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Director, Policy

Arlington VA


As the Charles Koch Institute continues to drive national conversations around critical issues to a free and open society, we have identified an exciting opportunity for a deputy director on our policy team. The deputy director will be known as a trusted leader and strategic adviser within the Institute leadership team and the organization. This person will provide leadership over a partnership and advocacy strategy to connect and align the activities of the wider policy team to the Institute’s organizational priorities. The strategy is expected to connect research, public representation, and partnership-building activities to the larger vision of the organization and connected groups. The deputy director will set the strategy for these activities and identify opportunities for expansion. Additionally, this person will provide direct oversight of a team of 18-20 policy and outreach professionals with additional mentorship responsibility of 10-12 junior staff members. As part of the leadership function and the strategy they will be tasked with setting, the deputy director will be strongly positioned to identify opportunities for professional development and identify talent gaps to accomplishing that strategy. The ideal candidate for this role will have a strong, proven ability to set partnership-building strategy and unify the activities of a large and growing team under that strategy, and will also have the ability to inspire confidence, respect, and connection to a unique vision of cultivating a free society which improves lives. This individual will have demonstrated capacity to craft strategy around a significant portfolio of existing relationships and priorities and can see the details of execution within the bigger picture. Also critical to success in this role is the ability to serve as a skilled communicator and connector across the organization and be a crucially important link between the strategy and activities of other teams at the Institute. This will require a focus on big-picture thinking and the demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment in directing Institute focus and resources within a multi-million-dollar portfolio of partnerships.

Responsibilities: - Build an in-depth knowledge of current Institute priorities and activities to set strategy for team initiatives focused around identified policy issues. - Provide leadership in strategic decision-making around a significant portfolio of relationships and engage in public representation to 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 future growth. 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.

Qualifications: - 10+ years of strategic leadership, team building and supervisory experience - Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree strongly preferred - Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with the demonstrated ability to apply these skills in relationship and coalition building both internally and externally. - Demonstrated success and interest in supervising a team, supporting their professional development, and forecasting for future growth - Excellent communication and coalition-building skills with a demonstrated ability to seek out and collaborate with unlikely partners - Entrepreneurial spirit, humility, high sense of urgency, and a passion and understanding of principles of classical liberalism - 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.

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Posted March 15, 2017


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