WILL is currently searching for a Policy Director who can work closely with our senior team and manage WILL’s policy research with an emphasis on developing an economic opportunity agenda for Wisconsin.
The Policy Director will advance WILL’s economic opportunity agenda by working with state legislators, serving as a coalition builder, advancing fundraising goals, and engaging in strategic planning for the organization. The Policy Director will draft policy papers, model legislation, and op-eds, and will represent WILL in the media. In this role, the Policy Director will be positioned as the state’s leading expert and voice for economic opportunity in Wisconsin.
The Policy Director is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin or an exceptional candidate can be based in a virtual office in the Midwest with regular travel to Milwaukee, especially during Wisconsin’s legislative session (January-March.)
About the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty:
The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty is a law and policy organization based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Established in 2011, WILL has become one of the preeminent state-based litigation centers and think tanks in the country, growing to eight lawyers. Through strategic litigation and timely policy reports, WILL seeks to advance the public interest in free markets, limited government, individual liberty and a robust civil society, including educational freedom and reform.
On its litigation side, WILL has become a frequent litigant in the state Supreme Court, seeking to develop state law in ways that will serve its mission.
On the policy side, WILL produces excellent, timely, and strategic policy research and proposals in the areas of K-12 reform, economic opportunity and deregulation, and health care reform.
Potential for Additional Responsibility: WILL plans to name a new Executive Vice President in the coming months. A successful candidate for this role would be strongly considered for that position.
Salary is competitive with an exceptionally attractive benefits package, including health, life, dental, long and short-term disability, HSA, and 401(k) plan with up to 10% match.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Policy – Oversees the policy research and the development of policy proposals. Works with legislators and state-wide elected officials as needed. Builds coalitions to advance policy goals statewide, including ballot initiatives. A special emphasis will be the development of an economic opportunity agenda for Wisconsin. Past policy work has emphasized school choice and education reform, federalism, occupational licensing reform, and health care. The successful candidate will focus in policy work outside the k-12 area, but will work with WILL’s Director of Education Policy.
- Strategic Planning – Ensures WILL’s policy work is aligned with the organization’s strategic plan and mission.
- Development– Works with development team on fundraising plans and execution as it relates to policy.Personnel – Supervision of any staff (currently five individuals including a Director of Education Policy and Director of Research), including management of job descriptions, goal setting, monitoring progress, providing guidance, giving performance reviews, setting compensation, and determining employment status, as well as ensuring that staff has the resources, systems and training they need to be fully operational and effective.
- Communications, Publications and Outreach – Responsible for written deliverables, including policy papers, econometric studies, polls, model legislation and op-eds. In partnership with the Director of Communications, responsible for communications related to WILL’s policy work, including social media, and contribution to weekly, monthly and quarterly publications that are in line with Independence Institute principles and mission. Accepts media and speaking engagements when appropriate.
The ideal candidate will have:
• Minimum of five years of experience in a similar role demonstrating growth and success
• Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree in economics, policy, law, or related field preferred but not required; ability to do the job is more important to us than your credentials
• Thorough understanding and demonstrated support of free-market principles/economic concepts
• Significant knowledge of/experience in the free-market public policy arena
• Familiarity with Wisconsin legislators and legislative process – important, but not required
• Ability to effectively interact with legislators, media, stakeholders, and general public
• Ability to make sound decisions quickly and follow-through on necessary objectives
• Excellent writing, editing, and public communication skills
• Ability to manage multiple projects
• Self-directed and goal oriented
COVID Interviewing and Hiring Plan:
WILL is interested in pursuing a virtual interviewing process but will want to meet finalists in-person in the Milwaukee office. If the new hire is based virtually, they start virtually. If the new hire is based in Milwaukee, WILL is amenable to the position starting virtually and then moving to working in the Milwaukee office once the COVID-19 pandemic has calmed down.
Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF document:
• Cover letter detailing your interest in the position, commitment to WILL’s mission, and salary requirements
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:
Questions can be directed to Katelynn Barbosa, Talent Engagement Manager at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]
Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
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