Director/Senior Director, Tax Policy

Reports to: Acting Vice President, Inclusive Economy
Staff reporting to this position: None currently, but this may change to reflect team needs
Department: Inclusive Growth
Position classification: Exempt, full time
Minimum compensation: $92,000/$112,000
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


American Progress has an immediate opening for Director or Senior Director of Tax Policy on its Inclusive Economy team, which sits within the Inclusive Growth department. The Director or Senior Director will lead American Progress’ work on federal tax policy. The position requires strong analytical, writing, communications, and management skills, with sharp instincts for turning ideas into actionable policies.

American Progress’ tax and budget work is dedicated to promoting an economy that works for all, led by robust public investments and a more equitable tax code. The Inclusive Growth department, and the Inclusive Economy team in particular, works to build and sustain equitable economic growth to ensure   that all Americans can live secure and stable lives.

The core function of the Director or Senior Director will be to lead research and analysis of tax policy, develop policy ideas and proposals, collaborate with stakeholders, and engage actively in policy debates, all with a lens that maximally advances American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

  • Building an economy for all
  • Restoring social trust in democracy
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
  • Strengthening health


  • Lead American Progress’ research and analysis on federal tax policy, including quantitative and qualitative analysis of the effects of fiscal policy proposals, and help determine the organization’s strategic priorities.
  • Engage in public debates on fiscal policy to advance American Progress’ priorities and values.
  • Conceive, author, and supervise policy reports, briefs, memos, op-eds, and written products that advance progressive tax policies and translate complex issues for a broader audience.
  • Lead the development and assessment of new tax policy ideas and approaches.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with allies and partners, including policymakers, other progressive advocacy organizations, relevant academic scholars, and others.
  • Work with key partners and coalitions to develop and implement legislative and political strategies.
  • Liaise with administration officials, members of Congress, and Capitol Hill staff to understand and support positive policy ideas or oppose harmful policy changes.
  • Represent American Progress as a spokesperson in all forms of media as necessary to promote the team’s policy agenda.
  • Work collaboratively with the tax and fiscal policy experts on the Inclusive Economy team and other staff across American Progress, contributing tax expertise to advance the range of priorities to which American Progress is committed.
  • Plan and implement public and private events, meetings, summits, conferences, and other special events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. An advanced degree in public policy, economics, law, or a related field is strongly preferred.
  • 7 to 10 years of experience in tax policy analysis or research, or a closely related field for the Director role; at least 10 years of experience for the Senior Director role.
  • Effective supervisory skills and ability to manage, mentor, and lead staff.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills, including the ability to conduct both quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with different audiences about complex policy issues.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to initiate and engage in creative approaches to advancing policy.
  • Ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Robust knowledge of federal tax policy and key policymaking institutions.
  • Strong contacts within the federal tax and fiscal policymaking world, and the ability to build and strengthen relationships with external partners.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

The following are not required but are a plus:

  • Experience analyzing IRS, census, and economic data, and an ability to oversee staff conducting research using these data sets.
  • Federal or state legislative or executive branch experience related to tax policy.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is not represented by a union. The Director role has a minimum salary of $92,000, and the Senior Director role has a minimum salary of $112,000.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and the levels of community spread and adjust plans as needed for in-office work. Any changes to our current hybrid work policy will be communicated at the time of hire. Updates will be posted on American Progress’ Jobs page.

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Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

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Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

American Progress is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is more than a commitment at American Progress—it is the foundation of what we do. American Progress recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and all the other characteristics that make us unique.

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