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Director, Coalition Relations

The Director of Coalition Relations promotes Heritage’s policy agenda, strategies, and personnel with other policy groups and experts, and informs the Heritage staff regarding the work of other policy groups.  The director leads Heritage’s efforts to build the conservative movement by conceiving and directing programs that enable us to serve as an information clearinghouse, strategy forum, coalition builder, and management trainer for conservative policy organizations, scholars, and activists. As a member of the management team, the Director of Coalition Relations plays a role in the departments overall planning activities, developing specific and measurable department goals that advance the Foundation’s vision and mission and complement or support the goals of other departments.


Job Duties:

  • Establish department priorities, prepare and monitor the department budget, provide overall direction for staff activities, and lead by example. Use department resources effectively to achieve Foundation objectives.
  • Build relationships among conservative groups, and between Heritage and other conservative groups; create opportunities for strategic collaboration between diverse movement players.
  • Oversee department’s participation in internal issue-related meetings and facilitate support for the Heritage agenda through strategic outreach to conservative organizations.
  • Conceive and direct the Annual Resource Bank Meeting, issue summits, strategy meetings, policy briefings, and management training seminars.
  • Represent Heritage at key movement meetings and events, and develop strategies to effectively represent Heritage and its policy agenda at outside conferences.
  • Anticipate potential flashpoints of important policy disagreements within the conservative movement and attempt to promote consensus and understanding as much as possible, in order to avoid coalition fractures and confusing signals to conservatives in Congress.
  • Publish the quarterly magazine, The Insider.
  • Oversee department presence on THF web site, Insideronline.org and policyexperts.org.
  • Advise Hill staff and members of the Executive Branch concerning experts for testimony and appointment to commissions.
  • Enhance the professional and career development of department staff through effective training, mentoring, and performance evaluations.
  • Recommend department staffing levels, recruit qualified staff to fill approved positions.

  • Job Type: 

  • Education:

    Bachelor's degree; graduate degree desirable, but not essential.
  • Experience:

    At least 10 years work experience, including at least 5 in management and 5 in public policy organizations
  • Skills:

    • Management:
    • Key management skills including strategic planning and goal setting, budgeting, staffing, performance counseling, mentoring, and career planning are required.
    • Communication:
    • Excellent writing, presentation and public speaking skills. An articulate advocate of Heritage’s vision and mission.
    • Computers:
    • Microsoft Office and Outlook.
    • Thorough familiarity with conservative movement organizations and personal relationships with many conservative leaders
    • Extensive knowledge of policy issues
    • Substantial conference and meeting management skills
    • Coalition builder, team builder: enthusiasm for promoting others, respect for conservatives with different views than one’s own
    • Familiarity with the various organizational models in the conservative movement
    • Sound judgment; strategic thinking; entrepreneurial initiative
    • Mastery of English and ability to write and edit quickly and professionally
    • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the department's goals and objectives.