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Even in these difficult times, we continue our important work. If you are interested in applying to any of the openings below, please know that interviews will be conducted remotely, as is the entirety of our work at this time.

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Development Communications Manager

Development

About the Tax Foundation

We’re an 82-year-old nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank located steps from the White House in Washington, D.C. Our staff brings a balance of time-earned experience and youthful ambition to the table, and we regularly work with policymakers on both sides of the aisle to help fix problems in national and state tax codes. By focusing on effective policies instead of politics, we have curated a reputation as the most effective tax policy think tank in the nation.

Our custom-built office is welcoming, fitted with collaborative spaces that allow our staff to work together in a variety of settings. We want to facilitate a work environment that allows you to work the way you work best. Whether it’s providing our staff with cutting edge technology, encouraging our staff to take risks and try creative new solutions, or organizing a lunch at a great restaurant during Restaurant Week, our management works hard to make the Tax Foundation environment an example of what working in D.C. should be.

Job Overview

Tax Foundation seeks a Development Communications Manager to join our Development team. This position will be responsible for drafting, editing, and maintaining all outgoing team communications with individual, corporate, and foundation donors, including foundation proposals and reports, electronic fundraising communications, department brochures, and personalized outreach to donors on behalf of senior staff.

Job Duties

  • Work closely with the President and program staff to learn about current projects and policy initiatives, and develop descriptions for possible funding
  • Serve as the central hub for outgoing fundraising communications to ensure coherence of messaging and standardization per style guides and branding
  • Draft foundation grant proposals and reports
  • Draft letters of inquiry in search of new foundation donors
  • Draft Development department publications, including Annual Report
  • Draft electronic fundraising appeals including the Insider Update, our monthly email newsletter, and weekly email updates to corporate donors
  • Draft one-time personalized communications to donors on behalf of the President and senior staff
  • Coordinate donor communications for Tax Prom, our annual gala
  • Work with the Marketing team to ensure fundraising language is inserted, where appropriate, into outgoing communications to non-donor audiences
  • Meet with program staff regularly to discuss the status of ongoing work and proposals, prospective donor communications, and strategic direction of the program
  • Create and maintain Development department annual communications calendar
  • Report to President and senior Development staff all current fundraising communications efforts
  • Monitor and track all donor communications in the organization’s database

Requirements

  • Established writer with at least 5 years of experience; economics knowledge preferred
  • Excellent grasp of English language, including advanced written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in Word; knowledge of research databases (Lexus/Nexus), CRM systems (Salesforce/DonorPerfect), and Excel useful
  • Ability to vary and control nuances of tone, diction, rhythm, pace, and other stylistic features in writings
  • Ability to proof copy
  • Ability to render complex technical aspects of Tax Foundation’s programs into language that donors can readily understand
  • Can clearly and persuasively relate the aims of these programs to policy and philosophical concerns of donors
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Understand and support Tax Foundation’s mission and vision

Benefits 

Tax Foundation offers a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include HSA-based health coverage with employer-contributions, 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, and generous sick leave, and our office is closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. We also offer casual and early-release Fridays.

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

Apply Here

The position is open until filled. The Tax Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE/M/F/D/V


Sponsorships and Development Manager

Development

About the Tax Foundation

We’re an 82-year-old nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank located steps from the White House in Washington, D.C. Our staff brings a balance of time-earned experience and youthful ambition to the table, and we regularly work with policymakers on both sides of the aisle to help fix problems in national and state tax codes. By focusing on effective policies instead of politics, we have curated a reputation as the most effective tax policy think tank in the nation.

Our custom-built office is welcoming, fitted with collaborative spaces that allow our staff to work together in a variety of settings. We want to facilitate a work environment that allows you to work the way you work best. Whether it’s providing our staff with cutting edge technology, encouraging our staff to take risks and try creative new solutions, or organizing a lunch at a great restaurant during Restaurant Week, our management works hard to make the Tax Foundation environment an example of what working in D.C. should be.

Job Overview

Tax Foundation seeks a Sponsorships and Development Manager to join our solid team of development professionals. We are looking for an entrepreneurial individual who works well independently and can handle high expectations in a fast-paced environment. 

The ideal candidate works well with others, can communicate goals and objectives to both internal and external audiences, and has roughly 2+ years’ experience in development, corporate communications, external affairs, or similar positions.

The applicant will possess a sincere interest in tax and fiscal policy and have an appreciation for private enterprise and the role the business community plays in advancing opportunity and long-term economic growth.  

The ideal candidate will show an eagerness to learn the tax issues of various companies and industries and work with the development and policy teams to design research and engagement strategies that fit within Tax Foundation principles.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Manage an existing donor base that consists of Fortune 500, D.C.-based trade groups and associations, and state Chambers of Commerce

  • Manage fundraising, prospecting, and guest seating for our Annual Dinner, which features attendance by other think tanks and trade associations

  • Work with communications and marketing to promote the Annual Dinner, which includes developing materials and outreach strategies

  • Develop relationships with Tax Directors and Government Affairs offices in D.C. and around country

  • Collaborate with policy teams to develop messaging strategies to recruit and retain donors

  • Market working groups and Advisory Panels and work with operations to ensure the success of each meeting and call

  • Set up prospect calls/meetings to discuss company’s tax policy priorities

  • Coordinate with policy and marketing to develop fundraising materials to send to prospects and donors

  • Document all meaningful activity with donors in Sales Force

  • Handle invoicing and contribution requests

  • Maintain consistent and clear communication with Development team members, VP, and President

  • Will report to the VP of Development

Benefits 

Tax Foundation offers a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include HSA-based health coverage with employer-contributions, 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, and generous sick leave, and our office is closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. We also offer casual and early-release Fridays.

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

Apply Here

The position is open until filled. The Tax Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE/M/F/D/V


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.

Learn More About Our Internship Program