Director of External Affairs

05 Nov, 2022


Director of External Affairs

The Tax Law Center at NYU Law
New York, NY

Join our team! The Tax Law Center at NYU Law seeks to protect and strengthen the tax system through rigorous, high-impact tax legal work in the public interest. Our work includes offering technical input on tax legislation, submitting comments on tax regulations, and intervening in tax litigation, with the goals of protecting and improving the integrity of the tax system, saving and raising revenues, and advancing equity.

Position Description

The Tax Law Center is seeking to hire one full-time External Affairs professional as either a Director of External Affairs or an Associate Director of External Affairs. Please see the following job descriptions for both roles, which outline the specific requirements and responsibilities for each position: Director of External Affairs and Associate Director of External Affairs

The Tax Law Center at the NYU School of Law is seeking a full-time Director of External Affairs to help shape, craft, and implement a comprehensive communications plan and strategy, manage external communications and public affairs, and build relationships with key partners and stakeholders of the Center.

You are an experienced communications or external affairs leader who will represent the Tax Law Center and its mission to external stakeholders. You are eager to set forth a guiding strategy for advancing the Center’s goals through effective communications across all channels, are proficient in working across traditional and digital platforms, and excel at developing and managing relationships. You look forward to helping the Center build communications capacity and would enjoy the opportunity to be creative in shaping our strategy and workplan.


The Director of External Affairs will report to the Executive Director and be responsible for:

  • Managing external communications with government, strategic partners, media, and funders, as well as developing and nurturing positive relationships with these stakeholders
  • Helping to develop the Center’s communications strategy and to manage it by ensuring that day-to-day communications activities across all channels and to all stakeholders in a way that supports the overall communications goals of the Center and by making adjustments as needed to reflect real time changes to the issue landscape.
  • Managing press inquiries monitoring and identifying media opportunities to facilitate for Center staff, and helping to prepare Center spokespeople for interviews, including by conducting reporter and outlet background research, conducting interview preparation sessions, and staffing interviews as needed
  • Working with the Executive Director and Legal Director to set, manage, and adjust the overall development strategy for the Center and ensure effective donor outreach, tracking, and communications
  • Managing strategy, audience growth, and regular content for the Center’s digital channels, in collaboration with Center staff experts
  • Leading outreach to and working closely with allied organizations to produce aligned agendas and develop content and strategy around key advocacy initiatives
  • Writing memos and other products that capture the technical rigor of the Tax Law Center’s work in a clear and accessible way
  • Supervising a communications and development staff member



  • At least 7 years of experience and a strong track record in at least one of the following: communications, public/external affairs, and/or development roles in the public or private sector
  • At least 3 years of experience supervising staff
  • Excellent leadership skills, having previously managed people and/or teams in communications, public/external affairs, and/or development roles in the public or private sector
  • Demonstrated strategy and project management skills with experience conceiving, leading, and successfully implementing complex initiatives
  • Demonstrated experience spotting and adjusting to rapidly-changing developments in the communications landscape
  • Experience in communications with executive and legislative bodies, agencies, and departments
  • Ability to navigate high-stakes and complex situations under time pressure
  • Excellent verbal, written, and public speaking/presentation skills
  • Commitment to advancing the Center’s mission and development
  • Excitement to learn about and communicate to others the importance of tax legal work


  • This role does not require experience in the tax law field, but it would be a plus to have some familiarity with tax law or policy, a sound understanding of the federal legislative and regulatory processes that may impact the Center’s work, and/or experience with communications for an organization producing technical analyses in any area of law or policy.


In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $150,000 to $180,000. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer. You will be an employee of New York University, with access to an excellent, comprehensive benefits package including generous paid time off and retirement contributions.

The Tax Law Center has physical office space at NYU School of Law in New York, but also offers hybrid or remote work arrangements from within the US.

Application Instructions

Must apply on Interfolio

You will be asked to upload a resume.

Please do not upload a cover letter; instead, you will be asked to provide brief answers to three short questions as part of the application form.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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Job posted: 2022-11-05