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Job Opportunities at the Tax Foundation
The Tax Foundation is the nation’s leading independent tax policy research organization. Since 1937, our principled research, insightful analysis, and engaged experts have informed smarter tax policy at the federal, state, and local levels. The Tax Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and our offices are currently located in the National Press Building in Washington, DC. In January 2015, we will be relocating to 1325 G Street NW, Washington, DC.
Our staff is rewarded with a dynamic, challenging, and creative work environment with substantial opportunity for personal and professional growth. Salary is competitive and 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%). The Tax Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V.
We are seeking a hard-working, detail-oriented individual to oversee our publications process: editing and proofreading, working with our various teams and outside vendors to establish timelines and complete assignments, and providing creative and innovative ideas to improve the reach of our publications.
This role is suited for a self-starter who can execute multiple tasks in a heavy workload environment (>80 publications per year), has an interest in working in the non-profit world, and believes strongly in the Tax Foundation mission. We are open both to veteran editors/publications managers as well as to less-experienced but enterprising individuals who can demonstrate a capability to take on this role.
Our incumbent Publications Manager is relocating and will depart his position here in January 2015. Ideally we would like him and his successor to have an overlapping time period to facilitate a seamless transition.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Editing and Proofreading (35%)
- Write copy, and edit and proof copy written by TF staff and TF interns.
- Ensure all copy meets standards and guidelines, including accuracy, relevance, citation formatting, proper spelling and grammar, and TF internal style and tone. Monitor writing trends and best practices and teach them to staff and interns.
- Monitor and moderate content posted on our blog.
- Assist in proofing content for our grants submissions.
- Supervising Publication Process (35%)
- Manage review and revision process for all TF publications, developing and executing materials that effectively reach target audiences.
- Maintain and execute our calendar of publications, using extreme care to coordinate with all TF teams (federal policy, state policy, legal, outreach, and fundraising).
- Supervise our Publications Associate and his graphic design and layout duties.
- Coordinate with all teams, especially the outreach team, on publication releases.
- Manage relationship with outside print and distribution vendors.
- Develop and manage publications budget.
- Maintain publications inventory, coordinating with our Operations Assistant on distribution of materials and fulfillment of publication requests.
- Outreach Team Member (20%)
- Foster and build collaborative environment as a key member of our outreach team.
- Participate in creative strategy development, both in team and in one-on-one settings.
- Identify new trends and best practices to enhance the Tax Foundation’s marketing presence.
- Provide assistance as needed to support our outreach strategy. Occasional travel required.
- Other Responsibilities (10%)
- Supervise our e-mail marketing program: writing, editing copy, and coordinating with teams.
- Oversee production of our Annual Report.
- Monitor our physical and digital publications inventory proactively on an ongoing basis.
- Respond to reprint and copyright permission requests.
- Preserve and organize archival materials from the Tax Foundation’s 77-year history.
- Other duties as assigned.
Skill Sets Required
- College degree in English, Communications, Public Policy, Legal Studies or Law –or- equivalent work experience with an emphasis in writing, creative copy development, editing, and proofreading.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
- Able to organize, manage time, and work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment while maintaining quality, clarity, and creativity.
- Able to work independently on projects, from conception to completion; to work under pressure; to handle confidential matters with discretion; and to interface well with all teams of the organization and represent Tax Foundation in a highly professional manner.
- Solution-oriented, detail-oriented, and good judgment.
- Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly editing and track changes functions.
- Knowledge of, or ability to learn, Bluebook style and AP style.
- Knowledge of, or ability to learn, Basecamp project management software and ProofHQ content review software.
- Knowledge of, or ability to learn, e-mail writing and marketing services (Mailchimp).
- An understanding of marketing strategy is a plus.
- Familiarity with economics is a plus.
Benefits Salary is commensurate with experience. 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 (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 salary history and requirements, to Mr. Joseph Henchman, VP Operations, Tax Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.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
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