ROC is looking to fill State Director vacancy in Arkansas with someone up to the task of advancing effective criminal justice policy, and poised to assume the role as the leading conservative thought leader around conservative criminal justice policy.

About Right On Crime & TPPF:
Right on Crime is a national campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation promoting conservative solutions for reducing crime, restoring victims, reforming offenders, while lowering taxpayer costs. The movement was born in Texas in 2007, and in recent years has since expanded to Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.

ROC has the support of more than 90 prominent conservative leaders who have endorsed the principles of conservative criminal justice reform. These leaders include former Governors Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, and Bill Haslam, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Concerned Women for America President Penny Nance, former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and former United States Attorneys General Ed Meese and Alberto Gonzales.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit research-based think tank in Austin, Texas. Established in 1989, TPPF promotes conservative principles and develops free-market approaches to public policy challenges affecting Texans and all Americans. To achieve its mission, TPPF analyzes complex issues, creates legislative policy solutions, and advocates for those solutions at the Texas Legislature, Congress, and other public forums.

Life at Right On Crime & TPPF:
The Foundation offers a unique opportunity to be part of an organization that shapes the future of Texas & beyond through innovative thought leadership. At TPPF, you will have the opportunity to be part of an engaged team whose mission is to create a freer future for all Texans and Americans. We look for individuals who are passionate about advancing conservative public policy and embody servant leadership. With a strong belief in personal responsibility, we trust our people and want to empower them to make the right decisions for the right reasons – this is why it is crucial we bring the right people on board. We value our team and work to cultivate a culture of hard work, entrepreneurship, intellectual curiosity, and collaboration. As a team, we support one another and strive to create an environment in which our team members are inspired to excel, motivated to innovate, and empowered to be servant leaders for the cause of liberty.

The Role:
The Arkansas State Director for ROC will serve as the face of the organization within the state. Ultimately, ROC anticipates that our state directors will position themselves as the leading conservative voice on criminal justice policy in their respective states. This requires an ability to build the ROC brand throughout the state, but particularly amongst lawmakers and stakeholders. The Arkansas State Director will either develop or assist stakeholders in their development of legislative agendas for each legislative session, as well as long-term goals for the advancement of ROC’s principles. This will require active research, authorship of policy papers, testimony before legislative committees, coalition building, policymaker education and lobbying, outreach, and media campaigns.

The Arkansas State Director must be willing to reside in, or within commuting distance from Boise during legislative sessions, or wherever stakeholder convenings take place across Arkansas.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Testifying before legislative committees, general educational outreach to lawmakers, and lobbying. Note: this also includes identifying any legislative efforts that affect Arkansas criminal justice system, and articulating any positive or negative affect to lawmakers or other stakeholders;
  • Developing legislative priorities that advance evidence-based criminal justice reform in Arkansas;
  • Building coalition support amongst organizations within Arkansas;
  • Project management;
  • Research and writing policy briefs, perspectives, research studies, commentaries, testimony, blog postings, and opinion editorials, and;
  • Conceptualizing and organizing policy events/activities designed to educate policymakers, stakeholders, the media, and the general public.


  • At least 5 years of direct policy experience strongly preferred;
  • Experience navigating Arkansas’ legislative and political climate preferred;
  • Excellent writing, editing, and public presentation skills;
  • Experience and proficiency in interacting with legislators, media, stakeholders, as well as the general public;
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and articulate complex legislative and regulatory issues; and
  • Ability to advocate for ROC principles and recommendations.

Benefits at TPPF/ROC:
TPPF values our team members and strives to provide a comprehensive benefits package so that our people can focus on achieving the mission. We offer competitive salaries and excellent health insurance, for staff & dependents. In addition, we have generous Paid Time Off (PTO) policies, including holidays and parental leave, and retirement contribution matching.

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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.