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Editorial Assistant

The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. and with regional offices around the country—seeks an energetic editorial assistant to aid the communications and editorial teams with a variety of tasks, from the purely administrative to the creative. This position will report to the editor-in-chief.

An ideal candidate will be organized, diligent, deadline-focused, a quick learner and capable of self-directed work with little hand-holding. The R Street Institute is a relatively young think tank experiencing rapid growth in both personnel and scholarly output. This role is an entry-level position but there is growth potential for those excel in the role. Strong written communications skills, an eye for attractive graphics and a basic understanding of the public policy landscape are a must.

Responsibilities

  • Track R Street media mentions using Google Alerts and Nexis and post those to our website.
  • Format outreach letters to be posted to our website, adding appropriate category and tag information.
  • Post and update information about R Street events on our website’s events calendar.
  • Select and format art to accompany R Street op-eds, scheduling and tagging those op-eds on our website and tracking outlets where they have been cross-published.
  • Formatting and uploading R Street video and audio files to YouTube and composing short blog posts to embed those files on our website.
  • Attend R Street events to assist in video and audio recording.
  • Some basic research duties, as needed.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree. Degree in English, journalism or graphic design is a plus.
  • One year of experience with editorial tasks, which can include high-level internships.
  • Familiarity with AP Style.
  • Familiarity with WordPress or other web-publishing platforms.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Elements or other graphics software.
  • Video recording and/or editing experience a plus.

This is a full-time job based in Washington that requires a daily presence in our office. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families); wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with no employee match required; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled. Candidates in whom we are interested will be contacted for telephone interviews, which will be conducted on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be held in our D.C. office. Candidates who believe they are highly qualified and haven’t heard back from us should follow up.

To apply, please send us a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF, along with a cover letter pasted into the body of an email. The email address for applications is editorialasst@rstreet.org.


Communications Associate

The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with regional offices around the country—seeks an energetic, intellectually curious communications associate to assist with media relations, placements and strategy. This position will report to the communications director.

Ideal candidates must be driven, capable and have an ability to message complex policy in compelling ways. We are a relatively young think tank experiencing rapid growth in both personnel and scholarly output, so self-starting, type-A personalities are welcome. This is a growth position that will, in a relatively short period of time, require candidates to manage new additions to the team.

Responsibilities

  • Media placements (television, radio, print);
  • Media pitching (television, radio, print, Capitol Hill offices);
  • Media strategizing with communications director;
  • Connecting R Street policy staff with reporters and editors;
  • Developing R Street media relationships in state and regional newspapers;
  • Drafting press releases and related media materials; and
  • Assisting the digital media specialist with video and audio needs.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 1-3 years of experience in public relations, public affairs or related media positions. Superior candidates will come with pre-existing media contacts, especially with television bookers.
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills. As the outward face of R Street, the ideal candidate must present well.
  • Must have an ability to track the media cycle and sync with policy outreach.
  • CISION, Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, WordPress. Audio and visual experience a plus.

This is a full-time job based in Washington that requires a daily presence in our office. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families); wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with no employee match required; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled. Candidates in whom we are interested will be contacted for telephone interviews, which will be conducted on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be held in our D.C. office.

To apply, please send us a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format, along with a cover letter pasted into the body of an email. The email address for applications is commsassoc@rstreet.org


Executive Assistant

The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with regional offices around the country—seeks an experienced, resourceful, bright and energetic executive assistant to provide high-level administrative support, planning and project coordination to the president, the senior vice president and board. This position will report to the senior vice president.

The executive assistant will be an integral member of a smart, creative, quirky and resourceful team. The ideal candidate must be highly responsible; capable of exercising independent judgment, especially when handling sensitive information; and flexible enough to wear many hats: executive assistant, travel planner, researcher, editor, scheduler, board liaison and development lead manager. A good sense of humor and a willingness to tell the president when he is wrong are also vital for this job.

The person should be able to look down the road to identify and address issues before they become problems, including prioritizing complex tasks, not waiting to be asked to find solutions. The ideal candidate should meet the needs that a task demands head on and freely offer constructive criticism to others, including his or her boss. Along with handling complex meeting agendas, scheduling travel, tracking and reconciling schedules and expenditures, and frequent project management duties, this position requires editing and drafting documents and minor research projects. In addition to supporting the president, the executive assistant role provides vital support to members of the executive team and board of directors.

A typical day for this role might involve helping the president plan a three-leg trip to California while convincing him that he shouldn’t stay in a roach-infested motel, getting several visits to New York City scheduled, digging up an interesting profile of a potential donor, helping the board chair organize a committee meeting and finding unusual socks to send to the president of a major foundation.

