Texas public policy foundation
EMPLOYMENT
 

Now Seeking Applications for

Controller

Description:

We seek an experienced Controller to oversee all financial and administrative aspects of the foundation. Namely, this person will work with our senior leadership to drive the foundation’s financial strategy and planning. This position will be responsible for assessing the financial performance of the company as well as possible risks related to finance/accounting and HR.

Most importantly, the person we are looking for will be a servant leader, a strategic thinker, and a “doer” who is motivated by the Foundation’s mission and entrepreneurial spirit. 

Responsibilities and duties include:

Finance & Accounting

  • Develop and maintain timely and accurate financial statements and reports that are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
  • Develop, implement, and ensure compliance with internal financial and accounting policies and procedures
  • Oversee the annual audit and tax filings and liaise with the Board and the auditors as necessary
  • Develop and maintain financial accounting systems
  • Manage and prepare the annual budget in consultation with leadership
  • Assist Development team with the preparation of budgets for funding applications
  • Oversee the bookkeeping functions including maintenance of the general ledger, accounts payable/receivable, etc.
  • Assist the Chief Operating Officer with financial reporting as required for Board meetings and Annual Report
  • Oversee all payroll functions to ensure that employees are paid in a timely and accurate manner

Human Resources & Administration

  • Manage the employee insurance and benefits plans
  • Advise the organization's leadership on appropriate insurance coverage for the organization and the Board
  • Oversee and supervise all administrative functions and employees of the organization
  • Monitor all legislation relevant to the organization (employment standards, occupation health and safety, etc.) and all regulations to ensure that the organization remains compliant

Qualifications:

  • BSc/BA in accounting, finance or relevant field; MSc/MA and/or a CPA designation is a plus
  • Proven experience as Director of Finance or similar role
  • In-depth knowledge of nonprofit finance and accounting principles, laws and best practices
  • A servant leader with previous management experience
  • Solid knowledge of financial analysis and forecasting
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office and financial management software (e.g. QBO)
  • An analytical mind with a strategic ability
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities

Application Instructions:
Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file with your full name in the file name:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position and salary requirements
  • List of 3+ references

Please include “Controller, TPPF–[Your Name]” in the subject line of your email.

Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire@talentmarket.org.

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.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise. 

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
Policy Analyst, Life: Powered

Description:

The policy analyst will be working in the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Life: Powered Project.  The policy analyst will engage in research, writing, policymaker education, outreach, and public and media communications on energy issues for the Foundation. The goals of Life: Powered is to reframe the national discussion about energy sources – including fossil fuels – on the importance of reliable, abundant, affordable energy to the American quality of life and the advancement of the human condition.  The project works closely with influencers across the nation to further the goals of the project and the Foundation.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching, analyzing, and making recommendations on the Foundation’s policy issues
  • Effectively communicating the Foundation’s policy recommendations to key stakeholders, including legislators, their staff, and the media
  • Working with other organizations throughout the country
  • Writing policy briefs, perspectives, research studies, commentaries, testimony, and blog postings
  • Monitoring and testifying before various legislative committees and state agencies
  • Attending stakeholder meetings relevant to the Foundation’s work
  • Organizing various policy events/activities designed to educate policymakers, stakeholders, the media, and the general public

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree or Juris Doctorate preferred
  • One to three years of relevant experience preferred
  • 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 regulatory 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
  • Experience in website content management a plus, but not required

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

Greg Sindelar

Texas Public Policy Foundation

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 candidate


Now Seeking Applications For

Vice President, Federal Affairs

Description:

The Foundation’s presence in our nation’s capital is driven by the imperative to be as close as possible to our lawmakers — which is why our headquarters building in Austin, Texas, is mere blocks from the Texas State Capitol. We also have a Washington, D.C., office, because the relentless growth of federal power makes the pursuit of a state-based liberty agenda impossible without direct engagement at its source.

Our aim in D.C. is to not to be yet another D.C.-centric policy institution. The city is overrun with them, and there is little purpose in another. We are, rather, a Texas-centric policy institution that understands that D.C. engagement is unavoidable — and that the Lone Star State needs a forceful and confident advocate there.

