We are currently hiring for the position of:

Federal Policy Director

Summer Research Intern

Summer Research Intern

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 2014. 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 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 due by March 31, 2015. We will let all applicants know of our decision by mid-April.

CTJ and ITEP are equal opportunity employers. 


Federal Tax Policy Director

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization affiliated with Citizens for Tax Justice, seeks to hire a Federal Tax Policy Director to play a leadership role in its work on federal tax reform 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. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, send a resume, writing sample, cover letter, and three references to:

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

Please send materials by regular mail or as a pdf attachment to mattg@itep.org.

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