The Tax Law Center at the NYU School of Law seeks a Legal Director to work closely with the Executive Director to lead the Center's rigorous, high-impact tax legal work in the public interest. As the Center's most senior tax law specialist, the Legal Director will help shape and build the Center's program and public interest role in tax law, working with and further building an exceptional tax legal staff.
You are a tax lawyer with extensive experience in US federal tax law or policymaking processes and a deep commitment to advancing equity through taxation. You are excited to help develop, lead, and supervise the Center's substantive work program across a broad range of issue areas spanning: legislation, regulation, and controversy aimed at shaping law and policy and strengthening the processes and institutions that make tax law. You have excellent tax legal skills, are a clear, persuasive writer and communicator, and are an excellent manager and supervisor.
The Legal Director, who will report to the Executive Director, will be responsible for:
Helping to set the Tax Law Center's strategy and craft its work agenda. This will include leading the design and implementation of systems for identifying and prioritizing projects that best further the Center's mission.
Driving the Center's work forward. This includes contributing to original work, managing the Center's legal staff, and building collaborations with external partners.
Ensuring that the Center's work is consistently rigorous, coherent, and mission-driven. The Legal Director will supervise program work to ensure that it meets the Center's high -quality standards, and is coherent and consistent with the Center's mission, body of work, and future plans. The Legal Director will be responsible for approving certain legal work, developing processes for quality control and evaluating impact, and ensuring this learning improves future work.
Managing the Tax Law Center's legal staff (including Senior Attorney Advisors, Attorney Advisors and Fellows). The Center has already attracted exceptional legal staff in a number of areas. The Legal Director will identify and hire for needed skills and perspectives; supervise and mentor a collaborative and inclusive team; and strengthen internal practices for skill-building, professional development, and current awareness.
Shaping and communicating the Center's positions. The Legal Director will shape the Tax Law Center's substantive positions; communicate with stakeholders including policymakers; build relationships with external experts and partners, the Center's advisory board, funders, and media; and review funding proposals.
A commitment to advancing the mission of the Center.
JD or equivalent and extensive experience working on US federal tax law and policy.
At least ten years of legal tax experience.
Deep expertise in tax law, plus a desire and demonstrated ability to work widely across different tax issue areas (ranging from, for example, individual taxation to corporate taxation), and across different aspects of tax law (legislation, regulation, controversy, and processes/institutions). We do not expect candidates to be expert across all aspects of tax, but are looking for an interest in and demonstrated ability to: quickly understand issues outside of areas of your direct expertise; be briefed by and make judgments based on input from staff and external experts; and draw connections between work in different issue areas in order to execute a coherent work program.
Excellent judgment about how to navigate and weigh complex and uncertain policy and procedural considerations. This means the capacity for effective decision-making, as well as the ability to understand competing concerns and solve problems of substantial impact, sensitivity, and complexity.
At least 7 years of track record in managing and developing staff, experience in hiring, and an ability to nurture a collaborative and inclusive work environment.
An extensive track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with tax experts, such as tax practitioners, tax academics, or government tax practitioners.
Demonstrated skill in furthering equity in operational and substantive work.
Excellent communication skills, including ability to draft and review a range of outputs including draft legislation, regulations, comments, briefs, and reports; and the ability to communicate with both technical expert audiences and those who are less familiar with a specific issue.
Desired: These skills and experiences are a plus. If they are not part of your current skills or experience, you must be excited to develop knowledge and skill in these areas:
Experience in tax controversy or considering administrative law issues and related trends in tax; and
Experience across more than one aspect of government, private practice, tax academia, or other modes of tax research or policy development, or other experiences that provide deep insight into more than one set of institutions that play a role in tax law/policymaking.
Your salary will fall between $172,000 to $182,000 per year depending on experience. You will be an employee of New York University, with access to an excellent, comprehensive benefits package including generous paid time off and retirement contributions.
The Tax Law Center has physical office space at NYU School of Law in New York, but also offers hybrid or remote work arrangements from within the US. As a key leadership position, the Legal Director may be expected to travel on occasion.
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Please do not upload a cover letter; instead, you will be asked to provide brief answers to four short questions as part of the application form.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
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