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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 projects and building networks for future issues. 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 monitor progress toward budgeted revenue goals.
  • Lead a marketing strategy for the federal program, reaching our key legislative, media, allies, donors, and grasstops 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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Director of Global Projects

Job Overview

The Tax Foundation is looking for a highly motivated individual to lead and build our new Global Tax Reform Program. The goal of the program is to advance sound pro-growth tax policy abroad and work with like-minded groups to advance tax reform country-by-country. The Director will report to our President and Executive Vice President.

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.
  • Be the face and voice for our Global Tax Reform Program, having a working knowledge of the international tax environment, including the issues being debated at leading institutions such as the OECD, United Nations, and European Union.
  • Have the leadership and strategic vision to implement the organization’s global tax policy goals, including all internationally-focused research and education projects.
  • Oversee the global policy team’s research agenda and supervise the global tax policy team, including setting publication schedules, project time lines, and quality control. The candidate should be a leading contributor to the research and publication program and be a go-to source on global tax policy.
  • Cultivate relationships with key audiences, including international and national policymakers, the media, allied groups, and interested stakeholders.
  • Lead a fundraising strategy for the global program, in concert with our development department. Manage the department’s budget and monitor progress toward budgeted revenue goals.
  • Lead the marketing strategy for the global program in cooperation with our marketing department, coordinating working groups, and reaching out to media, key stakeholders and donors, and allies.
  • Contribute as a member of the executive team, where we discuss and decide organization strategy.

Ideal Skills

  • Experience in policy formulation and implementation, and interacting with policymakers and government officials.
  • Advanced experience or training in economics, public policy, or government, and experience managing projects, leading them from conception to completion under time and resource pressures.
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills, enjoy working with a team, and able to work in a collaborative fashion with other departments.
  • Have a current passport and be willing to travel extensively.

Benefits

Salary dependent 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 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.

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.