Job Opening – Good Jobs First – Project Coordinator

Good Jobs First (www.goodjobsfirst.org), a small Washington DC-based non-profit with a big footprint, now seeks a Project Coordinator responsible for a project that uses a database, reports and technical assistance to document how much revenue government bodies are foregoing to corporate tax breaks.  

The project, Defending the Public Good against Corporate Tax Breaks, stems from a recent change in government-accounting rules. For the first time ever, most local and state governments, including school districts, must now report each year how much revenue they lose to corporate tax breaks granted in the name of economic  development.

Analysis of the data has confirmed that in some communities, schools in poor areas lose the most revenue to economic development subsidies, and those student populations are often Black and brown. In other places, our analyses have found growth being subsidized in affluent areas, meaning limited public dollars are being wasted to fuel development that would have taken place even without the subsidies.

Good Jobs First led the successful 2014-2015 campaign to win Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement No. 77 on Tax Abatement Disclosures. A landmark event in municipal finance, this is the first time GASB has mandated the reporting of any kind of tax expenditure.

Statement 77’s requirement began generating new disclosure data in late 2017. Good Jobs First created Tax Break Tracker to capture this new data and make it available to our large, diverse audience of activists, journalists, academics and public officials. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for continuously expanding the database (each year, that data appears in end-of-year spending reports called Annual Comprehensive Financial Reports) as well as analyzing and preparing community- and state-specific reports based on the findings.

Already, the new data has enabled studies such as Abating Our Future, which we may seek to replicate. We have created 51 state “road maps” to explain the many variations in how the rules are applied – the new position will update these and continue to keep them current.

In addition to the database, the Project Coordinator, with Good Jobs First’s executive director, will help allies advocate for better compliance by reporting governments, and encourage/facilitate the data’s use in research and advocacy.

The Project Coordinator will also work closely with other GJF research analysts, especially through the use of Subsidy Tracker, Good Jobs First’s database that tracks which companies have received economic development subsidies.

This position is ideal for someone who enjoys working in a collaborative environment, gets excited by campaign building and is committed to ensuring all children have access to excellent public education.

Applicants must have:

  • at least three years’ experience in related work, such as tax and budget analysis and/or advocacy, or economic development subsidy accountability
  • familiarity with government finance practices and/or tax policy
  • Knowledge of public revenue issues and public service constituencies
  • ability and willingness to actively reach out to affected parties and officials who oversee compliance with the accounting rule
  • ability to analyze and write/speak clearly about state statutes and/or administrative codes pertaining to government financial reporting
  • proven skills in teamwork and the ability to assist diverse constituents (community, labor, tax and budget, elected and appointed officials, journalists, etc.)  
  • a demonstrated commitment to social, racial and economic justice

Other desirable qualifications:

  • ability to use ArcGIS mapping software
  • activist communications experience, including outreach to allied groups, news media, social media, and web-integrated strategies

This is an opportunity for rewarding work on a historic reform at a small, highly productive and collaborative resource center.

Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes healthcare, retirement contribution, and generous vacation. Starting salary range is between $58,000 and $68,000. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Please email résumés to Greg LeRoy at goodjobs@goodjobsfirst.org with the phrase “Project Coordinator Application” as the subject line.  No phone calls, please.

Greg LeRoy

Executive Director

To apply for this job email your details to goodjobs@goodjobsfirst.org