Preferred Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • Five-plus years of supporting C-level executives;
  • Experience working for a nonprofit and supporting boards of directors;
  • Project management experience;
  • Hospitality or customer service experience; and
  • Microsoft Office, Google Apps and Salesforce experience

This is a full-time job based in Washington that requires a daily presence in our office. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families); wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with no employee match required; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled. Candidates we are interested in will be contacted for telephone interviews, which will be conducted on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be held in our D.C. office. Candidates who believe they are highly qualified and haven’t heard back from us should follow up.

To apply, please send us a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF, along with a cover letter pasted into the body of an email. The email address for applications is EA@rstreet.org.


State Criminal Justice Manager

The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington and with regional offices around the country—is seeking an energetic criminal justice manager to organize and execute efforts to reduce or eliminate unnecessary legislative and regulatory barriers to participation in the labor market for those caught up in the criminal justice system. This is a full-time position that, ideally, will be based in either Washington D.C. or Sacramento, California. However, we will entertain applications from highly qualified candidates throughout the United States.

Ideal candidates will possess a deep background in state legislative and regulatory affairs, as well as experience with relevant policy issues. Those issues include: criminal justice reform, matters related to professional licensure, the sharing economy and emerging technology. Good candidates will have some experience with state legislative affairs, an ability to deal with new situations and policy areas in a creative manner and a demonstrated ability to network. Additionally, candidates should be able to support and serve as ambassadors for R Street’s pragmatic free-market approach to public policy.

This position will report to the associate vice president of state affairs with policy guidance from the national security and criminal justice policy director.

Responsibilities

  • Educate state and local lawmakers and executive branch officials about R Street policy positions on criminal justice reform and a variety of other topics via written and oral legislative testimony.
  • Track and evaluate legislative and regulatory developments related to criminal justice reform in state legislatures throughout the country.
  • Build ideologically broad coalition partnerships with other organizations to promote R Street messages, and oversee R Street’s Justice for Work Coalition (https://www.justiceforwork.org).
  • Write short papers for publication by R Street and others as well as pieces for the popular and ideological press.

Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree is required, but we will weigh experience above academic achievements. Advanced degrees in law or related fields are a plus.
  • At least three years of relevant experience in state legislative affairs. This might take the form of work as a legislative staffer, a campaign worker, a candidate, a lobbyist, a trade association professional or other similar work.
  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • Excellent writing ability, ideally demonstrated by a record of published work.

Candidates who believe they are truly well-qualified are encouraged to apply even if they don’t precisely meet all of the qualifications above. For example, someone with excellent contacts in state government but no published work would still be a strong candidate. However, it’s unlikely that academic credentials alone can substitute for work experience.

While this job does allow candidates to work from home and have some control of their specific hours, it is a full-time job inconsistent with any other employment. People who hold minor local elected office may be considered, but high-profile political positions and aspirations above very minor local office are not consistent with this job. This job will involve a fair amount of travel throughout the United States. Candidates should expect and be able to spend at least some nights away from home. It may also require unusual work hours.

The R Street Institute is a relatively young think tank experiencing rapid growth in both personnel and scholarly output, yet it remains a close-knit team. Our growth is driven by an entrepreneurial attitude among our staff that is supported by a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families); wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with no employee match required; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled. Candidates we are interested in will be contacted for telephone interviews, which will be conducted on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be held in our D.C. office. Candidates who believe they are highly qualified and haven’t heard back from us should follow up.

To apply, please send us a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF, along with a cover letter pasted into the body of an email. The email address for applications is mgrstateaffairs@rstreet.org.


Criminal Justice Senior Fellow

The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington and with regional offices around the country—is seeking an energetic criminal justice senior fellow to help develop policy that advances the conversation surrounding justice and economic opportunity, ultimately leading to the elimination of barriers that unfairly restrict economic inclusion. This is a full-time position that will be based in Washington D.C.

Ideal candidates will possess a deep background in the practical application of the criminal justice system. Toward that end, defense attorneys, law enforcement officials, prosecutors and those with criminal history records all are encouraged to apply. Additionally, good candidates will have experience dealing with matters related to professional licensure and with helping expand economic opportunities to individuals with criminal history records. Finally, candidates should be able to support and serve as ambassadors for R Street’s heterodox free-market brand.

This position will report to the national security and criminal justice policy director.

