With the goal of connecting research, public representation, and partnership-building activities to the larger vision of the Charles Koch Institute and connected groups, we have created a new, critical position: Director, Policy Strategy.
As the Director, Policy Strategy you will be a trusted leader and strategic adviser within our organization. In this role, you will support a team to align the activities of the wider policy team to the Institute’s organizational priorities. You’ll work with the team to set the strategy for these activities and identify opportunities for expansion. Additionally, providing oversight of a team of 18-20 experienced policy and outreach professionals with additional mentorship responsibility of 10-12 junior staff members. As part of the leadership and strategy function, you will be strongly positioned to identify opportunities for professional development for staff and identify talent gaps to accomplishing that strategy.
We are looking for a leader who has a proven ability to craft strategy and drive large-scale, cross-department projects to completion. While thinking big, this individual will also have the ability to see the details of execution. If you have a proven ability to craft strategy and drive large-scale, cross-department projects to completion, you may be our ideal candidate!
- Build an in-depth knowledge of current Institute priorities and activities in order to bolster strategy for team initiatives focused on identified policy issues
- Provide strategic decision-making leadership for a significant portfolio of relationships; engage external partners where appropriate
- Provide a critical link between the policy team, collaborators, and other stakeholders across the organization to share in knowledge dissemination, reporting, and other communications.
- Identify team best practices and improve upon internal systems with an experienced eye towards growth.
- With the partnership of Human Resources, set the hiring and professional development strategy for the team and optimize the division of labor. Provide mentoring and coaching to junior and senior staff.
Your skills and experience:
- 10+ years of strategic leadership, team building and supervisory experience
- Significant strategy-building experience in a philanthropic or public policy focused role
- A passion for and understanding of the principles of classical liberalism
- Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree strongly preferred
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with the demonstrated ability to apply these skills in coalition building both internally and externally.
- Demonstrated success and interest in supervising a team, supporting their professional development, and forecasting for future growth
- Demonstrated ability to seek out and collaborate with traditional and unlikely partners
- Entrepreneurial spirit, humility, and high sense of urgency
- Experience in a grant-making or another non-profit policy environment with exposure to grants processes and related compliance issues is preferred but not required
Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file with your name in the file:
- Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position/the mission of the organization and your salary requirements
- At least one writing sample, which may include a substantive research paper, an article or op-ed.
Please include “Policy Strategy, CKI – Your Name” in the subject line of your email. Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Lauren Skiver with Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: firstname.lastname@example.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.
About the Charles Koch Institute:
The Charles Koch Institute is an educational organization focused on the importance of free societies and how they increase well-being for the overwhelming majority of people. Through the Institute’s professional education, research, and training programs, we work to prepare professionals for careers that improve well-being by advancing free societies.