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Now seeking applications for

Legal Secretary

Description:

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is seeking a Legal Secretary to support the advocacy of its litigation 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 support Center efforts to challenge precedent and convention within the legal sphere in the defense of both liberty and federalism.

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 areas of environmental, private property, and business autonomy rights. www.americanfuture.com.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the Director and attorneys in execution of the Center’s legal work plan and furtherance of the Center’s mission.  This includes case management, calendaring deadlines, filing pleadings, legal drafting and administrative functions relevant to the Center’s operation.
  • Support Center attorneys in complex civil litigation and administrative filings, including the discovery process, briefs, trials, appellate work and amicus briefing.
  • Draft pleadings and discovery, summarizing depositions and monitoring client files, including filing deadlines.
  • Locate relevant documents, research, etc., docketing and e-filings, scheduling, coordinating and confirming court dates, appointments and meetings, billable hours, understand the basics of a number of court documents, such as summons and subpoenas. 
  • Manage Center Law Clerk Program
  • Execute Center administrative processes, such as attorney court admissions, budget tracking, purchase requests, travel arrangements, scheduling meetings and reserving conference rooms, maintaining paper case files, updating Center social media and website, managing Center email blasts and saving all documents, email and media to the appropriate server file.
  • The applicant must have the ability to work independently and communicate effectively with all Foundation staff, most importantly Center attorneys regarding client communications, filed case documents and deadlines.

Qualifications:

The Legal Secretary 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:

  • 3+ years of experience as a legal assistant, legal secretary, or paralegal with civil litigation matters.
  • A self-starter.  The Legal Secretary must be willing and able to further project assignments independently and often – and bring them to fruition.
  • Detail-oriented and possess strong communication, organization, and time management skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, in particular, MS Word and Excel.
  • Proficient in social media, in particular, Facebook, Twitter and Mailchimp.
  • Proficient in the federal PACER -filing system and, preferably, Texas e-filing.
  • Highly organized.  The Legal Secretary has responsibility for calendaring deadlines and file management.

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

Greg Sindelar, Chief Operating Officer

recruiting@texaspolicy.com

 

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
Associate Filmmaker and Editor

Description:                                                                        

The Texas Public Policy Foundation seeks an Associate Filmmaker and Editor to help tell the story of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, its work, its people, and its mission to a statewide, national, and international audience. For over a quarter-century, the Foundation has sought to defend liberty in the Lone Star State — and to make its lessons available and applicable to the rest of the country. This position, part of our top-flight Communications team, will play a critical role in ensuring that our achievements and our principles are available and accessible to any American with a television or Internet connection. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conceive and create new Foundation audio and video products.
  • Manage and use the film, recording, and editing equipment at the Foundation’s disposal.
  • Manage and use the editing suite and studio space in the Foundation’s headquarters.
  • Record, edit, and disseminate audio and video of all Foundation events.
  • Record, edit, and disseminate Foundation audio and video products.
  • Train and lead Foundation personnel in these tasks as needed.
  • Advise and research on Foundation equipment and personnel needs in the sphere of audio and video production.

Qualifications:

  • 5 to 10 years of experience in audio and video production preferred.
  • A track record successfully producing products such as podcasts, YouTube videos, event videos, and event livestreams.
  • Understands the goals and philosophy of the liberty movement, and ideally possesses an especial appreciation for the Lone Star State’s history and heritage.  

Examples of the sort of video and production standard we seek are here:

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

Greg Sindelar

recruiting@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.


Description:

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is seeking a skilled writer and administrator to manage and enhance the Foundation’s grant program. The position works with TPPF staff to manage a $4 million portfolio of funding from a diverse group of charitable foundations. The position is also responsible for seeking new funding from charitable foundations and is a key part of TPPF’s overall fundraising program. The position works with all TPPF staff to compile top-quality grant reports and applications for funding, and cultivates relationships with supporting foundations.

The ideal candidate will be someone with acute attention to detail, exceptional organization and administrative experience, excellent project management ability, and superior writing and editing skills. Candidate must be able to manage multiple stakeholders to meet numerous deadlines concurrently, and must ensure details are not overlooked while simultaneously thinking about the big picture. This position offers unique long-term growth opportunities as the Foundation’s funding program expands.