Responsibilities

  • Produce original research in the form of white papers that educate policymakers about a wide range of criminal-justice issues.
  • Write short papers for publication by R Street and others, as well as pieces for the popular and ideological press.
  • The selected candidate will be given freedom to pursue research within the criminal justice field and will play a key role in directing R Street’s ongoing work and strategy in this area.
  • In a typical week, the person we hire might write an op-ed, work on a white paper, do a series of interviews for the press and travel to testify before a state legislature.

Requirements

  • Excellent writing ability, ideally demonstrated by a record of published work. First and foremost this is a writing job.
  • A bachelor’s degree is highly desired, but we will weigh experience above academic achievements. Advanced degrees in law or related fields are a plus.
  • At least 4 years of relevant experience within the criminal justice field.
  • Strong public speaking skills.

Candidates who believe they are truly well-qualified are encouraged to apply even if they don’t precisely meet all of the qualifications above. For example, someone who has tried a dozen criminal trials but has no published work would still be a strong candidate. Conversely, it’s unlikely that academic credentials alone can substitute for work experience.

This job will involve a fair amount of travel throughout the United States. Candidates should expect and be able to spend at least some nights away from home. It may also require unusual work hours.

The R Street Institute is a relatively young think tank experiencing rapid growth in both personnel and scholarly output, yet it remains a close-knit team. Our growth is driven by an entrepreneurial attitude among our staff that is supported by a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families); wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with no employee match required; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, criminal history records, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled. However, we hope to have this position filled by Dec. 1, 2017. Candidates in whom we are interested will be contacted for telephone interviews, which will be conducted on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be held in our D.C. office. Candidates who believe they are highly qualified and haven’t heard back from us should follow up.

To apply, please send us a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF, along with a cover letter pasted into the body of an email. Candidates are also encouraged to submit short writing samples at their discretion. The email address for applications is cjseniorfellow@rstreet.org.


Federal Affairs Manager and Patriot Action Network Coordinator

The R Street Institute, a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with regional offices around the country, seeks an energetic individual to serve as the Patriot Action Network coordinator. The coordinator will work with a loose cross-ideological network of groups and individuals focused largely at the federal level to promote, protect and defend American democratic norms and institutions. This position will report to the associate vice president of federal affairs.

Ideal candidates will be dynamic, well-networked and able to work a mile-a-minute. The R Street Institute is a relatively young think tank experiencing rapid growth in both personnel and scholarly output. This role will involve working with other groups and R Street’s implementation team as a whole to educate policymakers and others about important norms and institutions, including the rule of law, the co-governing status of Congress, federalism, an independent judiciary and a limited executive branch.

Responsibilities:

  • Organizing rapid-response efforts to actions and events that threaten or imperil democratic norms and institutions.
  • Working with R Street’s communications team to operate and moderate a listserv for the PAN.
  • Recruiting new members, allies and affiliates to the network.
  • Connecting members and affiliates of the network on topics of mutual interest.
  • Originating and organizing events and initiatives for the network.
  • Contributing to the network’s efforts on Capitol Hill and federal agencies, as appropriate.

Requirements:

  • At least five years of experience in work that involves coalition building. This may include time as a lobbyist, legislative staffer or a leader within an organization that brings together diverse interests to achieve public policy goals.
  • Demonstrated ability working across ideological lines to find commonalities amid a challenging political environment.
  • Demonstrated ability managing large, complex projects.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • We expect that most candidates will have a bachelor’s degree or higher, but no specific educational background is required. We care far more about demonstrated results than any credential or quantity of experience.

This is a full-time job based in Washington that requires a daily presence in our office. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families); wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with no employee match required; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled. Candidates we are interested in will be contacted for telephone interviews, which will be conducted on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be held in our D.C. office. Candidates who believe they are highly qualified and haven’t heard back from us should follow up.

To apply, please send us a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF along, with a cover letter pasted into the body of an email. The email address for applications is pancoordinator@rstreet.org.


Associate Vice President, Federal Affairs

The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices around the country—seeks an energetic associate vice president of federal affairs to lead R Street’s federal engagement and manage a team of skilled professionals, working with policymakers in Washington. This position will report to the vice president of implementation.

Ideal candidates will be hard-working, well-networked, tactically minded and comfortable managing a team that moves in tandem with issues on the Hill and whose members frequently will be out of the office. The R Street Institute is experiencing rapid growth in both personnel and scholarly output. A successful candidate must have the ability to transcend politics as usual and work across ideological lines to promote our policy work in an effective manner as we grow. In addition, the AVP will work in concert with R Street’s state affairs and communications teams to ensure we maximize our ability to promote policy solutions that support free markets and effective governance.

