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.

Open Positions:

1. Digital Communications Associate

2. Policy Analyst: Agriculture

3. Research Assistant: Energy and Natural Resources

4. Full-Time Summer Fellowships & Internships


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.


DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE 

The Digital Communications Associate will support the Communications Department’s objective to identify and provide rapid responses in order to dispel myths and refute erroneous media narratives on key budget issues relating to our core programs. This is a position that requires diligent listening, and the judgment to decide what stories are key and require a response.

Job Duties:

  • Monitor social media, traditional press, and select organizational websites to identify opportunities for TCS to engage or respond on our key issues.
  • Work with communications staff and policy experts to craft and post social media rapid responses.
  • Work with communications staff to create, track, analyze, and report on a baseline of how the narrative has been reshaped by TCS.
  • Provide additional communications support as needed.

General Requirements:

  • 1-3 years of related experience in online communications; preferably for an advocacy group, nonprofit, or political campaign 
  • Experience with Meltwater and Cision
  • Experience with social media campaigns, engagement, monitoring, and tracking—particularly Twitter 
  • Experience with ExpressionEngine and WordPress
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar CRM a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, strong editorial and proof-reading skills, and high level of attention to detail
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively supporting cross-departmental teams
  • Avid interest in news, and a desire and dedication to dig into details
  • Willingness to share light office duties with a small and dedicated staff
  • Commitment to nonpartisan mission, sense of humor, willingness to both take direction and pitch in where needed.

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.

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

Apply as soon as possible, application open until filled.


POLICY ANALYST: AGRICULTURE

TCS seeks a highly motivated individual to support its Agriculture Policy Reform Program. 

The Agriculture Policy Analyst works as part of the Agriculture team, under the direction of the Senior Policy Analyst.

TCS’s Agriculture Policy Reform Program works to secure a more cost-effective and transparent agricultural safety net that is accountable to taxpayers and reflects modern production practices. Taxpayers and America’s agricultural producers alike deserve an adequate, effective, and efficient agricultural safety net that limits unintended consequences, avoids unnecessary liabilities, and allows producers to manage their businesses according to their understanding of market needs rather than Washington’s demands.  TCS focuses its education efforts on 1) raising awareness of unproductive, fiscally and environmentally harmful, federal agricultural subsidies; 2) working with policymakers to improve measurement of agricultural financial safety net and conservation program performance to increase taxpayer returns on investment; and 3) reducing barriers preventing private risk management options from competing on a level playing field.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitoring policy actions, conducting research, and producing educational materials on federal agricultural policy;
  • Working with coalitions from across the political spectrum including conservative taxpayer groups, libertarians, environmentalists, and conservation-focused organizations;
  • 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:    

  • At least 3 years of policy/Hill experience.
  • Experience in agriculture policy, economics, or USDA data and procedures is a plus.
  • 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.
  • 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 – Policy Analyst: Agriculture.  No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


RESEARCH ASSISTANT: ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

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 co-authoring the "Green Scissors" reports, 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 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. 

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: Enegy & Natural Resources.  No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 


FULL-TIME SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS & INTERNSHIPS

TCS is looking for currently enrolled and recently graduated college students to fill full-time, internships and fellowships for the summer. To be considered for an Internship position, candidates must be currently enrolled college students. Fellowships are open to recent college graduates.

TCS Fellows and Interns will have the opportunity to: 

  • Gain a broad perspective and first-hand experience in federal policymaking in Congress and the Executive Branch, media relations, and coalition advocacy.
  • Develop their skills in writing, policy analysis, research, critical-thinking, and political awareness.
  • Work closely with the professional staff to assume real responsibility in a fast-paced environment on Capitol Hill.

TCS Fellows and Interns will work in one or more of the following areas:

  • Energy and Natural Resources: Research and analysis on a range of issues including subsidies for conventional and alternative energy, public lands, water resources, and natural resource management.
  • Communications: Assist in outreach to reporters and producers on timely budget issues, monitor TCS’s media coverage, and promote TCS analysis and commentary on the web and through social media.
  • Fundraising and Organizational Development: Learn about nonprofit management and assist with outreach and communications, donor management, prospect research, grant writing, and other organizational development.

Qualifications and Compensation

Strong written and oral communication skills are essential, as well as attention to detail and an ability to be effective and organized in a fast-paced working environment. Candidates from all academic disciplines will be considered as long as they have a demonstrated interest in public policy, activism, or one of the issues areas mentioned above. Candidates interested in working with Communications must have some journalism or writing experience.

To Apply: Please submit a brief cover letter outlining your interest in an internship or fellowship with TCS (please make sure to indicate which program area you are most interested in), your resume, a short, 2-5 page writing sample; and two references (at least one reference from a former employer). to the attention of Human Resources at jobs@taxpayer.net. Please no phone calls. 

Benefits:

  • TCS provides a competitive stipend to all interns and fellows, and participates in several university internship programs that offer compensation or academic credit. In addition, TCS considers strong candidates independently for limited, competitively-paid positions.


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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