Director of Policy

05 Oct, 2020


Director of Policy

Philanthropy Roundtable
Remote (DC)

Organization: The Philanthropy Roundtable is a well-established organization in the philanthropic sector, serving as resource for hundreds of donors and foundation leaders. Its mission is to foster excellence in philanthropy, protect philanthropic freedom, and help donors advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility.

The Roundtable is undergoing an exciting period of change. In 2019, the board of directors approved a new strategic plan that outlines an ambitious vision to build and sustain a vibrant American philanthropic movement that strengthens our free society.  A new President and CEO took the helm on June 1, 2020, and is leading the organization toward its five year goal: to be recognized, among individual donors as well as foundations, as the leading champion of philanthropic freedom, and more widely known and utilized as a trusted resource for philanthropists seeking to advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility.

With this goal in mind, the Roundtable is expanding its policy team working directly on issues that protect and expand philanthropic freedom and donor intent.

Since 1991, The Philanthropy Roundtable has served individual philanthropists and foundations that are refining their philanthropic strategies to maximize the impact of their resources, as well as emerging donors and entrepreneurs who are developing their philanthropic plans. The Roundtable is the leading organization in the United States focused on promoting and defending the power of private giving and the means to create wealth to make charitable giving possible.

Job Summary: Reporting to the Vice President for Policy & Government Affairs, the Director of Policy will serve as the policy backbone in organization’s goal to advance philanthropic freedom in all 50 states and at the federal level.  The Director will develop and execute top-notch, mission-aligned policy and research work in support of philanthropic freedom—and they will communicate the Roundtable’s policy agenda persuasively and effectively with federal and state policymakers, the media, and the philanthropic community.

The ideal candidate will be based in the Washington, D.C. area; we will also consider exceptional candidates based in other locations for virtual employment.

Job Duties: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and execute a robust policy and research plan to promote philanthropic freedom, including white papers, op-eds, blog posts, talking points, and other collateral
  • Identify, recruit, and collaborate with academics, policy experts, and key stakeholders in the philanthropic community to write and speak in support of the Roundtable’s policy agenda
  • Author and/or commission original policy and research content
  • Educate federal and state policymakers on philanthropic freedom through legislative testimony, meetings with elected officials, and other outreach
  • Serve as spokesperson for the Roundtable both with the media and at conferences and events


  • Seven or more years professional experience in public policy, research, or advocacy work
  • Demonstrable experience advancing policy in the free-market/liberty/conservative public policy space
  • Endorses and is motived by the guiding principles, mission, and vision of the Roundtable
  • Success in grasping complex ideas, making them easy to understand, and communicating them to elected officials and other high-value stakeholders
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Highly organized with an ability to manage the details of multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • High standard of honesty and strong ethical standards while protecting confidential information
  • Communicates and collaborates well with internal and external partners
  • Versatility to be both an entrepreneurial self-starter who takes initiative and a collaborative team player focused on achieving results
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Strong computer skills; excellent command of MS Office, Outlook, Teams, and Zoom; experience with a CRM database (Microsoft D365, Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge, etc.) is a plus

Travel: Up to 30 percent of time during legislative sessions or at other critical months of the policymaking process. All travel will be domestic.

Application Instructions

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

  • Cover letter detailing all of the following:
    • your interest in this position
    • why you think the mission of the Roundtable is critically important right now
    • your comfort level being on the forefront of the fight for philanthropic freedom (a controversial issue that is a prime target of the left)
    • your salary requirements
  • Résumé

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:

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.

Job posted: 2020-10-05