We are currently hiring for the position of:

Federal Tax Policy Director

Research Intern 


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 Fall of 2015. 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. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel is required and some knowledge of basic accounting principles and corporate taxes is ideal, but not required. 

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 corporate tax reports, testimony, and other publications.

-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 or part time and is paid based on experience level. The internship lasts approximately three months, and can be designed to work around the applicant’s academic schedule.


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 to internship@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 evaluated on a rolling basis. CTJ and ITEP are equal opportunity employers.


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.