Texas public policy foundation
EMPLOYMENT
 

Description:

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is seeking an entrepreneurial and experienced leader to oversee all aspects of the Foundation’s communications operations, including online and traditional media. This person will develop and execute strategic communication and outreach efforts to further the Foundation’s mission. They will defend the Foundation brand and collaborate with Policy and Development to convey their messaging effectively.  This is a full-time position located in Austin, TX.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Create, execute, and track the Foundation's communications strategy
  • Administer and oversee the Foundation's online presence
  • Oversee and manage the Foundation's relationships and interactions with press and media at all levels
  • Identify and collaborate with allies on specific projects
  • Overall responsibility for maintaining and managing the Foundation's brand and messaging
  • Manage Communications department staff and direct their work
  • Oversee communications budget
  • Create or edit written materials as needed
  • Support Development activities as needed
  • Support Policy activities as needed
  • Present Board Report
  • Oversee or assist with special projects as needed

Qualifications: 

  • At least ten years of experience in major-media communications and/or digital/social content production and/or strategy
  • Possess a strategic vision and ability to keenly assess political and policy landscapes
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, including large-group management
  • Able to accurately and effectively communicate the mission of the organization
  • Excellent ambassador of the Foundation
  • Poised and knowledgeable in situations requiring public speaking
  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Understanding of both academic and persuasive communication
  • Desire to work in fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work beyond typical work hours as necessary

Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirement, references and writing sample to:
Greg Sindelar, Chief Operating Officer
administration@texaspolicy.com

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute offering competitive salaries and benefits to qualified candidates.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.  No phone calls, please.


Now seeking applications for

Senior Attorney, Center for the American Future

Description:

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is seeking a strategic and innovative litigator with experience in the federal judiciary as a Senior Attorney for the Center for the American Future. The qualified applicant will possess a strong love of liberty as the foundational purpose of government, an enthusiasm for Texas as the keystone of the American Dream, and an eagerness to challenge precedent and convention within the legal sphere in the defense of both.

The Center for the American Future is the Texas Public Policy Foundation's litigation-based endeavor for the advancement of Tenth Amendment principles through opposition to federal abuse and overreach in the subject matter areas of environmental, private property, and business autonomy rights.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

This candidate will be called upon to execute the Foundation’s legal work plan. This includes building a robust docket and advancing the Foundation’s strategic priorities. The Attorney will be an active participant in complex litigation, including the discovery process, briefs, trials, appellate work, and amicus briefing.

Qualifications:

The Senior Attorney for the Center for the American Future must be an extraordinary person with a keen drive to blaze new pathways in the fight to reclaim territory from Washington, D.C. He or she must have the following qualities:

  • A self-starter. The Senior Attorney must be willing and able to conceive and develop innovative ideas independently and often -- and bring them to fruition.
  • A writer. This Senior Attorney must possess the aptitude for graceful prose that conveys complicated concepts convincingly. 
  • A strategic thinker. Specifically, the Senior Attorney must be a strategic legal thinker, with a Juris Doctorate, able to grasp Constitutional law sufficient for handling complex litigation matters and authoring amicus briefs that advance the strategic vision of the Foundation.
  • An advocate. The Senior Attorney must bring to a table litigation experience in trial and appellate courts, administrative law, policymaking, legislation, and/or media -- and a proven record of accomplishment.
  • A team leader and mentor. The Senior Attorney must be willing to lead a team of junior attorneys in complex litigation matters, and oversee and develop their skills through the litigation process.
  • Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the United States for at least ten years. Applicants must also be admitted before a federal district or appellate court.

The position’s salary will be commensurate with the experience, expertise, and skills of the Attorney who takes the position. Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirement, writing samples, and references to:

Greg Sindelar, Chief Operating Officer
recruiting@texaspolicy.com

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.  No phone calls, please.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute offering competitive salaries and benefits to qualified candidates.


Now Seeking Applications For
Deputy Director for Events & Communications, Right on Crime

Description:

The Deputy Director for Events & Communications will be responsible for assisting the Communications Director for our national Right on Crime campaign. In concert with the Director of Communications, the Deputy Director will manage all aspects of event planning and execution for Right on Crime.  In addition, the successful candidate will keep track of the campaign’s progress, creating spreadsheets and flow charts, writing quarterly reports, tracking staff time, creating agendas and taking notes at meetings, and following up on campaign action items. This person will also help with the campaign’s website maintenance, social media outreach, signatory recruitment and outreach, vendor relationships, and other administrative duties. 

