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

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, 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.

Right On Crime is expanding into North Carolina with the hire of a new, full-time state director who will be tasked with advancing conservative criminal justice reform in the state.


The North Carolina 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 the leading conservative voice on criminal justice policy 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 North Carolina 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 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 North Carolina State Director must be willing to reside in, or within commuting distance from Raleigh.

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 North Carolina’s 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 North Carolina;
  • Building coalition support amongst organizations within North Carolina;
  • 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 North Carolina’s legislative and political climate is required;
  • 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 Right on Crimes principles and recommendations.

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

Jennifer Carter

Texas Public Policy Foundation

[email protected]

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.