Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
The Opportunity: The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, widely recognized as the state's premier public policy organization dealing with state and local fiscal, tax and economic policies, is seeking a dynamic leader to be its new President. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the Foundation during a time of great change and challenges in the Commonwealth. The Board is looking for a critical and strategic thinker, strong relationship-builder and exceptional communicator, skilled at navigating both the political and business landscapes. The new President should have knowledge of, and commitment to, the Foundation’s mission, and have the credibility to ensure MTF’s vitality and relevance with policy makers and key business constituencies.
The ideal candidate will be a leader who has established a record of credibility by virtue of his or her accomplishments, around whom the membership and staff will coalesce. Politically astute, but balanced and objective, s/he will have a sophisticated knowledge of public finance and policies, the state’s business environment, and state government and the Legislature. The new leader will be able to serve as an articulate and influential spokesperson for the Foundation, representing the interests and priorities of the organization’s members, and framing and communicating complex research and policy analysis for a variety of audiences and through a range of media in this rapidly changing digital era.
The Organization: Founded in 1932, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation’s record of high quality research and non-partisan analysis has earned the organization broad credibility on Beacon Hill and across the Commonwealth. Its mission is to provide accurate, unbiased research with balanced, thoughtful recommendations that strengthen the state's finances and economy in order to foster the long-term well being of the Commonwealth. Over the course of eight decades the Foundation has played an instrumental role in achieving major reforms and promoting sound public policy in state government. In the past 20 years, the Foundation has won sixteen prestigious national awards from the Governmental Research Association for its work on a wide array of topics. The Foundation’s unique credibility has allowed it to have a significant impact on a wide range of issues - from health care, business costs and transportation funding to tax competitiveness, capital investments and state and local finances.
The Position: Reporting to the Board of Trustees and working closely with the Executive Committee, the new President will provide intellectual leadership, oversight and support for the Foundation’s capable staff. S/he will work with the Board leadership, membership and staff to develop a vision and strategic direction for MTF’s future. Serving as the face of MTF, the President will establish credibility and become a trusted resource for diverse audiences, including members, government leaders and the media. The President will ensure the ongoing excellence of MTF’s research, policy and reputation. In addition, the President will be responsible for engaging and building the Foundation’s membership, stewarding its resources, and ensuring its financial stability.
To nominate a candidate, or to apply, forward resume and cover letter in confidence to E. Catlin Donnelly & Associates at: firstname.lastname@example.org A full job description, including scope of work and requirements, will be available in late summer 2014. Please visit our website then: www.ecdonnelly.com
MTF provides unpaid internship opportunities for college students and recent graduates who have an interest in public-policy research. Internships range from 10 - 25 hours/week. Responsibilities will vary based on the skills of the intern. If interested in applying, please send a resume and cover letter to Carolyn Ryan, with the phrase "Internship Request" in the subject line.