Right on Crime is a national campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, in partnership with the American Conservative Union Foundation and Prison Fellowship, to promote conservative solutions for reducing crime, restoring victims, reforming offenders, and lowering taxpayer costs. The movement was born in Texas in 2007, and in recent years, dozens of states such as Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Florida, Tennessee, and Kentucky have led the way in implementing conservative criminal justice reforms.

Right on Crime 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 and Jeb Bush, 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.

Right on Crime is looking to establish a full-time presence in Kentucky by hiring a State Director tasked with working collaboratively to advance proven conservative criminal justice reform in the state.


The Kentucky State Director for Right on Crime will serve as the face of the organization within the state. Ultimately, Right on Crime anticipates that our state directors position themselves as preeminent, conservative leaders on criminal justice reform in their respective states. This requires an ability to build the Right on Crime brand throughout the state, but particularly amongst lawmakers and stakeholders. The Kentucky State Director will develop legislative agendas for each legislative session, as well as long-term goals for the advancement of Right on Crime’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 Kentucky State Director must be willing to reside in, or within commuting distance from, Frankfort, Kentucky.

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 affects Kentucky’s criminal justice system and articulating any positive or negative effect to lawmakers or other stakeholders.
  • Developing legislative priorities that advance evidence-based criminal justice reform in Kentucky.
  • Building coalition support amongst organizations within Kentucky.
  • Project management.
  • Research and writing policy briefs and research studies, commentaries, testimonies, blog postings, and opinion editorials.
  • Conceptualizing and organizing policy events/activities designed to educate policymakers, stakeholders, the media, and the general public.


  • Juris Doctor, with 2 to 5 years of criminal law experience strongly preferred, but comparable education and experience will be considered.
  • Experience navigating Kentucky’s legislative and political climate is 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.
  • Ability to advocate for Right on Crime’s principles and recommendations.

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

Jennifer Carter, Director of Talent and Culture at careers@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.