The Free State Foundation (FSF), a leading non-profit think tank established in 2005, seeks a Vice President and Senior Fellow to advance the organization’s mission: To promote, through research and educational activities, the understanding of free market, limited government, and rule of law principles at the federal level and in Maryland.
As Vice President, the successful candidate will assist the President in supervising the Foundation staff, in the Washington, DC area and in remote locations, and guide the staff’s substantive work, which is primarily in the communications and Internet policy and intellectual property areas. The Vice President will also be responsible for assisting the President in soliciting and maintaining broad financial support for the organization across its various constituencies.
In his or her capacity as a Senior Fellow, the successful candidate, under the President’s supervision, will produce his/her own scholarly writings, coordinate and expand the efforts of the Foundation’s highly-respected Board of Academic Advisors, and serve as one of the public spokespersons for the organization. This may include testifying before Congress, appearing on radio and television, preparing press advisories, using social media, and reaching out to journalists to communicate the positions of the Foundation, and organizing and speaking at Foundation-hosted events.
The Vice President and Senior Fellow will report directly to the President.
UNDER THE PRESIDENT’S SUPERVISION, RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
- Serve as a senior executive of the Foundation and play a management and leadership role both internally and externally.
- Build upon and enhance the already prestigious reputation of the Free State Foundation and provide continuing vision for the organization’s second decade and beyond.
- Keep abreast and ahead of technological, legal, and regulatory changes in the communications policy, Internet, and intellectual property areas.
- Serve as a go-to free-market, property rights, rule-of- law thought leader in the realm of communications and Internet policy, and intellectual property rights.
- Conceive, organize, and bring to fruition FSF projects and activities.
- Produce significant scholarly work to further the organization’s mission.
- Supervise and guide FSF staff, adjuncts, and academic advisors in accomplishing the Foundation’s work.
- Serve as a Foundation spokesperson to advance and explain the Foundation’s research and educational positions on important issues.
- Formulate requests for financial support and ensure the continuing financial integrity of the Foundation.
- A firm grounding in free market, property rights, and rule of law principles, as evidenced by prior positions and writings and a commitment to advancing those principles.
- A demonstrated scholarly/academically-oriented bent, as evidenced by positions in a think tank or educational institution, and/or publication of scholarly articles.
- Proven leadership ability to conceive and organize FSF’s projects and activities and closely supervise FSF staff, adjuncts, and academic advisors in accomplishing FSF’s work.
- Some degree of prior experience and expertise in the communications law and policy, Internet, high-tech, and intellectual property fields.
- A demonstrated interest and ability to enhance FSF publications output by virtue of possession of excellent research and writing skills.
- The disposition and ability to formulate requests for FSF financial support and to ask supporters and potential supporters for major contributions and to ensure FSF’s ongoing financial integrity and strong financial position.
- An interest in making a long-term commitment to FSF in order to help lead the Foundation as it continues to grow and become even more influential in the next stage of its development.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF with your name in the file:
- Cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position, why you believe you have the qualifications and experience to advance the Foundation’s mission, and your salary requirements
- Mission-related writing sample of your individual authorship
- A list of previously published works
- Three references, including email and telephone numbers
Please include “Vice President and Senior Fellow, FSF – Your Name” in the subject line of your email.
Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Claire Dixon, executive director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: email@example.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.