The successful candidate will possess a thoroughgoing knowledge of the Washington, D.C., media and development scene — and more important, an understanding of the sources and drivers of federal policymaking. He or she will have a robust network of contacts in government and civil society. Most important, the person we’re looking for as Vice President for Federal Affairs will have a passion for defending and extending Texas sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment. The ultimate metric of success in this role comes when D.C. no longer habitually and reflexively oversteps its proper Constitutional bounds — and this role is therefore no longer necessary.

This position will report directly to the Foundation’s Executive Director.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Policy – Development and execution, in coordination with the Foundation’s Senior Staff, of the Foundation’s federal priorities. This will include identification and exploitation of opportunities for Foundation action within the sphere of federal governance, always in support and furtherance of our core Texas mission.

  • Communications - Development and execution, in coordination with the Foundations’s communications team, of a D.C.-specific media campaign.

  • Events - Development and execution, in coordination with the Foundations’s events team, of a D.C.-specific events campaign.

  • Personnel – Leadership and management of the Foundation’s growing Washington, D.C., office, personnel, and presence.

  • Assist with the Foundation’s DC fundraising activities as needed

  • Attend meetings and events, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher

  • Knowledge, understanding and demonstrated support of free-market principles/economic

    concepts

  • Significant knowledge of/experience in the federal public policy arena

  • Familiarity with Federal legislators and legislative process

  • Ability to effectively communicate and advocate the Foundation’s principles

  • Ability to effectively interact with legislators, media, stakeholders, and the general public

  • Experience managing staff and building teams

  • Demonstrated ability in developing employees and fostering a positive and supportive

    organization culture

  • Ability to make sound decisions quickly and follow-through on necessary objectives

  • A demonstrated ability to balance necessary innovation with organizational stability

  • Excellent writing, editing, and public presentation and communication skills

  • Must be well-organized, self-directed and goal oriented; able to manage multiple projects

    The position’s salary will be commensurate with the experience, expertise, and skills of the person 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
Project Coordinator, Life: Powered

Description:

Life: Powered is seeking a Project Coordinator 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. Life: Powered is helmed by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of America’s foremost think tanks and forces for policy change for liberty.

The Project Coordinator will be required to liaise with eminent figures from business and policy, provide leadership and direction to grassroots communities, and engage media while maintaining vision and direction for the overall effort. 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:

  • Production of research and commentaries on energy-related activities nationally, and opportunities to highlight federal overreach and/or state solutions to that overreach.
  • Assembly of a coalition of allies from across the country for the advancement of the goals of Life: Powered Project.
  • Coordination of activities across multiple states and at the federal level necessary to advance our message.
  • Engagement with the Texas legislature as necessary to track, educate and inform on matters related to the Life: Powered Project.
  • Assisting the Director on all aspects of the Center, including writing papers, op-eds and social media to advance the project’s goals.

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

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.


 

Now Seeking Applications For

Oklahoma Communications and Policy Coordinator, Right on Crime

Description:

The position will help develop the communications and policy strategy for Right on Crime in Oklahoma alongside the State Director in Oklahoma. The above goal will include maximizing Right on Crime’s presence in the Oklahoma State Capitol and with the public at large. The Communications and Policy Coordinator’s subject area focus will be juvenile corrections issues, as well as adult corrections,  victim empowerment, and overcriminalization, for the Foundation and its Right on Crime initiative. The goals of Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Right on Crime initiative are enhancing public safety, empowering victims, reducing costs to taxpayers, and limiting the scope of criminal law to wrongful conduct. Right on Crime has worked closely with policymakers in Oklahoma and across the nation to develop and implement cost-effective alternatives to incarceration that also reduce crime, restore victims, and strengthen families and communities.

The position will report to the State Director for Oklahoma and the Manager for State Initiatives. The position is full-time and it is preferred you live in or around Oklahoma City, OK but is not required.

