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Current Openings


Federal Research Manager

Center for Federal Tax Policy

Tax Foundation seeks a federal research manager to join our federal policy team. 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 work closely with the Director of Federal Projects to manage the federal policy team’s research agenda, including being responsible for completing, editing, and developing high-profile annual projects, new projects that advance the effectiveness of our research agenda, and reports, blog posts, op-eds, letters to the editor that advance principled tax policy. 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 federal research manager will report to the Director of Federal Projects and will be located in Washington, D.C.

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.
  • Oversee the federal policy team’s research agenda, including setting a publications schedule, project timelines, and guidelines. Balance engagement in issues of the day with long-term building projects and networks for future issues and making issues happen.
  • Maintain knowledge of current federal tax policy and economic issues, and identify new research opportunities. Ability to navigate and utilize major data sources (such as BEA and Census).
  • Research and write studies, reports, blog posts, and op-eds on federal tax issues.
  • Engage with key audiences, including Capitol Hill policymakers and their staff, the media, allied groups, and interested stakeholders.

Ideal skills

  • Advanced experience or training in economics, public finance, public policy, political science, or government
  • Able to work independently on projects, from conception to completion; to work under pressure; and 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
  • Experience facilitating projects, leading them from conception to completion under time or resource pressure

Benefits

Salary range is $65,000 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 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%).

Applying

Submit cover letter and resume at the link below. The position is open until filled. The Tax Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V

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Operations & Development Associate

Operations and Development

Tax Foundation seeks an Operations & Development Associate who will be responsible for scheduling meetings and calls for our executive team and preparing and sending information packets and receipts to donors. This person must be extroverted, systematic, detail-oriented, and ready to join an amazing team. The right candidate must also believe in the Tax Foundation mission of pushing the tax reform debate toward smarter policies. The Development Associate will report to our Executive Vice President and will be located in Washington, DC.

Here are a few regular duties that can be expected:

  • Schedule meetings and calls between our executive team and donors and prospective donors
  • Prepare and send thank you letters, welcome packets, and other recognition to donors, documenting interactions
  • Report donations and donor contact information according to internal standards relating to recording of donor data, deposit reports, caging and scanning of checks, and daily revenue reports

Ideal Skill Sets

  • Interest in non-profit individual donor fundraising
  • Extroverted, systematic, and detail-oriented
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards, and convey sensitivity to needs of the donors
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, projecting a positive and optimistic attitude

Benefits

Salary range is $45,000 to $52,000, 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%).

Applying

Submit cover letter and resume at the link below. The position is open until filled. The Tax Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V

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Policy Analyst/Economist

Center for State Tax Policy

Tax Foundation seeks a Policy Analyst/Economist to join our state policy team. The state team produces two major annual studies and dozens of smaller reports each year, testifies and presents on tax proposals across the country (over 30 states last year), and works with friends at the national level and in the states to promote smarter, pro-growth tax policy. Our state team has received a number of awards for our influence on state policy.

The successful candidate will be responsible for completing high-profile annual projects, developing projects that advance the effectiveness of our research agenda, and producing blog posts, op-eds, letters to the editor, and longer reports that advance principled tax policy. Tax Foundation experts regularly present our work in legislative testimony, media appearances, and presentations in front of key stakeholders. 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 Policy Analyst/Economist will report to our Director of State Projects and will be located in Washington, D.C. Title of the position will be based on qualifications and experience.

Here are a few regular duties that can be expected:

  • Develop and maintain knowledge of current state tax policy and economic issues, and identify new research opportunities. Ability to navigate and utilize major data sources (such as BEA and Census) is key.
  • Research and write studies, reports, blog posts, and op-eds on state tax issues.
  • Regular travel (1-2 trips per month) required, and frequency may increase with tenure.
  • Assist in expanding the Tax Foundation’s presence with policymakers, academics, the media, and interested stakeholders through responses to inquiries and briefings.

Ideal Skill Sets

  • Experience or training in economics, public finance, public policy, political science, or government
  • Able to work independently on projects, from conception to completion; to work under pressure; and to represent Tax Foundation in a highly professional manner
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and enjoy working with a team

Benefits

Salary range is $55,000 to $70,000, 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%).

Applying

Submit cover letter and resume at the link below. 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.

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.