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VP of Federal Tax Policy and Economic Modeling

Center for Federal Tax Policy

About the Tax Foundation

We’re a high-impact, nonpartisan think tank located steps from the White House in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to ensure smarter tax policy so that the tax code does not stand in the way of economic success. Our approach is driven by fact-based analysis, rapid response to the issues of the day, and direct engagement with policymakers, media, and stakeholders. We are looking for a leader who will leverage our significant accomplishments in the recent past to achieve greater success in the future.

We regularly work with elected officials on both sides of the aisle to fix problems in the federal and state tax codes, and we have curated a reputation as one of the most effective policy think tanks in the nation. We use our research and analysis to bring tax changes to the national spotlight, foster competition among 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 50 states. We produced over 70 major reports and our website received a record 18.8 million views.

Job Overview

Tax Foundation seeks a Vice President to lead our Federal Tax Policy and Economic Modeling teams and be our lead spokesperson on federal tax issues. The team produces numerous major annual studies and dozens of smaller reports each year, testifies and presents on its research, and works with allied groups to promote smarter, pro-growth tax policy.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the team; overseeing the development of our Taxes and Growth (TAG) Macroeconomic Tax Model; setting direction for our federal research; and engaging with policymakers, reporters, and other key audiences. A deep understanding of economics, with strong speaking and writing skills, are a must. The right candidate must be aligned with Tax Foundation’s mission of pushing smarter tax policies to ensure that the tax code does not stand in the way of economic success.

Since the VP will lead an already successful program, the right candidate must have strong policy skills, quantitative skills, and be an advocate for our approach to tax modeling. Management skills are also essential to lead our growing federal team. We are looking for someone who will promote the Tax Foundation brand and elevate our role in tax debates.  

This position will report to our President and will be located in Washington, D.C.

The VP of Federal Tax Policy and Economic Modeling candidate will:

  • Provide overall leadership and strategic vision to the organization’s federal tax policy efforts, including setting a publications schedule and project timeline that balances engagement in the issues of the day with long-term projects that ensure Tax Foundation stays at the leading edge of the federal tax debate.
  • Oversee the Tax Foundation’s modeling program, including the maintenance, development, and use of the highly regarded Taxes and Growth (TAG) Macroeconomic Tax Model.  
  • Contribute as a member of the executive team, where we decide organization strategy.
  • Cultivate relationships with key audiences including federal policymakers and their staff, reporters, allied groups, and interested stakeholders, to ensure that Tax Foundation and its experts remain the go-to source on federal tax policy.
  • Maintain our culture of high performance and high impact on the federal policy team and manage and coach our talented young team.
  • Research and write studies, reports, blog posts, and op-eds on federal tax issues.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Passion for the Tax Foundation’s mission and principles.
  • Expertise in federal tax policy issues.
  • (Preferred) Ability to quickly master our Taxes and Growth (TAG) Macroeconomic Tax Model.  
  • Advanced experience or training in economics, public policy, and government.
  • Experience facilitating projects, leading them from conception to completion under time or resource constraints.
  • Experience interacting with federal policymakers, major media, and government officials.
  • Passion to mentor and cultivate young talent on our high-impact federal team.

Benefits 

Tax Foundation offers a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include HSA-based health coverage (TF covers an amount equivalent to three-quarters of a reference plan and deposits $1,500 annually for individuals and $3,000 annually for families into the HSA). We offer a 401(k) retirement plan (100% match on first 5%), and we cover 100% of the premiums for dental and vision coverage and provide life/AD&D/LTD insurance. Additionally, we offer 12 paid holidays per year, 15 vacation days per year, generous sick leave, and our office is closed during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. We also offer casual Fridays and an early release on those days.

How to Apply

To apply, qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in PDF document format:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing your philosophical interest in the organization’s mission, how your background and experience make you a good fit for the role, and your salary requirements

The position is open until filled. The Tax Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V

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Who We Are

We’re a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank founded in 1937 and located steps from the White House in Washington, D.C. 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 among the states, and advise policymakers on how to improve their tax systems.

Our work is cited in over 20,000 news articles each year, including the largest national outlets and the papers of record in all fifty states. We produce over 70 major publications every year and our website is viewed over 1.5 million per month.

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.

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