Responsibilities and Duties include:

  • Develop messaging alongside the State Director of Oklahoma and the Manager of State Initiatives
  • Develop strategic messaging for social media platforms
  • Develop press releases and summaries of policy issues
  • Help develop relationships with lawmakers, stakeholders, and members of the media
  • Help coordinate radio/TV interviews, press conferences, and other speaking engagements
  • Help maintain multiple online advertising campaigns, including Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Create graphic content to be used on social media
  • Develop weekly or bi-weekly newsletter for dissemination to public and lawmakers
  • Possibly testify if the State Director is not available

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; graduate degree in law, public affairs, communications, criminal justice, or another relevant field preferred
  • Work experience in social media, communications, or campaigns a plus
  • Knowledge of criminal justice reform a plus
  • Superb writing skills
  • Detail oriented

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

Greg Sindelar

Texas Public Policy Foundation

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

Arizona Communications and Policy Coordinator, Right on Crime

Description:

The position will help develop the communications and policy strategy for Right on Crime in Arizona alongside the State Director in Arizona. The above goal will include maximizing Right on Crime’s presence in the Arizona State Capitol and with the public at large. The Communications and Policy Coordinator’s subject area focus will be juvenile corrections issues, as well as adult corrections,  victim empowerment, and overcriminalization, for the Foundation and its Right on Crime initiative. The goals of Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Right on Crime initiative are enhancing public safety, empowering victims, reducing costs to taxpayers, and limiting the scope of criminal law to wrongful conduct. Right on Crime has worked closely with policymakers in Arizona and across the nation to develop and implement cost-effective alternatives to incarceration that also reduce crime, restore victims, and strengthen families and communities.

The position will report to the Deputy Director for Right on Crime/Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice and the Manager for State Initiatives. The position is full-time and it is preferred you live in or around Phoenix but is not required.

Responsibilities and Duties include:

  • Develop messaging alongside the State Director of Arizona and the Manager of State Initiatives
  • Develop strategic messaging for social media platforms
  • Develop press releases and summaries of policy issues
  • Help develop relationships with lawmakers, stakeholders, and members of the media
  • Help coordinate radio/TV interviews, press conferences, and other speaking engagements
  • Help maintain multiple online advertising campaigns, including Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Create graphic content to be used on social media
  • Develop weekly or bi-weekly newsletter for dissemination to public and lawmakers
  • Possibly testify if the State Director is not available

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; graduate degree in law, public affairs, communications, criminal justice, or another relevant field preferred
  • Work experience in social media, communications, or campaigns a plus
  • Knowledge of criminal justice reform a plus
  • Superb writing skills
  • Detail oriented

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

Greg Sindelar

Texas Public Policy Foundation

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

Development Assistant

Description:

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is hiring a Development Assistant to expand our fundraising efforts. The primary goals of the position are to support the Foundation’s fundraising activities and to provide administrative support to our Executive Director. The Development Assistant must have a fierce commitment to quality, attention to detail, excellent people skills, and a team-player attitude.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide administrative support to the Foundation’s development team, including conducting donor research, daily donation processing, thank you letter creation and processing, administration of mailings, compiling meeting materials, logistical planning, data entry, and other duties as assigned.
  • Support the Foundation’s Executive Director, including logistical planning for travel, scheduling meetings and tracking follow up with donors and legislators, preparation of briefings and itineraries for meetings, entry of meeting notes, assistance with donor follow up, and other duties as needed.  
  • Prospect and research potential new donors.
  • Assist in other fundraising activities as needed and assigned.

Qualifications:

  • High attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Strong sense of customer service.
  • Reliable and dedicated.
  • Intermediate to Expert knowledge with Microsoft Office Package, including but not limited to: Outlook, Word, Publisher, and Excel programs.
  • Must be able to multi-task and re-arrange priorities when necessary.
  • Strong writing skills are helpful.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge is helpful.
  • Previous experience working in a robust fundraising department is helpful.

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

Greg Sindelar

Texas Public Policy Foundation

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.


