Opportunity Profile: President & Chief Executive Officer

About the Tax Foundation

The Tax Foundation is the nation’s leading independent tax policy 501(c)(3) nonprofit think tank. Since 1937, the Tax Foundation’s principled research, insightful analysis, and engaged experts have helped inform the development of smart tax policy at the global, federal, and state levels. For over eighty (80) years, its goal has remained the same: to improve lives through tax policies that lead to greater economic growth and opportunity. Simply stated, Tax Foundation staff and leadership work toward a singular vision: a world where the tax code does not stand in the way of success. The organization and its team believe that an ideal tax code is based on four principles of sound policy: simplicity, neutrality, transparency, and stability. In pursuit of the above, the Tax Foundation focuses on:

  • U.S. federal tax policy, including individual income and consumption taxes, business taxes, tax data, and governmental/multilateral organization publications. The Tax Foundation’s Center for Economic Analysis quantifies the impact of federal tax policies and proposals using the organization’s Taxes and Growth (TAG) macroeconomic model, which has been used to analyze dozens of legislative and campaign tax proposals. 
  • State and local tax policy, including individual income and sales taxes, business taxes, excise taxes, state and local tax data, and related governmental publications. Based on its analysis, the Tax Foundation publishes an annual State Business Tax Climate Index.
  • Global tax policy, including proposed reforms related to base erosion and profit shifting, U.S. international tax reform, digital services taxes, carbon taxes, international/OECD proposals, EU proposals, and country-specific proposals, as well as related tax data. Based on its analysis, the Tax Foundation publishes an International Tax Competitiveness Index.
  • Tax knowledge and education, through podcasts, TaxEDU, and legislative courses.
  • More information is available at taxfoundation.org.

Tax Foundation Budget, Staff, & Board of Directors

  • Operating budget in 2022: $6.3 million
  • Staff: Thirty-two (32) including consultants and contractors; five (5) direct reports including one (1) Executive Vice President and four (4) Vice Presidents
  • Board of Directors: Nine (9) members

President & CEO’s Roles and Responsibilities

The Tax Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board of Directors and is the chief executive and leader of the organization. In advancing the mission of the Tax Foundation, the CEO leads and is responsible for Tax Foundation strategy and operations. The CEO works closely with the other organization executives to determine ways to promote and advance the mission, direction, and longevity of the organization. Specific responsibilities include:

  • External face of the organization and brand ambassador, positioning the organization to advance its mission and representing the organization to stakeholders, the broader tax community, media, and policymakers.
  • Visionary leader in the development and implementation of strategic plans, empowering and working in collaboration with the Tax Foundation team in creating, advancing, and achieving key long-term objectives, actions, and activities.
  • Builder and keeper of a high-performing organization, including supporting the leadership team in hiring, developing, recognizing, and retaining key talent to ensure and advance the overall excellence of the organization and each individual’s work, as well as planning for and ensuring related performance management and succession planning processes.
  • Inspirational and effective leader in development and funding, including oversight to the development team in fundraising strategies, as well as periodic interactions and communications with top donors and prospects.
  • Principal liaison and resource to the Board of Directors, preparing for and participating in Board meetings, implementing policies established by the Board, providing the Board with necessary metrics and reports on the organization’s finances, activities, strategies, and objectives, as well as maintaining close coordination with the Board Chair.
  • Proven leader with the ability to collaborate with the Executive team and maintain operational oversight of the organization, including staff, budgets, financials, programs, enterprise risk management, and physical resources.

The President & CEO should have tax policy and upper management experience, as well as the following competencies:

  • Passion: Demonstrated passion for and commitment to principled, pro-growth tax policies and ability to communicate the organization’s mission and inspire others as brand ambassador.
  • Vision: Visualize the organization’s future direction, structure, programs, stakeholders, and strategic focus.
  • Lead and manage change: Challenge the status quo and lead the necessary change.
  • Credibility: Demonstrate sincerity, humility, and authenticity while modeling organizational values.
  • Good judgment: Ability to solve problems and remain level-headed.
  • Achieve results: Deliver on promises and proposals, follow through, and hold people accountable.
  • Strategic thinking: Envision the future and provide focus for the organization over the long term.
  • Inspirational leadership: Set an example for others and motivate them to achieve organizational success.
  • Fundraising: Provide overall direction and, when necessary, serve as the primary contact for top-level donors.
  • Stakeholder-focused: Be attuned to the needs of stakeholders and ensure the organization is empowered to be, and is, responsive to their interests.
  • Financial development and acumen: Ability to ensure the financial integrity of the organization while setting broad strategies for the organization’s financial growth.
  • Talent management: Ability to identify, attract, recognize, develop, and retain a diverse pool of top talent.
  • Excellent communication skills: Good writer, speaker, and communicator, both to internal and external audiences, including media.
  • Strong prioritization and delegation skills: Empowers and trusts employees to do the jobs hired to do.

Compensation

  • Salary: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • Benefits: Benefits include HSA-based health coverage with employer contributions, a 401(k) retirement plan with 100% match on the first 5%, and 100% premium coverage for dental, vision, and life/AD&D/LTD insurance.
  • Holidays & vacation: Twelve (12) paid holidays and fifteen (15) vacation days per year and generous sick leave; the office is also closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  • Work flexibility: Casual and early-release Fridays and a work-from-home option on Mondays and Fridays.

Application Process, References, and Background Check

Interested persons should provide a cover letter and résumé to jsiegel@taxfoundation.org.

There will be background and reference checks of candidates. Once strong mutual interest has been established, candidates are asked to provide a list of references. Candidates will be asked to sign an authorization to release information for the purpose of the background investigation, which may include verification of education, social media background, credit check, criminal and driving records, etc. Should an offer be extended prior to the completion of these checks, such offer will be made contingent on the successful completion of the reference and background checks.

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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.