Washington Center for Equitable Growth
  • USA
  • 110900-184700
  • Full Time

Director of Tax Policy

Reports to: Policy Director

Staff reporting to this position: None

Position classification: Exempt/Full Time

Job Group: 7 (This is a bargaining unit position. Commensurate with experience, the annual salary range for this position is $110,900 - $184,700.)

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is actively committed to promoting and maintaining the importance of diversity to its work. We encourage everyone across the spectrums of race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, age, gender identity and expression, educational background, sexual orientation, and religion to apply.

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a nonprofit research and grantmaking organization dedicated to advancing evidence-backed ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth. Equitable Growth engages with academics and policymakers to better understand economic inequality in the United States and its impact on economic growth. Important elements of Equitable Growth's mission include in-house, academic-quality research, and grantmaking to academic economists and other social scientists to support new research on inequality, mobility, growth, and related issues. Building a stronger bridge between academics and the policy community and elevating researchers and their work with the news media are both key to our work, with the goal of making new research relevant, accessible, and informative to the policymaking process. 

Equitable Growth has an immediate opening for a Director of Tax Policy who can develop a strategic vision that investigates the impacts of tax policy on economic inequality and economic growth, as well as who can conduct related original research and provide analyses of relevant academic research. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Set the strategic direction for Equitable Growth's work on tax policy, a critical research and policy area in achieving Equitable Growth's mission of broadly shared economic growth; this effort includes developing and executing a strategic vision for how to conduct, seed, and apply research in the exploration of how specific tax policies help or harm economic inequality and broadly-shared growth, inclusive of the distributional effects by race, ethnicity, and gender
  • Elevate Equitable Growth research to a broader, policy-oriented audience by drafting written products independently or in partnership with other Equitable Growth teams and representing Equitable Growth to the media, policymakers, and other outside stakeholders
  • Undertake independent research projects and partner with other scholars to publish policy-relevant tax research and analysis that improves our understanding of how tax policy interacts with and impacts inequality, institutional racism, and broadly shared economic growth
  • Present at and attend academic conferences and maintain relationships with academic and professional economists and policymakers to ensure Equitable Growth's work reaches the academic and policymaking community and spurs new research and evidence-backed policy ideas
  • Design and facilitate strategic and impactful convenings and/or commissions in order to affect change, build relationships, and assess research and policy
  • Provide intellectual guidance to help shape the annual request for proposals and advise on funding goals, solicit applications, and review proposals for Equitable Growth's competitive grant program, which catalyzes new policy-relevant research at the intersection of inequality and economic growth
  • Manage Equitable Growth's efforts in tax policy to ensure it is meeting current funder commitments and being good stewards of organizational funds
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in economics or related field, J.D., or related Masters and commensurate applied and/or government experience
  • 5+ years of experience engaged in tax research or policymaking
  • Strong understanding of the academic community in respective issue area and/or demonstrated experience promoting tax policy and racial and gender equity at the federal and/or state level
  • Proven ability to apply social science research to shape policy analysis, recommendations, and impact
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in policy and in practice is required along with the cultural competence and emotional intelligence to engage in relevant conversations around race and gender equity with a wide variety of stakeholders and staff
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of federal economic policymaking institutions, including Congress, executive branch agencies, the White House, and the Federal Reserve required; familiarity with state-level policymaking welcomed
  • Knowledge of the economics of climate change welcomed
  • Proven ability to communicate evidence-based policy guidance to key stakeholders, including policymakers, advocates, and the media
  • Commitment to Equitable Growth's mission and goals

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