Responsibilities and Duties also include:

  • Daily media clip archiving, news monitoring
  • Event planning and execution at our Austin HQ as well during conferences and speaking events around the country throughout the year
  • Media coverage/performance reporting, generating charts
  • Regularly maintaining media tracking software- Reviewing coverage (tags, duplicates, etc.), creating graphs and charts, creating and maintaining media contact lists, inputting print clips, as needed
  • Posting blogs, video, audio, news hits and commentaries to RightOnCrime.com
  • General maintenance and administration of RightOnCrime.com
  • Tracking and reporting of online analytics
  • Administration of email lists
  • Email newsletter management
  • General graphic design for website, banner ads, etc.
  • Distribute press items to media, as needed
  • Contacting media personnel and coalition organizations

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications, government or journalism preferred
  • Work experience in communications or campaigns a plus
  • Experience with WordPress, Photoshop and other multimedia software Must be self-directed, goal oriented, and able to manage multiple projects
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Intermediate to Expert knowledge with Microsoft Office Package, including but not limited to: Outlook, Word, and Excel programs
  • Must be able to work under tight deadlines, and be well-organized

Please send cover letter, references, resume, salary range and a writing sample to:

Greg Sindelar
Texas Public Policy Foundation
recruiting@texaspolicy.com
(PLEASE NOTE – new email address for applications!)

 

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute offering competitive salaries and benefits to qualified candidates. 


Texas Public Policy Foundation Clerkship Program

Our Summer 2017 clerkship program is now full.  We encourage you to consider applying for the Fall 2017 semester.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is in search of world-class legal clerkship candidates prepared to push the boundaries of liberty litigation in gaining valuable experience working in the Foundation’s litigation Center for the American Future.  The Center exists as the Foundation’s litigation arm and seeks to further its mission in advancing Tenth Amendment principles through judicial opposition to government overreach and abuse in the subject matter areas of environmental, private property, and business autonomy rights.

Before you apply, visit our award-winning website www.americanfuture.com and then Google the Foundation.  Read the best and the worst of our reviews, and if you:

  • Are interested in learning the principles of the economic greats like Hayek and Locke;
  • Believe in the individual right to do business free from big government;
  • Can exemplify personal responsibility and the entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Want to contribute to the incredible impact of our Foundation - then APPLY NOW.

Our Foundation provides the opportunity to work with some of the best liberty litigators in the country who are seeking to win “change the world” cases that will reverse the past century of jurisprudence that have slowly eroded our constitutional rights. Center efforts impact not just Texas but the entire country.  Staff members and invited guests share their time, knowledge, and experience with each clerkship class through a series of discussions that illustrate the range of ways that policy changes the world.  All of our clerks leave our Foundation with a solid understanding of all the work we do in furtherance of liberty.

Successful Law Clerks

Our clerkship class is generally current law students and recent graduates who are flexible, project-oriented self-starters and can work with a wide range of leadership types.  Our clerks take on projects unique to the Foundation based on their individual skills and experiences, in addition to the scope covered by their clerkship.  The most successful applicants are open-minded and hardworking, with good research, writing, and interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply mission-centered common sense to a daily routine – that isn’t. Successful clerks at the Foundation understand our principles of Liberty, Personal Responsibility, and Free Enterprise, and are excited to see first-hand the unique constraints faced by a non-profit in our efforts to reshape public policy in Texas and around the world.

How to Apply

Applications for our program should include a cover letter, telling us your story and including the semester or summer you are interested in interning, as well as your résumé and a writing sample.  Submit your application as a single PDF file via email to:

Yvonne Simental, Center for the American Future - clerkships@texaspolicy.com

Expectations

Law clerks will be assigned to the Foundation’s litigation center and work directly with its Director and staff attorneys.   They will attend staff meetings, meet policymakers and engage in developing and cutting-edge litigation advancing the Foundation’s principles.  Our law clerks will also gain real world experience working on active litigation matters, appellate briefs, and amicus papers individually or in collaboration with our team, based on their individual talents and the needs of the Foundation.  Law clerks work closely with the Foundation’s litigation attorneys, polishing practical legal skills.  

Compensation

Full time and part time law clerks will be paid a stipend upon completion of their clerkship.  Or, if your law school permits, we’re happy to work with you to earn academic credit instead for your work at the Foundation.


Now Seeking Applications For

Texas Public Policy Foundation Internship Program

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is in search of world-class intern candidates prepared to push the boundaries of non-profit policy and engagement.  We are looking to you to support our focus on the production and dissemination of research, and to assist in our extensive engagement efforts.  Before you apply, visit our award-winning website and then Google the Foundation.  Read the best and the worst of our reviews, and if you:

  • Are interested in learning the principles of the economic greats like Hayek and Locke;
  • Believe in the individual right to do business free from big government;
  • Can exemplify personal responsibility and the entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Want to contribute to the incredible impact of our Foundation - then APPLY NOW.

Our Foundation provides the opportunity to work with some of the best free market thinkers in the country who are researching a wide range of different policy areas, and all the places those topics intersect, that impact not just Texas but the entire country.  Staff members and invited guests share their time, knowledge, and experience with each intern class through a series of discussions that illustrate the range of ways that policy changes the world.  All of our interns leave our Foundation with a solid understanding of all the work we do: our outreach, policy positions, and our work to change Texas for the better.

The Foundation hires interns in a wide variety of areas – fundraising, communications, film, events, communications, and law.  We also consider specialty interns, such as accounting, or interns whose course schedules don’t fall into the traditional semester models (like winter blocks). 