Responsibilities

  • Lead R Street’s federal affairs team, which focuses on advancing the organization’s priorities and sharing its research with Congress and federal agencies.
  • Create and implement a coherent and integrated strategy for the federal affairs team.
  • Build and manage federal coalitions, with a focus on maintaining R Street’s position as a nonprofit think tank among conservative organizations.
  • Research and write on R Street’s key policy priorities in a number of different formats.
  • Serve as a representative for R Street on federal policy priorities.
  • Ensure that R Street meets grant deliverables related to the federal affairs team.

Requirements

  • At least 10 years professional experience focused on public policy.
  • At least four years of experience in Congress or a federal agency in a capacity that engages R Street’s policy interests.
  • Demonstrated ability to work across ideological lines and find commonalities amid a challenging political environment.
  • Experience building and flexibly managing a team of talented professionals.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • We expect that most candidates will have a bachelor’s degree or higher but no specific educational background is required. We care far more about demonstrated results than any credential.

This is a full-time job based in Washington that requires a daily presence in our office. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families); wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with no employee match required; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled. Candidates we are interested in will be contacted for a telephone interview, which is done on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be held in our D.C. office. Candidates who believe they are highly qualified and haven’t heard back from us should follow up.

To apply, please send us a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF along, with a cover letter pasted into the body of an email. The email address for applications is AVPcandidates@rstreet.org.


Technologist and Senior Fellow

The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with regional offices around the country—seeks an energetic, experienced senior technologist to provide high-level planning and execution of multiple projects. This position will report to the technology policy director.

Candidates must have a strong technical background with a track record related to issues such as cybersecurity, cryptography, internet architecture, telecommunications and/or machine learning. We are a relatively young think tank experiencing rapid growth in both personnel and scholarly output. This role will serve an important function by helping to lead the organization’s work in the technology policy field. The selected candidate will be given freedom to pursue research and writing within tech policy and adjacent fields and will play a key role in directing R Street’s ongoing work and strategy in these areas.

The ideal candidate will help bridge the expertise gap between the public policy community and Silicon Valley. He or she must be able to explain complex technologies to a nontechnical audience in the context of a policy debate.

Responsibilities:

  • Interface with economists, political scientists, journalists and lawyers—both within our organization and those affiliated with it—to enhance the level of technical sophistication and analysis in our work. Recruit new affiliates to the organization.
  • Organize conferences and other events concerning technological topics; speak in public and testify before legislative bodies and executive agencies on topics related to technology.
  • Outreach to technical communities and bodies (security researchers, standard setting bodies, etc.) and build R Street’s presence at events such as DEFCON, RSA, B-Sides, We Robot.
  • Work with our other scholars on various projects and co-author white papers, regulatory filings and op-eds, as necessary. Anyone hired will be expected to turn out both longer white papers and shorter op-eds, blog posts and similar products on a regular basis.

Requirements:

  • At least five years of relevant work experience in a technology development role or technology adviser role.
  • Some level of proficiency in a modern programming language (e.g., Python, Ruby, Java, C++, R, Haskell), as well as understanding of fundamental computer science concepts.
  • A graduate-level degree in computer science, electrical engineering, cybersecurity or a related discipline is preferred, but not required. Work experience (including work in an academic setting) can substitute for any given degree, however, and self-taught technologists are welcome.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Ability to communicate complicated, technical concepts in plain language for a policy audience. This includes in-person meetings, reaching out to popular media through op-eds and broadcast appearances and through academic publications and studies.
  • A record of published work is strongly preferred, but not required. This should include commentary in the popular press and articles in academic journals.
  • Work experience in one or more of the following areas is a plus, but not required: at a private-sector tech company; in a technical role in government (e.g., U.S. Digital Service, 18F); in a policy role in government; or in an academic research role.

This is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C. We will, however, consider candidates from outside of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area provided that they are willing to relocate.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide health insurance entirely paid by the employer (even for families); a wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with no employee match required; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until the position has been filled. Candidates in whom we are interested will be contacted for telephone interviews, which will be conducted on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be required. Candidates who believe they are highly qualified and haven’t heard back from us should follow up.

To apply, please send us a résumé in Microsoft Word or PDF, along with a cover letter and writing sample pasted into the body of an email. The email address for applications is techjob@rstreet.org.


Internships

R Street Institute also currently accepts interns through the following programs:

If you have any questions, or want to tell us about a program you think we should know of, email Patricia Simon at psimon@rstreet.org.

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