Summary of Role
Effectively represent the Association's interest in legislative and regulatory based advocacy efforts. Monitor, review, and evaluate tax legislative and regulatory tax issues for two assigned technical tax areas. Work with and motivate assigned technical resource panels to maximize effectiveness, quality and productivity related to advocacy efforts. Develop professionally written advocacy based positions and communicate those positions with IRS, Treasury, Congressional tax writing committees, other developers and administrators of tax policy, as well as with members and the public. Closely collaborate with other AICPA teams, particularly the Congressional and Legislative Affairs, and Tax Practice Management and Ethics Teams.
Accountabilities and Responsibilities
Tax Policy and Advocacy (40%)
Lead the development of well-written, timely advocacy positions (e.g., comment letters, position papers, testimony for Congressional and Internal Revenue Service hearings, and other advocacy documents) on legislative or regulatory changes in your assigned technical areas.
Develop, draft, and review tax advocacy positions and assure that our positions are expressed in a clear, concise and professional manner.
Ensure close collaboration with the AICPA Congressional and Political Affairs Team in developing and advocating positions.
Participate in and lead discussions on advocacy initiatives with government officials and congressional staffers.
Manage Technical Resource Panels (20%)
Effectively manage technical resource panels to identify and monitor tax legislative and regulatory issues. Coordinate the development, review, and submission of approved advocacy positions (e.g., comment letters) in your assigned technical areas.
Serve as staff liaison to two assigned technical resource panels.
Work with your assigned technical resource panels to identify new advocacy-related opportunities.
Outreach and Communications (15%)
Effectively coordinate and assist with the communication of timely and practical information about our advocacy efforts related to tax legislative and regulatory developments in your assigned technical areas to help educate members and the public and promote our advocacy efforts.
Speak at Association, state society, or other conferences or on webcasts
Record Facebook Live videos and Podcasts.
Contribute to advocacy-related communications with Association publications.
Work with the Communications Team to promote activities and positions in the press (participate in media interviews).
Broader Institute Initiatives (15%)
Support Association initiatives by reaching out to other Association teams and state societies, and interacting with outside organizations. Foster communication and collaboration across the Institute.
Participate in a steering committee of an Association conference.
Work with other Association teams to communicate and collaborate on projects where we share an interest, particularly with the Tax Practice Management and Ethics Team.
Keep appropriate individuals informed of significant legislative, regulatory and administrative developments in assigned technical areas.
Develop and maintain relationships with key individuals in government (e.g., Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury), Congress, state societies, and other organizations to promote our tax advocacy positions and stay informed of emerging issues.
Develop and maintain relationships with:
Government officials and congressional staffers
Other professional advocacy-focused organizations (e.g. American Bar Association Tax Section, National Federation of Independent Business, Tax Executives Institute)
Other Association teams
State CPA societies
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required
Strong knowledge of federal tax law
Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
Knowledge of tax legislative and regulatory processes
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong project management skills and the proven ability to multi-task
Ability to deliver creative and innovative ideas to build or enhance Tax Division strategic initiatives
Capable of working effectively with a diverse group of individuals
Required Experience, Qualifications & Education
Minimum of 8-10 years of related experience
Bachelor's degree in Accounting
Preferred Experience, Qualifications & Education
Masters in Taxation or law degree
Relevant experience at the Association is taken into consideration (for internal candidates only)
Activity in Association and/or state CPA society committees
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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