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Current Openings


Director of Federal Projects

Job Overview

Tax Foundation seeks a Director to lead our federal policy team and be our lead spokesperson on federal policy issues. The team produces numerous major annual studies and dozens of smaller reports each year, testifies and presents on its research, and works with friends to promote smarter, pro-growth policy. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the team; coordinating with other teams, especially our quantitative analysis team; setting direction for our federal research, outreach, and fundraising; and engaging with policymakers, reporters, and other key audiences. 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 Director will report to our President and Executive Vice President and will be located in Washington, D.C. Our interim director of federal projects, Nicole Kaeding, will be leading a special projects team once this position is filled; our former director, Kyle Pomerleau, now heads our quantitative analysis team.

The ideal candidate would:

  • Have passion for the Tax Foundation’s mission and principles, and ensure Tax Foundation work comports with the credibility of the organization.
  • Provide overall leadership and strategic vision to the organization’s federal tax policy efforts, including all federally-focused research and education projects.
  • Maintain knowledge of current federal tax policy and economic issues, and identify new research opportunities. Ability to navigate and utilize major data sources.
  • Oversee the federal policy team’s research agenda, including setting a publications schedule, project time lines, and guidelines. Balance engagement in issues of the day with long-term building projects and networks for future issues, and making issues happen. Be lead spokesperson on federal policy.
  • Cultivate relationships with key audiences, including Capitol Hill policymakers and their staff, reporters, allied groups, and interested stakeholders, to make Tax Foundation and its experts the go-to source on tax policy.
  • Lead a fundraising strategy for the federal program, in concert with our development team, including coordinating working groups, briefings, and meetings.
  • Manage the departmental budget, and monitoring progress toward budgeted revenue goals.
  • Lead a marketing strategy for the federal program, reaching our key legislative, media, allies, donors, and grass-tops audiences, particularly emphasizing readability, timeliness, and market penetration.
  • Collaborate with modeling, global, marketing, development, and other teams to ensure cohesion in messages and priorities.
  • Supervise and coach the members of the federal policy team, playing an active and personal role in constructing a culture that cultivates high performance and high quality.
  • Research and write studies, reports, blog posts, and op-eds on federal tax issues.
  • Contribute as a member of the executive team, where we discuss and decide organization strategy.

Ideal Skills

  • Experience facilitating projects, leading them from conception to completion under time or resource pressure
  • Experience interacting with policymakers or government officials
  • Advanced experience or training in economics, public policy, and/or government
  • Able 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 $95,000 to $115,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include HSA-based health coverage (TF covers an amount equivalent to three-quarters of the silver-level premium and deposits the amount of the deductible into the HSA), dental and vision coverage, life/AD&D/LTD insurance, 12 federal holidays per year, 15 vacation days per year, sick leave, early release on Fridays, and a 401(k) retirement plan (100% match on first 5%).

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Manager of Human Resources

Job Overview

Tax Foundation seeks a Human Resources Manager to supervise and conduct HR tasks, currently handled by our part-time accountant, for our staff of 30. The position will report to our Executive Vice President.

The ideal candidate would:

  • Have passion for the Tax Foundation’s mission and principles.
  • Ensure planning, monitoring, and appraisal of employee work results by training managers to coach and discipline employees; schedule management conferences with employees; hear and resolve employee grievances, complaints, and disputes; counsel employees and supervisors.
  • Prepare, update, and recommend human resource policies and procedures.
  • Monitor and implement adherence to applicable human resource federal and state requirements, conducting investigations and maintaining records.
  • Advise management in appropriate resolution of employee relations issues. Write and deliver presentations regarding human resources policies and practices.
  • Maintain historical human resource records by designing a filing and retrieval system, keeping past and current records.
  • Administer employee health/dental/vision insurance, Metro allowances, time off, and other benefit programs, and inform employees of benefits by studying and assessing benefit needs and trends; recommend benefit programs to management; direct the processing of benefit claims; obtain and evaluate benefit contract bids; award benefit contracts; design and conduct educational programs on benefit programs.
  • Coordinate open position recruitment, new employee orientation and onboarding, management and staff professional training, and exit interviews.
  • Administer performance review and salary administration to ensure effectiveness, compliance, and equity within organization.
  • Collaborate with accounting, legal counsel, program directors, and management in duties.

Ideal Skills

  • Degree and/or experience in human resources management
  • Significant knowledge of the principles and practices of human resources management, relevant software, and relevant legislation and regulations
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents
  • Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints
  • Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors

Benefits

Tax Foundation is open to both full-time (40 hours per week) and part-time (20 hours per week) applicants. For full-time applicants, Tax Foundation has tentative arrangements for a suitable candidate to be half-time (20 hours per week) at our organization and half-time (20 hours per week) at a similarly sized research organization. Part-time applicants would work exclusively at the Tax Foundation. Salary range for a part-time (20 hours per week) position is $35,000 to $40,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Salary for full-time position is $70,000 to $80,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include HSA-based health coverage (TF covers an amount equivalent to three-quarters of the silver-level premium and deposits the amount of the deductible into the HSA), dental and vision coverage, life/AD&D/LTD insurance, 12 federal holidays per year, 15 vacation days per year, sick leave, early release on Fridays, and a 401(k) retirement plan (100% match on first 5%).

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Senior Python Developer

Job Overview

Tax Foundation currently evaluates federal tax policy proposals with our proprietary Taxes and Growth (TAG) model. The basic design and structure of the existing TAG model is now over ten years old and is housed in a mix of Excel sheets and Visual Basic macros. Therefore, we are looking for a skilled Python programmer to help expand our current capabilities by working with economists to develop our next generation general equilibrium tax model.

