ years of fundraising experience with individual and foundation donors
  • A track record of fundraising success
  • Ability to communicate and implement a clear strategy for how to accelerate the organization’s current growth over the next three to five years
  • Solid managerial skills, including ability to mentor junior staff
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills
  • Philosophical alignment with/passion for Tax Foundation’s mission

Benefits Salary is commensurate with an entry-level position. Tax Foundation staff are rewarded with a dynamic, challenging, and creative work environment with substantial opportunity for personal and professional growth. Benefits include HSA-based health coverage, dental and vision coverage, life/AD&D/LTD insurance, vacation/sick leave, and a generous 401(k) retirement plan.

Applying Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position/mission of the organization and your salary requirements: materials should be emailed to Claire Dixon, executive director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire@talentmarket.org. All materials should be sent in one PDF file with your name in the file name. While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please. The position is open until filled. The Tax Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V


Grants & Foundations Manager

We are currently seeking a Grants and Foundations Manager to grow our grant program and build lasting relationships with private foundations.

The ideal candidate should possess strong interpersonal skills and enjoy working within a team. He or she should have the necessary skills to take ownership of the existing relationships with current grantors, develop a communication and management strategy to reach our goals, and work with the Tax Foundation state, federal and communication teams to identify projects and new sources of funding.  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Write minimum of 40 foundation grants per year
  • Establish comfortable relationships with individual Foundations and program managers who currently support Tax Foundation programs and research
  • Work with Tax Foundation senior staff to identify funding for current and future research priorities
  • Demonstrate initiative to look for new sources of funding and new project ideas
  • Develop and present to senior management a long-term strategy for growing the grants program
  • Manage a detailed grants calendar and schedule
  • Develop reporting metrics and processes for all grantors
  • Work collaboratively with all Tax Foundation staff members
  • Monitor and document all contact with donors and prospects to ensure positive and purposeful donor relations

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Strong writing skills
  • Keen attention to detail and the discipline to meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate unique, sometimes complicated economic and fiscal concepts and research
  • Minimum of two to three years successful experience in grant or policy writing
  • Passion for the Tax Foundation’s mission and principles
  • Demonstrated record of reaching or exceeding revenue goals
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards, reflect optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to needs of the donors
  • College degree and prior employment references
  • Some travel may be required

Benefits Salary is commensurate with an entry-level position. Tax Foundation staff are rewarded with a dynamic, challenging, and creative work environment with substantial opportunity for personal and professional growth. Benefits include HSA-based health coverage, dental and vision coverage, life/AD&D/LTD insurance, vacation/sick leave, and a generous 401(k) retirement plan.

Applying Submit cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements, to Mr. Scott Hodge, President, Tax Foundation, at hodge@taxfoundation.org. No phone calls. 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