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Director of Tax Compliance

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 18, 2023

Job Description

The Controller’s Office provides financial solutions to a comprehensive research institution operating in a complex and highly regulated environment. With a strong focus on technology, efficiency, and collaboration, this Finance division helps lead the continued evolution of administrative operations that best support Virginia Tech’s world-class faculty, researchers, and students.
We are thrilled to announce this amazing new position that could be the perfect fit for you.
The Director of Tax at Virginia Tech plays a critical role in overseeing and managing the university's domestic and foreign tax compliance and strategic tax planning initiatives. This leadership position requires a highly skilled and experienced tax professional capable of navigating complex tax regulations both within the United States and internationally, optimizing the institution's tax position, and ensuring compliance with all applicable tax laws.
Reporting directly to the Associate Controller of Accounting Operations, the Director of Tax collaborates with various departments and stakeholders to ensure tax compliance, minimize tax liabilities, and contribute to the university's overall financial success.

Key responsibilities include:
Evaluate tax strategies and develop policies to ensure compliance with federal, state and local tax laws and regulations.
Collaborate with the finance teams and other university stakeholders to develop tax-efficient strategies that align with the university’s financial goals and long-term plans including domestic and nonresident employment and unrelated business income tax.
Review various contracts and agreements with tax implications such as partnerships, collaborations, and vendor contracts, to ensure tax considerations are addressed and appropriately protect the university’s position.
Provide training and educational sessions to university employees to enhance understanding of tax related matters, in both domestic and foreign contexts to promote university compliance.
Liaise with external auditors, tax authorities, tax consultants, and legal counsel in both domestic and foreign jurisdictions on tax-related matters, including audits and inquiries.

Reasons to apply today:
• Tuition benefits to support your development and learning
• Engagement in personal, professional and community outreach activities
• Formal employee award and recognition program
• Experiential learning opportunities
• Generous leave with paid 9 holidays and 24 personal days annually, including university closure for winter break
• Comprehensive and affordable health benefits
• Work-life balance and a fixed hybrid work model (three days a week on premises and two remote).
• Supportive and friendly team in a professional work environment
• Paid continuing professional education
• Bonus payments for professional certifications and completing accredited degree programs
• Relocation support

If you are a highly motivated individual with a strong background in tax compliance and a passion for ensuring regulatory compliance, we invite you to apply for the position of Director of Tax. Join our dynamic team and contribute to the continued success and growth of Virginia Tech.

Required Qualifications

• Master's degree in taxation, finance, accounting, or a Bachelor’s degree in related field with significant experience.
• Knowledge of both domestic and international tax matters.
• Knowledge of employment tax laws within the United States, as well as internationally.
• Demonstrated experience fostering collaborative working relationships.
• Experience in tax reporting and compliance.
• Strong analytical skills to interpret complex tax legislation and apply it to university business operations.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to think strategically and make data-driven decisions.
• Excellent communication and presentation abilities, with the capacity to convey complex tax concepts to non-specialists.
• Detail-oriented, proactive, and able to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.

Preferred Qualifications

• Juris Doctor, LLM, MSL.
• Professional licenses such as CPA or CIA.
• Knowledge or experience in a higher education or non-profit setting with global initiatives.
• Experience in managing tax audits and working with tax authorities.
• Research and interpret global tax considerations impacting university strategy.
• Strong leadership and people management skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively across departments.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$125,000 + Commensurate with Experience

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Zach LaCroix at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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