Now Seeking Applications For

Right on Crime Development Administrator

Description:

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is hiring a Development Administrator to expand our fundraising efforts. The primary goals of the position are to support fundraising, grants administration, and events for our Right on Crime initiative; and to support the Foundation’s broader fundraising activities. The Development Administrator must have a fierce commitment to quality, attention to detail, excellent people skills, and a team-player attitude.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage all Right on Crime grants, including tracking of grant deliverables, ensuring timely and accurate reporting, and identifying prospective donors.
  • Work with TPPF events team to manage and execute all Right on Crime events. Events range from private policymaker briefings to high-profile legislative summits and outreach events with hundreds of guests.
  • Provide administrative support to the Foundation’s development team, including conducting donor research, daily donation processing, thank you letter creation and processing, administration of mailings, compiling meeting materials, logistical planning, data entry, and other duties as assigned.
  • Assist in other fundraising activities as needed and assigned.

Qualifications:

  • High attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Strong sense of customer service.
  • Reliable and dedicated.
  • Willingness to travel when needed.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge and Basecamp is ideal.
  • Intermediate to Expert knowledge with Microsoft Office Package, including but not limited to: Outlook, Word, Publisher, and Excel programs.
  • Must be able to multi-task and re-arrange priorities when necessary.
  • Strong writing skills are helpful.
  • Previous experience working in a robust fundraising department is helpful.
  • Graphic design skills are a plus.

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

Greg Sindelar

Texas Public Policy Foundation

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.

Right on Crime is a national campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, in partnership with the American Conservative Union Foundation and Prison Fellowship, that supports conservative solutions for reducing crime, restoring victims, reforming offenders, and lowering taxpayer costs. The movement was born in Texas in 2005, and in recent years, dozens of states such as Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, have led the way in implementing conservative criminal justice reforms.  


Now Seeking Applications For

Director, Public Affairs

Description: 

The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Public Affairs department seeks a Director who will work with the Vice President of Public Affairs to shape the next phase of conservative policy advancement in Texas. The Texas Public Policy Foundation is not merely a “think” tank but a “do” tank. While independent, principle-based research will always be the core of our foundation, the ability to help policymakers understand how they can translate those recommendations into implemented policy is key to the Foundation’s exponential growth in both size and influence over the last decade.

Our ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to the principles of free markets, limited government, and personal responsibility; a broad network of relationships in and around the Texas Capitol; a passion for honing the outreach skills of new TPPF policy experts, cultivating early-career legislative staff, and building a principle-based policy community in the Texas Capitol; excellent attitude and presentation skills; and outstanding project management skills and attention to detail in a high-volume, high-intensity work environment.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Promote the research efforts of the policy staff with policymakers, bloggers, and grassroots leaders.

  • Facilitate the development of relationships between Foundation policy experts and policymakers and their

    staff.

  • Coordinate legislative projects with the Texas Legislature, Texas congressional delegation, and other

    policymakers.

  • Coordinate the policy staff’s legislative contacts.

  • Assist in the development and implementation strategic plans for legislative priorities, major research

    releases, and events.

  • Manage day-to-day operations of TPPF policy programs, including Texas Capitol Leaders.

  • Manage compliance with Texas ethics laws for Foundation and its policy staff.

    Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or greater.

  • Minimum 3-years experience in Texas Capitol.

  • Demonstrated support of free-market principles.

  • Knowledge of the Texas Legislature and the legislative process.

  • Familiarity with Texas policy environment.

  • Strong relationships with a broad cross-section of legislators and staff in both political parties.

  • Strong writing skills and ability to adapt to differences in author voice and audience comprehension.

  • Ability to articulately advocate Foundation principles to Legislature and general public through regular

    meetings and speaking engagements.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a high-volume, fast-paced workplace.

  • Willingness and availability to work long hours and weekends when necessary, especially during the

    Texas legislative session.

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

Greg Sindelar
Texas Public Policy Foundation

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

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

Texas Public Policy Foundation Clerkship Program

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

Complete applications should have a cover letter, including why you would be interested in our program, along with a short bio, the semester or summer you are able to intern in, your resume and a writing sample.  Submit your application as a single PDF file via email to:

Munera Al-Fuhaid, 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, Human Resources and Administration Manager 

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.

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.