MPA Job list**Tax and Budget Director Voices for Utah Children

Angie Stefaniak angela.stefaniak at cppa.utah.edu
Tue Mar 6 11:42:48 MST 2007


*Voices for Utah Children
Tax and Budget Director Position*
Voices for Utah Children seeks a dynamic Director for its Budget and Tax 
Policy Initiative. The Director is responsible for leading the 
initiative in providing independent, credible analysis of Utah budget, 
tax, and related policy matters with attention to the impact of current 
or proposed policies on children and families and low-and 
moderate-income persons.

As a key program of Voices for Utah Children, the Budget & Tax Policy 
Initiative provides a clear focus on the impact of budget and revenue on 
children, families and other vulnerable people in our state. The 
Initiative provides timely, credible and accessible analysis of the 
fiscal health of the state and its budgetary choices. The Initiative 
analyzes short-term budget policy and revenue proposals as well as 
long-term trends and challenges. Analyses prepared by the Initiative are 
disseminated through a range of electronic, written and oral methods – 
website, reports, briefing papers, fact sheets as well as oral 
presentations to policymakers, the media and other organizations. 
Initiative staff works on a variety of state fiscal issues including 
analysis of the state’s revenue system and spending programs and the 
effect of federal policies and revenues on the state’s budget.

The Budget & Tax Policy Initiative participates in a national network of 
similar organizations that exist in over half the states as part of the 
State Fiscal Analysis Initiative coordinated by the DC-based Center on 
Budget and Policy Priorities (see http://www.statefiscal.org/).

Responsibilities
The Director will be responsible for leading, coordinating, and 
implementing the Budget and Tax Policy Initiative. The Director will be 
the primary spokesperson for the budget and tax policy work of the 
organization and work with both the Board of Directors and the advisory 
committee of the Initiative as they provide advice and guidance for the 
Initiative. The Director will report directly to the Executive Director 
of Voices for Utah Children and will work collaboratively with the 
entire staff team of the organization.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Strategic planning, overseeing, and participating in the research 
activities of the Budget and Tax Policy Initiative.
• Analyzing state budget and revenue proposals and developing policy 
options and recommendations.
• Representing the Initiative to policymakers, stakeholders, the public, 
and the news media.
• Representing the Initiative at the local, state and national levels.
• Providing collaborative leadership to constituent groups and coalitions.
• Overseeing all communications activities of the Initiative
• Working with the executive director to develop and implement fund 
development plans for the Initiative.
• Closely working with the board of directors, its Issues Committee and 
the Budget and Tax Policy Initiative’s Advisory Board in the development 
of the Initiative’s annual work plan.

Qualifications
• Education: A graduate degree in public policy, economics, law, social 
work or related field strongly preferred.
• Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the 
ability to communicate complex or technical information clearly to a 
range of audiences both in writing and through public speaking. Strong 
policy and budget analysis skills.
• Experience: Minimum two years of experience in public policy analysis; 
knowledge of Utah’s legislative and budget process; demonstrated 
capacity to work with policymakers, advocates, the news media, and 
constituent groups to think strategically about opportunities to 
influence public policy.
• Personal traits: Commitment to social and economic justice; strategic 
thinker with strong leadership skills; creative and entrepreneurial 
spirit; commitment to excellence; understanding and valuing of 
diversity; strong administrative skills.

Applying
This is a full-time position which offers a competitive salary and 
benefit package.
Resumes with a cover letter should be mailed to:
Karen Crompton
Executive Director
Voices for Utah Children
747 E. South Temple, Ste. 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Deadline for applications: March 30, 2007



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