Good Jobs First
Defending the Public Good against Corporate Tax Breaks
Washington, DC ~ February 2019
Good Jobs First (www.goodjobsfirst.org), a small non-profit with a big footprint, now seeks a Project Coordinator for its Washington, DC headquarters.
The project, Defending the Public Good against Corporate Tax Breaks, is a unique policy-work opportunity. While the defense of public goods and services that benefit all employers has always been integral to Good Jobs First’s core mission of economic development subsidy accountability, the ability to frame this work has been greatly strengthened by 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.
For an enterprising activist seeking rewarding work at the intersection of just and equitable public services, economic development and government accountability, this job offers an opportunity for creative new work.
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 Subsidy Tracker 2 to capture this new data and make it available to our large, diverse audience of activists, journalists, academics and public officials. Subsidy Tracker 2 is a companion to Good Jobs First’s original database, Subsidy Tracker, which is specific to deals (rather than to jurisdictions).
The Project Coordinator will lead, with Good Jobs First’s executive director, a nationwide technical assistance, training and reform program. S/he will keep building the new database, help allies advocate for continuous improvements in compliance by reporting governments, and encourage/facilitate the data’s use in research and advocacy, especially by community-labor coalitions and public policymakers seeking to defend an adequate and equitable tax base for public services, a.k.a. “Bargaining for the Common Good.”
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 of 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 qualification:
- 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. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.
Please email résumés to Greg LeRoy at email@example.com with the phrase “Project Coordinator Application” as the subject line. No phone calls, please.