As a senior Python developer, your primary role will be to coordinate development priorities with your colleagues and identify best practices while restructuring the Tax Foundation General Equilibrium Tax model. You will work closely with a Junior Python Developer and Database Architect to build a scalable, optimized, and maintainable system. The position would be employed on a one-year basis, reporting to the Director of our Center for Quantitative Analysis.

The ideal candidate would:

  • Work with the Tax Foundation modeling team to develop key components of a macroeconomic tax model
  • Write organized, clear, and testable code
  • Coordinate development priorities among team members and assist both a database architect and junior Python developer

Ideal Skills

  • 3 to 5 years of professional Python development experience on several projects
  • Background in data science
  • Experience with APIs and Python scientific computing packages such as NumPy, Pandas, and SciPy
  • Strong unit test and debugging skills
  • Proficiency in Git and Github, or other version control platforms
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Visual Basic is a plus
  • Experience or training in economics, public finance, or public policy

Benefits

Salary range is $90,000 to $105,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include HSA-based health coverage (TF covers an amount equivalent to three-quarters of the silver-level 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 401(k) retirement plan (100% match on first 5%).

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Junior Python Developer

Job Overview

Tax Foundation currently evaluates federal tax policy proposals with our proprietary Taxes and Growth (TAG) model. The basic design and structure of the existing TAG model is now over ten years old and is housed in a mix of Excel sheets and Visual Basic macros. Therefore, we are looking for a skilled Python programmer to help expand our current capabilities by working with economists to develop our next generation general equilibrium tax model.

As a Junior Python Developer, you will be joining a small team of three working on Tax Foundation’s General Equilibrium Tax Model. Ideal candidates will have a solid foundation in Python and an interest in data science and economics. This is a great opportunity for a passionate and motivated developer to take their career to the next level. The position will report to the Director of our Center for Quantitative Analysis.

The ideal candidate would:

  • Work with the Tax Foundation modeling team to develop key components of a macroeconomic tax model
  • Write organized, clear, and testable code

Ideal Skills

  • At least 1 year of professional Python development experience
  • Background in data science
  • Experience with APIs and Python scientific computing packages such as NumPy, Pandas, and SciPy
  • Strong unit test and debugging skills
  • Proficiency in Git and Github, or other version control platforms
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Visual Basic is a plus
  • Experience or training in economics, public finance, or public policy

Benefits

Salary range is $70,000 to $85,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include HSA-based health coverage (TF covers an amount equivalent to three-quarters of the silver-level 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 401(k) retirement plan (100% match on first 5%).

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Database Architect

Job Overview

Tax Foundation currently evaluates federal tax policy proposals with our proprietary Taxes and Growth (TAG) model. The basic design and structure of the existing TAG model is now over ten years old and is housed in a mix of Excel sheets and Visual Basic macros. Therefore, we are looking for a skilled Python programmer to help expand our current capabilities by working with economists to develop our next generation general equilibrium tax model.

Tax Foundation’s General Equilibrium Tax Model utilizes data from the Internal Revenue Service, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Congressional Budget Office, and other federal agencies. As a database architect, your primary role will be to develop a solid foundation which can be used to store all relevant economic data in a way that is modular, maintainable, and reliably integrated in the model. You will also work closely on a team of two Python developers as part of building out the full and complete new model architecture. The position would be employed on a one-year basis, reporting to the Director of our Center for Quantitative Analysis.

The ideal candidate would:

  • Work with the Tax Foundation modeling team to structure a database of economic and tax data
  • Write code to clean, organize, and regularly update a database
  • Write organized, clear, and testable code

Ideal Skills

  • At least 3 years of experience with large-scale data analysis and visualization
  • At least 2 years of experience designing relational databases, including tables, stored procedures, etc.
  • Experience with Python or similar analytical scripting languages
  • Experience consuming data from APIs
  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Proficiency in Git and Github, or other version control platforms
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Visual Basic is a plus
  • Experience or training in economics, public finance, or public policy

Benefits

Salary range is $90,000 to $105,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include HSA-based health coverage (TF covers an amount equivalent to three-quarters of the silver-level 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 401(k) retirement plan (100% match on first 5%).

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Who We Are

We’re a non-partisan, non-profit think tank founded in 1937 and 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.

What We Do

We use our research and analysis to bring tax changes to the national spotlight, foster competition between the states, and advise policymakers on how to improve their tax systems.

In 2017, our work was cited in 41,052 news articles, including the largest national outlets and the papers of record in all fifty states. We produced over 70 major reports and our website got a record 18.8 million views.

What We Offer

Health Benefits

The Tax Foundation offers HSA-based health coverage (we cover an amount equivalent to three-quarters of the silver-level premium and deposit the amount of the deductible into the HSA), dental and vision coverage, and life/AD&D/LTD insurance.

Time Off

We understand that life is more than work. That’s why we take off 12 holidays per year, offer 15 vacation days per year, offer sick leave, and encourage leaving the office early on Fridays.

401(k)

The Tax Foundation offers a 401(k) retirement plan, with a 100% match on your first 5% of contributions.

The Tax Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V.


Internship Program

We offer a unique internship program designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to tax policy principles, and apply them in assessing and advancing public policy. Working directly with our staff in various areas of tax policy, interns gain valuable professional experience and learn about all aspects of our operation.


Clerkship Program

As part of our Center for Legal Reform, the Tax Foundation hires law clerks each fall, spring, and summer. Supervised by our Tax Counsel, law clerk responsibilities include substantive research, authoring, and editing assistance in preparing amicus curiae briefs to appellate courts and special reports on important legal and economic issues relating to tax. Clerks have also authored pieces for publication.