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Director of Excise and Miscellaneous Tax Programs

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Position open until: September 15, 2023

This opportunity involves researching, analyzing, evaluating, advising, training, and reporting of state and federal legislation, policies, and programs in the areas of state motor fuels, tobacco, cannabis, and other miscellaneous taxes and fees to assist states with more effective and efficient management of departmental and tax administration goals. This position communicates and coordinates extensively with executives and agency staff within the country’s departments of revenue, executives in federal agencies, members of the media, and other association officials. Duties are performed under the general direction of the FTA’s Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. The position also requires regular collaboration with other FTA team members.

The Director of Excise and Miscellaneous Tax is a highly functioning member of the FTA team who effectively communicates and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders, and has the following key responsibilities:

  • Create, initiate, and execute goals for programs based on the organization’s strategic objectives.
  • Manage communities of excise tax professionals by monitoring industry trends, moderating online discussions, and resolving member inquiries.
  • Organize and lead annual national conferences where government, private sector, and academic attendees meet to discuss issues impacting tax administration.
  • Organize and lead regular training opportunities.
  • Organize and lead regular uniformity and regional working group meetings in support of program work.
  • Create, curate, and facilitate effective communication with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively with public, government, and expert stakeholder audiences.
  • Lead and facilitate large virtual group discussions, in-person meetings, and conferences.
  • Develop and manage a program budget in partnership with the leadership team.

Examples of Work

  • Analyzes and evaluates proposed and implemented policies and programs related to motor fuel, tobacco, cannabis, and other miscellaneous tax and fee programs.
  • Leads research projects for national reports as requested.
  • Collaborates with FTA member agency officials, and other federal and international agencies to identify emerging trends and topics.
  • Provides training on existing programs.
  • Makes written and oral presentations to FTA’s board of trustees, FTA conference attendees, various stakeholder groups, media outlets, and more.
  • Researches international, federal, and state tax policy questions.
  • Provides data analysis and preparation of reports to inform FTA membership and the public on matters impacting state tax administration.
  • May conceive, plan, organize, and direct comprehensive studies and analyses.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert for the FTA team and its members.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Applicants are required to have graduated from a four-year accredited institution of higher learning. Qualified applicants must have at least 5 years work experience in the field of economics, excise tax administration and policy, government finance, public administration, or public policy.

A master’s degree in public policy, public administration, business, or other advanced degree, certificate, or research fellowship is preferred and may substitute two years of the minimum experience requirement. Applicant shall also have experience working in a state department of revenue, federal agency, or professional association that administers, regulates, or supports motor fuel, tobacco, cannabis, or other miscellaneous tax administration. Qualified applicants also have experience presenting professionally to public audiences.

Qualified applicants also have computer confidence with demonstrated competency in the Microsoft suite of applications, especially Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Resumes and letters of interest may be directed to FTA’s Executive Director Sharonne R. Bonardi at: careers@taxadmin.org. Include the position title in the subject line. Submit resumes no later than September 15, 2023. See you on the Hill!