January 23, 2019

Vice President/Senior Fellow

The Free State Foundation
January 23, 2019
Rockville, Maryland
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Vice President/Senior Fellow

The Free State Foundation

Rockville, MD

The Free State Foundation (FSF), a leading non-profit think tank, seeks a Vice-President/Senior Fellow to advance the organization’s mission by helping 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 a senior executive official of the Foundation, established in 2006, the Vice-President/Senior Fellow will help to manage Foundation staff, in the Washington, DC area and in remote locations, and guide their substantive work primarily in the communications law and policy and intellectual property areas.  The incumbent will also be responsible for closely editing substantively the work of other staff members, producing his/her own scholarly writings, coordinating and expanding the efforts of members of the well-respected Foundation Board of Academic Advisors, and serving as one of the public spokespersons for the organization.  This may include testifying before Congress, appearing on radio and television, preparing press advisories, reaching out to journalists to communicate the positions of the Foundation, and organizing and speaking at Foundation-hosted events. 

As Vice-President, the incumbent will also be responsible, along with the President, for maintaining broad financial support for the organization across a wide array of constituencies.   The Vice-President reports to the President of the Foundation.   


    • Serve as a senior executive official of the Foundation and play a management and leadership role both internally and externally
    • Enhance the already prestigious reputation of the Free State Foundation and provide continuing vision for the organization’s second decade and beyond
    • Keep abreast of technological, legal, and regulatory changes in the communications policy, Internet, and intellectual property areas
    • Establish yourself as a thought leader with regard to free-market and rule-of- law issues, especially relating to communications law and policy and protection of intellectual property rights
    • Conceive, organize, and bring to fruition FSF projects and activities
    • Produce significant scholarly work relating to FSF's primary issue areas
    • Supervise and guide FSF staff, adjuncts, and academic advisors in accomplishing the Foundation’s work, including closely and substantively editing draft publications (ATTN: Applicants who are not skilled editors, or who are unwilling to edit others' work, need not apply)
    • Serve as a Foundation spokesperson to advance and explain the Foundation’s work
    • Formulate requests for Foundation financial support


    • 5+ years of experience in public policy, academia, or related field
    • 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 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 and telecommunications law and policy, Internet, high-tech, and/or intellectual property fields
    • A demonstrated interest and ability to contribute to FSF publications output by virtue of possession of excellent research and writing skills as well as editing skills
    • The ability, working with the President, to formulate requests for FSF financial support and to ask supporters and potential supporters for major contributions
    • 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
    • Advanced degree in law, economics, public policy, or related fields preferred


Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

    • Resume
    • Cover letter detailing your interest in the mission of the Foundation/ this position and salary requirements
    • Two mission-related writing samples of your own authorship
    • A list of previously published works
    • Three references, including email addresses, telephone numbers, and relationship to the reference

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: claire@talentmarket.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. 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.

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