Tax revenue is the backbone of public enterprise, and the Federation of Tax Administrators staff is passionate about assisting its member state agencies in continuously improving tax administration. We maintain an unrelenting focus on our members’ commitment to innovation through collaboration, information sharing and workforce development.  We are relationship builders, among the states, and with taxpayer groups and tax professionals, the IRS and tax software vendors.  We are inclusive, knowing that diversity of all kinds is a strength in our interactions with myriad members and partners.
FTA is seeking an experienced government relations professional to join its dynamic team.
The Director of Government Relations is primarily responsible for shaping responses to developments in federal legislation, rulings and administrative actions that may impact state tax administration and will directly engage with federal policymakers and officials.  The Director will work with fellow FTA staff to monitor and analyze developments and trends on the state level in tax law and administration. The Director will play a key role in communicating with members. This position reports directly to the Executive Director. 
Our Hall of the States office is walking distance to the Hill. Post-pandemic this position will require significant work in DC and some travel.


Policy Issues
  • Identify, monitor, and respond to relevant federal legislation, rulings and administrative actions that may impact state tax administration
  • Monitor developments and trends in state tax administration
Federal Liaison
  • Engage with federal policymakers and officials, both directly and through empowering our members, to communicate impact of federal policies on state tax agencies
  • Enhance and leverage relationships between state members and key federal actors by facilitating communication opportunities and providing informational materials and talking points
  • Represent FTA members on committees and working groups with national partners and stakeholders on matters of interest to both federal and state tax administrators
Member Communication
  • Prepare regular newsletters to members regarding federal and state tax developments
  • Engage in regular high-level discussions on emerging issues with the FTA Board and the other leaders of state tax agencies
  • Handle questions on a daily basis from staff and membership on emerging tax issues
Programs and Training
  • Collaborate to develop content for various FTA conferences and training. 
  • Present at various conferences and trainings.
  • As a member of a dynamic, forward looking team you will have exciting opportunities to identify, shape and fill other roles to serve our members evolving needs


  • 5 years or more of relevant government relations experience, federal experience preferred
  • Prior experience in tax policy and/or administration helpful
  • Experience in public communications through various channels
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with command of cutting-edge meeting, publication, spreadsheet and presentation tools


  • Competitive with like member organizations, commensurate with experience
To apply, kindly submit a cover letter and resume addressed to the FTA Executive Director, Mary Peterson at [email protected].  Position open until filled, applications accepted no later than June 1st.
FTA is proudly committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity/expression or Veteran status.  Diversity contributes to a broader organizational perspective that will enhance relationships and results.  We actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of our team.