Communications Manager

Job Description

Tax Foundation’s marketing and communications team seeks a Communications Manager to help make complex tax policy research and analysis compelling and accessible to the media and public.

Day-to-day responsibilities include earning coverage in top regional, national, and international outlets; drafting and pitching op-eds; crafting talking points for staff; training experts on best practices for interviews with the media; overseeing our Editor and helping preserve the nonpartisan strength of our written voice; and assisting with long-term strategies for growing Tax Foundation’s brand and reach.

The successful candidate will be an excellent written and verbal communicator, have a track record of placing stories in national and local outlets, and have healthy relationships with reporters on the tax, economics, or related beats. The right candidate must be a creative thinker with a passion for communication and for Tax Foundation’s mission of improving lives through tax policies that lead to greater economic growth and opportunity.

The Communications Manager will report to our Vice President for Marketing and Communications and manage one direct report. Tax Foundation operates on a weekly hybrid schedule of three days in the office and two days remote. A fully remote arrangement may be considered for the right candidate.

Key Responsibilities

  • Cultivate personal relationships with journalists at key outlets, maintain and grow media lists, and actively monitor the media landscape, finding new and creative ways to break through the noise
  • Generate earned media and strengthen Tax Foundation’s brand by distributing press releases, pitching on timely topics, securing TV and radio interviews for our experts, and raising the profile of Tax Foundation’s president
  • Help grow Tax Foundation’s coverage and strengthen its brand abroad, especially in the EU, as we establish ourselves there
  • Cultivate experts to be effective communicators, including leading annual trainings and routine interview prep
  • Draft talking points and internal memos for use by Tax Foundation staff in promoting our work
  • Track key media metrics, derive actionable insights, and produce routine reports for internal and external stakeholders
  • Generate ideas for engaging op-eds and help in their writing, editing, and placement
  • Directly manage, oversee, and cultivate Tax Foundation’s Editor, helping them streamline the editorial process and serve as an authority on Tax Foundation’s written voice


  • 5-7 years of experience in communications, public relations, marketing, or related field
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or related field
  • Expertise in communicating complex ideas in a clear and convincing way for a wide range of audiences
  • Proven track record of successfully pitching reporters and producers, with a preference for having worked with economic, tax, or related topics
  • Ability to work independently, with a team, and under pressure
  • Experience managing direct report(s) preferred

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document at the link below:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter, which should detail your interest in this position and the Tax Foundation’s work, as well as your salary requirements

Submit Applications Here

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

Questions can be directed to Stephanie Keaveney, Outreach Manager of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide consulting and recruiting services at no cost to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that clearly and directly focus on advancing the principles of economic freedom, free enterprise, free trade, free speech, property rights, rule of law, and limited regulation.

Why Work at Tax Foundation?

At the Tax Foundation, you can educate the public, elevate public discourse, and improve public policy, all while having fun! In addition, 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 with a 100 percent match on the first 5 percent, and we cover 100 percent of the premiums for dental and vision coverage and life/AD&D/LTD insurance. We offer 12 paid holidays and 15 vacation days per year and generous sick leave, plus our office is closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. We also offer casual and early-release Fridays as well as a work-from-home option on Mondays and Fridays for employees in the D.C. area. 

Highlights of Our Benefits

  • HSA-based health coverage with employer contributions
  • 401(k) retirement plan with 100% match on first 5%
  • 100% of the premiums for dental and vision coverage and life/AD&D/LTD insurance
  • 12 paid holidays and 15 vacation days per year and generous sick leave
  • Office is closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day annually
  • Early-release Fridays all year round
  • Work-from-home option Mondays and Fridays for employees in the D.C. headquarters area.

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 50 states. We produce over 70 major publications every year and our website is viewed over 1.5 million times per month.

“Working at Tax Foundation has helped me to grow personally, professionally, and intellectually, while contributing to work that I truly believe in. I am incredibly happy to have landed here and look forward to continuing to be a part of Tax Foundation’s growth and success.” – Zoe Callaway, Manager of Education and Outreach

The Tax Foundation is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. As part of this commitment, the Tax Foundation will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations.