The Mississippi Center for Public Policy (MCPP) has a mission to advance the ideals of limited government and free markets by influencing public policy, informing the media, and equipping the public with information and perspective to help them understand and defend their liberty.
After nearly 30 years of advancing these causes, MCPP is entering into a new era of greater leadership in the lives of all Mississippians across the Magnolia State. We are preparing to fully leverage our past policy accomplishments and to accelerate our advocacy so we can take on the enemies of liberty – in whatever form they take. Whenever and wherever entrepreneurs, parents, families, and citizens are prevented from reaching for the lives they have imagined, we’ll be on the job aggressively defending those Mississippians – including taking action to protect constitutional rights through the Mississippi Justice Institute, our litigation arm.
We have a team of professional patriots – a talented and hard-working group of people who want to make a difference for liberty and be part of a fast-moving organization dedicated to getting things done in Mississippi and beyond.
MCPP’s impact and influence are resonating across the state. Here are highlights of MCPP’s recent work:
- Impressive press coverage in national media such as The Wall Street Journal, The American Spectator, Forbes, The Daily Signal.
- Our Mississippi Justice Institute has celebrated major victories in the recent past, including:
- Forcing a city to abandon its plans to implement anticompetitive food truck regulations
- Forcing a state agency to repeal an anticompetitive telemedicine regulation
- Influencing the legislature to repeal Mississippi’s administrative forfeiture law and forcing a state agency to return over $100,000 in improperly forfeited assets
- Forcing a state agency to abandon plans to boycott a company whose speech the agency did not support
- Successfully defending challenge brought by SPLC to Mississippi’s charter school law
- Winning a lawsuit against a Mayor who suspended the right to openly carry a firearm
- Successfully challenging a municipal ban on drive-in church services
- Our legislative work has proven influential in numerous policy wins, including:
- The Military Family Freedom Act (SB 2117), sponsored by Sen. Chuck Younger, provides universal recognition of occupational licenses for military families.
- Learn to Earn (HB 1336), sponsored by Rep. Kent McCarty, is an innovative apprenticeship program that will create new opportunities for students.
- HB 326, sponsored by Rep. Casey Eure, will expand the sales cap for cottage food operators from $20,000 to $35,000 and remove the constitutionally suspect ban on posting pictures of baked goodies on Facebook and Instagram. MCPP started the cottage food revolution in Mississippi several years ago, and we are thrilled to see this program expand.
- Right-to-Try 3.0 (SB 2830), sponsored by Sen. Josh Harkins, expands Mississippi’s Right-to-Try law and gives terminally ill patients and others the ability to try life-saving therapies and medications otherwise caught up in federal red tape.
- Aaron Rice: Buckley Award, 2019. National award in recognition of above-and-beyond service to the American conservative movement.
- Nominated for the SPN Communications Excellence Award: Driving The Media Narrative for our work on police reform.
- Nominated for the SPN Communications Excellence Award: Expanding Your Audience for our work on saving goat milk sales.
About the Opening
MCPP is currently searching for its next leader to continue the organization’s growth trajectory and to lead it through its 30th Year Anniversary and beyond as the state’s free market leader.
The right CEO candidate will be a seasoned leader who can serve as the face of the organization within the business community and who can focus on raising money to provide the resources the organization and staff need to drive policy change through its advocacy, thought leadership, and litigation divisions.
The CEO will be a capable manager of personnel and resources who can develop the staff and provide strong leadership. The right leader will bring humility and a team-based approach to the job and will be a transparent communicator with the staff and board.
MCPP is headquartered in Jackson, MS.
- Oversee the daily operations of the organization; ensure things are running smoothly, deadlines are met, opportunities are seized, and the organization is maximizing its capacity.
- Manage the development program, including establishing relationships with aligned foundations, major donors, and growing the resources for MCPP.
- Provide monthly reports to the board regarding both the financial condition of the organization as well as the operating activities and accomplishments of each division.
- Maintain and improve MCPP’s brand through the continuation/expansion of high caliber events, meetings, publications, opinion pieces, and the like.
- 10+ years of work experience, including at least five years in a management position (either running an organization or serving as a senior management team member at an organization).
- Five+ years of experience in the public policy arena.
- Strong experience in fundraising, outreach, external relations, or similar arenas preferred; willingness to spend a significant portion of time engaged in fundraising activities.
- Alignment with MCPP’s mission; passion for limited government and free markets.
- Strong organizational skills and recent personnel management experience.
- Exceptional communications skills required (both written and verbal).
- Eagerness to work in and lead a group of independently motivated staff members.
- Competitive spirit; desire to succeed; commitment to excellence.
- Preference for action and initiative.
- Ties to/experience in Mississippi not required (though welcome).
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- Cover letter detailing your interest in the position and MCPP’s mission, your salary objectives, and a detailed explanation of why you would be the right candidate for this position.
- A list of four professional references (including a brief description of your relationship to each reference) who would be willing to attest to your personal and professional qualifications for this position.
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:
Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]
Only direct applications will be considered. 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.