Job Req ID:  113541

Assistant Director for Domestic Tax

The Tax Office is looking for a motivated individual to fill the role of the Assistant Director for Domestic Tax (“Assistant Director”). This individual’s primary responsibility will be to lead the team that is responsible for tax compliance related to U.S. compensation, benefits and other payments provided to university employees, students and scholars. This role requires significant collaboration with University Human Resources along with many other University stakeholders.

Johns Hopkins University is one of the world’s leading research universities, with an annual budget that exceeds $7 billion. The institution is comprised of approximately 6,500 faculty, 6,100 undergraduate students and 25,900 graduate students across 230-degree programs at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels. The mission of the university is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for lifelong learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.

The Johns Hopkins University Tax Office reports through the Controller to the university’s Chief Financial Officer. The Tax Office is responsible for all the institution's domestic and international tax matters and is an integral member of this high-performing, client-focused team.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • The Assistant Director will bring advanced knowledge of U.S. employment tax laws and procedures as well as knowledge of accounting principles connected to compensation and benefits.
  • A successful candidate demonstrates high levels of competency with written and oral communication, including the need to explain complex tax topics to individuals outside of the Tax Office who may not be familiar with the tax laws and related concepts.
  • Directs the timely completion of all federal and state employment tax payments, compliance filings and notice responses.
  • Directs the timely completion of all unemployment, family leave and similar compliance filings, and their associated payments and notice responses.
  • Directs employment tax compliance for the University’s non-residents students and scholars.
  • Directs ERP/HCM system testing and maintenance as it relates to employment tax.
  • Directs worker classification determinations.
  • Supports compensation reporting for non-payroll tax filings (e.g. Form 990 and Form 4720).
  • Recommends and executes best practices in supporting University’s employment tax matters.
  • Introduces innovative tools and services to improve efficiency and compliance.
  • Partners with University Payroll Shared Services and Human Resources Shared Services to ensure timely processing of various tax-related payroll adjustments.
  • Collaborates with payroll and benefits tax experts serving in other university departments (e.g. Human Resources and Office of General Counsel) to build and enhance university policies and procedures impacted by U.S. employment taxes.
  • Advises University leaders and stakeholders on matters related to U.S. taxes; specifically, taxes related to employment.
  • Manages the University’s external tax advisors.
  • Develops, coaches and mentors Tax Office staff.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Tax Director including special projects.

Special Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities / Competencies

  • Ability to perform tasks independently.
  • Ability to exercise the utmost confidentiality in every aspect.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to establish priorities, manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines.
  • Demonstrates strong project management, sustained attention to detail, planning, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Advanced data analysis skills.
  • Demonstrates respect for process and exercises diplomacy in working with subject matter experts, stakeholders, team members, and leadership.
  • Develops a strong understanding of the University’s culture and vision to effectively participate in change management strategies.
  • Develops presentations, briefings, and decision memos that communicate effectively with clients, senior leadership, Trustees or other audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to relate effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Strong relationship-building, collaboration, and influencing skills needed to counsel and work effectively with all levels within the university.
  • Strong research skills, ability to analyze and interpret complex payroll and benefits tax topics at both the federal and state level and apply those rules to university facts and circumstances.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business, Finance or related field.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting strongly preferred. Graduate education in Accounting, Business, Finance Tax or related field strongly preferred.
  • Seven years of progressively responsible related work experience required.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications
  • CPA strongly preferred.



Classified Title: Assistant Director Tax 
Job Posting Title (Working Title): Assistant Director for Domestic Tax   
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PH  
Starting Salary Range: $115,400 - $202,000 Annually (Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Hybrid/JH at Keswick 
Department name: University Tax 
Personnel area: University Administration 



Total Rewards
The referenced base salary range represents the low and high end of Johns Hopkins University’s salary range for this position. Not all candidates will be eligible for the upper end of the salary range. Exact salary will ultimately depend on multiple factors, which may include the successful candidate's geographic location, skills, work experience, market conditions, education/training and other qualifications. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:

Education and Experience Equivalency
Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines: JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Applicants Completing Studies
Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

Background Checks
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate's conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

Diversity and Inclusion
The Johns Hopkins University values diversity, equity and inclusion and advances these through our key strategic framework, the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.

Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

EEO is the Law

Accommodation Information
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Vaccine Requirements
Johns Hopkins University strongly encourages, but no longer requires, at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine does not apply to positions located in the State of Florida. We still require all faculty, staff, and students to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. This change does not apply to the School of Medicine (SOM). SOM hires must be fully vaccinated with an FDA COVID-19 vaccination and provide proof of vaccination status. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit and all other JHU applicants should visit

The following additional provisions may apply, depending upon campus. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.
The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

Hybrid: On-site 3-4 days a week