Successful Interns

Our internship class is generally current students, recent graduates, or students between semesters who are flexible, project-oriented self-starters and can work with a wide range of leadership types.  Our interns take on projects unique to the Foundation based on their individual skills and experiences, in addition to the scope covered by their internship.  The most successful applicants are open-minded and hardworking, with good research, writing, and interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply mission-centered common sense to a daily routine – that isn’t. Successful interns at the Foundation understand our principles of Liberty, Personal Responsibility, and Free Enterprise, and are excited to see first-hand the unique constraints faced by a non-profit in our efforts to reshape public policy in Texas and around the world.

How to Apply

Applications for our program should include a cover letter, telling us your story and including the semester you’re interested in interning, as well as your résumé, and a work sample if available.  Submit your application as a single PDF file via email to:

Gina Van Dyke, Operations Coordinator

internships@texaspolicy.com

Interested in an even more extensive learning opportunity? The Texas Public Policy Foundation partners with the Charles Koch Institute to place full- and part-time Koch Fellows and Koch Interns in our Internship program for the best combined programming the Liberty Movement has to offer.  Visit the Charles Koch Institute website to learn more!

 

Expectations

Development interns will work with the Foundation’s Vice President of Development and our development team to learn the techniques of fundraising in the competitive non-profit world.  As a valued member of our team, the Dev intern will:

  • Help plan and participate in development events and solicitations;
  • Write development materials;
  • Talk with donors;
  • Draft donor communications;
  • Process daily contributions; and,
  • Conduct donor research.

Our events intern should be excited to work as a production assistant, schedule coordinator, setup crew, speaker liaison, and/or travel planner for our recently re-designed events team.  We’re looking for a candidate with an obsession for details, an ability to translate vision into action, and a personable approach to working with crowds.  Audiences for our event are a diverse group including allied organizations, opposition representatives, donors, legislators, media, and the general public, and our events team works hard to present our research in a pleasant and welcoming environment.

Policy interns will be assigned to one of the Foundation’s policy Centers and work directly with a Center director or policy analyst.   They will:

  • attend staff meetings,
  • meet policymakers,
  • engage in regular policy discussions,
  • conduct in-depth research, and
  • receive extensive feedback on your written product. 

Outstanding writing may be selected for publication as a blog post, op-ed, or policy brief.

Our film intern should be excited to work as a grip, gaff, assistant camera operator, digital imaging technician, production assistant, and/or production sound technician, sometimes all at once, for our brand-new in-house production shop.  We’re looking for a candidate who’s a dab hand at storytelling through the medium of film.  If your dream job is in production, and a chance at on-the-job experience is irresistible, this is probably a good fit.  You’ll also help with the day-to-day communications intern tasks.

Communications interns will work with the Foundation’s director of communications in writing and editing press releases, commentaries, and other media products.  They’ll work with our publications team to edit and release our publications, and with our digital campaigns and analytics manager to update the website, social media, and track the success of our efforts. They will also work with media professionals, attend staff meetings, and meet policymakers.

Law clerks will be assigned to the Foundation’s litigation center and work directly with its director and staff attorneys.   They will attend staff meetings, meet policymakers and engage in developing and cutting-edge litigation advancing the Foundation’s principles.  Our law clerks may also have the opportunity to contribute to active litigation matters, appellate briefs, and amicus papers individually or in collaboration with our team, based on their individual talents and the needs of the Foundation.  You’ll also work closely with the Foundation’s litigation attorneys, polishing practical legal skills.  


Love Liberty? Want to defend it?

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is in search of a full-time and fundraising and donor relations intern for the 2017 summer semester who is prepared to push the boundaries of non-profit fundraising and donor engagement. This is a great opportunity for you to gain experience in communicating with and cultivating donors through print, digital, and person-to-person engagement. Before you apply, visit our award-winning website: www.texaspolicy.com

As a valued member of our team, you will work with the Foundation’s Vice President of Development and our development team in a collegial environment. You will have the opportunity to help.

  • Plan and participate in events and solicitations;
  • Write a grant proposal;
  • Write articles for Veritas, the TPPF donor magazine;
  • Engage with donors at events;
  • Manage the annual Intern Thank You Report to Donors;
  • Learn about financial management of a development office;
  • Manage the donor database and,
  • Conduct confidential donor research.

Successful Interns

Our internship class is generally current students, recent graduates, or students between semesters who are flexible, project-oriented self-starters and are able work with a wide range of leadership types. Our interns take on projects unique to the Foundation based on their individual skills and experience. The most successful applicants are curious, articulate, inventive, hardworking, and possess research, writing, and interpersonal skills. Successful interns at the Foundation understand our principles of liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise, and are excited to see first-hand the unique constraints faced by a non-profit in our efforts to reshape public policy in Texas and around the world.

Summer internships are full time, and include a stipend of $1000 to be paid in two-parts during the semester.
How to Apply
Applications for our program should include a cover letter, telling us your story and the reasons you would like to work for the Foundation, as well as your résumé, and a writing sample to Gina Van Dyke, Operations Coordinator at internships@texaspolicy.com.