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We are currently hiring for the position of:

Federal Tax Policy Director 

State Policy Analyst/Senior State Policy Analyst

Communications Coordinator



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 full-time and is based in Washington, DC. Salary will be based on experience and includes outstanding retirement, health and dental benefits. To apply, send a resume, writing sample and cover letter to Meg Wiehe meg@itep.org.

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

Application deadline is Friday, May 1st. 

 


 

Communications Coordinator, ITEP

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The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy is searching for a communications coordinator. The ideal candidate will have five or more years of progressively responsible experience in a public policy setting, and will be skilled at using social media and traditional media to communicate with a variety of audiences.

About ITEP: The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) 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.

Job Responsibilities

Primary

  • Provide communications support for the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy as well as its sister organization Citizens for Tax Justice.
  • Maintain and grow the organizations’ social media presence by engaging stakeholders and developing strategies for building the organizations’ following.
  • Analyze and interpret social media analytics as well as website analytics to guide social media strategy.
  • Advise on the content and approach of the ITEP and CTJ websites, and also post and maintain website content.
  • Manage the weekly Tax Justice Digest and other e-newsletters, including producing content, making recommendations to grow subscribers, and sending electronic communications to subscribers. 

Secondary

  • Regularly engage with the organization’s tax policy analysts to understand the work they are doing, and support the communications director in making recommendations to senior staff on messaging and how to make state and federal tax policy issues resonate with broad audiences.
  • Occasionally write blog posts, press releases, editorial memos and other communications materials.
  • Media outreach, including using Twitter to directly message reporters and helping to build and maintain press lists.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Necessary qualifications:

Highly qualified candidates should have:

  • At least five years of experience in a communications capacity with increasing responsibility, preferably in a policy environment.
  • The ability to process and translate complex jargon and technical policy issues into language that resonates with a variety of audiences, including state and federal policymakers, the media and the general public.
  • Demonstrated skill using social media to disseminate information. Ability to set forth a strategic plan for building the organization’s social media presence. Knowledge of how the social media landscape is changing and the ability to make recommendations to senior staff on how to adapt and evolve the organization’s work to stay relevant.
  • Ability to build relationships with reporters who cover federal and state tax issues.
  • The ability to grasp the intersection between tax justice and broader social and economic issues, and to make that connection in the communications content you produce.

Desired qualifications

  • Career path that demonstrates commitment to social and economic justice.
  • Experience using graphic design programs
  • Sense of humor.
  • Creative and adaptable
  • Work well within a team or on your own.

The communications coordinator will report to the communications director.  Compensation will be based on experience and includes excellent benefits.

To apply, please e-mail a resume and cover letter with Communications Coordinator in the subject line to Meg Wiehe: meg@itep.org

ITEP is an equal opportunity employer.

Application deadline is Friday, May 1st.


 

State Policy Analyst / Senior State Policy Analyst

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The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) is seeking a policy analyst or senior policy analyst to help advance our state fiscal policy work.

ITEP is a non-profit, non-partisan research and education organization that works on federal, state, and local tax policy issues.  Since its founding in 1980, ITEP's mission has been 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.

Responsibilities:

  • Research and analyze state tax policy issues, and communicate findings in reports, policy briefs, op-eds, blog posts, and other mediums;
  • Monitor trends in state tax policy across states;
  • Use the ITEP Microsimulation Tax Model to analyze the revenue and distributional impact of tax laws and proposals in various states;
  • Serve as the primary point of contact between ITEP and state researchers and advocates in roughly fifteen states.

Qualifications:

  • An interest in tax fairness and adequacy issues;
  • Graduate degree in a relevant discipline such as public policy or economics;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to communicate technical information clearly to lay audiences both in writing and through public speaking;
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills, and an interest in problem-solving;
  • Self-motivation, ability to work independently, and ability to prioritize tasks;
  • Willingness to work as a part of a team.

 

The policy analyst or senior policy analyst will report to ITEP's State Tax Policy Director.  Compensation will be based on experience and includes excellent benefits.

To apply, please e-mail a resume and cover letter to meg@itep.org

ITEP is an equal opportunity employer.

Application deadline is Friday, May 1st.