We are currently hiring for the position of:

Summer Research Intern

Development Director

Federal Tax Policy Director


Summer Research Intern

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Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) are seeking an intern to provide research support during the summer of 2016. Applicants should be highly motivated, energetic graduate or undergraduate students seeking an opportunity to make a difference in a progressive environment. Basic requirements for the position include solid research and writing skills, as well as an interest in learning about tax and fiscal policy. Some coursework in economics, as well as previous research experience, is a plus.

About the Position:

The intern’s primary responsibility will be to conduct substantive policy research. More specifically, the intern’s responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting research to be used in CTJ and ITEP reports, testimony, and other publications.
  • Monitoring recent legislative proposals and current events in the areas of state and federal fiscal policy.
  • Writing about major developments and trends in state and federal tax policy for CTJ’s Tax Justice Blog.
  • Participating in staff meetings and activities.

The position is full-time (40-hours per week), and is paid. The internship lasts approximately three months, and can be designed to work around the applicant’s academic schedule and summer travel plans.


CTJ is a 501(c)(4) organization that advocates progressive tax policies with a focus on federal legislative issues. ITEP is the corresponding 501(c)(3) organization researching tax fairness issues. ITEP works primarily on state tax issues but also provides research on federal tax issues to CTJ. For more information about our work, visit CTJ at www.ctj.org or ITEP at www.itep.org

To Apply:

Applicants should e-mail a resume, cover letter, brief writing sample, and the names and contact information of at least two references tointernship@ctj.org. In the cover letter, please explain your interest in tax policy and, if applicable, any previous experience or coursework in that area. Applications are due by March 31, 2015. We will let all applicants know of our decision by mid-April. CTJ and ITEP are equal opportunity employers.


Director of Development

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Position Summary

The Director of Development is charged with creating a fundraising strategy for the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a 501(c)(3) organization, and its partner 501(c)(4) organization Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ), and contributing to a full range of development and communications tactics, including donor outreach and engagement, proposal development and foundation management, social media marketing, major donor fundraising, and board communication.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter with demonstrated success in leading integrated (traditional and digital) development campaigns for a policy-related organization with proven results, outstanding fundraising experience, and superior communication and organizational skills.

Primary Responsibilities

1. Strategy & Planning

  • Serve as a key senior leader within the organization, and create the strategies and infrastructure (tools, databases, etc.) necessary to fulfill ITEP/CTJ’s potential for significant organizational and revenue growth.
  • Develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan to maintain existing support and broaden the base of support from foundations to individual donors and other sources of support that will bring in new and diversified funding.
  • Seek resources that will sustain current program objectives and enable future capabilities.
  • Advise and strategize with other senior leadership on overall fundraising strategies, processes, and procedures, and on specific grant-seeking and funder-relations issues and opportunities.
  • Strategize with Communications Director to leverage opportunities to align messaging, tactics, and opportunities for support.
  • Research and cultivate new funding sources and assist senior staff in identifying organizational and project-specific funding opportunities.
  • Oversee all fundraising technology, including prospect research tools, databases, and online giving services.
  • Work with communications team to integrate social media into fundraising efforts as necessary.

 2. Proposals & Foundation Management

  • Manage existing and build new relationships with foundations.
  • Implement grant-seeking strategies.
  • Craft concept papers, letters of intent, proposals, reports, and all other necessary fundraising-related documents along with other senior leadership.
  • Work with senior leadership on administrative details related to the proposal submission process, including tracking due dates, preparation of budgets and other supporting materials and transmittal of those materials to funders.
  • Act as primary point of contact within the organization for funders; communicate with them on matters related to proposed or current grants and on a frequent basis about organizational victories/success stories.

 3. Grants & Contract Management

  • Be knowledgeable about current grant and contract obligations, reporting requirements and reporting formats and templates, and work with staff to ensure those obligations and reporting requirements are met.
  • Maintain database of current and prospective funders.
  • Oversee preparation of narrative and financial reports to foundations and other funders as needed.

4. Additional Funding Sources

  • Oversee initiatives to raise funds from sources beyond grants and small donor-driven donations with an emphasis developing and implementing a major donor fundraising initiative.

 The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

  • A seasoned development professional with a minimum of seven years’ experience in foundation development.
  • Results-oriented leader with a track record of senior-level success leading and securing resources for advocacy and policy organizations.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with senior team leaders and communications staff to create and implement a coordinated strategy.
  • Highly-organized, attentive to detail, goal-oriented, and capable of multi-tasking.
  • Strategic thinker who has the ability to build consensus across a diverse organization.
  • Experience in and knowledge of national non-profit federal and state advocacy are also preferred.
  • Significant experience with funder databases, CRMs, and Web 2.0 technologies.
  • Strong leader with ability to work independently with minimum direction
  • A commitment to social and economic justice. 

Salary and Benefits:

Competitive salary plus generous benefits, including health, dental, retirement, and vacation. EOE.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) (www.itep.org) is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization that works on federal, state, and local tax policy issues. ITEP's mission is to ensure that elected officials, the media, and the general public have access to accurate, timely, and straightforward information that allows them to understand the effects of current and proposed tax policies. ITEP's work focuses particularly on issues of tax fairness and sustainability. ITEP works directly with lawmakers, non-governmental organizations, the public, and the media to achieve these goals.

To Apply:

This position is open until filled. To apply, send resume, cover letter with salary requirements, and a relevant writing sample to: meg@itep.org -  Subject line: ITEP/CTJ Director of Development Search.

Federal Tax Policy Director

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The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that conducts research and analysis on federal, state and local tax issues with a particular focus on fairness and sustainability, seeks to hire a Federal Tax Policy Director to play a leadership role in its work on federal tax issues.

ITEP’s work on federal tax policy focuses on options for reforming the personal and corporate income taxes in a way that raises needed revenues without relying disproportionately on low- and middle-income Americans. ITEP’s work identifying profitable Fortune 500 corporations that pay little or no corporate tax has helped to raise the visibility of this important policy area, and our microsimulation computer tax model provides accurate and timely estimates of how proposed federal tax changes would affect Americans at different income levels.

The responsibilities of the Federal Tax Policy Director will include playing a leadership role in setting ITEP’s federal tax agenda, analyzing state and federal tax policy and budget proposals; researching and writing reports; and acting as a principal spokesperson for ITEP before constituency groups, policymakers and the media.

Preferred qualifications for the position include a graduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as public policy, law or economics, and at least five years of directly related tax policy analysis experience. The ideal candidate will also be familiar with legislative processes at the federal level. Other qualifications of the Federal Tax Policy Director position include:

  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills, including a demonstrated ability to communicate complex topics to non-expert audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, identify opportunities, and develop public policy options.
  • Strong analytic skills, including proficiency with spreadsheets and databases.
  • Self-motivation, ability to work independently, and ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Willingness to work as a part of a team.
  • Commitment to the goals of ITEP.

This position is open until filled, full-time, and is based in Washington, DC. Salary will be based on experience and includes outstanding retirement, health, dental, vision care and life insurance benefits. ITEP provides generous vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday schedules. To apply, send a resume, writing sample and cover letter to Meg Wiehe meg@itep.org or to: 

Federal Tax Policy Director Search
Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy 
1616 P Street NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy is an equal opportunity employer.