Work for TCS

We are looking for talented people to add to our team of investigators, analysts, and advocates. TCS offers internships to qualified college students and fellowships to recent college graduates.

Founded in 1995, Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS), a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan budget watchdog,  serves as an independent voice for American taxpayers. Our mission is to ensure that the federal government spends taxpayer dollars responsibly and operates within its means. At TCS, we believe that government waste costs more than just money.  Misguided government subsidies do more harm than good by endangering public health, aggravating social and economic problems, and undermining true national security.  We fight for a smart government that lives within its means. We believe in making decisions based on evidence and value. We believe that the decisions on how to spend our tax money should be transparent. And we believe we have a right – and a duty –to demand excellence and accountability from our government.

The core strategy of TCS has remained the same throughout our history: we eschew ideology and work with individuals and organizations from all political perspectives to build support for common sense reforms. TCS works to transcend partisanship and attract the widest possible audience to help build something Americans can believe in: a government that inspires trust and makes more sense.  TCS empowers the national and local media and citizen activists by providing them with the information, insight and necessary tools to help them report on and advocate for responsible spending priorities. You can browse through this website for more information on TCS programs.

TCS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, personal appearance, disability, veteran status, family responsibilities, marital status, political affiliation, matriculation, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.


DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

The Development and Operations Associate will work closely with the President and the Development Director to continue to build TCS’ foundation and individual giving donor base. The Associate will support the President and Development Director on all development operations including deadline-driven proposals, solicitations, and reports to funders; regular cultivation of supporters; event and meeting planning; and board relationships.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Administrative and operations support

  • Provide general administrative support to the President, Development Director, and on occasion, other senior staff.
  • Provide logistics and organizing assistance in preparation of board meetings and other events.
  • Respond to general requests for information.  Work with staff to develop proper responses.
  • Manage vendor relationships.
  • Serve as point person for supply ordering, equipment maintenance, and other office operations.
  • Work with President to manage onboarding process of new employees.
  • Help manage internal organizational reporting processes, including timesheets and program reports.
  • Assist President with scheduling and preparation for meetings and presentations, and with general correspondence.

Development and Fundraising

  • Manage the donor appeals process, including creating material, printing and mailing logistics.
  • Assist in and maintain donor and prospect records, individual donor solicitation calendar and call times.
  • Assist in managing the calendar of foundation communications.
  • Assist and coordinate (as needed) the writing and production of marketing materials including constituent communications, annual reports, e-newsletters, social media outreach, and web updates, coordinating with Communications staff as needed.
  • Manage donor files in constituent management system to ensure up-to-date donor and prospect information; manage and update Development files.
  • Manage the gift processing system to ensure timely donation and donor acknowledgements, accurate data entry, and financial reconciliation.
  • Ensure that TCS online and fundraising platforms are kept fresh and updated with current information.

General Requirements:

  • 2-5 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising or management, preferably for an advocacy group, or other non-profit organization, or political campaign.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, strong editorial and proof-reading skills, and high level of attention to detail.  Strong phone skills.
  • Common sense, initiative, and problem solving skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong ability to track and juggle multiple tasks and priorities, and take ownership of projects.
  • Ability to collaborate, manage up, and work effectively with a wide range of personalities.
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar contact management systems is highly recommended but not required. Training will be provided.
  • Commitment to nonpartisan mission, sense of humor, willingness to both take direction and pitch in where needed, and good attitude.

This position is in the TCS office in Washington, DC. Competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, vision, dental insurance; Metro SmartTrip deferral; 403b investment plan available. Taxpayers for Common Sense is an equal opportunity employer.

Send a cover letter with salary history, resume, brief writing sample, and contact information for three references by email only to: jobs@taxpayer.net, subject line “Development and Operations Associate.” Please, no calls.

Apply as soon as possible, application open until filled.
 


RESEARCH ASSISTANT: ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES

TCS seeks a highly motivated individual to support its energy and natural resources program.  The Energy Research Assistant works as part of the Energy & Natural Resources team, under the direction of the Senior Program Director.

The Energy and Natural Resources Program at TCS focuses its investigations and education efforts on 1) the need to eliminate wasteful and harmful subsidies, and 2) the need for federal management of public lands and waters that preserves their value, ensures a fair return from any private interest use, and avoids future taxpayer liabilities. TCS researches and tracks Congressional action on a variety of specific energy, lands, and resources issues. The Energy Program at TCS is well-known for the "Green Scissors" reports co-authored since 1995 with Friends of the Earth, comprehensive catalogues of subsidies and earmarks, and work with allies across the ideological spectrum.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide research assistance for fact sheets, white papers, testimony, and other educational products.
  • Provide administrative support to senior staff, including scheduling, proofreading, organizing, and note-taking.
  • Work with program staff to draft, edit, and post regular content for the TCS website (www.taxpayer.net) and social media.
  • Monitor hearings, legislation, oversight reports, and other government action on relevant issues.
  • Manage materials production and logistics for special projects, including public presentations, report releases, coalition meetings, and press events.
  • Provide general administrative support for the organization, including events, database management, and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in experience.
  • 1-3 years professional work experience, preferably in a nonprofit office setting.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated quantitative and analytical research skills with strict attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfort working under tight deadlines; willingness to commit long hours when necessary to accomplish a task on deadline.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize a multi-project workload.
  • High computer literacy, with specific experience using the Microsoft Office suite; web content management experience helpful, but not required.
  • Experience in natural resources, energy, or economics policy a plus.
  • Willingness to share light office duties with a small and dedicated staff.

This position, located in a small and fast-paced Capitol Hill office, requires a self-motivated and detail-oriented person with excellent organizational skills. Candidates must have exemplary research and writing skills and an ability to synthesize complicated material for the general public.  Successful candidates will show discretion, good humor, and strong judgment, and a commitment to TCS’ nonpartisan mission.

Competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, vision, dental insurance; Metro SmartTrip deferral and 403b investment plan available. Taxpayers for Common Sense is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: Please submit a brief cover letter, resume, short (2-5 page) writing sample, and two references (at least one reference from a former employer) by email to: jobs@taxpayer.net, subject line: TCS – Research Assistant: Energy & Natural Resources.  No phone calls please.   Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.



TCS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, personal appearance, disability, veteran status, family responsibilities, marital status, political affiliation, matriculation, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.


 

 


 

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