The Grant Manger’s responsibilities will include:

  • Manage all deadlines related to TPPF’s grants program, including tracking of grant deliverables, reports, and renewal applications, for a large portfolio of grants.
  • Prepare high-quality grant reports and proposals and meet all deadlines for submission.
  • Cultivate relationships with donating foundations through personal meetings, updates, and phone calls.
  • Prospect funding from new foundations through intensive research, submission of letters of interest, phone calls, and other strategies.
  • Assist with writing high-quality content for the TPPF fundraising program beyond the grants program, including donor thank you letters, newsletters, solicitations, event invitations, emails, and other projects as assigned.
  • Copy-edit written communications for the fundraising program.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Excellent command of the English language, superior writing and editing ability
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Good organization skills and a strong attention to detail
  • Cheerful and professional demeanor and high level of customer service
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to focus on priorities demonstrating flexibility when needed
  • Experience using Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Self-starter with the ability to work effectively both independently and in a team
  • Trustworthiness, discretion, and confidentiality
  • A personal commitment to the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise
  • Grant writing experience is helpful, but not required
  • A Bachelor's Degree

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

Greg Sindelar, Chief Operating Officer

recruiting@texaspolicy.com


Description:

Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Fueling Freedom Project is seeking a National Director to direct and coordinate the activities of a nationwide coalition of civil-society, academic, and private-sector entities engaged in a range of grassroots, policy, and media endeavors designed to change public narrative and policy on America’s energy sector. The project is helmed by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of America’s foremost think tanks and forces for policy change for liberty.

The National Director will be required to liaise with eminent figures from business and policy, provide leadership and direction to grassroots communities, and engage top-tier media while maintaining vision and direction for the overall coalition efforts. He or she will furthermore contribute directly to the formulation of strategic vision and operational action items.

This position will be housed at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s headquarters in Austin, Texas just two blocks from the Texas State Capitol.  Its presence and activities, however, will be national and heavily focused on our sister states for the advancement of its priorities.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assembly of a coalition of allies from across the country for the advancement of the goals of the Fueling Freedom Project.
  • Coordination of activities across multiple states necessary to advance our message.
  • Production of research and commentaries on energy-related activities nationally, and opportunities to highlight federal overreach and/or state solutions to that overreach.
  • Engagement with the various Federal and State legislature and agencies as necessary to track, educate and inform on matters related to the Fueling Freedom Project.

Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of the energy industry, especially oil and gas.
  • Demonstrated success in organizing and managing large-scale projects
  • Excellent writing, editing, and public presentation skills and legal research
  • Experience and proficiency in interacting with legislators, media, stakeholders, and the general public
  • Ability to comprehend/analyze complex legislative and legal issues
  • Ability to effectively advocate for the Foundation’s principles and recommendations
  • Experience with basic software applications such as those in the Microsoft Office suite

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

Greg Sindelar
Texas Public Policy Foundation
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

Digital Media Coordinator

Description: The Texas Public Policy Foundation is seeking a digital media coordinator for immediate hire. This position will lead TPPF’s digital communication efforts, focusing on building an engaged community across social media with creative and compelling content. This position is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and liberty-minded individual who want to engage directly with the operations and efforts of an active communications shop. The ideal candidate will be flexible, entrepreneurial, proactive, positive, possess a high degree of personal accountability, and be mission-focused. This position will report to TPPF’s director of communications and will be based in Austin, TX.

Responsibilities and duties include:

  • Facilitate conversations, increase engagement and drive advocacy across the digital space for TPPF
  • Design and execute campaigns across various social channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
  • Craft platform-specific copy in TPPF’s voice and tone.
  • Curate content and help inform the content strategy by relentlessly consuming news and policy research.
  • Operate and optimize TPPF website and associated campaigns.
  • Identify and engage advocates and influencers within various communities.
  • Increase donors and advocates by converting site traffic through calls-to-action, landing pages, and lead-generation content.
  • Develop email marketing strategies to increase engagement and conversions across various audience segments.
  • Strategically segment users for targeted email marketing sends and leverage audience data to personalize the email experience.
  • Mine data and analytics to gain a better understanding of the impact of marketing strategies on user behavior.
  • Develop dashboards that provide insights and visualization to understand how inbound marketing activity turns users into donors and advocates and continually refine the process to reduce costs and increase conversions.
  • Implement and analyze A/B or multi-variate tests to offer insight to the marketing, government affairs and development teams.
  • Manage execution of organic search strategies, perform regular site audits, keyword research, optimize onsite content and report SEO performance.
  • Keep up to date with social and digital best practices and strategies.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications and/or journalism preferred
  • 2+ years experience in public policy or political digital communications
  • Deep understanding of social networks including design, functionality, metrics and users
  • Deep knowledge of Facebook Insights, Twitter Analytics, Google Analytics and other measurement tools
  • Strong graphic design skills in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficient in Excel
  • Willingness to learn web-based platforms
  • Familiarity with HTML, WordPress, and all social media platforms
  • Knowledge of principles of SEO
  • Detail oriented and creative

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

Greg Sindelar
recruiting@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.


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.


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.